Michael Page’s Elan Vital Series Is A Morphogenisis Of Color, Consciousness, and Life
Looking at Michael Page‘s flowing paintings makes me wish he would paint a tsunami and it envelop me in it’s juicy swirling electrical colors. Here is a preview of his upcoming exhibition √Član Vital¬†at¬†White Walls¬†in San Francisco. The meaning of the series title, Elan Vital, explains the morphing electric imagery seen in the artwork:
√Član vital¬†was coined by¬†French¬†philosopher¬†Henri Bergson¬†in his 1907 book¬†Creative Evolution, in which he addresses the question of self-organisation and spontaneous morphogenesis of things in an increasingly complex manner.¬†Elan vital¬†was translated in the English edition as “vital impetus”, but is usually translated by his detractors as “vital force”. It is a hypothetical explanation for¬†evolution¬†and¬†development¬†of¬†organisms, which Bergson linked closely with consciousness.
It was believed by others that this essence (√©lan vital) could be harvested and embedded into an inanimate substance and activated with electricity, perhaps taking literally another of Bergson’s metaphorical descriptions, the “current of life”.