Thought Forms explores such subjects as Art, Science and Occultism in early 20th Century Art, Contemporary Esotericism and Spirituality in Art, Existential Analysis, concepts of the fourth dimension, panpsychism, AI-based language, and the nature of nothing.
Linda Dalrymple Henderson is the David Bruton, Jr. Centennial Professor in Art History at the University of Texas. Her research and teaching focus on modern art and modernism, more generally, in relation to their broader cultural context, including ideas such as ‘the fourth dimension,’ the history of science and technology, and mystical and occult philosophies. She discusses these ideas in her article Abstraction, the Ether, and the Fourth Dimension: Kandinsky, Mondrian, and Malevich in Context.
Steve Sangapore is an American contemporary oil painter. Using vastly different stylistic approaches with various series’, his work can be described as an amalgamation of realism, surrealism and abstraction with thematic focuses on the human condition. He discusses his latest work in WHAT GOD IS. (WITHOUT THE WOO WOO) and NEW EDEN.
Kate Southworth makes paintings, drawings, prints and rituals as a way of understanding the transformative energies and unseen patterns of the psyche. Her work experiments with a ‘scattered form’ in which several visible and invisible fragments co-exist. Recent work maps her journeys into the unconscious mind revealing geometric and net-like forms. She has a particular interested in how processes of transformation emerge in the symbolic sphere: the hexagrams of the i-ching, alchemy, yoga traditions, calendric practices, and myths. She discusses her work in Ritual forms and transformations.
Artist and author, Tony Robbin, works with painting, sculpture and computer visualizations. He is a pioneer in the computer visualization of four-dimensional geometry. With his paintings and innovative computer visualizations of hyperspace, he continues to investigate different models of the fourth dimension and how these are applied in art and physics. His article Topology and the Visualization of Space discusses multiple spatial dimensions in his work.
Derek Bean is a practising Existential-Phenomenological Psychotherapist and registered member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy. Flesh and the Angels is a meditation on creativity in life, art and psychotherapy, its expression as a phenomenology of bursting, and the challenge of keeping going, with John Coltrane, Rainer Maria Rilke and Maurice Merleau-Ponty as companions.
Taney Roniger is a visual artist, writer, and educator based in New York. Since the late 90s she has been exploring the relationship between art, science, and the spirituality of immanence in both her work as an artist and in numerous essays and symposia. In A Silent Mattering: On Art, Crisis, and the Urgency of the Real she asks what good is art in a time of crisis?
CIRCLINGS shows examples of a new book of drawings by Garry Kennard, which were prompted by the final lines of the last canto of Dante’s Divine Comedy. These words describe the vision that Dante experiences at end of his journey through hell, purgatory and paradise. They tell of his witnessing the creative power at the heart of creation. In this he sees a great circling of reflected spheres and rainbows and, somehow, the human image within it all. The article includes the preface by Paul Broks, clinical neuropsychologist-turned-writer.
Anna Sofie Jespersen is a Danish artist based in London who produces emotive figurative works. Anna’s powerful drawings are laden with feeling. Her large scale works have a particularly strong impact. She discusses her ideas and work in Projecting desires and fears.
Artist and writer, Richard Bright, has addressed the relationship between art, science and consciousness for over 30 years. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally and was the recipient of the ‘Visions of Science’ Award, The Edge, Andrew Brownsward Gallery, University of Bath (Second Prize Winner). In Vessels he shows some recent work from the series.
Plus, there are articles by Philip Goff: Science as we know it can’t explain consciousness – but a revolution is coming ; Guillaume Thierry: GPT-3: new AI can write like a human but don’t mistake that for thinking – neuroscientist ; and What is nothing? Martin Rees Q&A.