Exploring Ourselves: Assertiveness and Vulnerability by Sam Abelow

I've made two paintings which illustrate disparate moods: That of fragility and aggression. Both of these so-called “sub-personalities” represented in these paintings are undeveloped, or raw in their characteristics. Fragility is an immature emotion, which can grow into vulnerability. This is because the former cannot cope and the latter is strong within a sensitivity. Aggression is an undeveloped form of assertiveness. The instinct for self-defense and action can be utilized in a meaningful and purposeful way.

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The Making Of: A Grid of Green Dots by Sam Abelow

I woke up in the middle of the night to a vision; it was a grid of luminous green dots with little bits of yellow poking out. Beholding this sight, I felt a sense of numinosity. That morning I did a little sketch, knowing that I would have to produce a painting based on this mysterious design.

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Living Myths in Paint: Sandro Chia Exhibit by Sam Abelow

There are two painters I currently admire above all the rest, although there are many examples enduring works of art. The first is Paul Gauguin, who painted actively in the late 1890’s. The second is Sandro Chia. I attended Chia’s first exhibit in New York City after a decade, at the Marc Straus gallery this late winter, early spring 2017. On display were a couple dozen affecting and mature paintings.

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Emerging into Your Authentic Self: Nigredo in Ancient Alchemy by Sam Abelow

Nigredo roughly translates to “blackness” or “blackening,” and in alchemy was considered the first stage toward the ultimate goal of obtaining the philosopher’s stone. Initially, Calcinatio is the main alchemical operation in which the chemical ingredients (or prima materia) first must be refined and cleansed by intense heat and burning, that would result in a blackening of the material. The desired result was to burn away any imperfections or alien substances, to leave behind only the purest of substances.

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Beginning Your Journey into Mindfulness: A DIY Buddhist’s Personal Experience by Sam Abelow

The fascination with the Chinese hermits went from curiosity at an intellectual level to an experiential understanding which was brought about by practicing both in daily life and in seated meditation. Once the experiences starts to unfold you begin to see the many layers and scales to these truths. It's something so simple but we come from such complex and built up conditions that breaking these down can be extremely difficult. 

I'd also like to note that in a very simple way the practice can be summarized by discipline, concentration and wisdom. It's something that closely relates to psychoanalysis, but with a dash of Taoism and quantum physics thrown in there. I'd also like to mention the wisdom comes from paying close attention to ourselves and slowing down. This involves a meditation practice where we engage with ourselves and aim to develop a more aware perspective. 

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The Story Behind My Art: The Mother, The Hermit and Transformation by Sam Abelow

My art is a search for something; I’m digging around. It’s like I’m gardening, in an intraterrestrial place, like a cave. You see, I’m digging for a well, then it caves in and I fall over. There, I discover something unexpected, even revelatory.

My art is not merely a search for aesthetic sensibility or beauty. Although I love materials and colors, the search that I’m doing is much more internal; it has mystical qualities.

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Trumpism and the Neglected Archetypal Feminine by Sam Abelow

In order to bring a more comprehensive scope and even more depth to the study of the archetypal dynamics at play in politics and social movements today, we must recognize the role of the archetypal Feminine[1]. The social turmoil and divisive politics in the United States and Europe, all of which terrify, yet also excite and stir change — as seen in movement and countermovement, progression and reaction — are all contained within the most essential and primordial archetype of all: The Great Mother.

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