Charles Klabunde the Marvelous American Artist

 

Charles Klabunde is an American artist located to a beautiful 1903 historic mansion in Easton, Pennsylvania. We had the honor recently to visit his Gallery and Studio, admire his amazing works, etchings, paintings and drawings. According to Charle’s art statement, his art is the creative act of our non-being. Unlike fantasy art, existential realism does not rely on escaping the concept of being for the idyllic sense of well-being. It is not an escapist act. In entering the shadowland, the artist does not conceptualize what he wishes or is known. Instead, he moves his vision beyond the collective consciousness into the archetypal form of the collective unconsciousness, the undefined and disturbing emotions, felt but unseen, and from these felt and unseen forms he must create shapes and images that can be assimilated into understandable forms.

“My art is the creative act of giving shape and form to the demonic and angelic images that lie within the shadowland of our living essence; the unknown anxiety of despair and meaninglessness in the face of our non-being. What draws me to Icarus facing death … God Pan in despair …the Furies roaming the world in a state of mental imbalance … draws me to this abyss. What holds me at bay is the existential realism of our non-being. The creative act is my affirmation of being in the face of the abyss of nothingness. My work then is an expression of Existential Realism.”

“These images — nightmarish, fantastical and terrifying — may be beautiful and mysterious, obscene or crude, but in all cases they create a certain imbalance that reflects the anxiety of our collective selves. Their existence demands a reflection of our meaninglessness, of the superficial reality that has no affirmation of self in what we call the meaning of our lives. Thus, these images draw us into the mystery of our unconscious being. If these images are unsettling, they are meant to be. For if we do not acknowledge the wonders of this unknown, abstract non-being world, we become like sleepwalkers of our own delusionary dreams. If we negate our non-being, we negate our being and our only hope for the affirmation of our potential self. Knowledge is looking into the eye of the storm. Being and non-being is the Janus face of our existence.”

From the series: Studies in Greek Mythology: Flesh & Stone Paintings

“Existential Realism is not a recent phenomenon. It has always been with us. It is the representation of the spirit world and gives solace to our feelings of isolation, of our existential self, from the physical world around us. Cave paintings, sculptures from Africa and New Guinea, are all excellent examples of Existential Realism. These are part of the existential realm in the concept of defining a reality of our non-being, the void into which we all disappear. We draw on these forms for strength and understanding. When we do not, estrangement from our physical world becomes overbearing and a sense of hopelessness and despair prevails.”

Charles Klabunde Studio and Gallery:

 

Below is a small sample of Charles Klabunde’s artwork

 

Empty-ness of Laughter (Louisiana Prisoners)

Holding Back The Night

Greek Mythology

Burned By The Fire Of Our Dreams

A Collection of Etchings

 

Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (www.reggaepostercontest.com)

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