Month: March 2007

Lesson 1 in Gnosticism

Today we will talk about what Gnosis is, and what you can expect in the future lessons. Gnosis, which is an old Greek word roughly, means “inner knowledge” or “wisdom”. This knowledge cannot be written down or be told to others, since it is a knowledge attained by experience. When we experience something we call it the knowledge of the heart, with the opposite being the knowledge you read or hear from others, the knowledge of the mind. An example: If a person has read a hundred books about mountain climbing, he could claim that he indeed knows very much about mountain-climbing. But a second person that has actually climbed a single mountain knows a lot more. This is because the first person only has theoretical knowledge (of the mind (mental)), when the second has practical knowledge (of the heart). Gnosis means practical knowledge.

Luke Rudolph Interview

Luke is by far the youngest person we have ever interviewed. Luke’s art career is but at it’s birthing stages and what better way to get into the mind of an artist than at his beginning. Luke is only 17 but already has gained great insight into the world. Luke’s primary focus is on the unequal rights between upper, middle, and lower classes. In effect his art itself is a statement for a class war. It is Luke’s tenacity, vision, and force of will that we wanted to share with our readers. If you do not to appreciate Luke’s art then at least remember the strength and pure vision we all had in our youth.

*JackDirt: Why don’t you start by telling us a little bit about your family, and area you are growing up in?*

LukeRudolph: I was born in Madison Wisconsin, and after a few years my family moved to Wausau. Wausau is a relatively small city (around 100,000 people if you count the small cities right next door.) It doesn’t carry the unaccepting stigma that most small towns do; it is rather liberal and accepting of people, cultures and different views. My Dad, Brad, is a 5th grade teacher, play director and lighting designer. He is exceptional at whatever he does, and he has made sure I take a sense of pride in whatever I am doing, whether it is my art or a job that has no real meaning behind it. My Mom, Sarah, is a professor at UWMC and has directed over 40 plays. She has the tender loving care that all mothers should have and has helped me through life immensely. And that leave us with my Brother, Grady, he is a computer science major at University of Minnesota at Minneapolis. All of my family has been very supporting in terms of my art and my philosophies and they are an integral role in my life, thinking and art.

Pendulum magic, is not so mystical

Before I can fully explain the pendulum magic, I need to explain how to do it. To apply and do pendulum magic is simple. All you need is a string with a fishing weight attached, or a pocket watch, or an actual pendulum. Really anything with a long chain or string and weight attached will work.

We begin by placing our elbow firmly upon a flat surface and holding the pendulum chain between our fore finger and thumb. Our elbow should be at a slight tilt higher than 45 degrees but less than 90. When the pendulum is steady we gently swing the pendulum forward and backward telling ourselves this means *yes*.

Kris Kuksi Interview

We here at Excommunicate.Net are proud to present an extremely talented artist. Some of you may have perhaps heard of him before, his name is Kris Kuksi and we were fortunate enough to get an interview with him. Kris has a master’s degree in fine art, and he has had his artwork featured in several international magazines. He has also won awards and acclaim for his work from Nebraska to Rome. Kris was born in Missouri on March 2nd 1973, but he grew up in Kansas. His family was not affluent as some artists’ families are but quite the opposite. He was raised by his mother and his father was nowhere to be found so as you can imagine he has very much had to forge his own path to get to where he is now.