Traditionally ART conveyed meaning and significance for human beings. From cave drawings to religious ICONS to the Humanism of the Renaissance. Once the baroque got over mere submission to the image; the "INNER" dynamic consciousness and expanding IMAGINATION began to become the expressive angle of Artists from MICHELANGELO and the Mannerists :: to the baroque Artists and ENLIGHTENMENT intellectuals. ICONS were made of great KINGS and warriors to look up to for meaning and sheer power over the animal like existence of creatures moving around on this earth.
T H E B L A C K S U N N
...these central conduits of humanism passed through religious iconography from the original religious figures :: BUDDHA :: APOLLO :: JESUS CHRIST (the King). As the MODERN AGES groped to awaken from the beginning of Christianity onward...(VICTOR HUGO places the beginning of MODERN TIMES with the success of CHRISTIANITY) the MODERN AGES have wrestled with having to come to grips with the world they inhabit and the physical factors of all and certain elements we come across to place MEANING upon this existence :: and at the same time developing the enormous undertaking of creating civilizations through the EXPLOITATION of >> or << taking of all the useful values from this physical world and TRANSFORMING it into 'tools' to create our creature comforts and strongholds that we need to continue to survive and move forward. This HUMAN proclivity for giving HUMAN experience to the inanimate world around us :: thus, in fact to all creation and physical existence for as far as we can describe and ascribe to what we call 'FACT (s)'. M E A N I N G has embodied our need for INDUSTRY - our ever expanding natures (HUMAN NATURE). But more significantly it has manifested a consciousness which has taken over this planet.
This HUMAN consciousness is the motivation behind all HUMAN creation and thus civilization itself. Mankind's imprint has established itself well beyond NATURES framework ( there are those who argue MAN's recreation is an extension of NATURE..I argue that MAN's apprehension of this physical world has set a new enough direction to warrant a shift away from "NATURE") ; and to such micro-psychological effect as to separate MAN far and away from all other biological and living organisms we know of. Thus MAN has become unique and if it is even possible :: MAN has separated itself even from NATURE and threatens to become an entity all of it's own making. A consciousness separate from the rest of the undertakings of all other entities. This position MAN finds himself in, is of the most profound of arrangements. WHY IS MAN SO SINGULAR ?? Or is it the element of self perception which so haunts our consciousness; which in the race and struggle for survival, has made this "consciousness" our lethal weapon, even onto our own species. And for all purposes but Christian Goodwill, we must realize, in fact, that man is the main and only real predator of man.
THE BLACK SUNN
...the BLACK SUNN of HUMAN consciousness becomes of relevance to understand and << yes>> to classify and scrutinize :
Our" BLACK SUNN"(copywrite) " as I love to dramatize, is in other words our unrestrained human consciousness and all that it creates and destroys. Beyond traditions, social norms, proprieties, morality, is/are this surge of IMAGINATION _ thinking - and composing. For the intelligent mind,is just that; an INTELLIGENCE. We take it all for granted but let's really face it...we are the only creatures in our known existence who possess it. It's staggering how we have come to make it all "disposable". The SUNN can be innocent as gaseous explosions unchecked and barely controllable in it's immense power for destruction as well as life giving properties. BUT IT IS N O T INTELLIGENT! The forces of energy for which mankind is most associated with comes from OUR use and articulations of OUR INTELLIGENCE. As the ART of higher HUMANNESS is derived from "IMAGINATION" which is in fact the sophistication of that HUMAN INTELLIGENCE. As ART or better that :: F I N E A R T of man's achievements is the highest expression of his IMAGINATION :: !
The terrifying S T O R M of MODERN MAN centers around the abilities of horrendous power for which MAN can create for self preservation and then the CONTAINMENT BOX of civilization man must weave and elaborate throw; then maintain the creation of his elaborate civilization to keep it maintained into the VOID of the future !!! This brings us back to the inevitable creation and, yes, evolution of MODERN ART : as expression and identity of what has transpired: as well as what is transpired; as well as what is transpiring!! And as our consciousness has become so uncontrollably precocious we even must look into the future and plan and design what is yet to transpire.