E S O T E R I C  R E A L I S M

Adam & Eve

Adam & Eve

TRINITY

TRINITY

Man Inside Mirror

Man Inside Mirror

Gangster in Cut Outs

Gangster in Cut Outs

Man Inside w/Cutouts

Man Inside w/Cutouts

Man Inside (detail)

Man Inside (detail)

Family Portrait w/Cut Outs

Family Portrait w/Cut Outs

1+3=2

1+3=2

Three Brain Beings

Three Brain Beings

Techno Squeeze

Techno Squeeze

Mushroom Head

Mushroom Head

Stuck Points

Stuck Points

Hanging Over a Pinnacle

Hanging Over a Pinnacle

Quantum Gate

Quantum Gate

Inner Couple

Inner Couple

Transformation

Transformation

Inner Figure, Cutouts, Obstructions

Inner Figure, Cutouts, Obstructions

Spatial Trap

Spatial Trap

Ripening

Ripening

Three Ring Circus Sideshow

Three Ring Circus Sideshow

Sideway Cut Out Face

Sideway Cut Out Face

Dog Pound

Dog Pound

Two People in Cut Outs

Two People in Cut Outs

Finding Father

Finding Father

Cut Outs - Black on White

Cut Outs - Black on White

Cut Outs - White on Black

Cut Outs - White on Black

The Eternal Battle

The Eternal Battle

Spatial Embrace

Spatial Embrace

Lost Parts Triptych #1

Lost Parts Triptych #1

Lost Parts Triptych #2

Lost Parts Triptych #2

Lost Parts Triptych #3

Lost Parts Triptych #3

Lost Parts Triptych

Lost Parts Triptych

Burning Figure

Burning Figure

Sacred Bundle

Sacred Bundle

State of Being-Fragmentation

State of Being-Fragmentation

State of Being-Transparency

State of Being-Transparency

State of Being - Unity

State of Being - Unity

States of Beings

States of Beings

Serengeti

Serengeti

Pieta/Bondage

Pieta/Bondage

Dreamstate #4

Dreamstate #4

Spectators

Spectators

See-Saw

See-Saw

Coupled - Nature's Day

Coupled - Nature's Day

Mask #1

Mask #1

Mask #2

Mask #2

Mask #3

Mask #3

Mask #4

Mask #4

A Bathroom Dream

A Bathroom Dream

Bathroom Dream 2

Bathroom Dream 2

E S O T E R I C  R E A L I S M

OBSTRUCTIONS - INNER / OUTER - CUT OUTS - MASKS - WINDOWS & SHADOWS

I coined the term Esoteric Realism, to contain and represent this large body of work. This work captures something fundamental about humanity and essential about human suffering. It represents a painful condition of man being stuck in an unconscious state of being, unable to see it, or change it, and in this unconscious state, doing great damage to the perfect balance of the natural world and our ability to protect life on Earth.

In 1974 I made a spontaneous drawing with geometric shapes imposing their will on the figure (see fig. #1 below).  I call these geometric shapes "Obstructions" and began to explore all their implications and associations. The strong interplay between rigid shapes and the fluid organic lines of the captive squeezed figure, held great potential to express on a formal level, many of the esoteric ideas that I study (see fig. #2 below). As this idea developed I found a connection with Bacon's paintings that uses a similar juxtaposition of geometric shapes and a distorted figure.

On another level, these images represent an agonizing condition of helplessness and unconsciousness, hinting at the conflicted relationship of humanity vs. technology; or the divine battle between the spirit and the flesh. Much like the Cubists, my figures are also reinvented, but now as a direct result of cause and effect; where powerful directional forces; binding limitations; and gravity; stretch, squeeze and pull the figure into different "states of being" (see fig. #3 below). Initially, the obstructed figures represented a kind of blame, a force affecting us from outside of ourselves, outside of our control.

 

As this idea evolved, two new ideas emerged. In the first one: the Obstructions disappeared; and the human figure itself became "a container", with an inner figure (essence) painfully unaligned within its outer shell (see fig. #4 below). But now, the expressed meaning is clearly an inner process, no blame just "inner work", as the figure struggles to normalize and align the inner with the outer (authenticity).

 

In the second idea: the Obstructions transformed from a positive solid geometric object into a negative space, a hole that no longer could exert any force to distort the figure, but now it offers new spatial possibilities and another layer of complexity. These Cut Outs reveal an unseen inner-world; and create opportunity to juxtapose the inner with the outer creating spatial tension between the surface of the painting and the interior pictorial space; and between the parts of the figure and the whole. As the figure is broken down into ever smaller pieces, perhaps on its passage to the quantum level, I think of movement from the physical realm into the realm of light.

(see fig. #5 below).   

 

Some of the cutout paintings create a kind of "virtual reality", asking the viewer to see what’s revealed in the inner space of the window, and then to use their own imagination to visualize what the hidden regions of the paintings look like and imagine the image complete. This is a very interesting idea which I continue to explore.

After 10 years of creating many different "Obstruction" drawings, one day I spontaneously drew a figure with it's inner figure coming out of it's mouth, out of it's outer shell (see fig. #6 below). It was so obvious when it finally appeared yet it took me a decade to finally see it materialize.  I knew it was important and I felt excited yet respectful of the ramifications of change and new possibilities for me. The inner figure was now liberated of its outer shell (the physical body) and its limitations. Once expressed, I felt a new freedom to expand my exploration into more of what it means to be human and alive, expressing all kinds of emotional, intellectual, and psychological content. To see more esoteric drawings, check out my (Inner/Outer Book video).


I have been exploring photography for many years, and for the last seven years I have been playing with both Space and Time and I call these works, SPIME (SpaceTime). There are images that merge multiple perspectives and create Cubism; other images that create impossible situations and defy logic; and still other photographs where the images express the esoteric ideas that I study (e.g. a figure with it's inner figure emerging from it's larger outer shell. (see SPIME photographs).

Esoteric Realism is a contemporary portrait of this inner struggle to separate fiction from fact; face the Truth; and transcend our current level of being.