not human art   painting krzysztof kuszej
not human paintings   The images I paint are documents, graphic instructions for intersubjective cognition. They are not objects that decorate walls. The meaning of the paintings goes beyond aesthetic values. They have nothing in common with aesthetics. Images are documents describing realities that truly exist, transcendent of universal conventional reality. Including the reality of shunyata, which is experienced repetitively and explored in a rational way. The meaning of images goes beyond the arbitrary interpretation of subjective impressions. Subjectivity in the documents has been kept to a minimum. Descriptions of intersubjective cognition of the reality of shunyata are empirically confirmable, and the content of the images is prepared for independent verification and criticism.
Artistic formal exploration finally came to an end in the 20th century. From impressionism, cubism through abstractionism and conceptualism. Art had reached the end of the formal search. The epigones of this search are the heirs of Marcel Duchamp, commonly present today, anointing anything, giving it the rank of a work of art. The end of Art has been announced. It turned out, however, that it was the end of certain ideas about art. Contemporary art proposes something more than playing with texture, color, composition, or freely chosen objects. A work of art without a coherent message is just an aesthetic object. It is a painful proof of misunderstanding contemporary challenges and the direction of art development. The complexity of the contemporary world requires something more than an attitude promoting unlimited and free interpretation of an artistic work. Today, the artist brings to his work a content transcendent to art. Art for art's sake is already just a craft. It is dead. Contemporary art is based on an attitude containing a deeper message of content. It is the coherent, deeper content, and not the form that today testifies to the quality of the artistic message. It is the precisely constructed idea rather than the mere artistic object that is the work of art today.
Contemporary society has reached the end of its development possibilities. European science and culture, largely based on logic, are no longer able to respond satisfactorily to the challenges of today. Mathematics and physics, in the face of their latest discoveries are often helpless in understanding them, psychology and philosophy do not answer the fundamental questions they formulate. These limitations can only be overcome by changing consciousness. Awareness deepened with knowledge about the functioning of the mind, and knowledge about the true structure of reality. This knowledge can be gained by working on the mind, using methods developed by Eastern cultures. Meditation techniques are the best tool for this today. Meditation allows us to look at reality from a different perspective than the Western one. Properly guided, it discovers the falsification of the mind dominated by the ego. Through meditation it is possible to limit the activity, or even to exclude those areas of the mind that are responsible for the subjective, distorted image of the world. This, in turn, allows us to observe reality in its pure, absolute dimension. Meditation shows that a better model of society is possible. A society of people aware of their minds, attentive. The development of a higher consciousness will become the next step in the development of the western civilization, which has been based on the logic of civilization so far. Teachers in schools take care of the physical condition of their students, not caring completely about their condition and psychological self-awareness. Therefore, we have societies of people who do not know their own minds, who are not able to use them to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Societies of war, intolerance, aggression and hatred. Societies of people unaware of the existence of mental forces that control them. They do not control their drives and emotions. Societies of people living in mental ghettos, in reality falsified by billions of ego. A society of people deprived of knowledge about the existence of parallel reality, free from all the drawbacks of a post-industrial society. Today's anachronistic minds, which formed the industrial civilizations of the 19th and 20th centuries, are completely incompatible with the needs of a modern, conscious society.
The turning point in the process of consciousness change is the experience of parallel reality (shunyata). In this state it is possible to see reality without ego. The form of the outside world comes from the mind. When the ego is present, it is one reality. The other reality (parallel) is experienced when the ego is not there. Then the shape of the outside world is different. These are two different in terms of the form of reality. Because these realities overlap (emptiness contains a stained reality and vice versa), one can say that the form is emptiness and emptiness is form. Since these realities manifest themselves in different ways, there is a qualitative difference between them. Therefore, meditators know exactly when they are experiencing shunyata. They do not experience a quantitative difference (even deeper meditation, even more merit), but a qualitative difference (different reality, different way of experiencing it). The mind experiencing shunyata is very active (not dull, lethargic). But its activity is limited to a previously unknown, crystalline purity. Apart from which nothing appears. There is no time in the observed shunyata. It simply does not exist. And I can't describe how amazing it is when people walk down the street and there's no time. We don't experience a lack of time in our everyday life. So he doesn't even have any ideas to describe it. Shunyata is not a mental construct. Nor is it a state of mind. Shunyata is a true, real-life reality. Independent of the state of mind. That's why you can experience it with your senses. To see, hear, or experience with touch, probably with smell. But never through any form of thinking. And only when the mind is crystal clear, without ego (when the mind does not deform). In the Buddhist texts there is: he saw the juncture, heard the bells ringing, was touched (shoe ringing).
When the mind is pure, is the only thing in it that is pure reflection of the outside world? It seems that only the reality of the noumen is ultimately there. That is, entities existing outside the mind. But we do not have access to it, because we are not able to go beyond the mind. Even if we get rid of ego by experiencing shunyata, the mind is still the one who experiences it. The moment of opening, the ability to see parallel reality (in the Buddhist tradition: shunyata, one taste, wetness) is usually achieved after many years of effective meditation practice.
In my work I base on experiences connected with meditation. I am not a Buddhist. I'm an atheist. In my work I use Buddhist methods of changing consciousness, using the techniques of many eastern schools. I use these experiences in painting, trying to translate them into a picture of the next stages of development. I try to show the complexity and simplicity at the same time, the fundamental peculiarity of states of higher consciousness. The uniqueness of the experience of being in absolute emptiness, without ego, in a state of pure mind. The mind devoid of all the disturbances that accumulate throughout life: habits, views, thoughts, feelings, science and knowledge, past and future. This consciousness creates a new perspective on seeing reality. The reality of the parallel world, which in everyday life is not available to conventional perception. It is the true nature of the phenomena that surround us, free from humanity.
The title of each painting is also a commentary. Comments complete the image, creating a whole with it. Painting, using the language of symbols, has its own limitations. Literary language has a completely different kind of limitations. The combination of these two means of expression creates an opportunity to create a fuller and complete message.

Lodz 2021

Notes to paintings:

transanthropocentric avant-garde
not human reality
meat on the bone
entanglement and mental confusion