to Paul Laffoley and
Future Organic Technology
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
symmetries, machines of the future, bioengineered living structures,
methods of creating time-machines and dimensional wormholes
are just the beginning!
Paul is Founder and Director of 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 -
New TechnOccult Interview with Paul
Paul Laffoley talks with Technoccult TV east coast correspondent Nick Pell about his work, how history is finally catching up to him, his design for a 4 dimensional building for Nelson Mandela.
Architectonic Thought Forms:
A Survey of the Art of Paul Laffoley, 1968-1997 (text
from austin exhibit)
Traveling Exhibition Organized by the Austin Museum of Art
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
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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:
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
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.
UPDATE from MIQEL: The LaffoleyArchive site is down for rennovation until sometime in the fall of 2009.
It will return with a new domain address and expanded content.
Launched in 2007 with Paul's approval, the Laffoley Online Archive is a resource for deeper investigation into the futuristic designs,
and historical references in Laffoley's art. It includes fully retyped text from close to a dozen paintings,
videos and a glossary
of unusual terms used in the paintings.
In February 2009 I had some thyroid problems at the same time the domain & hosting came due.
The resulting illness and
medical costs prevented me from renewing the domain and it was sold by the hosting company to a domain squatter.
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In October 2008 I was selected to introduce Paul's
Marathon 6 HOUR LECTURE(!) at the Esozone 2008 Event
Austin Museum of Art, Texas Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden,
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
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