Category: abstract

Michael Carini | As Open Wounds Open Wings

Michael Carini | As Open Wounds Open Wings

As every story has a past, present, and future, what may at first glimpse appear to be non-objective abstraction is in fact energetic imagery interacting and breathing through the boundlessness of space and time đŸŒč

Featured: “As Open Wounds Open Wings.” Sometimes our wounds are our only true source for growth and healing. Don’t run from your pain…Use it. Use your pain to become everything you have ever dreamed of being.

As every story has a past, present, and future…

As every story has a past, present, and future, what may at first glimpse appear to be non-objective abstraction is in fact energetic imagery interacting and breathing through the boundlessness of space and time đŸŒč

“Intimacy Of The Infinites (Intimafancy)” is a personal reflection upon the intimacy of relationships and the eternal life they imbue. Through a limited and symbolic color palette, coupled with abstract imagery conceptually based on Michelangelo’s iconic image of the hand of God giving life to Adam in the Sistine Chapel, the artist’s hand breathes life into this colorful creation as the “Figura Serpentinata” (representing the creation of the aforementioned figures in both masculine and feminine forms at the point of touch) draws you into the glowing luminosity of the center, only to be pulled back out as the cycle lives on and repeats in a pattern everlasting-

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A lot of my work has a mathematical base at th…

A lot of my work has a mathematical base at the core. I’ve always enjoyed playing with concepts of geometry, fractals, and the Golden Ratio. I keep those concepts in the back of my mind so I can utilize them just enough to still break the rules. After all, this is my world.

Featured: Detail shot from “Intimacy of the Infinites (Intimafancy)”

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Michael Carini | NEW ART SHOP

Michael Carini | NEW ART SHOP

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Featured: “Intimacy Of The Infinites (Intimafancy)” is a personal reflection upon the intimacy of relationships and the eternal life they imbue. Through a limited and symbolic color palette, coupled with abstract imagery conceptually based on Michelangelo’s iconic image of the hand of God giving life to Adam in the Sistine Chapel, the artist’s hand breathes life into this colorful creation as the “Figura Serpentinata” (representing the creation of the aforementioned figures in both masculine and feminine forms at the point of touch) draws you into the glowing luminosity of the center, only to be pulled back out as the cycle lives on and repeats in a pattern everlasting-

As every story has a past, present, and future…

As every story has a past, present, and future, what may at first glimpse appear to be non-objective abstraction is in fact energetic imagery interacting and breathing through the boundlessness of space and time đŸŒč

“Intimacy Of The Infinites (Intimafancy)” is a personal reflection upon the intimacy of relationships and the eternal life they imbue. Through a limited and symbolic color palette, coupled with abstract imagery conceptually based on Michelangelo’s iconic image of the hand of God giving life to Adam in the Sistine Chapel, the artist’s hand breathes life into this colorful creation as the “Figura Serpentinata” (representing the creation of the aforementioned figures in both masculine and feminine forms at the point of touch) draws you into the glowing luminosity of the center, only to be pulled back out as the cycle lives on and repeats in a pattern everlasting-

Currently on view at Cathedral Catholic High School

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Adolf Wölfli and Henry Darger; Outsider Artist…

Not too long ago I did some research recognizing characteristics of Outsider Artists, comparing and contrasting the artists Henry Darger and Adolf Wölfli. I found the works they created to be really interesting, especially in relation to their mental health.

Adolf Wölfli

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‘General View of the Island Neveranger,’ 1911, by Adolf Wölfli.

From the Cradle to the Grave, Book 4.

The Swiss artist Adolf Wölfli (1864-1930) is an extreme example of Outsider art. Wölfli created art against the backdrop of schizophrenia and isolation. The state of his mental health becomes immediately apparent when viewing his artwork, due to the overwhelming nature of it. This high level of work seems to have given Wölfli a form of protection against his violent psychosis at times, and has now been described as the “locus classicus of schizophrenic art.” It can be recognised in his creation ‘General View of the Island Neveranger’, where Wölfli experienced a drive to fill every space to a dazzling degree. It contains a wealth of lines, symbols, text, and musical notes. The term ‘horror vacui,’ (the horror of empty space) has often been used in relation to Wölfli’s concentration with space and symmetry, however it is not entirely justified. It is perhaps more of a need to explore all his obsessions at once, rather than a fear of an empty page. It was necessary for him to create not just content, but an organised world of his own. He formed his imagined autobiography with a fantastical life, which was a far cry from his reality. In evidence of this, ‘General View of the Island Neveranger’ is composed of text relating to this fictional autobiography and figures plucked from his imagination. Those incorporated into his stories take part in endless adventure.

Adolf Wölfli was extremely isolated after being institutionalised. As a result of this, his inspirations are internal and come across strongly on paper. Using ‘General View of the Island Neveranger’, an illustration of these inspirations, comes in the form of the miniscule snail and human heads incorporated with the cross. These held a fascination for Wölfli. They represented transformation and rebirth, and therefore became intensely repeated motifs in his work. The idea of “liberating itself from the body’s enclosure” was behind these symbols. Other symbolic reiteration includes the repetition of music notes, an essential part to his work which transforms it into a strange composition. When listening to the product of this composition, even the music itself contains very repetitive sounds.

Henry Darger

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‘Untitled: Before the War,’ and ‘Are Almost Murdered Themselves as They Fight for Their Lives,’

date unknown, by Henry Darger.

The American artist Henry Darger (1892-1973) invented both beautiful and horrific worlds through his cartoon creations. Darger meets the definition of an Outsider artist for a number of reasons, especially due to his self-inflicted separation from the mainstream of society beginning at a young age. As he had suffered from extreme poverty, experienced the loss of his mother, and was institutionalised during his childhood, Darger found the reality of life to be too painful. Resulting from this, he created his own imaginary world through art, particularly through that of his ‘Realms’ narrative.

Looking at Henry Darger’s volumes of works, his obsessive traits are very clear. His obsession with childhood and fixation on young girls, his most common subject matter, is at times overwhelming in his works. In his untitled work, which I will name ‘Before the War,’ we see how detailed his created world can be. It’s large width is filled with children, and idyllic icons of nature. Each girl is given their own dress and action, as well as their own identities, personalities, and sayings represented through the small text. Even the species of children vary. Some of the children are less human, and more resembling fairy-like beings. This work is overcrowded not just visually, but the information behind it is a product of astronomical detail through his stories of fantasy adventure.

What Made Them Outsider Artists?

Outsider artists can sometimes engage with reality, while others deliberately retreat from it. It can be seen in the examples of both Adolf Wölfli and Henry Darger that they chose to retreat from their reality of hardship, and instead reconstructed their own universe from it. Regardless of their impoverished backgrounds and mental health concerns, they never lost their ability to play and create fantastical fictional worlds, creation much like you see in childhood. It is obvious in their works how their childhood trauma affected them.

When comparing the works of these artists, the most transparent aspects of their alienation are seen. Their obsessive traits, as mentioned before, in relation to space and repetition can be first recognised. A principle element to Outsider art is the isolation from the mainstream. This is a characteristic which Wölfli and Darger certainly shared. Wölfli, being institutionalised, and Darger being a recluse, resulted with very inward-looking world views. They became their own source of inspiration and their works were therefore very symbolic. It is understandable that certain aspects of their lives would be amplified into obsessions. For instance, Wölfli’s love of music, and Darger’s duelling relationship with Christianity are frequently seen. Wölfli’s musical notes are once again recognised as the dominant focus in many of his works. Darger’s artworks often mimic horrific scenes based on the Christian Passion. Children are crucified and the narrative itself sets the faithful against evil and the non-religious.

Less obvious themes throughout the artists’ works are psychologically deeper. The traumas that both suffered early in life, combined with their impoverished backgrounds, resulted in them becoming emotionally stunted. This created a drive to return back to the innocence of childhood, a common narrative in their artworks which may also provide an understanding on their shared fixation of young girls. In their artworks it seems they constantly sought to reinvent their childhoods. As mentioned, Wölfli attempted this by creating an alternative fantasy autobiography, and Darger formed many versions of himself through alter-egos. They created their own universes not completely divorced from reality. The fantastical lands and the figures that fill both their works stem from a loose connection with reality.

In summary, perhaps the most notable similarity between Adolf Wölfli and Henry Darger, is that they simply made art for themselves and from themselves. They had no stronger drive than to create and delve into their own universes. They did not wish to fit into the academic categories of their time, but considered the fact that not creating was illogical. It was a way of expressing the exploration of their individuality. However, because of the pure expression of this, we’re left with questions: particularly the question of what really is Outsider art? Today, their works are shown in museums and in exhibitions. It creates the juxtapose of the outside and the inside. Outsider art has garnered its own status in the art world, yet we still cannot exactly identify what it is. By exploring the works of Wölfli and Darger, common aspects can be seen, but not always precisely defined. We can only recognise possible similar characteristics through exploring the lives of the artists.

Michael Carini | NEW SHOP

Michael Carini | NEW SHOP

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As every story has a past, present, and future…

As every story has a past, present, and future, what may at first glimpse appear to be non-objective abstraction is in fact energetic imagery interacting and breathing through the boundlessness of space and time đŸŒč

Featured: Mirror rorriM (The Reflection). Acrylic on canvas. 48in x 30in. This painting reflects upon the only person that can change your life.

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Michael Carini | Labyrinth of the Butterfly

Michael Carini | Labyrinth of the Butterfly

“The Up-Side of Down” was inspired by a 2009 assault and battery that hospitalized Carini with multiple facial fractures, severe eye trauma, and a concussion. Carini’s signature icon, which he saw flashing in his head during his concussive state, is a key repeating element in this series that represents life growing from death and discovering the positives in negatives.

Featured: Labyrinth of the Butterfly. One of my most intense and intricate paintings to date, this painting started out white and red. Somewhere along the journey I lost my way a bit and was tangled up in the labyrinth. When I emerged, this was the result.

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