“DE DOMO DIABOLI” (The Devil’s House) at The Living Gallery

Barry WIlliam Hale pomba gira sigill
Barry WIlliam Hale pomba gira sigill
Walter Bird "Nude with Demon Mask" circa 1930

Walter Bird “Nude with Demon Mask” circa 1930

 

“DE DOMO DIABOLI” (The Devil’s House)

The Living Gallery Outpost

246 EAST 4th Street (Avenue B and E4th) EAST VILLAGE NEW YORK

Opening reception MONDAY OCTOBER 30 2017 6 – 8 pm

Exhibition continues through Saturday November 4

Gallery Hours 12 Noon – 8pm

William Mortensen (1897 - 1965) "Faye Wray with Masks" circa 1926 Silver Gelatin Print.

William Mortensen (1897 – 1965) “Faye Wray with Masks” circa 1926 Silver Gelatin Print.

Stephen Romano Gallery is thrilled to announce the exhibition “DE DOMO DIABOLI” (The Devil’s House) in association with The Living Gallery Outpost in New York City’s East Village.

The exhibition celebrates Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) 2017 and All Hallows’ Eve (Halloween) 2017 by curating together some of the most celebrated contemporary and historical artists whose subject is the art of the esoteric, the old ways and folkloristic magic.

The exhibition will feature a selection of newly discovered and never seen before photographic works from the 1920’s by William Mortensen, whom Ansel Adams dubbed “The Anti-Christ”. These works were unseen for the past 80 years and originate from the artist’s first wife’s estate, and are exclusive to Stephen Romano Gallery. Pictured above is a photograph William Mortensen took of actress Fay Wray which once discovered by Faye Wray’s devout Mormon mother, she had him smash all the glass negatives and had Mortensen excommunicated from Hollywood. Pictured below is a suite of three photographs demonstrating Mortensen’s mastery of the projected image, The work depicts” Lucifer and the Lost Souls in Hell”, each figured has been projected onto the paper individually. This work has never been exhibited before.

William Mortensen (1897 - 1965) Untitled Suite (Lucifer and the Lost Souls in Hell) circa 1924 - 26 Manipulated photograph.

William Mortensen (1897 – 1965) Untitled Suite (Lucifer and the Lost Souls in Hell) circa 1924 – 26 Manipulated photograph.

 

The exhibition also presents for the first time ever a suite of Spirit photographs and associated ephemera from the renowned CAMP SILVER BELLE, a Spiritualist summer camp situated at Mountain Springs Hotel in Ephrata, Pennsylvania. In her séances camp leader Ethel Post-Parrish claimed to materialize her spirit guide an Indian girl known as Silver Belle, which were discovered to be fraudulent mediumship, and had been exposed in various newspapers. Before exposures, the camp took in up to a million dollars a year from aristocrats from the east coast who sought out a spiritual experience. The photographs taken by Jack Edwards are exhibited for the first time ever.

Jack Edwards Spirit Photos from Camp Silver Belle, circa 1940's

Jack Edwards Spirit Photos from Camp Silver Belle, circa 1940’s

Jack Edwards Spirit Photos from Camp Silver Belle, circa 1940's

Jack Edwards Spirit Photos from Camp Silver Belle, circa 1940’s

Jack Edwards Spirit Photos from Camp Silver Belle, circa 1940's

Jack Edwards Spirit Photos from Camp Silver Belle, circa 1940’s

Also on view are newly discovered Spirit photographs by William Hope (1863–1933), one of the main pioneers of Spirit Photography, from the 1920’s. William Hope was a member of the well known spiritualists group, the Crewe Circle. During his photography sessions, Hope would sometimes carry out prayers and religious hymns as a means to cloak for his fraudulent operations. A 1969 entry for Hope in The Focal Encyclopedia of Photography described him as “undoubtedly a schizophrenic”, seeming to be at once honest and witty and on the other hand a bogus medium. The art of William Hope has gained notoriety in the past few years with features on the artist on CNN, The Guardian, NPR, Buzzfeed, among many others.

William Hope (1863–1933) Spirit Photos

William Hope (1863–1933) Spirit Photos

Participating contemporary artists include Lori Field, Barry William Hale, Matthew Dutton,
Caitlin McDonagh, Ken Weaver, Lizz Lopez, Tiffany Hsiang, Alexis Karl, Anaïs Delsol, Nyahzul Blanco,
Ra Friedman, Alessandro Keegan, Luciana Vasconcelos, Josh Stebbins, Dolorosa De La Cruz,
Kim Bo Yung, Linnea Strid, Colin Christian, Erna KD, Vincent Castiglia, Samuel Gliner, Damien Michaels,
Soey Milk, Cendrine Ravoni, Aeron Alfrey, Teiji Hayama, India Evans, John D. Monteith, Ray Robinson,
Jaya Suberg, Charlotte Rodgers, Lukasz Grochocki, Vivien Masters, Lena Viddo, Orryelle Defenestrate,
Travis Lawrence, Tine Kindermann, Brittany Markert, Mario Mercier, Francesca Nardi, Nicholas Syracuse.

Anaïs Delsol Dentelle de petite fille, 2013

Anaïs Delsol Dentelle de petite fille, 2013

 

1972 Press Photo of Anton Szandor LaVey, by John Godwin

1972 Press Photo of Anton Szandor LaVey, by John Godwin

 

 

Matthew Dutton "Infernal Companions"

Matthew Dutton “Infernal Companions”

 

Brittany Markert

Brittany Markert

Barry WIlliam Hale pomba gira sigill

Barry WIlliam Hale pomba gira sigill

Barry William Hale "The Devil our Lord."

Barry William Hale “The Devil our Lord.”

 

Caitlin McDonagh "Protectors"

Caitlin McDonagh “Protectors”

 

Colin Christian “Darkness”

Colin Christian “Darkness”

 

Colin Christian “Haxan”

Colin Christian “Haxan”

 

Dolorosa De La Cruz "Invocation of la Reina Roja 2"

Dolorosa De La Cruz “Invocation of la Reina Roja 2”

 

Unnown Photographer circa 1930's "Veiled Woman with Devil Head"

Unnown Photographer circa 1930’s “Veiled Woman with Devil Head”

 

LE BAPHOMET from LE DIABLE AU XIXe SIECLE

LE BAPHOMET from LE DIABLE AU XIXe SIECLE

 

Damian Michaels "The Manna"

Damian Michaels “The Manna”

 

Erna Kd "The Sorceress"

Erna Kd “The Sorceress”

 

John Everard "Nude with Demon Puppet" circa 1920

John Everard “Nude with Demon Puppet” circa 1920

 

Lori Field "Chicken Little"

Lori Field “Chicken Little”

 

Francesca Nardi Untitled photograph

Francesca Nardi Untitled photograph

 

RA Friedman Pinhole photograph

RA Friedman Pinhole photograph

 

Wolgang Grasse "Firestrater"

Wolgang Grasse “Firestrater”

 

Luke Grochocki "HOS Jupiter Seal"

Luke Grochocki “HOS Jupiter Seal”

 

Roland Hendrickson "Season of the Witch" c. 1960.

Roland Hendrickson “Season of the Witch” c. 1960.

 

William Hope (1863–1933) Spirit Photos

William Hope (1863–1933) Spirit Photos

 

 Jakob Lederlein "HUMAN 'MONSTER" 1600

Jakob Lederlein “HUMAN ‘MONSTER” 1600

 

India Evans Untitled

India Evans Untitled

 

Jaya Suberg "Sit Still"

Jaya Suberg “Sit Still”

 

Josh Stebbins "Chasing the Connection"

Josh Stebbins “Chasing the Connection”

 

Cendrine Rovini "Kali"

Cendrine Rovini “Kali”

 

Alessandro Keegan, “Sanctuary”

Alessandro Keegan, “Sanctuary”

 

Ken Weaver AMERICAN EXORCISM> Contemporary Spirit Photography

Ken Weaver AMERICAN EXORCISM> Contemporary Spirit Photography

 

Kim Bo Yung "Spectres"

Kim Bo Yung “Spectres”

 

Lena Viddo "Earthly Delights"

Lena Viddo “Earthly Delights”

 

Darcilio Lima (1944 - 1991) "The Prince"

Darcilio Lima (1944 – 1991) “The Prince”

 

Linnea Strid "Sunken Dreams"

Linnea Strid “Sunken Dreams”

 

Lizz Lopez Untitled

Lizz Lopez Untitled

 

Luciana Vasconcelos "Ave, Babalon!"

Luciana Vasconcelos “Ave, Babalon!”

 

William Mortensen (1897 - 1965) Untitled Suite (Lucifer and the Lost Souls in Hell) circa 1924 - 26 Manipulated photograph.

William Mortensen (1897 – 1965) Untitled Suite (Lucifer and the Lost Souls in Hell) circa 1924 – 26 Manipulated photograph.

 

Mario Mercier still from "La Papesse" (The High Priestess 1975)

Mario Mercier still from “La Papesse” (The High Priestess 1975)

 

Mario Mercier still from "La Papesse" (The High Priestess 1975)

Mario Mercier still from “La Papesse” (The High Priestess 1975)

 

Mario Mercier still from "La Papesse" (The High Priestess 1975)

Mario Mercier still from “La Papesse” (The High Priestess 1975)

 

Mario Mercier still from "La Papesse" (The High Priestess 1975)

Mario Mercier still from “La Papesse” (The High Priestess 1975)

 

Unknown Artist, Pulp magazine illustration.

Unknown Artist, Pulp magazine illustration.

 

Vivien Masters

Vivien Masters

 

Vincent Castiglia "“Enemy Within”, Blood on paper.

Vincent Castiglia ““Enemy Within”, Blood on paper.

 

Travis Lawrence "Vitriol"

Travis Lawrence “Vitriol”

 

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Tine Kindermann "Babayaga"

Tine Kindermann “Babayaga”

 

Tiffany Hsiang Untitled

Tiffany Hsiang Untitled

 

Unknown maker "The Black Stag" circa 1940's

Unknown maker “The Black Stag” circa 1940’s

 

Olga Fröbe-Kapteyn "The Grail" c. 1930

Olga Fröbe-Kapteyn “The Grail” c. 1930

 

Nicholas Syracuse "Devil" from The Black House series

Nicholas Syracuse “Devil” from The Black House series

 

Nicholas Syracuse "Devil" from The Black House series

Nicholas Syracuse “Devil” from The Black House series

 

Soey Milk "Propinquity"

Soey Milk “Propinquity”

 

Unknown photographer circa 1920's

Unknown photographer circa 1920’s

 

Lobby card for "Simon King of the Witches" 1975

Lobby card for “Simon King of the Witches” 1975

 

Samuel D Gliner Untitled

Samuel D Gliner Untitled

 

Orryelle Defenestrate "Sabbath Dance"

Orryelle Defenestrate “Sabbath Dance”

 

Charlotte Rodgers "Little Man What Now' "

Charlotte Rodgers “Little Man What Now’ “

 

Ray Robinson "The Birth of a Witch"

Ray Robinson “The Birth of a Witch”

 

Girl w/ Devil Mask 1910s Erotic Photo Postcard

Girl w/ Devil Mask 1910s Erotic Photo Postcard

 

Nyahzul C Blanco "Brave For You"

Nyahzul C Blanco “Brave For You”

 

John D. Monteith "Demon Study"

John D. Monteith “Demon Study”

Also featured in the exhibition are works by Jacob Bohme, Darcilio Lima, Olga Fröbe-Kapteyn, John Everard, Wolfgang Grasse, Walter Bird,

Vernacular and Press photography, Manuscript and Grimoire, folk art and more of the unexpected ..

 

NOT. TO. BE. MISSED.

VERY SHORT RUN – October 30 – November 4 (the blink of an eye, like eternity itself.)

for further information and images please contact Stephen Romano romanostephen@gmail.com

n.b. works illustrated are in some cases representative of the artists, and not nesscarily included in the exhibition.

 

The LIVING GALLERY

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The Living Gallery Outpost is dedicated to supporting the arts through learning and communication in lower Manhattan.
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The Living Gallery Outpost celebrates emerging and established artists and creators by maintaining an affordable space for artists, supportive programming, and community events. We believe that through art and communication love and peace emerge. We seek to create a non-competitive and welcoming environment, where everyone feels equal and celebrated.
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