The Cabinet of the Solar Plexus and GalleryX are pleased to present this landmark exhibition of international esoteric and arcane art, curated by Dolorosa de la Cruz
This is not only the first event of this kind for Ireland, but this is also the first time works by legendary figures such as Austin Osman Spare, Hans Bellmer, and Leonor Fini – amongst many others – have been exhibited in the country.
Esoteric art remained curiously underappreciated within the twentieth century, perhaps due to cultural shifts towards the secular, technological advancement, and – rightful – distaste towards the supernatural.
Yet, as surprising as it may seem to the uninitiated, the genuine occult traditions which underpin esoteric art are not at all incongruous with the drives towards secular social progression, towards the embracing of new technologies, and away from restrictive belief systems; drives which often propel many forms of creative endeavour.
Indeed, there are many individuals who achieved excellence in their respective artistic fields, whose work continues to inspire, and who were practicing occultists: W. B. Yeats, Maya Deren, Harry Smith, and Alan Moore, to name but a few. Despite this, esoteric art has remained largely ignored by both popular culture and academia, until relatively recently.
Now we can finally see the flourishing – facilitated by online access – of genuine engagement with the work of visionaries pioneering radical personal philosophies, unrestricted by dogma or shared ideology, as they document the deepest regions of the psyche.
This exhibition brings together some of the very finest of these artists, and affords the viewer a rare opportunity to be enchanted to the most exotic outer reaches of the imagination and the spirit. Perhaps in the face of a modernity which is more cynical than skeptical, and perhaps in a culture and society that is less liberated than it may pretend to be, it is enchantment – and the most precious forms of freedom that it may bring – that many find themselves seeking.
I am delighted to be able to invite the viewer and the seeker to savour the potencies and atmospheres evoked by the work collected here, and what it may provide access to: the direct pathways into archetypes, the instinctual and spiritual unconsciousness, and the endlessly nourishing well of inspiration.
Brian Conniffe, Dublin, 2016.
Max Ernst, Austin Osman Spare, George Russell (Æ), Nema Andahadna, Amodali Zain, Leonor Fini, Michael Bertiaux, Barry William Hale, Paul Holman, Val Denham, John Balance, Hans Bellmer, Peter Dyde, Roberto Milusic Migliussi, Wladd Muta, Andre Masson, Hagen von Tulien, Jon Witzky, Jónas Sen, Andrea Kundry, Julián Moguillansky, Edgar Kerval, Justin Lee Brown, Daniele Santagiuliana, Álvaro Barcala, Isabelle Gaborit, Alan Kostrencic, Bogusia Matylda, Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos, Brian Conniffe, Charlie Martineau, Raven Aflakete, Una Gildea, Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule, Victoria Musson, Andreuch O Maonaigh, Damien Echols, Dolorosa De La Cruz, Graham Duff, Carl Abrahamsson, Steven Stapleton, Gavin Prior, Tuula Voutilainen, James O, Diarmuid Mac Diarmada
The Cabinet of the Solar Plexus is an online blog and repository that has established itself as a voice for esoteric and arcane art, both contemporary and historical. Founded and managed by Dublin based artist Dolorosa de la Cruz in 2008, it has gained an extensive international cult following and counts tens of thousands of daily readers.
THROUGH SEPTEMBER 24 2016.