By understanding his role (eleventh house Saturn) as leader of a new (Mars in Aries) movement in the collective, he could turn his attention to the transpersonal energies represented by Uranus (television) and Neptune (film).
Working with the very material of these mediums, he transformed his art, and himself in the process, into a vessel of transpersonal energies. In astrological terms, he redefined art (the stelium in Taurus, the sign representing art, in the second house of values) as the capacity for human interconnection (the trine from the Taurus Sun and Moon to the Eleventh House Saturn).
The birth came through considerable opposition (Pluto opposing Saturn) and rebellious (Uranus) struggle (Aries) to claim the Self (First House) by acting, with his female partner, as midwife (Pluto in Cancer) to a Creative (Fifth House) movement (opposition to Saturn in its ruler of Capricorn strongly placed in the Eleventh House of the Collective) have never been so deeply moved by any work of art as BLACK PLUS X Aldo’s short film about black kids at Coney Island; he reversed the negative so the kids were white and the water was black.
Anna quoted the Grove Press Catalogue which says the use of the negative was: ”The artist’s answer to the race problem.” And even though I am color blind in regards to race, it turned my perceptions up-side-down. Getting on the subway at Harvard Square an elegant black man told me how much he liked my outfit. We sat next to one another on the train and talked. He was from Africa and runs an interactive global development project. It seemed to me that his soul was as deep as his skin was black. So deep that it had no bottom. Why, I thought, do such depths bother white people, so bound by their limitations? Could our obsession with materialism be the “antidote” to our fear of such primal darkness? Wouldn’t that mean a fear of deep space? The Unknown? I surrendered to his blackness, the depth of his soul, and by the time I got to Brookline, I believed this was the most beautiful human being I had ever met.
I related to what Askia Toure’, a black poet said at Aldo’s film screening, “Aldo showed us that black is beautiful.” How like the Black Madonna to deliver black Americans into the heights of the academy through the black medium of film!
OK. So what is this message of birth coming from Anna and Aldo? When I told Anna how much I would love to have Aldo in my show, she immediately knew what piece I was after, even though I didn’t know myself Pregnant Woman. And then, Aldo sent me the poem, which provided the work with even deeper meaning than the secrecy of the Black Madonna that Margaret Fuller carried with her pregnancy of Angelito.
What I wrote in my Black Madonna essay was: the virgin just about to give birth below the altar at Chartes Cathedral. Aldo has brought that ancient legend of the Black Madonna into the form that I didn’t even expect to discover in Black Madonna. It is the form of the Black Madonna herself.
Pregnant Woman sums up Margaret Fuller on so many levels.
And I can see it all lined up in the heavens where Aldo’s art takes root. In May, when the show goes up, Uranus, the Awakener will be contacting his Mars and entering the evolutionary passage through his T-Square. I read this as the lift- off for completely comprehensive and interconnected ouevre. Each passage unified, the whole trajectory reflects a New Paradigm the cycle of universal interconnection that is the cosmos.
The Movement I have been actively seeking and writing about with the emergence of the icon of the 21st century was lacking the genius whose unification of art, practice and connection to the Self serve as a beacon to others struggling in the chaos of the paradigm shift. Aldo was born under the cardinal T-square between the outer planets of Saturn, Pluto and Uranus that triggered the Great Depression. We are experiencing such a configuration this year as the world economic order breaks down.
The multidisciplinary art of Aldo Tambellini reveals the paradox of the creative genius: the deeper the plunge into the creative darkness, the bigger is the light. Knowing Aldo has revealed in high relief the difference between creative for the sake of being creative and creative as a bringer of light to humanity, the true Promethean spirit.
Let me look at this poem more closely:
each planet revolves
on its own individual orbit
exerting a magnetic force
inside the protective cocoon
where the unborn
is nourished by the blood
of woman & mother earth
The “unborn” is the new archetype that was still in the womb of the feminine, engaged in an evolutionary step by step process to make the delivery into the collective consciousness.
breathes energy from
the cosmic womb
through space-time mystery
we come to a world
known & unknown
Here he draws a connection from the human to the cosmic, the personal to the universal. The space -time mystery has to do with the timing of manifestation. Aldo’s art has such a deep understanding of time as relative and non-linear. When we enter the quantum reality of this newly emerging archetype, the Self, we have escaped linear time. In effect, we experience the results before rather than after actions are taken.
Let’s look at the second part of the poem:
on a shadow universe of
can you inhale the immense sky?
close your eyes
read the sky
Ok, well I read dark matter as the Kundalini. Our surrender to this power removes us from our human limitations and connects us to the immense sky of the Cosmos. The last two lines are like a Zen koan or riddle. How can we read the sky if we close our eyes? But there the connection between outer and inner is complete: As I quote ►Nassim Haramein: ‘When we go within, we encounter the universe.”
I always ask artists if what they do is conscious or not. They inevitably say it is conscious. Aldo has the best answer, which seems to be the only adequate answer: he is conscious, yet he is channeling an intelligence outside of himself. I dare to presume to label this as the intelligence of the cosmic order revealing itself through the paradigm shift embodied in Pregnant Woman.
“There is no revolution without a man and a woman at its source,” says Aldo. This is the reality that Margaret Fuller lived with her partner, Angelo Ofilli. Their son, Angelino, was the child of the Italian Republican Revolution, born out of the unified passion of his parents. In being forced to keep the child, and her marriage, a secret, Margaret Fuller became the Black Madonna. And considering that the Black Virgin was the icon of the Templars, who still today aim to overthrow the Vatican, the myth she embodied partner in the overthrow of the Pope to restore the ancient icon of the “sacred marriage” to rulership was all too apt.
In Tambellini’s Pregnant Woman, Margaret Fuller is re-visioned as birth mother via a transcendent work of art both personal ( the creator giving birth to himself) and universal (the earth mother nurturing the delivery of a new archetype into the collective consciousness in unison with cosmic timing). The form at the foundation of this work is the Tambellini motif of the circle, the sphere. As woman gives birth to her true Self, she creates a new cosmos. That is what we will be celebrating on May 23, 2010 when Woman of the 21st Century opens across the street from Harvard University, where Margaret Fuller now has an exhibition space dedicated to her!
Can academics continue to ignore the female genius that gave birth to the American literary canon, now reborn as a 21st century icon?
THE PURPOSE OF THIS BLOG...
An experiment in a 21st century form of publishing, this blog will be maintained throughout 2010 in conjunction with Lisa Paul Streitfeld's publication of Critical Trilogy, her millennial journey as an art critic in and around New York City.
The blog will contain excerpts from the three volumes as well as the author's account of her growing consciousness in managing the terrain between personal and private with the publication of the first and subsequent volumes. As her secreted personal history is divulged through her published writing, she will make conscious her awareness of the convergence between past, present and future as life unfolds surrounding the release of her memoir.