Fluidism Art - From Traditional To Transcendental Action Painting

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Fluidism Art – From Traditional To Transcendental Action Painting

New Category Of Art

The word, “fluidism”, can be used to label a distinctive category of fine art painting where both the substrate and the subject are the same. “Substrate” means the actual material from which a painting is constructed (i.e., the paint). “Subject” means the intellectual motivation from which a painting grows(i.e., the meaning, representation, or purpose).

In fluidism art, the substrate (i.e., what the painting is made of) and the subject (i.e., what the painting is about) are inseparable. The substrate IS the subject, and the subject IS the substrate. The visual and verbal appeal of fluids extends directly from physical properties, chemical characteristics, and dynamical patterns of fluids in motion. In fluidism art, both the perceptual and the conceptual appeal of fluids interact to produce deep enlightenment.

Fluidism paintng, thus, is the activity of mixing and manipulating real fluids, in order to discover, to experience, and to present fluid dynamic patterns as ephemeral forms of art.

SPHERES EN L'AIR, Robert Kernodle, fluidism original painting
SPHERES EN L’AIR, Robert Kernodle, fluidism original painting

Primal Source Of Inspiration and Intelligence

Throughout history, various artists have engaged in creative activities that fit the label, “fluidism”. More than 2000 years ago, Shinto priests of ancient China, for example, created sacred art by dropping ink into ponds and transferring the resulting concentric patterns to rice paper. Ancient Japanese artists, during the twelfth century, refined this ink-dropping style into what later came to be classified formally as suminagashi, which means “floating ink “. Craftspeople in the Ottoman Empire, during the fifteenth century, developed a closely related painting style called “ebru”, which roughly means “cloud art.”

In modern times, a technique known as “marbling” came into fashion in the West, subsequently falling out and into fashion periodically. Closer to the present-day, as the physics of fluid dynamics progressed, various science students discovered the beauty of this physics, which resulted in some scientific-minded people turning their primary interests towards the art of fluid dynamics. One such scientist-turned-artist, for example, is Chris Parks, who originally studied engineering at the Imperial College, London.

Most of the world’s religions appear to have always had a close connection to fluids that ran parallel to artistic and scientific interests. The idea that life and reality arose from fluids, in fact, seems widespread in the world’s various beliefs, from Ancient Egyptian myths to modern Judeo-Christian stories of creation.

While select artists throughout history have found great inspiration in fluids, and while modern science has made extensive use of fluid dynamical ideas, almost all religions have revered fluid as the origin and foundation of reality, as we know it.

Modern astronauts have played with fluid water in the weightlessness of outer space. Contemporary painters have played with fluid paints in the minimal-gravity conditions of parabolic airplane flights. Don Petit is one such astronaut, and Frank Pietronigro is one such painter. Both metaphysics and physics now revere fluid in each field’s own special way.

Consequently, a special word, “fluidism”, seems justified to help unify this widespread, human creative interest.