Total Art

A New Art Manifesto

Total Art
rediscovery of the
place of the complete
cosmic consciousness of  
human orgasm through
the genitals in art


Harrison White

What is art?

Is it anarchy? Communism? True socialism: sharing of ideas and ideals? Is it simply nothing, not mattering in the least?

No.

Then, what is it?

Art is not a philosophy or a non-philosophy, it is a merger. It is both Pop (ular) and Secular at the same time as it is spiritual. Art encompasses everything. It chants, it means everything. At the same time it means nothing. We feel full of art because it touches us on the emotional level that religion does. Even if it means nothing, even if it is the epitome of complete darkness, the point we find in the pieces twists into our hearts and gives all art meaning.
I say twists for a reason. Art is twisted. True art, that is. When the church, with religion, took over the art, they began to attempt to purge all art of true meaning, darker meaning. But as we can see, from the Sistine chapel, many angels in immoral, judging poses, to the plays of everyman, where the Devil is unavoidable, all art is sick and twisted like the void inside of humans. The basic need to search, to seek out, is grotesque to many- that is why we settle down in life. If we refuse to, then we can cling to the baseness that is human form. Humans are animals, and therefore are grotesque, screaming demons like the rest of the animal kingdom.

Throughout art history, there are examples in all forms of great grotesqueness. Art on caves is simple, but it tells a story. As usual, there is the death element present. That thing all people fear, maybe animals as well. Animals are exaggerated, as are people, and the animals are given emotion. And so, literature begins in art, art begins in literature, and the first stories are those for children: Mr. Happy the Mastodon, or Terry the Pterodactyl.
The Greeks potted bronzed versions of themselves, over deified. Rome made art from war, as did the land’s East. For organization is an art form, perhaps one of the most offensive. The chaotic state is natural. Order is unnatural. Therefore, to base humans, the chaos of an orderly society imposing itself is blessing. Rejoice follows, as in the example of the United States and its blind eye to the crown falling off its Emperors.
Then, the Middle Ages, religious influence in most quarters, excepting the east, and even their philosophy of Religion in Art is applied. Spirituality is valued over true religion.  If you can think deeply, and reflect true human nature, which turns out monstrous, you are as divine as a holy man. The beautiful paintings of the east reflect this. They are so perfect, that anything outside of their world is completely wrong. We live, then, in the wrong world. A gruesome, immoral, and human world. The paintings are a reflection of the divinity we try for but never attain. Once again, the human struggle of existence, and triumph over nonexistence, is reflected in art which shows us as we truly are: terrible.
Rediscovery, and eventually art is moved into modernism, post-modernism, and so forth, with the stops along the way in movements such as abstraction, Dadaism, surrealism, and even photojournalism. Why photojournalism? We see ourselves as we are, in these terrible, wretched states, and those who focus on the others, those happy, only show the illusion that one puts on publicly. As for nature, if there is no one present, it is once again perfect, as no demons exist therein. We are angry at ourselves, as we can not find a way to exist in this Eden as we are the evil that would plague it.
As you can see, there are numerous examples in all forms and periods of art of the basic creed shared by Total Art: Art is the Revealing of the Terrible Truth of Existence, namely, we are the bane to ourselves. Art shows our faults, as we are all imperfect. As we are all imperfect, we are all ugly. As we are all ugly, we transform from flesh and blood into spirit, which is art.

The spirit is kept in art, nowhere else.
Art is successful to reveal the spirit.
The spirit will always be what we least desire.

Art is what we wish most to avoid.


- Elizabeth Steele October 3, 2005

           Canto XVI

10   “Ahimè, che piaghe vidi ne' lor membri
11   ricenti e vecchie, da le fiamme incese!
12   Ancor men duol pur ch'i' me ne rimembri.”


THE DIVINE COMEDY
        INFERNO
-DANTE ALIGHIERI