Online Integral Art Exhibition 2021: The Beautiful
Art exhibitions have been part of international Integral conferences since 2015.
This year we are honored to have Steve McIntosh who will speak to open our Show Opening Thursday night. Steve is the president of The Institute for Cultural Evolution, he is a main speaker at our conference this year. He will share about Beauty with Spiritual Energy.
Perhaps some of the functions of Integral Art are; to flow, explore and evolve beyond the cul-de-sac of Postmodern Art with its pathological taboos against ‘meaning’ and the transcendental and spiritual in art.
To open out the interplay of beauty, meaning, aesthetics, perception and interpretation in new, intelligent, cosmocentric ways. To seek out in ever higher, deeper ways the complex relationships between the intention and skill of the artist, the artwork itself as an object of power - capable of transmitting meaning and agency, and the viewer’s perception, experience and interpretation.
Wilber writes that art is holonic in its nature, its locus, its structure, its meaning and its interpretation.
Integral Art as a movement is very much in a nascent stage - only just beginning to emerge and loosely define itself. However, we do have some highly treasured writings to offer insight and a fertile ground for the movement to develop. To name two:
Ken Wilber’s masterpiece “Integral Art and Literary Theory”
Michael Schwartz’s “Prolegomena to Art’s Transdisciplinarity” - an inquiry into the transcendental conditions of art.
These texts are of tremendous significance. Art and philosophy have been deeply and profoundly linked for hundreds of years - strongly influencing each other. The artists of the Integral movement have a vital, essential role to play in the evolution of human consciousness.
So we encourage viewers of this exhibition to look and drink deeply, to allow the doors of perception to open wide and for these artworks to vibe, transmit and entangle with you.