Ashram performance art, India

The context of art denotes, in a sense, the pursuit of humanistic concerns as within modes of expression defined through political community. This analysis considers the internationalist approach focusing on those Hindu inspired movements that formed a type as a template for various tokens to develop in the various new religious movements. The overview takes only a small section that I have personally encountered in greater and lesser degrees of participation since 1984

Artistic mobilization

  • reformist Hindu movements
  • have a strong international following, as within Osho commune
  • Affiliated with United Nations as do the Brahma Kumaris
  • advocate forms of ego transcendence through meditation, as a methodology of Ramana
  • art in a liberal sense of free expression to integrate personal identity over time. as Aurobindo

Modes of artistic activity

Neo transcendentalism through art

A feature most prominent in the groups I encountered from 1984 up to 2018 is a commitment to transcend the standard ways of thinking and perceiving a person. I explore this notion in the article A sculptural odyssey. This is where the idea of a soul as the animate feature of the human animal takes on ascriptive resemblances to a stone sculpture. The act of sculpting the icon gives the inanimate stone a animate soul like property through name and form. What is new about this in a modern capitalist phase of industrial production is the art as a mode of production that also acts as a humanistic pursuit for transcendence from the animate into the icon’s vision. 

Early Austrailan artist influences.

Antoine Fauchery (1823-1861)
Traveller and photographer of colonial exploits including prospectors in North Queensland. La Trobe collection, state library of Victoria.

James Freeman (1814-1870) Professional photographer and experimentor in medium.

John Glover (1767-1849) Early depictions of Australian bushland.

Elizabeth Gould (1804-1841) Drawings of Australian birds.

G.F. Gregory (1824-1887) high key paintings

E.J. Lukes (1839-1864) History painter, arrival of Burke and Wills as Flinders River.

How early Australian artist photographers’ influenced my style?

Early photographers in particular Antoine Fauchery resonate with the project of social documentary . It was experiment and social documentation that set the social within the environment. He captured the activity of miners jostling over gold along the Palmer river in the Colony of Queensland. However it was James Freeman that experimented with the chemical nature of photography. Chemical use of various resins enables variations to emerge as a form of perspective. So for example building up layers of resin gives a magnification of the underlying image.

How early Australian artist naturalists influence my style?

Elizabeth Gould drawings of Australian birds influenced Australian artists, and acted as a forerunner for many enthusist bird photographers. The similarity with such early illustrators of fauna and flora are though photogrphic images. The images are place through illustratior making an image trace. The process of photography then posses the main challange as well as how to then portray the depiction.

Australian bird in flight
The same image but an image trace

The act of wondering into the wilderness.

E.J. Lukes typified the wondering character of early colonial explorers who documented characters like Burk and Wills fated expidition. What lies at the edge of house? This is a question that drives a good portion of my act practice. It links to the early exponents of visual and textual representation of reality. Australian art history is littered with examples of Australian artists as painters capturing pastorial scenes.