Very excited to announce this event coming up at Observatory:
Adventures in Limbo: The Neither-Neither World of Austin Osman Spare (and Abraxas 3 US Launch!)
With Robert Ansell of Fulgur Esoterica
Date: Tuesday, April 2nd
Presented by Phantasmaphile
Austin Osman Spare was an English occult artist working in the early-to-mid 20th Century. An exceptional illustrator and painter, he also developed his own mystical practice involving sigils and other esoteric codification. In this 60min audio-visual journey, we are invited to explore Austin Spare’s approach to creating magical art. His liminal methods are then compared with classical composers working during his lifetime. There is also a soundtrack by John Contreras (of Current 93 and Baby Dee) that was composed uniquely for this presentation.
This talk will be immediately followed by the US launch celebration of Issue 3 of Abraxas International Journal of Esoteric Studies. Copies will be available for sale – save on international shipping! – and wine will be served.
Robert Ansell is the managing director of the highly-regarded publishers FULGUR. For more than 20 years he has collaborated with writers and artists, both established and new, to produce some of the most inspirational magical books of recent times. In 2009 Robert launched Abraxas, a high quality journal of esoteric studies that has been widely lauded.
A specialist in the art and sorcery of Austin Osman Spare, his published work includes; AOS Ex-Libris (1988), The Book of Ugly Ecstasy (1996), Borough Satyr (2005), The Valley of Fear (2008), The Exhibition Catalogues of Austin O. Spare (2011) and The Focus of Life (2012). In 2010 he was also interviewed on Austin Spare for the BBC Culture Show. Though rarely seen as a public lecturer, his two recent appearances concerning Spare, AOS: A Celebration (2006) and The Cult of One (2007) received critical acclaim.
Abraxas is the publication I'm the Associate Editor of, so it will be a thrill to celebrate the launch of our new issue, as well as to hear the brilliant Robert Ansell speak. Please join us!