Monday, July 18, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Henry Gorski Retrospective at Union Station in Burlington

The Henry Gorski Retrospective: Art as Evidence of Science Studying the Creative Process to Identify the Scientific and Moral Nature of the Unconscious

Presented by the Institute of Conflict Analysis and the Museum of the Creative Process, the Henry Gorski Retrospective: Art as Evidence of Science will be installed at Main Street Landing's Union Station, 1 Main Street Burlington, VT. The exhibition will be open to the public from July 9 - August 31, 2011, Monday-Friday 10AM-6PM.

Guided tours and discussion: 5:30PM on Thursdays July 14, 21, 28, August 11, and Wednesdays August 17, 24. The gallery will be open on First Friday August 5 and will Feature a Lecture by Dr. Albert Levis at 6PM. Reservations for guided tours may be secured by emailing:

The Henry Gorski Retrospective: Art as Evidence of Science is an exhibit of striking art and pioneering interpretive science. The exhibit brings together the canvases of the late Henry Gorski (1918-2010), a leader of the Figurative Expressionist movement, with the scientific insights of Dr. Albert Levis, author of Conflict Analysis, the Formal Theory of Behavior. Linking art and science, this retrospective presents a radically new way of looking at art, examining the creative process to identify the unconscious as a conflict resolving natural science mechanism.

Active from the 1950s'-90's, Gorski, a colleague of Andy Warhol, Elaine de Kooning, and Bob Rauschenberg, created a simple symbolic universe representing well his evolving emotions. The artist was on a quest for meaning completed now by the scientist identifying the underlying order of his symbolic language as the universal process of conflict resolution. In this analysis we see the unconscious mind following a distinct formal organization of emotions.

Levis first became associated with Gorski in the 1970's when he first borrowed his artwork for a presentation of his Formal Theory to the New Haven medical association. A relationship evolved as the scientist continued collecting Gorski's art and puzzling out the symbolic order of emotions reflecting the nature of the unconscious mechanism.

The exhibit is divided in three segments: the first clarifies the concept of the Conflict Resolution Process as the new way of looking at art. The second segment presents the retrospective as sequences of conflict resolution validating the theory. The third segment introduces publications and artifacts about the process and discusses educational applications of the new science. Visitors are invited to sample their creativity for validation of the thesis about the structure and function of the unconscious and simultaneously for its reflecting insights about the personal pattern of resolving conflicts.

Guided tours will be held each week, providing an explanation of the process and its application in the analysis of the paintings. Following each tour, Museum of the Creative Process staff will lead a discussion on the relevance of the exhibit for psychology, religion, and emotional and moral education.

For More Information Please Contact: Mark Puryear 802.777.7757 and Albert Levis at 802.379.6350,
Image: Gorski, Winner Take All