Some themes in New Age art reveal expectation and dread of immanent change. Artist Marc Alexander graphically questions perceptions of doomsdays and real disasters, after the 2011 Japanese quake and tsunami. Some politicians and cults use inherent catastro-phobia to their own ends.
Biblical prophets warned that no one would know the day or hour. The red spiral is some lyric from Leonard Cohen’s song, Future: “Take the only tree that’s left, and stuff it up the hole, in your culture. Give me back the Berlin wall, give me Stalin and St Paul, give me Christ or give me Hiroshima… the blizzard of the world has crossed the threshold, and it has overturned the order of the soul. When they said; Repent, Repent, I wonder what they meant… There will be breaking of the ancient Western code, your private life will suddenly explode, there’ll be phantoms, and the white man dancing.”
A sense of repressed immanent doom was palpable in popular culture understatements of the 2000 millennium; 2001 9/11 terror attacks; 2012 Mayan Long Count zero; global financial crises; Arab spring waves; pollution; and Age Aquarius (type 5) start (since 2016; See Furter 2014). There was an expectation of larger changes to come, which astrologers saw in 2020 charts involving air, water, society, science and Internet (ASSA 2019). The 2019 autumn mass protests (assembly, type 5) worldwide, for freedom (varicoloured 5) and environment (water 5) against ‘extinction’ (5v13), heralds the Age of science, ritual (administration), hyperactivity, global friendship and standards.
Marc Alexander’s death and oracles collage subconsciously expresses archetypal structure in unusual detail, with several types using more than one character.
Type label; Character (archetypal features):
1 Builder; Scientist (hero) with book (book) warning of solar flare or meteorite (ruin).
2 BuilderA; Osama bin Laden, of a construction family (builder, tower), terror leader (ruiner), legs crossed (twist), at Dome of the Rock and city (towers).
2 BuilderB; Drug junkie (ruin) injecting with arm-cord (twist).
2c Basket; Hooded (hat) junkie?, holding her knees (leg-link). And plaque? (texture) or implant? (secret, weave) with hole (weave). And number 666 riddle (secret). And junkie’s syringe (instrument, container) and bound arm (arm-link). C-types are usually off the grid, between specific axes.
3 QueenA; Horse B (equid, long neck) of apocalypse (sacrifice).
3 QueenB; Horse A (equid, long neck) of apocalypse (sacrifice).
3 QueenC; Skulls heap (sacrifice).
4 King; Radiant (sun) eye capstone on pyramid (rectangle base), USA seal (king) reverse.
5a PriestA; Below statue?, in veil? (tailcoat head?).
5a PriestB; Statue?, mother and baby in swaddling? (sash).
5b PriestA; Sumo wrestler or boy (hyperactive).
5b PriestB; Chest (heart) of Pope (priest) with vestment (sash).
5c Basket Tail; Vatican chest? (container?).
6 Exile; Boy (small) abandoned (sacrifice, scapegoat?), near the axial centre (ingress).
7 Child; Signage (eyeless).
7g Gal.Centre; Nuclear waste and radiation signs. And Judgement Day poster dated 2011. And overturned car (path).
8 Healer; Nuclear waste (smelt) and radiation scientist or politician; or detractor (heal), with signage (discs).
9 Healer; Buddha statue meditating (bent forward, strong, heal, trance).
9c Basket Lid; Posters and T-shirt (texture) against homosexuals and aircraft (container, metal). And cast (metal, wheel) of Shiva destroyer (enforce, lid of destruction lifted) with cap (hat), dancing (arms up) with arm circle (arm-link, disc).
10 TeacherA; Canabis pusher (market) tattoo man, hands at chin (arms up).
10 TeacherB; Couple kissing (). And goat head (more typical of 6) in circle (disc).
10 TeacherC; Two space heroes? on a medallion (disc, metal).
11 Womb; Face (more typical of 15) on Mars? (tomb?), on medallion (disc, more typical of 10), lower position (womb?)
12 HeartA; Chest (heart) of Zeus with thunderbolts (weapon, war).
12 HeartB; Chest (heart) of Eastern person.
13 HeartA; Eastern person B.
13 HeartB; Eastern person C.
13c Basket Head; reeds? (oracle? weave? tree?) of Eastern woman C.
14 Mixer; USA president Obama (transform).
15 Maker; Two (double) heroes twisted (more typical of 1, adjacent) in battle, one climbing (rampant), under a book (order?).
15g Gal.Gate; Strong couple’s legs (limb joint, path).
Axial centre; unmarked, as usual.
4p Gal.S.Pole; Death costume’s jaw (limb-joint).
11p Gal.Pole; Ruin’s top corner (juncture).
Midsummer or Cel.Pole; Ruin right edge (juncture).
Midwinter or Cel.S.Pole; Ruin left edge (juncture). The horizontal plane places midsummer in type 1 Builder /Ruiner, analogous to Taurus, thus spring and the cultural time-frame in Age Aquarius, slightly ahead of the work (which was made before 2016).
Archetype is the ‘DNA’ in all cultural media
The standard format of structuralist analyses of artworks inspired by ayahuasca visions, confirm that all cultures and counter-cults subconsciously express about 100 known recurrent motifs in complex artworks, built sites, and other cultural media. The only possible explanation for the presence of the complex and quirky detail or ‘meta-data’ of the inherent structure of expression, is that all artists, societies, perception, ‘mind’, nature and meaning itself, is pre-determined by archetype.
Recurrent optional features, and axial spacing of the eyes or focal points of characters in artworks and built sites, enabled the discovery of five layers of perception and expression in all styles and cultures. Below is a guide to how to identify the subconscious structure, or visual and spatial ‘DNA’, in any complex artwork or built site. Archetype guides the way that nature and culture expresses matter, energy, and meaning. Thus structuralist anthropology analysis raises the innate blueprint of archetype to conscious understanding for the first time. The rigorous underlying regularity in apparently random behaviour is named mindprint in artworks (Furter 2014), or stoneprint in built sites (Furter 2016).
Demonstrating this natural, inborn imprint in artworks, reveal how themes, symbols, styles and even ‘different’ media, all use the same repertoire of features (see the list of known features, and the axial grid model below).
In 2010, after 26 years of study in the human sciences (anthropology, psychology, sociology, archaeology, art history) and crafts (astrology, I Ching and other forms of divination), I found previously unknown recurrent features in rock art, and started testing other art forms, styles, and media. By 2011 I had confirmed the specific structure, and the average frequencies of optional features, in Renaissance, ‘Ethnic’, Religious, Modern, Surreal, Abstract and all other recognised art styles. By 2013 some of Pablo Amaringo’s ayahuasca-styled artworks were part of the evidence (Furter 2014; Mindprint p157). By 2017 I found that several artists inspired by ayahuasca visions (such as Nic Warner), were designing works as complex in conscious concept, and in subconscious structure, as masters in any other style or school (see https://mindprintart.wordpress.com/2016/10/03/ayahuasca-art/). Recently I demonstrated how three aya-styled artists subconsciously express the universal structure (Furter 2019; DMT Times). This article adds more artworks and artists to the database of subconscious expression of the core content of culture.
The only structuralist difference from other art styles, is that the inherent time-frame in ayahuasca art tends to be in Age Pisces-Aquarius, or in Age Aquarius. This framework was formerly found mainly in monumental public works intended to perpetuate an event or culture. The current Age transition is confirmed by the prominence of type 5 Priest or Ritual, or its opposite, type 13 Heart or Death, in the artworks; and by extra features of type 5 in the artworks. For the last 2000 years, from about BC 80 to AD 2016, the dominant time-frame was either Age Pisces, or the foregoing Age Aries. Artists in every Age mostly express the time-frame of the former Age, wherein they believe their culture was rooted or formed. Age transitions are always subtle and gradual. Some themes in recent New Age art, reveal a sense of dread and expectation of immanent change.
One species, one culture, programmed to divide
Cultural media allow superficial differences to support competing socio-economic interests via tribal bonding. Our hard-wired compulsion to express the same innate story worldwide, is ironically as strong as our compulsion to rally around the slightest differences. These cultural ironies are also inherent in our eternal obsession with the afterlife and the subconscious (see Ayahuasca Oracle of the Dead as counter-cult to Divide and Kill culture, on www.stoneprintjournal.wordpress.com). We fear and repress the subconscious, yet we seek some assurances and interaction from it. Our rituals, diagnoses, healing, drugs, maturity cycles, myth, drama, art, theology and science, invoke and use conscious and subconscious logic. Individual and social maturity cycles strive to reconcile life and mortality, and painful differences between our conscious and subconscious compulsions.
Art comes from archetypal inspiration, prompted by nature, innate perception, and some examples; not from number, myth, decans, zodiacs, drugs, or any media in particular. See some Surrealist artworks, and some DMT-styled artworks in structuralist analyses on https://mindprintart.wordpress.com/2016/10/02/peyote-or-mescaline-art/
How to identify archetypal structure in artworks
The five subconscious, structured layers of expression globally, are (a) typological characters with specific optional features; (b) type sequence, clockwise or anti-clockwise; (c) axial grid between eyes or focal points of pairs of opposite types; (d) three pairs of polar junctures, implying three planes of expression; (e) orientation of polar pairs vertical or horizontal to the ground-line or a cardinal direction, co-incidental with the seasonal time-frame of the local culture. Here is a guide to how to identify the subconscious structure, or visual ‘grammar’, in complex artworks containing eleven or more characters.
Axial grid of the sixteen types (1 to 15, but repeating 5 as 5a and 5b), and four transitional types (2c 5c 9c 13c) in artworks. Orientation and radial diameters are random, as in most artworks.
The types could be labelled after any popular set, such as species, myths or months. Generic labels, such as social functions, avoid the false impression of diffusion from one particular medium or culture. Here is the set of mindprint labels to identify archetypal characters. Axial opposites are given above/below one another:
Characters expressing archetypes always have their eyes (except a womb at 11, and a heart at 12/13), on an axial grid, formed by standard pairs (1v8, 2v9, 3v10, etc). Artworks also express two ‘galactic’ polar points (4p v 11p); two galactic crossings (7g v 15g); and three polar points: Midsummer or Celestial Pole (cp), Midwinter or Celestial South Pole (csp); and Ecliptic Pole at the axial centre (unlabelled to avoid clutter). Polar points are not on eyes, but on limb joints.
The four main types could be doubled, as they are in the axial model (1v8, 2v9; 5a v12, 5b v13); or they could be single (2v9; 5v13). The total is usually twelve, fourteen or sixteen. Some other pairs may also be doubled in complex artworks. The axial grid always confirms the sequence of eyes along the edge.
Structuralist analysis of artworks could be tested and compared in the standardised mindprint format to fill in, with optional features to confirm or delete, as known by May 2019:
,,,,,,[Artist]; ,,,,,,[Artwork] expresses ,,,,,,,
General themes in ,,,,,,,,’s ,,,,,,,,,, artwork, are type/s ,,,,,,,, typical of ,,,,,,,,,,, (here ,,,,,) and ,,,,,,,,,,, (here ,,,,,,,,,,).
,,,,,, [Artist]; ,,,,,, [Artwork title] (image after ,,,,,,,,. Mindprint labels and axial grid by ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,). The general theme in this work is indicated by extra features of type ,,,, typical of ,,,, and ,,,, and ,,,,.
Type Label; Character (archetypal features):
[delete the optional features that are not expressed]
1 /2 Builder; ,,,, (twist, cluster, bovid, bird, tower, build, sack, hero, book, spring, maze, pit, rain).
2c Basket; ,,,, (weave, shoulder-hump, instrument, container, hat, weapon, throne, snake, secret, planet, arm-link, leg-link).
3 Queen; ,,,, (neck long/bent, dragon, sacrifice, queen, spring, school, fish, ram, pool).
4 King; ,,,, (squat, king, twins, rectangle, sun, bird, fish, furnace, field).
5a/5b Priest; ,,,, (colours, priest, hyperactive, tailcoat head, assembly, horizontal, water, heart, large, bovid, reptile, winged, invert, weapon, sash, judge, felid of 13 opposite, equid).
5c Basket Tail; ,,,, (weave, tail, container, tree/herb, reveal, maze, disc).
6 Exile; ,,,, (ingress, egress, horned, sacrifice, small, U-shape, double-head, caprid, reptile, tree, disarmed).
7 Child; ,,,, (bag, rope, juvenile, unfold, beheaded, chariot, mace, eyeless).
7g Gal.Centre; ,,,, (limb joint, juncture, path, gate, water).
8/9 Healer; ,,,, (bent forward, strong, pillar, heal, disc, smelt, trance, canid).
9c Basket Lid; ,,,, (disc, hat, lid, instrument, reveal, hump, planet, weave, enforce, pillar, snake, metal, arm-link, leg-link).
10 Teacher; ,,,, (arms up, staff, hunt-master, guard, metal, market, disc, council, snake, ecology, school, carousel, canid).
11 Womb; ,,,, midriff,,,, (womb, wheat, water, law, felid, tomb, interior, library).
12/13 Heart; ,,,, chest,,,, (heart, felid, death, rounded, invert, weapon, war, water-work, angel).
13c Basket Head; ,,,, (oracle, head, hat, lid, weave, tree, tail).
14 Mixer; ,,,, (ingress, egress, time, tree, bird, angel, antelope, felid, reptile, fish, canid, dance).
15 Maker; ,,,, (churn, rope, rampant, order, bag, mace, weapon, doubled, smite, sceptre, face, canid, reptile, winged).
15g Gal.Gate; ,,,, (juncture, limb joint).
Axial centre; Unmarked /on ,,,, (limb joint /juncture).
04p Gal.S.Pole; (limb joint, juncture).
11p Gal.Pole; (limb joint, juncture).
Cp Midsummer; ,,,, (limb joint /juncture).
Csp Midwinter; ,,,, (limb joint /juncture).
Midsummer is on the horizontal /vertical plane /north-south meridian /east-west latitude.
These markers place midsummer in Leo /Cancer /Gemini /Taurus, thus spring and the cultural time-frame in Age Taurus /Aries /Pisces /Aquarius, confirmed by ,,,,,, prominence.
Structuralist features of expression are universal, and subconscious to artists, architects, builders, crafters and members of any culture.
[Delete the optional features that are not expressed in your example]
Polar markers usually place midsummer on or near type 12, 13, 14, 15 or 1, implying spring and the cultural time-frame 90 degrees earlier (in seasonal terms), in Age Taurus1, Taurus2, Aries3, Pisces4 or Aquarius 5a. The spring type is often confirmed by some kind of prominence of the character expressing type 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5.
See some structuralist analyses reports on artworks in related styles, and examples of the absence of mindprint in photographs, on https://mindprintart.wordpress.com/2016/10/01/mushroom-or-psilocybin-art/
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See more New Age and ayahuasca art structuralist analyses on https://mindprintart.wordpress.com/2016/10/03/ayahuasca-art/ and on DMT Times in the article ‘Ayahuasca artists also express universal structure’.