Neighborhood I (Hummingbird Colliding Against A Surface)

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This is the first piece showcasing an aesthetic I've developed called "Meta-Naturalism." It has been an undergoing process for many years, and went through several trial and errors to figure out how the ideas work together. Below is a description of this ideology. I'm very proud to present this piece … (read more)

This is the first piece showcasing an aesthetic I've developed called "Meta-Naturalism." It has been an undergoing process for many years, and went through several trial and errors to figure out how the ideas work together. Below is a description of this ideology. I'm very proud to present this piece to the world.

Also, the image is a printable 24" x 30"

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The theory of "Meta-Naturalism" is intended to have an explanatory power for its artistic expression. In more technical parlance, it is meant to provide a rigorous, aesthetic system of presentation (a set of concepts constituting an apparent totality). It can be generally applied by traditional painting techniques, and is not limited to the use of digital technologies.

Meta-Naturalism is a combination of several early 20th century preoccupations: the beauty of movement & speed by Italian Futurism, the finitude of life & extinction in Franz Marc's German expressionist animal art, and figurative abstraction inspired by origami and non-Western cultures. These historical, artistic endeavors together provide a unique perspective regarding the representation of organic life.

The prefix "meta-" is based on a philosophical observation under Plato's theory of forms. Accordingly, the art of meta-naturalism could be considered three copies removed from Plato's perfect and true form of "nature." This distance between the archetype form of "nature" and the imitating world, the imitating world to imitative art, and thus the imitative art with a copy of itself, implies an absolute self-awareness of its artificiality.

The principal subject in a meta-naturalist work would appear to be the animal figure, but the underlying mechanism is "nature's play." Such play is manifested as physical, causal forces and their effects, evolution, and the projection of human-centric meaning (e.g. the question of "violence", the concept of force, knowledge from the senses, etc.). The ultimate goal for meta-naturalism is to depict such various aspects associated with nature's play with the utmost creativity and intensity.

Events of nature's play take place in a spatial "neighborhood" of specific contextual relationships between the aspects of play as mentioned. The manifold of these relationships are understood as a "neighborhood game" since the depiction of these spaces have its own implied set of rules, being based on a common understanding of these aspects. Where a neighborhood game expresses the picture as a whole, a playing field expresses the referential details of a picture in part.

The earliest of these ideas began in 2009. Its development is marked by rejecting the manifesto as a foundational medium for the avant-garde, and replace reactionary attitudes with coherent theoretical concepts. Readings in the works of Kant, Wittgenstein, Gadamer, and Goodman were influential.


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Amazing image Raphael. I wasn't familiar with the Meta-Naturalism movement and so it has been illuminating to read your description now. Love how you have brought the influence of origami to the rendering of movement in Franz Marc's work. ♥︎♥︎⚖️♥︎♥︎

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Raphael Tobar
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2019/11/12

Thank you Alison! Having another person see the connections that influenced the work is a relief. About "Meta-Naturalism" - it's something I came up with. Not sure if it's a movement; it may be happening in the world's zeitgeist. But a fuller treatment is on the way. I'm hoping to get the ideas published in a peer-reviewed journal. I'll put more time to writing it after I have a few more works showing what it's capable.

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♥︎♥︎⚖️♥︎♥︎

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