Saturday, January 21, 2012

A glint of light on pewter bowl.

“Ineluctable modality of the visible: at least that if no more, thought through my eyes. Signatures of all things I am here to read, seaspawn and seawrack, the nearing tide, that rusty boot. Snotgreen, bluesilver, rust: coloured signs. Limits of the diaphane. But he adds: in bodies. Then he was aware of them bodies before of them coloured. How? By knocking his sconce against them, sure. Go easy. Bald he was and a millionaire, maestro di color che sanno. Limit of the diaphane in. Why in? Diaphane, adiaphane. If you can put your five fingers through it, it is a gate, if not a door. Shut your eyes and see."
That is, the
Or Dawning of the Day in the Orient
Or MorningRedness
in the Rising of the SUN.
"I stood in this resolution, fighting a battle with myself, until the light of the Spirit, a light entirely foreign to my unruly nature, began to break through the clouds. Then, after some farther hard fights with the powers of darkness, my spirit broke through the doors of hell, and penetrated even unto the innermost essence of its newly born divinity where it was received with great love, as a bridegroom welcomes his beloved bride."

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

“photo cells do not currently support witch-house raves”

"Uniqueness and other proud states of isolation are slowly lost to a murky, anonymous multitude of influences."

"This, in short, is the noise of destabilization and disorientation - the sounds of a magic spell in action."

"A hut on hen’s legs ... an interpretation of an ordinary construction popular among hunter-nomadic peoples of Siberia ... invented to preserve food supplies against animals. A doorless and windowless log cabin was built upon supports made from the stumps of two or three closely growing trees cut at the height of eight to ten feet. The stumps, with their spreading roots, resembled chicken legs. The only access into the cabin was via a trapdoor in the middle of the floor. Bears are strong, smart and stubborn enough to break into any door, but they couldn’t use a ladder or climb a rope to reach the trapdoor. A similar but smaller construction was used by Siberian pagans to hold figurines otheir gods ... a common picture of a bone-carved doll in rags in a small cabin on top of a tree stump fits a common description of Baba Yaga..."

Larionov, forest decor for Diaghilev ballet "Baba-Yaga" (Theatre Chatelet, Paris, 1917).

"Let us study figure 3 [5] discovered on a Slavonic embroidery from the Kuban region. Baba-Yaga's hut is shaped like a big cross; moreover, five rounds (four rounds and one round in the centre) are located in this hut. But number five is the symbol of the fire god Agni in the Scythian beliefs..."

Monday, January 9, 2012

New World Hallucinogens

The Golden Guide to Hallucinogenic Plants (1976) found here.

Other classic Golden Guides (and Jack Chick comics too) found here.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

“Crystals pierce; rubies bleed.”

My art encompasses physics, mathematics, architecture, nuclear science – the psycho-nuclear, the mystico-nuclear – and jewelry – not paint alone,” Dali wrote in the 1959 catalog DalĂ­: A Study of his Art-in-Jewels. More on Dali's jewelry here. 

The Eye of Time: "Man cannot escape or change his time. The eye sees the present and the future." -Dali

Mae West's grin inspired this 1949 brooch. "Poets of the ages, of all lands, write of ruby lips and teeth like pearls." -Dali

The Sleep of Reason

Perry 93
Monster Brains is a never ending celebration of monsters.

Albert Kallis - Not of this Earth (Allied Artists, 1957) One Sheet