Check out my most recent project for Pastelegram: AFFIRMATIONS 1-7 (excerpts)

Check out my most recent project for Pastelegram: AFFIRMATIONS 1-7 (excerpts)

Here I would suggest that Crowley’s sexual magick is a striking illustration of what Georges Bataille calls the power of transgression, which is a central aspect of eroticism, religious ritual and mystical experience alike. Transgression, Bataille argues, is not simple hedonism or unrestrained sexual license; rather, its power lies in the dialectic or “play” (le jeu) between taboo and transgression, through which one systematically constructs and then oversteps all laws. Perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than in the case of eroticism. Not a matter of simple nudity, eroticism arises in the dialectic of veiling and revealing, clothing and striptease, between the creation of sexual taboos and the exhilarating experience of overstepping them. So too, in ecstatic mystical experience or religious rites (such as blood sacrifices, carnivals, etc.), one must first create an aura of purity and sanctity before one can defile it with violence, transgression or the overturning of law. “The prohibition is there to be violated;” rules are made to be broken, for it is the experience of over-stepping limits that brings the blissful sense of continuity and communion with the Other. — Hugh Urban, Unleashing the Beast: Aleister Crowley, Tantra and Sex Magic in Late Victorian England (via iopanosiris)

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artruby:

Robert Heinecken, PP/Face-Figure-J, (1990-1991).

artruby:

Robert Heinecken, PP/Face-Figure-J, (1990-1991).

saic:

Faculty work by Barbara DeGenevieve 

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saic:

Faculty work by Barbara DeGenevieve 

Barbara DeGenevieve was my mentor, my adviser, my friend, my art mom and one of the most influential people in my development as an artist and as a person. I will always miss her and be thankful and honored that our paths crossed and she saw something in me at a time when I barely saw anything in myself.

Magic is not so much something which you do occasionally behind closed doors or in the space behind your closed eyes, but a way of living your life — a way of approaching the world you move through and everything in it. — Phil Hine, Condensed Chaos (via 13thmoon)

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What a giant. Rest in piece.

loudhailergallery:

Amanda Ross-Ho @ Telles @ross_ho #amandarossho

loudhailergallery:

Amanda Ross-Ho @ Telles @ross_ho #amandarossho