In this exciting new series designed around the thesis of Abrahadabra and Mutational Alchemy, important occult secrets are revealed in a long series of clear, concise alchemical proofs. These will be used in the Abrahadabra Academy curriculum work and they are a historically important part of The Abrahadabra Institute. m1thr0s’s work has spanned almost 50 years of research. The Adam Kadmon series represents a distillation of current research and knowledge under his authority.
Digital allows the artist access to a higher level of creative expression by giving him or her a toolbox of precise magical tools – nontoxic, ecological and exquisite. Love the planet, keep the artist healthy and bask in the glory that is the digital sublime!
The principles of Mutational Alchemy, Tetragrammaton and other Star Body of Light disciplines can only be communicated reliably using precision vector art, particularily during high altitude meditation session work. Geometry looks funky with traditional media, and at The Abrahadabra Institute we love both. For the purposes of scrying, digital is the only option. It can printed with archival ink on high end cotton rag or canvas, lending it all the archivability of a stable traditional media.
hidden diamond sutra
Collecting digital art is a task unlike any other in art curation. Prints when done right are archival, safe and effective ways of preserving a work and add a whole ‘nother dimension to the work.
If you’re an artist, try experimenting. Some have used lightboxes to great effect to mimic the LED birthing chamber of many digital works.
Others envelop paper and cotton rag prints with different glazes. Glass, besides being effective UV protection, lends an eerie deep effect to m1thr0s’s pieces for example. It can of course, reflect the viewer, inviting them into a magical tantric experience.
Aluminum printing has a mirror finish and evokes a futuristic aura around the piece:
binary octal fractal
enamel on aluminum
For more information or help, please visit the following links that support the digital arts movement:
Digitalarti, based in Paris, France, has spearheaded the movement towards a digital world for artists. Please visit their site for more information if you are a digital artist looking for support.
As m1thr0s and I head into the scary world of self publishing even further, I set out to figure out the best place to get photobooks done, since those wonderful people over at Imagekind don’t make them.
We’ve both officially decided the Book of Mirrors needs a hard copy in a big way, with lots of pictures.
I also wouldn’t mind a coffee table sized book of my weird-ass occult photo memento collection.
In my journies I found a shit ton of self publishers, and no advice on who did the best work. I did find a guide, finally. (Google: “photo book review, best photo book?, wedding forum” yielded the results) Check out this amazing, first of its kind, inclusive, thorough and well written post by Jason Dunn, over at Digital Home Thoughts forum.
I love watching HBO. Earned every one of their 99 Emmies a dozen times over.They are totally on my wavelength when it comes to freedom in art and are constantly pushing the envelope. A few weeks ago, the HBO comedy news brief Last Week with John Oliver pushed that envelope even further by depicting a creepy Kentucky politician as an old wrinkled penis which was actually a real penis. Surprisingly, as popular as sex and violence are on television, there seems to be this unspoken aversion to nudity in arts. Surprisingly, it’s not fundamentalist Christianity that is doing it either – I remember my family were complete prudes and they were hardly religious. Gentle Christian Mothers responded to a query from a mom about whether or not the rest of the community allowed their children to view nudity in art, and it’s clear this horror attached to nudity is not a Christian phenomenon, as the responses to the question were all positively affirmative about nudity.
“My kids have viewed nude art as long as they were small . :shrug It’s not something that bothers me. ”
“We don’t avoid it at all. M who is 7.5 knows the statue of David and calls him, “Naked David”. :giggle We also went to Body Worlds and she saw naked stuff. We teach her that the human body is beautiful and sacred…it is God’s wonderful creation.”
“I let my kids look at nude art too. Big guy and I were browsing a new art History book at the Library He turned the page and in a VERY loud voice said “Hey there’s a naked lady in a shell” and in the next breath “She has really pretty hair” I think half the library stiffled a laugh”
“I was raised viewing nude art and never thought anything of it. My parents, especially my dad, taught us that the artists painted nude bodies because they saw how beautiful God had made them. To this day I don’t see nude art as sexual or awkward (though i definitely remember friends of mine in high school being all weird about a book of art paintings/art photos that contained nudity that i had thought nothing of – it didn’t phase me, it was normal, but to them it was very taboo and a ‘big deal’). Anyway, i plan to raise our kids the same way – remember that children don’t attach sexual connotations to nudity and such like adults do, they accept it at face value as they are taught.”
“As to the family that covers the nudity with stickers…I can understand that…but at the same time I think that is installing in the children a fear of naturalness. That somehow it’s dirty or inappropriate. I have talked to too many adults who were taught that as children , and they all have horrible s*x lives. Scared to death that they are doing something wrong and filthy. Just seeing their partner’s privates brings them to blush and say “that’s not right”. When they should be able to see the beauty in how God designed their partners. I know it has a direct correlation to how they were brought up. (because they’ve told me) granted that’s anecdotal.”
So where the hell is this attitude about nudity coming from amongst artists? It’s a massive epidemic of Gymnophobia. (Fear of nudity. You’re welcome) I’ve never actually met a customer who recoils from nude art the way other artists do. I have no answer for it except for a hunch that the industry is saturated in so much Disneyfication and FCC regulations that artists instinctively conform to this unspoken rule of so-called art. Or maybe it’s just about the fact that artists have constantly bit their own tongue and have never given themselves a chance to express their true inner vision. Fear is a massive demon in the arts. Entertainment industry crap can sometimes be art, but it’s usually just craft and illustration.
Over the last couple of years I’ve watched the trend of other successful artists in the entertainment industry attempt to pull poorer artists up by their bootstraps by offering encouragement and a “you can do it” rally cry, through articles and online conversations on forums. These articles are always beneficial to the morale of artists, but for some others, it offers a false hope that things will somehow get better for everyone in the arts if you just follow a formula. This doesn’t always work. Part of the unspoken formula is to never do nude art. Ever.
It’s certainly okay to paint anorexic, anatomically impossible and scantily clothed women – just make sure they have a fig leave on all the naughty bits – please. The system is so broken down to the core, that an artist can’t just be an artist. They think have to survive by whoring themselves out to one or another mega company. They sign away the rights to their work. The lucky ones get on board with a company they love, but this takes more determination than earning a PhD in the medical field, and luck.
I’ve heard artists proclaiming that freelance was dead, and that fine arts was dead, but I scoff, and imagine how wrong they’ll be in another 50 years, when the public tires of formula vision – the only kind allowed by these art factories. (Probably won’t happen until all movie posters are 100% teal and orange)
Sir Ridley Scott is a good example of an ethical Hollywood businessperson who understands the importance of an artist’s freedom of vision in the concept art process . When H.R. Giger (Baphomet rest his soul) created the Alien concept art, he benefitted directly from Alien’s huge success through attention to his art which allowed Giger to use those proceeds to build a museum and make more art. This kind of working relationship where a single artist provides the arcing vision for an entire film and an entire opus of film work is rare, but it contributed to both the success of Ridley Scott’s Alien franchise and helped the artist. Most films are such a mish mash of different design ideas that they fail at the level of visual effects. At this point in time, little option is left for many artists to make a reliable living right out of school.
Still others eschew the norm, reject the corporatocracy that has attached itself to the arts, and go their own way. One interesting example is Jason Manley, who started Massive Black, a major force in the concept art field. He turned down many lucrative deals in order to maintain the integrity and sanity of his stable of artists. (Read more about the horror stories at The Escapist: Assholes and Non-Assholes, The Story of Massive Black)
Most artists who won’t sell out tend to suffer – alot. Things havn’t gotten much better since the days of Modigliani, the poor Italian Jewish Artist who died in Paris from disease exacerbated by poverty.
He’ll never see the millions of dollars his paintings now fetch. The times where you had to be bankrolled by the rich or court galleries to become well known are over. Banksy made an interesting commentary on the new paradigm in fine art that many artists are still just sort of waking up to:
“There’s a whole new audience out there, and it’s never been easier to sell. You don’t have to go to college, drag ’round a portfolio, mail off transparencies to snooty galleries or sleep with someone powerful, all you need now is a few ideas and a broadband connection. This is the first time the essentially bourgeois world of art has belonged to the people. We need to make it count.”
This exploitation has to stop, and the way we stop it is by rejecting scenarios where the artist is exploited. If an artist does go into a design or art firm to work under an art director, it will eat them alive. I’ve seen it happen to many otherwise gutsy edgy artists who kept making little compromises until their work was consumed by the Mammonic force that is shallow false-morality consumerism in game and film endeavors. Your art will be censored, artist.
I wouldn’t be happy as being anything but myself – an artist. It took me about ten years to discover I didn’t want to just be an artist – I wanted to be an visual occult artist making art just for art’s sake. I wanted it to be original work unbiased by money, fame or opinion, the kind of art I would do if I was living alone on a desert island with nothing but a pair of pants, a fishing pole, and a dildo. (the pants are for the sand when I sit on the beach – also a neverending assortment of Gamblin paints and Windsor Newton brushes would be nice. Also rockface. Lots of rockface.)
For a decade I didn’t understand why some people – even other artists, seemed to be so obsessed with money. I had everything I could ever need building and creating my universe. I’m fortunate enough to have been born into one of the wealthiest and most freedom-loving nations on earth.
It wasn’t until I met m1thr0s and started studying with the group at Abrahadabra.com that I came to realize what a complete line of bullshit people have fallen for in the arts, in the metaphysics community – everywhere really.
In the entertainment industry art sectors, artists are terrified of being shunned by major corporations like Disney for freely expressing sexuality or being ignored for drawing or painting what they love. The atmosphere in concept art has changed alot, and I personally do not feel like one has to worry about it like you did in the 1980’s or earlier. Risque has always had its place in the art world, but a period of nude fear rippled through the world of illustration and concept art from about 2000 to the present.
I attribute it mostly to the Bush Administration’s reign of terror, which paralyzed kids coming up in that era. Gen X’ers already had been nursed on Giger’s erotic contributions to Alien and Species, so they knew it wasn’t all about Disney in the concept art fields. Personally I find The Little Mermaid and the rest of the Disney princesses far more apalling and offensive than any dick and vagina landscape Giger made. Every princess looking like an wasp-waisted insect with boobs and a hairy Alien Grey head. I mean, you could fit a tube sock around Ariel’s waist, it’s thinner than an infant girl’s waist. So are we really saying to girls that society – specifically male dominated Western society, owns you from the time you’re born?
It seems like consumers, including would-be artists, only want to be part of an event – a spectacle. They can’t imagine themselves as apart from society, even though this is a reality we’ll all have to face someday at the moment of death. They want to be lead, even though in our final act – death -we’re not lead. There is no wisely accepted guidemap to the great beyond, and the only certainty is that we all have to go there eventually.
I don’t think people are used to embracing freedom and being their own masters. I’ve often heard non-artists including my ex-husband that artists have to make sacrifices to earn their way in the world. This is true to some extent, one can take a day job or paint something they like that also sells somehow, but the purity of the art must never be the sacrifice. This takes self mastery, but people don’t want to master themselves. Worse, sometimes (often) they want to be the master to other people.
Worst of all for the planet, and their fellow creatures, they don’t want to be responsible for their choices – even when they hold the title of master. They want to maintain the illusion that somebody is responsible for them.
The Christians are always saying “only through the grace of god”. There’s this idea that man is fundamentally useless and pointless, and the only good comes through god. They don’t want to give up that. This concept is an illusion. People do ultimately die and go somewhere. I don’t know where the hell they go. When they do that they have generally created very little for themselves and done very little for the world except stuff their pads and pad their pockets.
With this whole Mutational Alchemy thing, we are playing to a very small niche of occultists. It’s nearly impossible today for people to understand magick, especially very advanced magick based in mathematical proofs.
Ultimately it’s not people’s natural inclination to be this way. They’ve become victims of their own slavery, oppression and restrictions.
What they ultimately want from religion and art is someone to console them, to care for them and that is not what we’re about at The Abrahadabra Institute. We’re the antithesis to what alot of people are looking for.
But younger people are coming along and they don’t need god to come along and hold their hand and tell them its okay. Part of it is a different kind of spirit – they’re being born into a better time and a better collective consciousness. Being born into a society that pretends to believe in science is much better than being born into an oppressive tyrannical regime where people are not even encouraged to lift up their heads and look at others, as it is in much of the Middle East and Asia. Alot of the way people behave is just imprinting and programming.
We’re still dealing with the fact that the majority of people don’t enjoy what they’ve got. Rich, powerful, famous…who cares when you’re poisoning the ground you cover and everything you have could be snatched away by economic downturns or angry mob ruling.
This may seem like a fantasy but it happened in post Imperial China. Wealthy citizens, many of them good people, were literally dragged from their homes, beaten, tortured and killed. Their complacency killed them really. We’re not here to sit around and be glorified hoarders.
No matter what cute little phrase they are “DIY30″ “YAY50″ “FUN20″ they are still evil little parasitic gimmicks.
Imagekind nearly lost me as a customer today. Oh I’ll be back of course, but I have been trolling for a good Imagekind coupon to use on a large order for about a month now with no luck. I just hate checkout coupons. I feel like I’m being cheated if I don’t have one, and if it’s not a big fat 50% off coupon and instead a measly 15%-30% off coupon, I feel like I’m somehow paying for someone else’s great deal tomorrow when they can use that future 50% off coupon. I am immediately accosted with feelings of dissapointment, envy and frustration when I am presented with the huge list of expired coupons on those massive coupon cult sites that I could have used if I had just been insanely dedicated enough to log in last week. It foments hatred. It does.
It’s not like I can’t afford to pay full price – that’s not the point. Any savvy business person knows that to survive you need to avoid unnecessary spending. And for prints that I don’t need for an art show next week, you bet I’m going to wait for that sweet sale. I just wish they’d lower their prices 5%-10% and do away with coupons altogether. Give bulk discounts like the wonderful couponless and sales-less Trader Joes. SOMETHING. Everyone in this printing industry from Zazzle to Shutterfly seems to think these coupons are a good idea for business. Why? Because everyone else is doing it? I don’t know, man I don’t know.
What I don’t understand is how these companies don’t see that sales really hurt their image and customer loyalty on so many levels. I don’t go to Imagekind for their prices, I go there because they’re the only ones in the industry with Epson Ultragiclee capability. When you’re working in clean, precise geometry at extremely large sizes there is no other choice really. So even with the horrible feeling coupons bring me, I’m still willing to do business with them, even at full price.
The problem with coupons of course, is once you start offering them, you can never get rid of them. Customers are addicted to them. When JCPenney tried to eliminate sales and coupons, they went into an epic landslide of financial loss.
Today, I was willing to give Mpix.com a go. I happened upon a blog that complained about Imagekind, during a search for, you guessed it, Imagekind coupons. The complaints were nothing that affected me – the writer had been put off by the small prints being tube rolled, and the fancy artsy paper they had paid extra for being too muddy. I already knew about the problems with that paper since the staffers at Imagekind had explained which papers to use, and why, and had warned me away from using that particular paper. I also like the tubes, since they are crush proof, and I frame everything, so it goes flat and stays flat. The writer said they used mpix.com, because they always ship flat, which is not true. The larger images, which is what we usually get printed at The Abrahadabra Institute, ship rolled, even at mpix. And mpix.com’s “large” is really what Imagekind calls “medium”. Photographers don’t seem to like to go very big.
I decided to click on through to mpix.com. They cater to amateur and professional photographers, but they use a weird separate site to handle pros which was extremely awkward to use. They have amazingly responsive customer service/tech support though. They offer cropping service, so you don’t have to trim excess yourself, and I liked the metallic photo paper that Imagekind doesn’t have. Also, they offer aluminum printing!
When I landed on their homepage, my dream coupon landed in front of my eyes! 50% off large prints through July 9th (today)! Like, wow! I had to try it. I went through their papers and found that they were lacking an inch off the size I needed. I visited mpixpro.com on a whim just to see if they had a bigger selection. Oddly enough, they did offer the paper size I needed there. It was a very confusing setup, and even though they fast tracked my membership at the pro site, the software wouldn’t work with me. I decided to pass on the big prints, but get some of my medium prints done that I needed on the main site, and take advantage of the awesome coupon.
I spent a few hours getting my images ready, took a nap and ordered a pizza. Then I woke up to get the order in before the midnight deadline. I checked the code before uploading the rest of my beefy order and guess what…”You’re not eligible to use this coupon” popped up.
mpix.com, you just lost a customer. Forever. Because you wasted nearly half a day in my time on a coupon that you pulled before July 9th was over.
And, because I have tremendous brand loyalty to Imagekind. I’m not going to wait for your next sale, I’m going to order the prints tonight and pay them their asking price. Not only does their customer service rock, they’ve corrected errors for me with no questions asked. Plus they have a much wider range of sizes, frames, matting materials, paper and I know the name and model of the printers they use. I already know the quality I am going to get with an Epson Ultragiclee, which you don’t offer. I am willing to pay full price to them because I already know I am getting a good value.
I really wish they would ALL finally kill the coupon sales though. Nothing like alienating a customer who just paid full price the day before the coupon was released to build business. Right?
That’s why I have a shopping cart full of stuff that has been at Imagekind for over two weeks now. If you’re going to be noncommittal with your prices, I’m going to be noncommittal with my decision to buy.