Exploring the outer edges of society & mind

Further offerings: Austin Osman Spare – Astral Body and Ghost (Strange Attractor Press, Limited Edition Print)

Posted in Elucidations by David on December 26, 2013

Continuing our year end efforts at de-materializing for 2014,  Liminal Analytics: Applied Research Collaborative is offering up to the fires of fundraising one of our favorite office companions – a fine art print of Austin Osman Spare’s Astral Body and Ghost from a print edition put out by Strange Attractor Press in 2012.

This offering has some particularly noetic resonance for our Managing Director, David Metcalfe, and it’s with great excitement that we are including this in our current active meditation on dissolution. Way back in the late 1990’s, when Austin Osman Spare was beginning to get more recognition due to the efforts of Robert Ansell and Fulgur Press, Metcalfe had an odd semi-lucid dream during some experiments with dream yoga techniques culled from the now archived Grey Lodge Occult Review website. Within the dream he was searching for some rare editions of Spare’s work, hoping to get deeper into the mysteries of Spare’s actual practice and learn more about the techniques that made him one of the greatest visionary artists of the 20th century.

While standing in front of a book shelf filled with antiquarian tomes, Metcalfe’s dream self looked up and noticed a long queue leading towards a desk, behind which sat a thick bodied and able man, of indeterminate age, yet obviously past his mid-forties as his hair was noticeably whitened and his face weathered with the wisdom of age. The man was wearing the comfortable tweed and thick sweater of a classic antiquarian, an outfit which was fittingly worn at times by Spare himself.

As Metcalfe entered the line to approach the man, he stood as the only one without a book in hand, the desk appeared to be the check out counter for what he now realized was an antiquarian bookstore, and the older man behind it was marking off books sold in a large ledger in front of him as people came up to pay. When Metcalfe approached the desk the man looked at him with curious, kindly, piercing eyes and said:

Spare didn’t get to where he got by reading.”

And with that, Metcalfe awoke.

This odd and resonant dream encounter has been a guiding light in our investigations of the outer edges of society and mind. Rather than place any undue relevance on the cause of the dream or any significance beyond the message itself, we have allowed this recommendation to percolate and suffuse our research practices over the years. Now that seed, planted so long ago in a semi-lucid dream, presents us with a flower of sorts in our current experiment in de-conceptualization and increased activity in our research efforts. In a particularly poignant irony, we have developed a strong relationship with Fulgur Press over the past few years, and have found that practice truly does go beyond reading when the intentions are pure. With all of this in mind, we are incredibly happy to offer up this limited edition print as a seal on a dream message received and acted upon!

The print that we have is #34/65 Austin Osman Spare - Astral Body Numbered, and comes complete with the original  certificate of provenance.

A similar print was sold recently on Ebay for $750 (£457.99) and we are asking for $400 as the print that we have is currently unframed.  If this weren’t part of our year end fundraising campaign, we’d ask for significantly less, but in order to continue our self-funded research efforts we are taking the market into consideration for this sale.

We would ask that the purchase be conducted via Paypal, and unfortunately cannot at this time consider alternative methods of receiving funds.

For further information or to inquire about buying this fantastic print of one of Austin Osman Spare’s striking creations, please contact our Managing Director, David Metcalfe via email at: davidbmetcalfe @ gmail dot com.

(For more on our plans for 2014 check out the new Reality Sandwich feature: A Fire in the Library – Year End Thoughts on Liminality in a Time of Conceptual Excess

Here is the original information on this limited edition print from Strange Attractor Press:

Austin Osman Spare – Strange Attractor Print Edition #2

Astral Body and Ghost (1946, pastel).

The second in a series of fine art prints from the work of Austin Osman Spare, presented by Strange Attractor Press in collaboration with artist and musician Ossian Brown.

Astral Body and Ghost is perhaps one of Spare’s most prominent later artworks, a magical pastel created in 1946 and shown at the Archer Gallery, London, in 1947.

Limited to 65 copies, this Giclée print is presented on Hahnemühle Fine Art paper and produced to archival standards.

Its dimensions match those of the original artwork, 38.5cm by 45 cm.

Each print is hand-numbered, blind-embossed with an ‘AOS’ signature, and comes with a certificate of provenance.

The picture is from Ossian Brown’s collection and has been photographed for this edition by Alex Brattell.

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