The Omni Art Movement

In the 1960’s, the obsession with breaking social and political barriers unleashed a remarkable explosion of new music, art and culture that somehow managed to break down the stratified assumptions of post war industrialism. History has elevated this era of fabulous change into the mythic realm – the magical mystery tour that embraced the impossible dream.

So one should not have been surprised while traversing the 1970s and 80s, to see the trends begun during the 60s solidify into a new establishment.

Feminism, gay liberation and civil rights came out of that powerful transitional period with varying degrees of success. These new social paradigms, which began in the imaginative work of creators of all kinds were formatted first for social awareness, then approval, and ultimately, normalization.

In 1988 when Jeffrey Milburn founded the Omni Art movement, mainstream culture was just beginning to investigate more deeply the invisible universe and the quantum field theories that provided the groundwork for a more comprehensive and expanded conversation.

So, it is no surprise that the first Omni Art museum exhibition had few visitors. However, the visitors that did come were treated to an uncommon view of the universe that clearly pushed the boundaries of Pop Art and Post Modernism by introducing a 5 dimensional cosmological model.

This cosmology had never been explored and now had surfaced in an unusual museum installation called
The Universalist Group” a group of 12 artworks that had taken Milburn 10 years to complete and which represented various aspects of his cosmological model as they applied to universal subjects.

Curated by Madeleine Burnside at The Islip Art Museum on Long Island, a museum known for it’s experimental edge and prescient installations, the Omni Art movement was finally seen in public in a collection that Milburn created to express what he began calling a new “Language of Consciousness.” This identification later became the title of his book on OMNI ART, which was published in 2007.

Milburn believes that Omni Art is the natural successor to Pop art and Post Modernism as it expresses a new narrative and integration of art, science and consciousness, something that clearly reflects an emerging drive for consensus and sustainability so evident today.