Paul Laffoley and Future Organic Technology


Intro to Paul Laffoley and Future Organic Technology

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To call this man’s artwork profound is a complete understatement. The Futuristic Art of Visionary Philosopher/Designer Laffoley is without parallel.

Immensely detailed mandalas of geometrical systems, thought symmetries, machines of the future, bioengineered living structures, methods of creating time-machines and dimensional wormholes are just the beginning!

Below
is a brief bio on Mr. Laffoley

IN THIS SECTION

Laffoley Introduction page
Gallery 1 various works
Gallery 2 various works
Gallery 3 various works
Gallery 4 Large Scans
Details of “Black / White hole”
Also See :
Laffoley.com – Paul’s Official Homepage

MySpace Profile for Paul Laffoley Art
http://www.myspace.com/paullaffoley

Breaking News:
Ever wish you could view these paintings close enough to read every word? Well, I spoke with Mr. Laffoley 3/31/06 and he agreed to assist in establishing an online multimedia archive of his works at full-resolution with Paul’s commentary on the details of each design and an index of terms & concepts.
Click here for more information or to Support this Project.


Paul Is Founder and Director of the Boston Visionary Cell:


The Boston Visionary Cell
is an association of Neo-Platonic artists, primarily, and others from disciplines which act as supporters and consultants, for the purpose of fostering visionary art, considered as an eternal genre — otherwise known as cosmic, cosmological, magical, or occult art — in the Boston and New England area.
As individuals, we all believe in a mystical explanation for the Universe, whose forces of nature are expressed as a Macrocosm and a Microcosm — a Without and a Within of the Universe, Reason, and Necessity. Also, we believe, the visionary sensibility is on the rise again in the world and will appear quite functional and necessary. In this belief we recognize, of course, the influence of many individuals and groups, but our spiritual mentor is the late Teilhard De Chardin.
The visionary sensibility has been interpreted as a revival of late nineteenth century symbolism or an entirely new phenomenon. We prefer to consider it as an essentially eternal artistic force which has time-oriented manifestations as deemed necessary by the destiny of history.

Paul Laffoley, President
THE BOSTON VISIONARY CELL
36 BROMFIELD STREET, SUITE 200
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS 02108


Architectonic Thought Forms:
A Survey of the Art of Paul Laffoley, 1968-1997
(text from austin exhibit)
A Traveling Exhibition Organized by the Austin Museum of Art

Fall 1999 – December 2000

“Paul Laffoley was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1940. Categorized as slightly autistic as a child, he spoke his first word, “Constantinople”, at the age of six months, then remained silent until the age of four when he began to draw and paint. A graduate of Brown University, he has maintained throughout his life the independent spirit of the self-taught artist. As a result of his spirit, while studying architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, he was dismissed because of his concepts. He later apprenticed with the visionary architect Frederick Kiesler in New York and became a registered architect in 1990.
Laffoley formed the Boston Visionary Cell, Inc., in 1971 as a means to identify like-minded visionary scientists, writers, and theoreticians. He has participated in over 200 exhibitions, both national and international, and has been the subject of numerous articles and essays. The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue.

Architectonic Thought Forms: A Survey of the Art of Paul Laffoley, 1968 – 1997 is the first museum retrospective of the work of this Boston -based visionary painter. A theorist as much as an artist, Laffoley’s work explores possible, but not yet provable phenomena. To create his complex works, the artist draws upon a staggering range of literature from the popular to the arcane – works in such disciplines as art history, history, physics, science fiction, classical literature, architecture, and such occult sciences as parapsychology and theosophy.

The exhibition will contain approximately 30 works including major paintings drawn from private collections,
several works on paper, and three-dimensional works grouped around three fundamental themes:

* The Time Machine. Of those inventions prophesied by H.G. Wells, the Time Machine is the only one which has not yet become a reality. Laffoley, however believes there is a linkage between time machine awareness and the presence of U.F.O.s, which may in fact be time machines from another dimension.
* Operating systems. Laffoley approaches truth not as an absolute, but as a series of interdependent choices. Works like Temporality and Dimensionality suggest that our sense of reality is only true to the degree we are able to perceive all that is possible.
* Lucid Dreams. These works, such as It Came From Beneath the Sea, are the artist’s depictions of extraordinary dreams he has had while he was aware of dreaming.

To picture his utopian world view, Paul Laffoley combines representational imagery with diagrams,
symbols, and texts. Painstakingly wrought, he produces only a handful of canvases each year.
With their dense fields of information, these paintings are to be read and pondered as much as beheld.”


text from Kent Gallery NYC

More Info on Paul Laffoley’s Ideas
“Laffoley approaches his work as the translation of pure knowledge into physical realization. His paintings act as doorways to possible realities – representation of what has yet to exist or occur. Each painting involves the viewer in a rapturous moment, where the forms of each canvas equal the imaginative power of its theoretical subject.

To create his complex works, the artist draws upon a staggering range of literature from the popular to the arcane – works in such disciplines as art history, history, physics, science fiction, classical literature, architecture, and such occult sciences as parapsychology and theosophy. Each painting is diligently researched, taking one to three years to complete. Laffoley’s approach is truly transdisciplinary, disregarding barriers between art and science, engineering and painting.

For Laffoley, “portaling” is characterized as the exchange between present knowledge with the possibilities of the future. In this sense, the portal is explored as a moment of insight. Each of the seven painting included in the exhibition articulates a portal indicating utopian possibilities, extrapolating upon the present to foresee what can only be imagined:

Topics Include:
Alice Pleasance Liddell the possibilities of childhood imagination
The Omega Point the future of evolution
The Visionary Point
the connection between that which has no history and that which has only history
Utopia: The Suspension between the Possible and the Impossible
the dynamics of a utopian community
Cosmolux the portal of cosmic space
Black White Hole cosmology and a new world view
The World Soul of Plotinus travel between two and three-dimensional forms

Laffoley was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1940. After being dismissed from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Laffoley apprenticed with the sculptor Mirko Baseldella, before working with the visionary architect Frederick Kiesler.

In 1971, he formed the Boston Visionary Cell, an institution dedicated to the practice of visionary art and philosophy.
In 1990, he became a registered architect. He has participated in over two hundred exhibitions, both national and international.

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Austin Museum of Art, Texas Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts.
Brockton Museum of Art, Brockton, Massachusetts.
Continental Can Corporation, New York.
First National Bank of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts.
Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts.

INTERVIEWS
2001 Thanaton III produced for Channel 4. (original broadcast January 28, 2001). interviewed by Richard Metzger

1999 Pseudo.com Online Network interview with Richard Metzger of The Disinformation Company

1998 The Mystery of Genius (two part series) produced for the Arts & Entertainment Channel
produced by Robert Fiveson. (broadcast in 1999). interviewed by John Metherell

1997 Paul Laffoley on the Time Machine Strange Universe
(original broadcast September 10, 1997). interviewed by Alisyn Camerota



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Laffoley Introduction page
Gallery 1 various works

Gallery 2 various works
Gallery 3 various works
Gallery 4 Large Scans
Details of “Black / White hole”

Laffoley.com – Paul’s Official Homepage

MySpace Profile for updates on Paul Laffoley Art


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