Transcendental Realism: The Image-Art of egoless Coincidence with Reality Itself
Adi Da's own writings on the methods and purposes of his art
Adi Da Samraj’s collateral exhibition at the 52nd Biennale di Venezia (2007), “Transcendental Realism”, marks the first time his work is being shown to the public. The commentary he offers in these twelve essays can help the reader to appreciate the astonishing scope and purpose of his art, and to understand the place it holds in the tradition of art altogether.
Erik van Erp writes in the introduction: Adi Da crafts his writings with the same serious intent and meticulous discipline with which he makes his images. More than a verbal explanation of what his art is “really” all about, this body of words, much like Adi Da’s art itself, is a “transformational environment”.
If you have seen Adi Da’s art, and wonder what or who it was that moved you, a careful consideration of this text will serve to integrate the immediacy of the aesthetic experience into a transformed understanding—of Adi Da’s art, of art altogether, and of the most profound dimensions of human experience.