Location: United States
An architect with his own practice for over 45 years, Alan is also a practioner of yoga philosophy and meditation.
His art work combines both passions by creating structured and layered digital collages which express the hidden meanings of worldly and spiritual phenomenon.
Alan's artwork is created with digital photos combined, enhanced, and transformed using Photoshop Elements, Photoshop Express, Akvis Oil Paint, Canva, MyPaint, Remove.bg, and Neuralstyle.Art software.
Education: Columbia College; Columbia University School of Architecture (B.Arch. '65); Harvard Graduate School of Design (M.Arch. '66).
Here is Alan's description of his artistic process:
"These are all digital images using a variety of software to modify photographs and layer images and then transform them in various ways. I begin with figurative images, then transform them into more abstract images, and then combine the figurative and abstract. The process starts as a mental concept, then becomes an immersive experience where I exercise an intuitive part of myself that is usually hidden."
SEE A VIDEO OF THE ART WORK HERE:
SEE HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGES HERE:
Expressing the Interplay and merging of two symbolic swans (Hamsa in sanskrit) representing the individual consciousness and universal consciousness which float in the lake of mind.
Traveling to sacred sites and experiencing their vibrations is external pilgrimage. By internalizing those impressions our subtle inner life is greatly enriched.
In yogic meditation practitioners use mantras and yantras, and eventually may have direct inner experiences of the subtle fire and light within.
Ritualistic bathing to cleanse oneself of impurities is common to many traditions. But the more subtle inner bath involves immersion of the individual mind in universal consciousness.
The mystery of twilight (Sandhya in sanskrit) lies in the subtle spiritual transition between experiencing the ordinary world and the Higher Reality.
To express the pure emotive essence of the original more figurative images, these transformations were created using a variety of filters.
In Yoga philosphy the Lotus represents radiant beauty emerging from a living entity which is anchored in the mud.
Though rooted in the mud, the Lotus and the Waterlilly rise up to the light and are non-attached to their murky roots.
To convey complex ideas, images are assembled in a linear manner to create "Panoramas" or longer "Cycloramas". For a more immersive experience of my artworks, printed images are mounted on semi-circular frames for a "panorama" and on fully circular frames for a "cyclorama". To view the complete "panorama" artworks you must walk from side to side of the mounted images. Some "cycloramas" are mounted on a turntable so the artworks move and reveal themselves to the viewer slowly.
Sadhana in sanskrit means the spiritural practices that provide inner experiences which lead the seeker towards the Highest Reality.
Freedom from the mind's binding powers is the goal of spiritual practice. To attain this freedom the seeker should "burn" his karma in the "fire" of knowledge and perform his actions selflessly for the benefit of others.
This cyclorama is mounted on a rotating turntable so the viewer only sees part of the image at one time.
Four still views are shown here. To see a video of the rotating cyclorama click on the link to "High Resolution Images" next to my profile photo.