I. THIS IS AN UNFINISHED AND EVOLVING DRAFT
A. It is presented in outline form.
1. Many of the statements are in note form or
are incomplete sentences.
2. A final finished draft will correct this.
B. I feel that artists and thinkers should offer
unfinished works to the public as long as the
works are labeled as such.
C. I am doing this in the spirit of the following
D. Although considerable work and thought has
already been devoted to this statement, it is not
E. We invite comments.
F. We especially welcome suggestions about what
to call this kind of art movement.
1. Please e-mail us your suggestions.
2. What would you name or call this kind of art
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A. Up until recently (about 100 years ago)
painters painted directly from nature.
1. Now most painters tend to create from their
imagination, from subjective inner needs and inner
impulses or they paint based on abstract
principles or conceptual ideas.
a) Instead of drawing from nature directly,
some painters draw from their inner nature.
1) For example, Jackson Pollock used to point
out that he, himself, was nature.
2. Painting has become mostly studio oriented.
B. Painting has removed itself from nature for
the same reason that the society itself has
removed itself from nature.
1. People are no longer subject to the same
devastating forces of nature that controlled their
lived a mere 200 years ago.
2. Civilization has overcome nature to a large
a) People live much longer.
1) In just 200 years our life expectancy has
a) People live more secure and predictable
1) For example, many lethal diseases have been
wiped out or can be easily treated with
antibiotics or prevented with a vaccine.
2) Both long distance travel and travel close
to home can be reliably scheduled (most of the
time) without being subject to the weather.
3) Communications are effortless
a] e.g. the phone, faxes, and e-mail on a
b] e.g. TV, radio, magazines, newspapers, and
4) We have a reliable and cheap supply of food
C. Painting in this century has merely reflected
the break with nature that the civilization as a
whole has experienced.
D. Human beings are a part of nature and until
recently lived close to nature for better or
1. For hundreds of years the goal of technology
and science was to conquer nature, to subdue it to
serve the need of humans.
a) This has largely been accomplished, for
better or for worse.
E. In short the old relationship that humans had
with nature has been broken and we can never go
F. However, in the near future we will be
confronted with the problems that we have created.
1. The UN estimates that in the next century
world population will reach the maximum that the
Earth can sustain.
2. According to the Larousse Desk Reference the
Earth will run out of many essential materials in
the next 100 -200 years.
a) Lead, zinc, mercury and tin are expected to
run out in the year 2015, copper in 2035, nickel
in 2060, iron in 2160, and aluminum in 2220.
3. In addition there may be global warming which
is a consequence of civilization.
a) The weather and sea levels may be affected.
4. Further the destruction of hundreds of
species and the destruction of the rain forest may
affect us in ways we do not yet realize.
G. In short, we must learn to understand,
confront, and manage our own nature because it is
our nature that has created the world we live in
today and will create the world of the future.
1. Our own nature is now our greatest danger.
H. In addition because we have become so large
and dominant as a species, we must also manage the
planet, become the custodians of the nature and
the Earth from which we came.
1. At this point we have no choice.
2. Because of the immense power we have achieved
and which we will never relinquish, we must also
learn to manage the Earth itself.
I. The goals of the New Art will be to:
1. To explore and understand our own nature in
relation to the Earth.
2. To explore a new relationship with nature
since the old bond has been broken.
J. This is a heroic task in the best sense of the
1. there is no guarantee of success, but that is
the nature of heroic tasks.
2. Painting and art is well suited to create new
images and icons that can serve as touchstones and
guides to our future
3. Since this is where the future and
civilization is leading us, it is only natural
that painting and other arts would also move in
that direction and be in the vanguard
A. The word human comes from "humus" meaning soil
1. human means "from the earth" or "of the
2. humans must constantly seek to renew,
recreate and celebrate their relationship with the
Earth from which they came
B. Our goal is to create a new art which explores
the relationship between humans and the Earth on
which they live.
C. Our goal is to also understand human nature in
relation to the Earth.
D. To create symbols, icons, and experiences that
guide and help humans in this understanding.
E. Works should explore modern expressions of:
myth, vision, story, dreams, desires, wants,
F. In order to achieve the above there should
always be an emphasis on the human scale.
G. Works should create or evoke a sense of place.
A sense of place is important to a human's sense
H. Since humans need to feel that they are "a
part of things" or "a part of the world," works of
art should help people bridge their sense of
I. In order to help create a sense of belonging,
works of art might refer to, derive from, or
relate to previous art forms. By previous we mean
the entire history of civilized art as well as
primitive, prehistorical, folk, and naive art.
J. In order to help create a sense of belonging,
works of art might include the natural rhythms of
K. This art should often (but not always) be an
inclusive art. By inclusive we mean an art which
has wide appeal and is accessible to people.
1. Too much of modern art has appealed to in an
in-crowd and deliberately put many viewers at a
L. This is not a New Age philosophy
1. It's fundamental tenants are based on the
best predictions by reliable sources
2. i.e. that humans are about to reach the
limits that this Earth can provide in terms of
population, ability to extract essential
resources, and the ability of the Earth to absorb
and accommodate human by-products and pollution.
A. Humans have a fundamental need to belong and
to feel at home and to also feel a part of their
world. This cannot be reprogrammed or removed from
the human psyche without serious consequences.
1. One consequence could be that humans destroy
the life sustaining power of the Earth which would
doom the human race.
2. Humans are not machines whose needs and
desires can be replaced and redesigned at will.
a) While changes can be made, they must be made
within the limits of what the human psyche can
3. Humans must come to terms with their animal
a) Much of what we do is hardwired from
100,000s of years ago.
b) Humans must recognize and come to terms with
their animal nature before they can make
B. Art which includes the natural rhythms of the
Earth could include:
1. the weather
a) e.g. why not installations that are designed
to be looked at in rainy weather or cloudy days or
2. day and night
a) e.g. why not art forms that take advantage
of the point in time that happens each twilight
when artificial light and natural light are in
3. the seasons
4. the landscape
5. the moon
6. the stars
7. the tides
8. the summer and winter solstice
a) The summer solstice has been largely
1) Stonehenge and other ancient monuments were
built to mark and possibly commemorate this event.
b) The winter solstice is marked and
celebrated, essentially by Christmas and New
1) One of the reasons that Christmas and New
Years are such powerful ceremonies is that that
human participate in an ancient ritual.
a] such as
i] lighting lights at the darkest time of
ii] bringing a tree into the house
b] Much of the ritual of Christmas involves
pagan and Roman rituals
i] Gift giving and a week long celebration
up to New Years is from the Roman Saturnalia
c] Christmas is also powerful because it
involves the all the senses
i] church ceremonies
v] group gatherings
vii] And of course involves the deepest
~ the birth of Christ
9. the fall and spring equinox
a) the fall equinox is largely ignored as a
b) spring is celebrated by Easter
10. there were also mid-season festivals, some
of which we celebrate today
a) e.g. Halloween
b) Mid-season festival were not celebrated at
the exact mid-point but rather approximately at
C. Although this is a heroic effort, it may
involve cooperative efforts among artists and
involve artists and others from a number of
1. An interdisciplinary new art may work with
and include other arts such as poetry, literature,
song, dance, theater, music, photography,
sculpture and especially architecture, plus other
a) Artists should at times work in
collaboration. This kind of cooperation will
create new art and art forms which involve
synthesis and multiple disciplines.
b) This kind of cooperation will create an art
which does not emphasize the individual artist as
much as the partnership or a cooperative effort.
c) Examples in the past
1) the ballets of Stravinsky which included
famous choreographers and painters
2. The individual artist may be a little less
important than he or she has been in the past.
D. While much modern emphasis has been on art
that springs completely new from the artist's
mind, our emphasis is quite different. Art should
often evoke, refer to, pay homage to, or be
related to earlier art or art forms.
1. In the history of art this has been the rule
and not the exception.
a) It's only recently that artist felt they
must create something completely new.
2. Even radical modern art has been related to
earlier art forms
a) There are dozens of examples but here are a
1) Picasso studied African masks before
creating the landmark modern masterpiece "Les
2) Paul Klee studied primitive and folk art of
3) Henry Moore drew on Pre-Columbian art for
4) Jackson Pollock referred to the Navajo
Indian sand paintings as partial inspiration for
his drip paintings.
5) Bartok used Hungarian folk music as a major
part of his musical compositions.
E. This new art should include an exploration of
the myths and ideals that have guided humans in
1. For example, some feel that modern western
civilization has been primarily guided by the myth
a) Prometheus stole fire from the gods and gave
it to the humans.
1) This gave humans untold power, so much
power that the Gods themselves were angry and
punished Prometheus for doing it.
F. The particular construction of these images
and symbols can be quite flexible.
1. In particular, it can draw on the history of
art of the last hundred years - the numerous
experiments that have left us with a rich legacy
to work with in creating a new expression.
G. It should at times be less studio oriented and
more involved with the outside and Earth itself.
H. Architecture should include the outside and
create transition areas from outside to inside
(such as the buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright).
1. The building in which we live, should not be
walls against nature with windows that don't open
and air that becomes sick because it circulates
within the building.
I. The change we are going through may be as
profound as the change that humans experienced
when they learned agriculture and the
domestication of animals.
1. This change allowed civilization to flourish
because there was a surplus of food and the food
supply was more predictable.
J. Knee jerk political reactions and environment
political correctness are not welcome. The purpose
is an open inquiry and free dialogue.
K. An art which was less commercial would help
attain these goals.
1. An art which you could not buy, or possess
(at least in the usual sense) might be helpful.
2. For example, images created just for the
Internet which display best on computer monitors
would not have commercial value and they could not
be hung on the wall. Although a print could be
made, the effect would be quite different that the
image seen on a monitor.
a) My, Rick Doble, digital images of "Woman in
Motion" are such an example.
b) also images projected onto buildings
L. Some modern art has already moved in the
general direction of our New Art principles -
1. The "Land Art" movement
a) Christo's wrapped landscapes
b) The Lightening Field by Walter DeMaria
2. Picasso's Chicago sculpture which contains
wires that emit sounds when the wind blows through
a) It is very appropriate for the Windy City
b) It is a sculpture with a sense of place and
a sense of the environment into which it was
3. Jackson Pollock's dripped paintings which
were inspired in part by the Navajo Indian sand
paintings. These sand paintings were created by
shaman who poured colored sand into the shape of
figures. Later the wind blew the sand away.
4. Brancusi's endless columns
5. The realistic sculptures of people.
a) These sculptures are on the human scale.
They are are so realistic that people react to
them as though the sculptures were part of their
space not like the usual sculpture that is
separated from the viewer.
6. Rick Doble's digital images of "Woman in
a) My own art has concentrated on realistic
images of humans (they are based on photographs),
that emphasize the human scale and yet the images
themselves are iconographic and somewhat symbolic.
M. Because technology has changed, the role of
men and women are different.
1. Women and men will be full equals.
2. This is one of the most profound changes in
3. The nature and role of women has changed.
a) Women now have control over their bodies.
b) Woman can now earn a living and be
4. The role of men has changed.
a) Men need to find new models, new heroes to
1) The hero who subdued nature, protected and
provided for his wife and children may no longer
2) The male structures of hierarchy, chain of
command and pecking order may need to be altered.
3) The muscular male hero who defeats all foes
may need to be revised.
5. There needs to be stories and myths of the
heroic that apply to both men and women.
N. While this is an inclusive vision, it does
find fault with some modern trends.
1. Pop art legitimized advertising in a way that
has made it much more acceptable. Advertising now
enters every corner of our lives.
a) In particular advertising has intruded into
our most sacred and important holidays and
festivals. It has even started creeping into our
personal anniversaries such as birthdays with
mailed advertisements designed to reach the
consumer just before his or her birthday.
2. Architecture, that creates canyon walls in
the modern city, has ignored the human scale and
the environment into which buildings are placed.
a) Buildings need to be more than boxes placed
on a grid.
1) This destroys our sense of place and
b) In many of these buildings you cannot open a
window or get fresh air, hence the frequent "sick
c) Architecture needs to be created that
provides transitional areas from inside to outside
and which does not set the building and the inside
environment completely separate and apart from the
outside environment of the world.
1) For example, buildings should have some
balconies, roof top gardens, and other points that
open to the outside.
3. We believe that this movement will be opposed
by a number of people because it is not business
a) Some people will dismiss it as naive, or try
to paint it as a another new age philosophy.
1) This is flatly wrong.
2) Those who think this are themselves naive
because it is clear that the Earth and human kind
will go through major changes in the next century.
3) The warnings and basis for our philosophy
are based on the best current information and
predictions by the most informed sources.
b) While we do not oppose commercial art, we
would de-emphasize it.
1) This is bound to upset people who make a
living from the buying and selling of art.
a] they will try to belittle its