GEORGE SAKKAL

"COGNITIVE UNCONSCIOUS VISUALISM"

(CUVISM)

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     In 1912 the French artist, George Braque, created the first fine art paper collage. Braque's accomplishment was revolutionary. His innovation ushered in a new era in art. The monopoly technique of painting with a brush was now permanently altered. The paper collage changed forever the regard for the use of the traditional paint/brush stroke process as the means to produce art. Fifty years later in 1962, with the creation of my first collage, I discovered a process to apply paper so that the finished work appeared to be the equivalent of a painting thus advancing paper as a fine art medium.

     In the seventeen years that followed (1962-79) I performed extensive experiments with this medium. The results of these experiments made me realize that paper offered unlimited possibilities for the creation of art. I concluded that for most of the 20th century, paper’s use had been minimally understood, appreciated or exploited as an art medium. I observed that most collagists who used magazine photographs as their paper source apply the photo while ignoring a photo’s important inherent properties. These properties within a photo are flat color, color with texture and color with structure. Each of these properties can be separated out and formed into a multitude of small paper parts. These parts can be used intuitively in search of   a composition and applied from all four sides of the work surface until the art is revealed.

     At the point of composition discovery the emphasis in the development of the work gradually shifts away from intuition toward conscious decision making. Here, in its final stages the work is detailed and refined into a finished collage. The resulting work bears no resemblance to the photos from which it originated. Applying inherent properties within photos, involving the unconscious steps of search and discovery followed by conscious refinement creates a collage of intense complexity and dynamic visualism.

     I refer to the resulting art as CUVISM...or "cognitive unconscious visualism". CUVISM totally rejects Duchampian Post Modern conceptual art theory declaring it to be false. CUVISM is an outgrowth of extensive research findings in the field of neuron science that when applied to art identifies the unconscious mind as the primary force in creative human expression. CUVISM depends on methodology not ideology. It advocates the belief that art is a visual creative manifestation of the human experience. Its compositional depictions originate in the cognitive unconscious mind that draws upon a vast wealth of the memory of human experience. it relies upon the near infinite and miraculous functionality of the retina of the human eye acting in conjunction with the artist's intuitional capacity to achieve artistic creativity.