Alchemical Dialectics 
Artist Interviews:

Czech artist/dancer/and poet Katia Jirankova Levanti and her husband Daniel Levanti live in Prague 7, her home city,
for six months each year, and in Niantic, Connecticut, Daniel's home town, from May to December.

Her artwork of large oil paintings visualizes the principle of SUBCONSCIOUNALISM, depicting dangerous
entities hidden in the Collective Unconscious of humanity. Her concepts reference the structural/metaphoric psychology of
Carl G. Jung, the Metaphysical Poets of the 17 & 18th centuries, and the Romantic Poets such as Rainer Marie Rilke.
As an independent curator, I've exhibited her artwork on several occasions, and on April 15, 2024, on my travel to Prague, CZ ,
I had the opportunity to interview her with various questions about her artwork and thinking... ~Johnes

Press on a painting image to view the Interview video (29:59)
Videos by Johnes Ruta

Katia Jirankova -- MEANWHILE IN THE SUN -- oil on canvas, 32" x 48"

Katia Jirankova -- PLANETTORIUM PILGRIM -- oil on canvas, 30" x 40"


When you stand for long enough amongst Katia Jirankova Levantti’s artworks, you’ll start to feel like you’re leaving the real world behind,
when in fact you’re entering more deeply into it. The meditative, trance-like state from which her work comes is the birth ground of epiphany
itself and Katia brings forth her visions of a world even more secretive and unknown than those magical streets of her Prague childhood.

She writes, “I arrived at the name “Subconsciounalism” to describe my work after studying deeply in the philosophies and writings
of people like Carl Jung and poets like Rainer Marie Rilke, whose understanding of the universe and mankind - though originating from
different ends of the scientific and philosophical world - seemed to meet me at the apex of the symbolic pyramid. As one of them said,
the four walls could be seen as the four great world religions, all arriving from opposite directions at the common point: where
“The eye of God opens”.”

Jean-Pierre Sergent
Besancon, FRANCE April 21, 2024

"Interview with my lifelong friend, Johnes Ruta, who came from the USA to visit me and other artist friends in Prague, Vienna and Paris during his trip to Europe in the spring of 2024. We filmed these interview series on Sunday April 21 2024, and it was very cold in the studio. Johnes, as always, had a lots of interesting questions to ask me.... " ~Jean-Pierre Sergent

About Johnes Ruta : "As an arts activist, I consider it my personal mission to develop public understanding of individual creativity, especially toward the appreciation of arts, culture, and the positive evolution of humanity."

To view the interview - please click on any of the silkscreen "reverse-glass" (plexi) artworks shown here:
(Note: the "reverse-glass" technique indicates a painting created on a transparent surface, where the
foreground is painted first, then the successive layers of background, so that the glass is then turned
inside a frame, with the first painted layers displayed and illuminated under the obverse face.)

All videos shown here are by Jean-Pierre Sergent
Click here:
Click here:
INTERACTIVE 3D, 360 degree CAMERA VIDEO of Jean-Pierre Sergent's
Exhibition September 16, 2019 - Sepember 4, 2023
Suites Entropiques -- silkscreen-on-plexi 105 x 105cm
Anne Graaff
Fontainebleau am Seine, FRANCE April 30, 2024
I met Anne Graaff in 2013 in Ortigia, Sicily, at an historical conference of the Esoteric Quest group of the New York
Open Center. It turned out that we had quite a number of mutual friends, and similar thoughts on metaphysics. She is
a profound poet and a painter of deeply atmospheric ink-washes...
Anne Graaff is an artist and a writer living in Fontainebleau France, with her husband composer Christopher Culpo.
“Poetry is my ongoing stream of personal reflection through language,” she says in her website intro.

“Art making is my ongoing stream of personal reflection on the world through visual language. sometimes I combine
the two, as in some of my artists’ books. As an art historian I write on many subjects but have a special fondness
for Outsider Art. I hope you enjoy browsing through my thought forms.

“I like to see my mind at work, the art mind. I like the way one thing leads to another and surprise outcomes occur,
art outcomes. I like surprising myself. I like working with materials in a sensual way. I like the stuff of stuff – and
the way materials can be coaxed to speak. I like playing with art materials in a way that opens the door to accidental
effects – so that the materials also speak for themselves. I like the back and forth between accident and control,
as the artwork comes into being. I find this process to be mysterious and fascinating. This is why I am an artist.”

Anne Graaff -- CEDAR LAKE, ANCIENT BLUEGUM -- ink & wash, 70 x 50cm on 300g Fabriano Water Colour paper

Anne Graaff -- CEDAR LAKE, TWO TREES -- ink & wash, 70 x 50cm on 300g Fabriano Water Colour paper

Anne Graaff -- CHURCH HAVEN, LAGOON 1 -- ink & wash, 70 x 50cm on 300g Fabriano Water Colour paper

Anne Graaff -- CHURCH HAVEN, LAGOON 2 -- ink & wash, 70 x 50cm on 300g Fabriano Water Colour paper
Christopher Culpo is an American-French composer and pianist, who has been living in France since 1991.
As a performer and composer, Culpo lies at the confluence of contemporary classical music, jazz, and free improvisation. He has written chamber and symphonic music, vocal and opera, for the dance and the theatre, and has composed and improvised music for silent films. He has been commissioned by Radio France.

Culpo has earned degrees in composition from Boston University and The Juilliard School, where he studied amongst others with Milton Babbitt and David del Tredici. He also studied piano and improvisation with Charles Banacos.
Following his studies at Juilliard Mr. Culpo was the personal assistant to Aaron Copland and an active Teaching Artist
for the Lincoln Center Institute. Since receiving a Fulbright scholarship to work with Tristan Murail in Paris in 1991, Mr. Culpo has lived and worked in Europe. He is married to artist/poet Anne Graaff, living in Fontainbleau, France, upstream
by the Seine River.

The Spectral Life of Things - Twisters:

The Invisible Gondola:

The Spectral Life of Things - Space For Lines:

Art Critiques:

TRANSITION and the SUBLIME: An Art History
of the
Early Renaissance - by Johnes Ruta

The Privilege of Solipsism:
Philosophical Art : "The Bermuda Group" 1729 -
Bishop Berkeley - Epiricism, Immaterialism, Idealism
& the ruling class

Lecture Videos added to Metaphysical Forum 2010:

Julianne Davidow - Neo-Platonists in the Renaissance
Richard Harteis - The Metaphysics of Poetry: Emotions, Eros, and Loss
Kathleen Damiani, PhD. - Sources of the Divine Sophia
Magda Mraz - Egypt: Spiritual Transformation of the Universe
Steve Bass, AIA, ICA - Geometry Lessons from the Great Library of Alexandria

Schizophrenia, Archetypes, and Communication (paper August, 2010)


The Uroboros -- Alchemical  Dialectics
Paracelsus (1493-1543)

ALCHEMY: An ancient and medieval philosophy combining an occult cosmology with practical chemical experimentation. Originating independently in Helenistic Alexandria and ancient China, alchemy remained a legitimate branch of philosophy in Europe and the Islamic world for 1500 years. In its practical aspects, it became the precursor of modern chemistry. Basing their view upon Aristotelian physics, the alchemists sought to isolate the materia prima out of which they believed all other objects in the physical world could be created. Strong Neoplatonic and Kabbalistic influences pervade Renaissance alchemical tracts and a mystical approach based on occult correspondences and 'sympathies' became increasingly apparent. The practical alchemist sought three things: the Elixir of Life, the Universal Panacea, and the means of transmuting base metals into gold. ["A Dictionary of Philosophy" by Anthony Flew (St. Martins Press, NY, 1979)]

  DIALECTIC(S): 1. (Socratic) The term "dialectic" is derived from a Greek word meaning "to converse" or "to discourse", and the dialectic that is ascribed to Socrates refers to his conversational method of argument, involving question and answer. 2. (Platonic) In Plato's REPUBLIC, dialectic is the supreme kind of knowledge, which "gives an account" (logos) of everything, by reference to the "Idea of the Good". In Plato's later dialogues, especially THE SOPHIST, 'dialectic' is the name given to the study of the interconnection of the Platonic Forms or Ideas, and appears to refer to a definition by genus and species. 3. (Aristotelian) In Aristotle's logical works, 'dialectic' refers to reasoning from premises that are probable. ["A Dictionary of Philosophy" by Anthony Flew (St. Martins Press, NY, 1979)]  
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