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    Free read Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ó Alex Grey (PDF/EPUB) [The Mission of Art] I enjoyed this book by focusing on the subject and kind wordssoul of Alex Gray Maybe you won't agree with him in a lot of things specially because he has a really uniue and mystic way of looking at life But his call for a visionary kind of art which embodies the past positive trascendental art towards a better humanity and its possible appli

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    Alex Grey ó 0 Summary Free read Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ó Alex Grey Review The Mission of Art updated with s' uotes sorry for any typos Incredibly inspired and inspiring and timely than ever I started typing some of my favorite passages below but there are too many to include them all Alex Grey offers a beautiful and richly woven perspective on art being humanity and the world which insists upon the belief that nihilism is

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    (PDF/EPUB) [The Mission of Art] Alex Grey ó 0 Summary Review The Mission of Art This book is a must for any artist to better understand the spiritual dimensions of art and the roles of conscience and intention in

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    Review The Mission of Art (PDF/EPUB) [The Mission of Art] Free read Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ó Alex Grey I loved the art of Alex Grey while I was growing up his work partially inspired me to take art classes at my high school which eventually led me to major in art while attending college Back then I loved Grey's use of symboli

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    Alex Grey ó 0 Summary Free read Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ó Alex Grey Review The Mission of Art Incredibly inspired and inspiring and timely than ever I started typing some of my favorite passages below but there are t

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    Review The Mission of Art (PDF/EPUB) [The Mission of Art] Free read Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ó Alex Grey Alex Grey one the greatest living artists of our time extols the virtues of art in this work that should be reu

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    Review The Mission of Art (PDF/EPUB) [The Mission of Art] Free read Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ó Alex Grey An inspiring book for creative academics striving to shed conventional ways of thinking about art and returning to one's voice and authoritative power The overarching thread for Mr Grey is that one's power is linked to one's community and for a special few linked to all of humanity Although couched amidst catch phrases of the current New A

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    (PDF/EPUB) [The Mission of Art] Excellent book that I highly recommend for every artist Alex Grey traces the evolution of human consciousness along side of the evolution of art He gracefully asks and answers the uestion Why do we make art? I've read this book twice so far in 2003 and 2006 and was delighted at the increased depth of understanding I experienced with just three years of personal growth since the first amazing read

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    Review The Mission of Art Free read Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ó Alex Grey Alex Grey ó 0 Summary An inspiring book after reading this book all I wanted was to meditate and produce something for others If you know Alex Grey's work this book will help you understand the why and how behind everything he has done and it's truly beautiful I personally disagree with the use of hallucinogens in pursuit for enlightenment and although Grey doesn't directly invite people to use the he does make it sound like they're a must for a spi

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    (PDF/EPUB) [The Mission of Art] 200 pages of pseudo spiritual nonsense two stars for a couple interesting uips about ego death Obviously terribly full of himself and

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  • Paperback
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  • The Mission of Art
  • Alex Grey
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  • 24 January 2020
  • 9781570625459

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The Mission of Art Free read Þ 0 Free read Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ó Alex Grey Review The Mission of Art Tory and his own first hand experiences in creating art on the boundaries of consciousness Included are practical techniues and exercises that can be used to explore the sp. I loved the art of Alex Grey while I was growing up his work partially inspired me to take art classes at my high school which eventually led me to major in art while attending college Back then I loved Grey s use of symbolism and his uniue artistic vision which led me to other highly symbolic contemporary artists like Anselm Kiefer I found this book on a bargain shelf and decided to give it a go because lets face it most artists aren t able to articulate their vision in words and I always find it interesting when they try Kandinsky laid the foundations for this book in Concerning the Spiritual in Art originally published in 1914 when he wrote of his desire to liberate art from its materialistic bonds and move toward abstraction He railed against what he saw as a pervading attitude of indifference and materialism that threatened to make art and life meaningless Kandinsky thought that art could offer much than simple material satisfaction to viewers it could provide what Robert Hughes would later call coherent experiences of its own If you ve read Concerning the Spiritual in Art then the pervading attitude of this book might become entirely redundant specifically Kandinsky s first essays and the pyramid idea of how art progresses Grey goes to great lengths to link these ideas to New Age philosophy His parallel between art and chakra leading from materialism at the bottom to spiritual realization at the top is the direct descendant of Kandinsky s pyramid with materialism at the bottom and the spiritual avant garde at the top Grey also draws from the work of Jean Delville as he states in the acknowledgment sectionThis is a very easy book to read and Grey provides wonderful illustrations every few pages The fact that the book is divided into little topics makes it fun to read and very understandable especially for people with little to no knowledge of contemporary art or art history The sad thing is that so much of the material comes from Grey s personal biases For instance Grey puts de Kooning at the low end of his artistic hierarchy because he feels de Kooning s paintings relate to pleasure and passion whereas higher levels relate to love Beyond the fact that this is assuming the artist s intent probably dangerous territory it is generally accepted that de Kooning made his paintings because of his own conflicted feelings and that his work was an attempt to resolve them How could such an attempt be devoid of love and compassion Because the emotion behind the effort is conflicted and love can never be conflicted This just seems silly Andy Warhol is listed one level above de Kooning in Grey s hierarchy because Warhol s art is based on intellect and reason yet it is entirely arguable that Warhol belongs on the lowest level of Grey s hierarchy because he created art for the sake of money as many art historians and critics would reiterateThere are plenty of examples like this throughout The Mission of Art and I just wish that Grey had left his hand out of the process and let the reader apply his ideas on their own instead of telling us which artists are good and which are bad Grey doesn t stop there he includes New Age y pseudoscientific examples to support his artistic outlook We get passages about how everything is vibrating energy and how sending out thoughts can change the material world ala The Secret and The Intention Experiment which is why good art should send out good vibes Further his constant mentioning of various drugs and how they assist the artistic process is in my mind opposed to his message of improvement I have seen too many art students well not just art students debilitated by drugs to think that somehow it will eventually lead them to some form of universal love and kindness Much of the time drug use is a foundation for the destructive attitudes that Grey says his art is trying to combat regardless of the user s intentIf you re into New Age philosophy I m not and have applied those ideas to your artistic process I haven t this book will just be a rehash of your personal beliefs If you want a contemporary take on Kandinsky s artistic outlook which is still incredibly relevant look elsewhere unless you don t mind layers and layers of mysticism

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The Mission of Art Free read Þ 0 Free read Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ó Alex Grey Review The Mission of Art This is an inspirational book about art's power to bring about personal catharsis and spiritual awakening Alex Grey's reflections combine his extensive knowledge of art his. updated with s uotes sorry for any typos Incredibly inspired and inspiring and timely than ever I started typing some of my favorite passages below but there are too many to include them all Alex Grey offers a beautiful and richly woven perspective on art being humanity and the world which insists upon the belief that nihilism is no way to live life Today s culture of high rationality has been dubbed postmodern because we have deconstructed reason and language itself finding that there are always multiple points of view on any subject Any attempt to comprehend a whole or higher truth must take the cacophony of individuals each with his or her own opinion his or her own truth into account This fragmented multiperspectival climate has lead some thinkers to the conclusion that there can be no linguistic basis for truth at all Postmodern doubt has replaced the confident trajectory of invention and progress which characterized modernism European and American mostly male artists dominated modern art favoring and reinforcing a belief in their self importance An overemphasis on ego driven artworks has lead to a culture of narcissistic spectacle and nihilist fragmentation Yet because postmodern pluralism embraces so many maverick points of view it can help generate tolerance toward cultural difference This is an important step toward a global understanding and renewal of art The current cultural situation is calling for individuals to transcend the fractured vision of postmodernism and awaken to some transpersonal and collective spiritual basis for truth and conscience At this transitional time it is inevitable that artists will reflect regressions into romantic mythic fantasies and nihilist nightmares Yet can we use the wisdom gained from each stage of consciousness and artistic epoch and transfigure our minds and our art into a new integral vision honoring the truths of both objective and subjective worlds and save the planet while we re at it 15 Yet the mission of art cannot be limited or strictly defined with words It is much as Lao tzu said of the Tao the way of enlightened wisdom The Tao that can be put into words is not the real Tao not the ultimate eternal Tao The artist s mission may not ever be reduced to words or rationally understood but its invisible magnetizing presence will infuse an artist s work completely For each culture artworks come to embody and communicate insights that help to interpret life and take action in the world 10 We all organize and interpret life according to a uniue psychological filter or lens our worldview This psychological context the way he hold the realities of life including who we think we are mostly goes unnoticed Our mind and body use it somewhat automatically In order to notice our own worldview we have to think about the way we think we have to rise above our habitual thought patterns and notice that they are habits We have to uestion who we think we are This happens only when our worldview is sufficiently challenged when new visions collide with and unsettle our existing vision of life If the challenge is great enough our worldview and sense of self will dissolve and either regress break down or transform to a higher and deeper vision Art history is a record of such breakdowns and breakthroughs 10 For most adults reason dictates a level of behavioral conformity within a social group and adoption of common beliefs For most artists this means using the conventional approaches of the art world of their culture Certain individuals evolve beyond the group mind they excel and develop their own special vision of life Development of the individual artist can both recapitulate and foretell the evolution of art An original artistic vision is both acuired from the surrounding culture and attained through a depth of personal experience and introspection When artists give form to revelation their art can advance deepen and potentially transform the consciousness of their community 8 Art and the Evolution of ConsciousnessArt spans human history from prelinguistic cave dweller to postmodern city dweller and stands as witness to an ongoing creative process an evolution of worldviews a historic unfolding vision of nature humanity cosmos and consciousness itself Every work of art embodies the vision of its creator and reveals a facet of the collective mind Artists offer the world the pain and beauty of their soul as a gift to open the eyes of and heal the collective 8 Art seems to be a spark of the eternal coalesced with a distinct historic moment driving artists to do something that witnesses their depth that expresses their most personal and universal insights They somehow make their mark and their art asks us to open our senses and take in the world anew to experience and appreciate the full range of life in all its terror and glory its strangeness and beauty Art helps us to maintain our creative excitement about life and at its best art can inspire and transform us the mission of art advances as individual artists express their culture s view of the world in a personally hewn collective vision 9 Scientific reasoning and the subduing of nature have occupied the Western mind for the past few centuries to the point of our current amazing technological conveniences and alarming ecodevastation Modern materialism has been a destructive ideological force hidden in the Trojan horse of orthodox science Scientific orthodoxy and the materialist worldview propose that the entire universe and the miraculous biodiversity of our natural world are the result of a series of accidents The materialist view would state further that consciousness is a by product of the brain and that when a person dies there is no soul spirit or afterlife In short the subjective inner experience of meaning is devalued or eliminated Altered states of consciousness are considered pathological and primary focus is placed on manipulations of the phenomenal world An attitude of materialism shuts off a person s intuition by which the spiritual world is apprehended because spirituality is labeled as a delusional belief or dangerous hallucination 35 Some popular art reflects the spiritually blind zeitgeist of alienated egoism souless materialism moral degradation violence and the extremes of artistic absolutism But I have come to accept even negative art as a positive gesture because it harnesses the creative fire and describes an aspect even if an ignorant or vile one of human character Some art that appears sick may be a diagnostic tool for social ills 53 Art and NihilismGood leads people toward living spirit and compassionate action Evil leads people away from life away from spirit away from kind and wise action toward fear confusion and emotional and physical violence A strange form of evil has infected the soul of humanity in the twentieth century and it bears the name nihilism Nihilism is the belief that all existence is meaningless and there is no possibility of truth Nihilism is the hopeless darkness of the spiritually blind Nihilism blinds us to the interdependence of all beings and concern for their common good Nihilism leads to greed and sexual predation and in corporate boardrooms can lead to rape of the environment Nihilism leads to transgressive and criminal behavior cynically disregarding the possibility of loving kindness and heroic action Nihilism is the attitude of egoic paranoia and amorality that makes murder justifiable And nihilism has become one of the premier attitudes displayed in popular culture 53 4 The Nobel Prize winning scientist Francis Crick has recently stated that the derangement of mystical experience might be explained by a theotoxin God poison in the brain Freud hoped that his psychoanalytic clients would reach a state of functional neurosis Is this the best we can hope for What are the higher capacities of human awareness The field of transpersonal psychology has been mapping these possibilities for several decades now 59 By confining itself only to what can be measured with instruments the materialist point of view becomes a metaphysical flatland allowing no subjective insight into why we are here Scientists and artists need not limit themselves to such a view No less a scientific genius than Albert Einstein professed a profound respect for mysticism and the importance of imagination The most beautiful and most profound emotion that we can experience is the sensation of the mystical It is the source of all true science He to whom this emotion is a stranger who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms this knowledge this feeling is at the center of true religiousness My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illuminable superior who reveals himself in the slightest details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds That deeply emotional conviction for the presence of a superior reasoning power which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe forms my idea of God11 59 60 Seeing is also the recognition of meaning No wonder that once the art of seeing is lost Meaning is lost and all life seems ever meaningless They know not what they do for they do not see what they look at Frederick Franck 73 Meaning in art is the transmission and reception of symbolic density Meaning is only possible when a relationship is drawn between two separate subjects The function of the conceptual mind is to isolate and distinguish one thing from another 104 5 The conceptual mind constructs a coded world of meaning by assigning names to things and then comparing them The everyday functioning of civilizations is completely dependent on the powers of the conceptual mind and its coded world The downside is that by creating a world of isolated distinct objects the conceptual mind creates a mental trap of limits and opposites distinguishing our isolated self from everything else The ego is the construction of this intellectual self distinction The conceptual mind creates a seductively logical prison of words that only spiritual insight can cure by transcending 105 The mystic artist guides us to an oasis of spiritual truth and clarity within the postmodern desert of false and shrill media information saturating our consciousness By contemplating a beautiful work of sacred art one may momentarily remember the silent center of mystery that is our very soul 132 3 The light of truth beyond external appearances is what artists evoke in their finest works Here we come to the conjunction of the three harmonies of idealism beauty truth and the good By absorption into the beauty of sacred art a person may sense the presence of higher truth and its inherent goodness Beauty is the visible doorway the seductive gift of transcendental presence Beauty is the radiance of spirit 148 9 Cyberspace luminous forms created on computer screens seen in such far out special effects films as Altered States Brainstorm Lawnmower Man and Contact are some of the closest visual analogs to subtle visionary heaven and hell realms It s part of the allure and the glamorous aura of these computer worlds Fractal geometry visualized in infinite detail on the computer screen has been adored and absorbed completely by psychedelic culture because it mirrors the beautiful tapestries woven by the loom of the psychedelic mind 159 The allure may come partially from the sense of life emanating from each computer screen pixel The screen is electronic and glows from within Each pixel is a scintilla mirroring our own light of consciousness and potentially affecting the subtle energy bodies surrounding our physical body Because a computer model is a mathematically based form that is protean infinitely malleable through 3 D modeling and morphing technology it points to the transformative capacity of form itself Computer modeling technology is a visionary tool One of the purposes of visionary art is to show the transformative nature of reality We all want to transform something in our lives or in our world Any natural process or work of art that demonstrates transformation can be a metaphor that empowers one s own capacity to change People in a jam in a trap in a polluted mess need to know that there is a way out Morphing cyberspace technoart offers some psychologically loaded and potentially transformative special effects 159 160 The delights and terrors of the visionary realm are than amusements and curiosities If we can access the transcendental realms our visions and the art flowing from them can become important reminders of our highest nature The Buddha said that a brief glimpse of the enlightened state is worth many years of scholarly study 161 The visionary archetypal realms of consciousness have dimensions that seem eternal dimensions that evolve over millennia and dynamic creative terrains Blake and the Neoplatonists describe the ideal archetypal realms as eternal with a permanence that sometimes seems static I think this was based on the revelation that there is a realm beyond time The ultimate ground of being is beyond all forms and archetypes beyond birth and death beyond time and space beyond mind and the flow of thoughts The Tibetan teachings of Dzogchen describe this perfect state as the primordial condition of emptiness clarity and pure creative potentiality It is the context underlying reality voidness pregnant with the potential to manifest all forms This absolute primordial condition gives birth to the archetypal realm a rich profusion of luminous forms perceptible to the visionary eye 173 Mystic art is a window to the transformed view which reveals all phenomena as inherently sacred Art is an illusion that can coney the truth In the same way the entire world of forms is a magical illusion an exhibition of transcendental artistry pointing to a greater truth 175 Some may mistakenly regard this as self serving egoic hustling for fame and money but if artists stay rooted in good intentions their work can be a gift to illuminate and awaken a bewildered world As Jesus said If you have a lamp you don t hide it under a basket Art is the lamp of the soul 182 Art of DelusionMaterialistic desire for power fame and money can obscure an artist s higher calling like clouds covering the sun Ambitions to dominate acuire influential friends produce and sell tend to blind artists to the shining source of their own creativity Conversely artists who only stare at the sun and paint in their garret expecting the world to beat a path to their door are eually if not deluded The problem once again is achieving a balance of inner and outer needs How do we work it out 182 Art need not serve only the confused desires and pathologies of the ego Art can serve and reflect the condition of the human soul which includes but transcends pathologies 182 3 The messages fo most television programs and corporate advertising revolve around the uest for status money and power Advertising is the art of glamorous deception and bad will par excellence All too freuently the myths and stories given us by popular culture and even high culture represent or stimulate greed lust cynicism anxiety and despair These negative states are addicting and can excite viewers but in the absence of an ethical context for violence these emotions can erode the soul and inspire acts of nihilism 183 The implications of glamorizing such unethical behavior are easy to imagine Yet many artists enmeshed in today s culture industry do not feel responsible for or perhaps even capable of feeding the soul through their works which can only be done by serving a cause higher than one s own or the corporate sponsor s ego 183 4 The primary political art of America is commercial advertising that extols the benefits of free market capitalism Advertising art is our most freuently encountered art form 184 As long as artists remain true to their authentic experience and vision there is healing value in their creative effort 190 There is tremendous power in the individual to positively or negatively affected the web of relationships Art becomes a healing force to the degree that the artist can embrace and integrate the pathological shadow aspects of our collective being and still clearly point to the source of transcendent wellness and radiance that is our constant potential 194 5 The revelation and acceptance of our identity emerges by the balance of the artistic will between the polarities of light and dark good and evil and is the most delicate business of an artist s life Everyone knows that they can become better than they are in many ways art is founded on this principle The transformative potential inherent in each person allows art to be a path of self knowledge and self transcendence 195 The artist s mission is akin to the alchemist s task The alchemist s great work was the transformation of gross material into spiritualized substance Holding the goal of a soul nurturing art in our hearts can sustain us through the trials and failures that are inevitable in the process of creation 200 Conventional art is an expression of the self or world as it is now Kandinsky referred to such art as a child of its time Transcendental art expresses something that you are not yet but that you can become Kandinsky called this art the mother of the future That s why you feel better after producing or viewing it Transformative art expresses something beyond where you are It demands that you recognize your higher nature and alter your life accordingly 226 Spiritual art is driven by spiritual insight All levels and depths of spiritual insight can find corollary expressions in art The art is a carrier a medium a messenger of spiritual truth In order for art to be sacred it must refer to a sacred teaching or issue from a passionately realized spiritual truth Art records the insight but it is an object created by mind and body The seer the witnessing awareness of all revelatory visions is always primary Uncreated presence is the source of all creation the artist is a microcosm of universal creativity Sacred artists need penetrating insight into their own true nature and devotional intensity in order to make art a spiritual practice 226

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The Mission of Art Free read Þ 0 Free read Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ó Alex Grey Review The Mission of Art Iritual dimension of art Challenging and thought provoking The Mission of Art will be enjoyed by everyone who has ever contemplated the deeper purpose of artistic expressio. An inspiring book after reading this book all I wanted was to meditate and produce something for others If you know Alex Grey s work this book will help you understand the why and how behind everything he has done and it s truly beautiful I personally disagree with the use of hallucinogens in pursuit for enlightenment and although Grey doesn t directly invite people to use the he does make it sound like they re a must for a spiritual life but leaving that aside it s truly an amazing book