Thursday, May 26, 2011

Initiation of the Adepts

A preliminary sketch for the GSMD album "Spirit Smoke". Like the way this turned out, but definitely much happier with the watercolor I did that they ended up going with.

Automatic Drawings

Current Reading/Studying

Been doing a lot of reading and studying this spring since beginning my seasonal work.

These books, artists, and authors definitely have a knack for instilling potency into the readers' subsequent creative output.
Thanks to David Thomas for lending me some of the harder-to-find titles.*

Here are a few books I've literally been soaking up information and inspiration from:

Caspar David Friedrich by Norbert Wolf

The Collected Poems by W.B. Yeats

Supernatural Horror in Literature by H.P. Lovecraft *

Outside the Circles of Time by Kenneth Grant *

Automatic Drawing by Austin Osman Spare

Lovecraft: Disturbing the Universe
by Donald Burleson

Book 4 by Aleister Crowley

The Magicians of the Golden Dawn: A Documentary History of a Magical Order 1887-1923 by Ellic Howe *

Dream Fragments

A few weeks ago, I began a series of drawings revolving around a set of strange dreams I had, due in part, I believe, to subconscious reactions to books I had been reading, music I was listening intensely to, inner emotional struggles dealing with artistic barrenness, and possibly some nutmeg I had been cooking with(?).

These drawings were done as conscious reactions and impulses towards drafting visually analogous manifestations of the dreams. Some were done within the hour of waking from the dream, some done in a daydream state during work breaks, and some even came to resemble and befit these dream fragments weeks after they had been drawn.

Though seemingly incongruent to one another, I believe these sketches to be a direct link to my subconscious creative mind, and an insight to the artists multifaceted musings, whatever they may mean.

Woman with Skull

Enormous Tree Stump with Bizarre Growth

The Temple on the Hill

The Coast

Shadow World

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Reblogged from

Angus MacLise | DREAMWEAPON | Opens May 10th at Boo-Hooray Gallery

“Angus was a dream percussionist. A dream person.” — Lou Reed

The Art and Life of Angus MacLise (1938 – 1979)
May 10 - May 29, 2011
curated by Johan Kugelberg and Will Swofford Cameron

Opening Party, May 10th
6pm to 9pm at 521 W23rd Street

Art Exhibition - May 10 - May 29
521 W 23rd Street, New York

Sound Installation
265 Canal Street, Suite 601, New York

Film Night at the Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue, New York, May 12th at 8 PM.

Boo-Hooray Gallery Website

This is the first overview of the lifework of a major American 20th century artistic polyglot.

Angus MacLise was an American artist, poet, percussionist, and composer active in New York, San Francisco, Paris, London and Kathmandu from the 1950’s through the 1970’s. Best known as the original drummer of the Velvet Underground, MacLise’s lifework included music, calligraphy, performance art, poetry, drawings, plays, and limited edition artist’s books.

A suitcase of Angus MacLise’s artwork, publications, and manuscript as well as more than 100 hours of recorded music was left with La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela for safe-keeping thirty years ago. This extraordinary time-vault is the foundation of the exhibition, with additional materials drawn from private previously unseen collections and archives.

The 521 West 23rd Street exhibition features manuscript, calligraphy, ephemera, photography, artwork, memorabilia, posters and handbills illuminating MacLise’s multi-faceted career through a narrative of original artifacts.

The 265 Canal Street Suite 601 sound installation, the premiere exhibition at Boo-Hooray’s new Chinatown space, features previously unheard recordings from the 1960’s and 1970’s featuring Angus MacLise performing alongside notables such as: Tony Conrad, La Monte Young, John Cale, Billy Name, Terry Riley, William Breeze, Piero Heliczer, Jack Smith, Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker among others. Each day one may experience a unique set of curated programs of MacLise’s music. Every day is different.

The exhibits are open every day from 11am - 6pm, with the curators hosting Walks and Talks at the 521 West 23rd Street location on Saturday May 14th at 3pm & Saturday May 21st at 3pm

For more information contact Michael Daley /