Monday, 6 March 2023

Two Titles of Sculptures with Significant Relationship Towards One Another

  

Two pieces from 2017 and 2018 with an explanation of the significance of the titles and the evolution thereof:

Reach No.1 - yellow cedar - 2017
Unsought Terminus No.1 - western red cedar - 2018
 
Reach No.1
 
  
Unsought Terminus No.1   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reach No.1 illustrates the desire for liberation but the feeling of a membrane prevents the exit. In retrospect, this membrane is indeed illusory—and that is good news in general : )

This anecdotal idea comes to a resolution with Unsought Terminus No.1 which can be interpreted as an ending or exit (which is necessary for a "new birth" or revelation to occur) which ironically comes about after the positive effort is put aside. This effort follows an idea constructed by memory and thought which is not the actual and is therefore a futile activity.

Now in retrospect of the titling of this piece, the detailed explanation of how this comes about was still unclear to me at the time and the title thus refers to a description of the phenomenon but goes no further. The active cause of the termination of a false entrapment is a negative process, or an inquiry into what is (with the inherent/simultaneous result of its termination). Through insight (which we define as a total understanding as oppose to fragmented or analytical understanding) into what is, the falseness is seen and the fictional belief looses its existential power (it ends). To be clear, what is, is the positive effort based on the desire as we mentioned before. So, in effect, seeing the futility of this general process of thought (as an attempt to find liberation), leads to this very liberation which was sought after in the first place.

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Sunday, 5 March 2023

Though-Based Reality No.2 - 2019 - With Inspirational Sources


 
 
Thought-Based Reality No.2 in an outdoor setting + rant with inspirational sources (at the end) : ) Enjoy.
-Knife-finished exterior, gouge-finished interior
-Carbon-black painted interior representing vast depth
-Leather strip inlay (bordering white tip)
-Intuitive expression of illusory reality/maya/dualistic reality
-There is liberation from this utter falseness. This requires firstly vigour, passion, awareness, strength and intellect; then trust, love, death (of falseness), clarity (of perception); after which comes bliss, Love, wholeness, unity, compassion and the revelation of true immortality/divinity.
-Despite what the dualistic mind may think, liberation is not the direct result of: conclusions, theory, protest, reaction, aggressiveness, temporary heightened states (like drug induced ones), forming of groups or other isolative activity, escapism, inactivity, etc. These are all still thought-based actions (with the exception of temporary states, which is a different matter for discussion). Many claim to be on the side of liberation but have no idea what true liberation means and therefore give liberation a bad name. This is why you see so many rational people reject the idea all together. This is a mess. There is true teaching available and some that I back are:
-J. Krishnamurti (but disregard the discussions that try to probe into the literature because he has not read the scriptures, metaphysical literature, etc.): The value of Krishnamurti's teachings are in his raw message from his direct perception. Period. The worth of listening is in so far as the listener goes through a process of radical insights and "core restructuring" (in my term). He will remind us over and over again, that "This is not a lecture. This is not a form of entertainment." And he urges us to listen completely, giving our total attention to what is.
-Ken Wheeler (aka Theoria Apophasis): Ken is the most refreshing mind I have come across on the connections between metaphysics and physics (specifically magnetism). His recommended readings will unlock the dormant intellect. I have been reading from this list for the past 3 years and I can say how appreciative I am that I didn't waste any more of my life reading garbage (which is 90% of the material out there). I could write volumes about Ken Wheeler but better to check him out yourself on youtube under his pseudonym mentioned above. He has videos split into 4 main categories: metaphysics, magnetism, current affairs and photography. I am referring to the first two subjects of course.
-Upanishads translated by Nikhilananda: The Upanishads comprise the metaphysical part of the Vedas. Their purpose is to reveal to us through our inquiry and contemplation, the actuality or Truth of Brahman (the absolute).
 
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Monday, 30 January 2023

Morning Poem

 

Morning Poem
 
As the warm glow gradually
Intensifies above the rocky hills
The soft light of a new day is upon us—
 
Yet, the hypnosis persists,
The incessant mistakes—
Digging own graves
Of unrooted misery
By turning away
From thirst quenching Truth—
 
A moment's rest
And infinity floods in—
The divine purity
Is always.
 
MS23
 
Opportunity No.2

 

Wednesday, 18 January 2023

Arch No.40 with description

 

Arch No.40
W 6.5"
Western Red Cedar, Stucco, Acrylic, Wax
2023

Although I am certainly inspired by geological and life forms, I do not usually sculpt specific ones. The subject matter for the pieces is found directly from the realm of geometry (often curvilinear). The themes are inspired by metaphysical inquiry where I find the most beautiful truth and ideas. Arch No.40 takes on the bifurcated form again, this time with a ceramic stucco exterior contrasted with a smooth waxed interior. The two "plates" approach one another forming a narrow canal between them. The theme of unity is again at work behind, surrounding at throughout the dyadic interplay of form.
 

Sunday, 4 December 2022

Acting: a short poem, with an explanation of poetic approach

 

Acting
With strings to the past
Like a marionette
Tethered to a memorial beast.
Never ceasing,
The drooling monster
Continues pulling strings.
Limbs acquiescing
To the Mindless impulses
Of this cognitive machine.

The cool orange
Hint of daylight
Emerges upwards
Above the rolling hills
Through the narrow slit
In the blanket of clouds.
The day is beginning.
A new day
Where Act will flower
With every pulse
And every breath
Of pure life
And endless bliss.

MS22

*Just a note on my poetic approach for those who are interested:
There are different ways of using poetry. I use poetry as another means to convey a deeper metaphysical message. What do I mean when I say metaphysical? There is a division between philosophy based on the validation of theories and conclusions which are more concerned with winning the argument than at arriving at the one truth, and there is philosophy which is for the purpose of revelation and ascension. It is the latter with which I am interested. What drives my poems is an inspiration, a flame which works through the cognitive faculty to produce something which contains that flame. Without this, I don't write poetry. It is a prerequisite. I think this inspiration or flame is emerging from the heart field, associated with the heart shakra; and I consider metaphysics to be concerned with the conscious ordering of the "non-moving" activity Known from this field.


Saturday, 26 November 2022

Craft and Gravity: a poem

 

Material curvature,
Molded by hands,
The heart flows
Through the fingers
Infusing the material
With pulsing life.

Take a seat,
Feel the armrest,
The bend, the give,
The chair receives
Your weight—

Gravity connects all
Physically and divinely,
The earthly, nay, cosmic reminder
Of renewable life
And constant flux.

MS22
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, 3 November 2022

Arch No.33 (description with poem)

 

 

The 33rd of the Arch series takes the bifurcated form for the second time, but in yellow cedar (the first, Arch No.32, was in red cedar) which exhibits a subdued natural grain. The sculpture thus preserves its light cream colour, a very pure and calming hue which invites attention quietly. The incipient emergence of two forms from the single and whole form not only symbolizes the ultimate unity of the dyad, but also raises geometric questions of relationship and meaning therein. As, the sense of the form varies drastically depending on the angle of view (appears to have two distinct components from the front, yet its unity is clearly betrayed (visible) from the side views as the shallow concave system is revealed), the form thus encourages the viewer to explore and discover.

The continuous yet divided
Merges yet separates,
Envelops yet is contained,
Connects yet remains alone,
And acts yet acts not
For it exists simply
As an illusion.

MS22

 

Arch No.33 - 2022