For me, the imaginative process almost always involves working within a "series concept". These series
concepts can be both cerebral and light-hearted at the same time. The series becomes the "vehicle" that
drives ideas and guides the creation of specific images and shapes.
My current series is entitled "Angels" and is realized from the abstract shapes chosen in a composition of squares with abstract elements in each one. My working title, "Angles and I", was more straightforward. As the work evolved, I thought it was too simplistic and not as reflective of the work. So, I changed a few letters around and came up with "Angels". Perhaps the abstract shapes can be conjured up to represent almost anything but as "Angels" the viewer can become immersed into a realm of religious scenes.
I am happy that these pieces are presented in such a way as to make the viewer do a little bit of work and conceive images and scenes on their own.
It occurred to me when I finished one of the paintings in the series that perhaps these abstract shapes can be perceived as something entirely different from what it appears.
How do you conjure an image of something that is not real but only exists in imaginations? Does your brain begin to create scenes in your mind?
I guess first you would have to know about religion and the role Angels play. In almost all religions, they exist.
An Angel is generally a supernatural being found in various religions and mythologies. Abrahamic religions often depict angels as benevolent celestial beings who act as intermediaries between God (or Heaven) and humanity.
Religions like Hinduism and Buddhism, as well as belief systems such as New Age spirituality, say that Angels can be beings who have worked their way up from low to high spiritual planes by passing spiritual tests, and may continue to grow wiser and stronger even after they've achieved an angelic state.
Some people believe that Angels record the activities people choose to do. Some New Age, Jewish and Christian believers say that an Archangel named Metatron records everything that happens in the universe, with help from Angels of the powers angelic rank. Islam says that God has created Angels called Kiraman Katibin who specialize in recording deeds and that God assigns two of those Angels to each person, with one recording the person's good deeds and another recording the person's evil deeds. In Sikhism, Angels name Chitar and Gupta record the decisions of all people, with Chitar recording deeds that other humans see and Gupta recording deeds that are hidden from other people but known to God.
Angels are powerful spiritual beings who serve God and human beings in a wide variety of ways, say people who believe in them. The English word "angel" is derived from the Greek work "angelos," which means "messenger." The faithful from the world's major religions believe that angels are messengers from God who carry out tasks that God assigns them to perform on Earth. (Whitney Hopler)
There have been good Angels and bad Angels and the ones portraited in this series are all good. They help people to do good things and watch over them.
Santa Fe, New Mexico resident Gelbart is a painter and sculptor with an Architectural Rendering and Design background.
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