Urrealist Gallery Past and Present
Urrealism can be thought of as a Surrealism version 2.0. Its roots are to be found in Andre Breton’s accounts of the shared creativity of the early days of the movement in his Radio France interviews. They are also found in the book, Signe ascendant, originally published by Editions Gallimard in 1949. In that book, there is a series of 22 lithographs entitled, Constellations, by Joan Miro. Each lithograph appears on the left-hand page and faces an Andre Breton poem on the right-hand page. Breton’s poems are all inspired answers to Miro’s images, written spontaneously in the Surrealist’s favored “automatique” style. Breton often worked in tandem.
You will see below some of Signe ascendant, as well as examples of art answering art found in the past. Creation as a form of conversation is the main device of the Urrealists. One urrealist work always implies another. However, we take in a deeper view than our predecessors, working with the following assumptions: First, that there is always a Spirit of the Times that influences the creations and perceptions of a culture. This means that there seems to be a remarkable similarity between what creators in all fields are finding. We call this, the wave at the edge, or the Clock of the Soul. it is also called, the guiding or living mythology of the culture. When C. G. Jung would ask, “What myth am i living?”, he was working with a similar idea in mind.
Second, we consider the cosmos and all that is in it to be a work of art. Urrea list practice deepens the experience of the natural world and we find this pleroma is just as much a form of inspiration and language as the art of humanity. Urrealism, therefore is, by nature, an ecological effort.
Third, while Breton’s goal was an expanded reality that he described as the union of the conscious with the unconscious, the Urrealists enjoy a wider field of psychological and spiritual resources and experiences. His goal, we now call maintaining the balance of body, soul and spirit. The source of the Spirit of the Times can be intuited within as well as without. This can be done through dream, vision, ritual, prayer, contemplation, meditation, mediation, creative process, art answering art.
Fourth, while the Surrealists engaged in a revolutionary acting out, the Urrealists attempt a transformation by inviting people in. The space where creation answers creation, that urreality, is open to all who wish to join in the dance and participate in it.
Fifth, by means of our creation shared, we experience an ever- deepening experience of being alive, aligned to the Spirit of the Times. We experience a participation in what is coming to be. We experience an Awakening to the convergence where the Timeless intermingles with the Time-bound. The Upanishads call this the Right Enjoyer. The Urrealist description for this is that it is like two friends sleeping near each other who wake up with the realization that they have already been in conversation as they slept. The friends continue that conversation in the awakened state in a cosmos re-enchanted.