The History of Omni Art


Art Salons have always been a place for sharing new ideas, understandings and expressive techniques being explored by the avant-garde. In the early 20th century art salons took place in galleries, artist studios and cafe’s – places where the cultural vanguard could easily gather to discuss the topics of the day.

Milburn594_07In the last decade of the 20th century, the avant garde was dispersed in private art studios and small social enclaves of free thinkers around the world. There was a marked quickening of interest in the invisible worlds of physics and new science in these private gatherings.

At the same time the unprecedented progress in technology, computers and alternative healthcare was rapidly forming a new culture with a focus on sustainability and evolution within a wider context.

Powering this paradigm shift forward was a deepening investigation into ancient texts concerned with the structure and first cause of the cosmos. These wide cultural movements would soon transfer new meanings and understandings to the common understanding of the purpose of life.

In the fall of 1988, Jeffrey Milburn published a small ad in the back of the Village Voice in New York signifying the foundation of Omni Art – a new kind of art.

The ad simply read “Omni Art” and it was a very small beginning of a very large idea… that art itself was becoming a new language for conscious evolution, and in the case of Omni Art, in a very specific and unique way.

Museum Installation

In 1991 when Milburn mounted a one-man museum installation at The Islip Art Museum in New York, the mainstream art world was consumed with the final narrative of the Pop art and Post Modernist era, and so Omni art, emerged largely unnoticed.

Tom and Mary Lou Library Show

Milburn’s museum installation was of his creation, The Universalist Group, a 12 piece collection of artworks that had taken 10 years to complete. This 12 piece collection represented a new view of science, technology and culture seen through the lens of Milburn’s art, and since then many of the core ideas and concepts expressed there have
emerged onto the cultural landscape, while many still have not.

Technology and the Five Dimensions

jeffrey milburn 2According to the nomenclature and cosmology of Omni Art, all human experience occurs within a quinary (5) dimensional field, each field with a defining vibratory speed and oscillation, and yet all 5 dimensional fields interlocking into a whole. These five dimensions provide the “quantum soup” for a universal cosmological model that underlies all of life in the visible and invisible universe.

It is very daring to suggest that one has “cracked the code” on the purpose and structure of life, but considering that the most persistent effort in human history has been to answer these fundamental questions, why not allow art to take a stab at it? Art at it’s best has always challenging and provocative as history has proven out many times over.

Expanded View of Life

Tracks showIn the view of Milburn’s Omni Art, evolution extends beyond just the physical evidence first discovered by Darwin and analyzed by the leading scientists of our time.

Milburn hypothesizes that evolution at it’s core is a cosmic mechanism for the exchange of energy – the old for the new – a continual reshaping of primal energy into new forms of life.

Calling this process “meta-evolution” Milburn goes on to suggest that various levels of consciousness are expressing this evolutionary process in a very real way and can be observed in individuals of various states empirically, provided the observer has comprehensive tools to work with.

Milburn’s personal research and multiple conversations with some of the leading scientists, metaphysic’s and thinkers of our time have led him to conclude that as consciousness expands, so too does the parameters of the visible and invisible universe.

Many of these in-depth conversations with leading thinkers can be heard here on Milburn’s cyber art salon.

Profound Change

jeffrey milburnOmni art, like Pop art before it, is an art style that embodies the zeitgeist of the times.

Where Pop art focuses on popular culture, Omni art focuses on universal principles and experience.

Pop art has traditionally been depicted in paintings, posters, sculpture, music and film by many contributing artists over several decades.

Omni art is depicted in assemblage art, music, and movement in performance installations in site specific settings expressing an emerging universal language of consciousness.

Heart of the 21st Century

Milburn594_03Throughout the 1990s, Milburn continued to develop his art with performance installations in various settings. These performance installations included his artworks, musical compositions, and Kabuki actors.

In recognition of his work, Milburn was invited to speak at The Young Presidents Organization Western Regional Conference in Aspen, Colorado in 1998, where he spoke on “The Creative Arts of the 21st Century” and the need for a common language that would extend dimensional thinking into every aspect of society. He stated that meta-evolution permeates the material and invisible worlds of reality and that they accelerate in tandem.

Milburn beleives that the ground upon which untold dreams of human success can be played out evolve from an expansion in the arts and sciences which inform the most basic underpinnings of wellness and progress.

With an expansive language wherein science and consciousness merge into a larger dialogue, humanity will be enabled to experience accelerated evolutionary growth which can lead to a sustainable way of life on a more balanced world, something that is critical to achieve considering the impact humanity is having on the eco-system.

Inner Worlds

Milburn594_21The inner capacity of insight is a foundational feature of Omni Art’s purpose and was practiced by ancient Egyptians, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, Muslims, Native Americans, and many others.

The most important feature about the human capacity to see with the “inner eye” or the “eye of soul” is how remarkably universal it is, thus why it is so important to recapture this inner sight in every generation to better understand the current state of affairs and vision solutions that really work.

Zeitgeist of Now

National Cathedral showOmni Art is the art of our time. It is a reflection of the consciousness of the best of the human experience of seeing, knowing, and being. Because of this it is not experienced by all humans in the same way any more than one human experiences life in the same way as another, it is important to recognize that each individual contributes at their own pace and strength to the progress of the whole. This is the realization of the science of life in a larger context.

Why the name “Omni” Art?

Milburn594_01Omni expresses the quality of One…

The Universe manifested from singularity or Source, which can also be described as One.

Omni refers to all art forms…

Installation artworks, dance and movement, music and theater integrated for site specific performance installations.

Omni expresses the quality of Allness…

The late scientist/philosopher Buckminster Fuller famously used the word Omni to describe the unity that exists within all of life in the cosmos. Milburn uses the word Omni to describe an art form concerned with those universal structures.