Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
To the Daemon of Sublimity is an epic poem in miniature by master of the weird Clark Ashton Smith. Smith was not only a writer of some of the most fantastical tales ever rendered in the English language, he was a close friend and correspondent of H. P. Lovecraft. Though the two never met in person, they shared many of the same themes of flight from the limitations of the modern, all too human, world. They approached these themes in their work from entirely different angles, however. Smith's poetry is crystalline, majestic, and vast in scope. Many of the ideas in his poems seem to bleed over into his prose work, which often takes on the shades of prose poetry itself. There is a prose work published by Night Shade Books in volume one of the five volume Collected Fantasies entitled entitled To the Daemon which carries the same thirst for ultimate escape into vaster than imaginable mysteries, though the poem has a more tragic essence. See also the great Eldritch Dark website for an in depth view of Smith and his work.
Friday, August 28, 2009
This ink painting initiates a series of homunculi which are intended to be married to text applied by polymer plates and the Vandercook 4. Haven't settled on the font yet, but the text will be from Zosimos of Panopolis. Check the book Promethean Ambitions by William Newman for an intense and scholarly journey into alchemy and the ideas of the homunculus.
Art, design by Viatorium Press, music by Uccello Project. Six panel sleeve plus poster. Painting and drawing for this project completed in the Summer of 2008. Layout and typesetting done in Summer of 2009. Letterpress and offset printing completed by Stumptown Printers in Portland, Oregon. Wraparound band printed by Viatorium Press. Graphics and type are letterpress printed from a beautiful zinc plate, and the ink paintings and poster are exquisitely done in offset lithography. Disc professionally pressed in Portland by CD Forge. Limited edition of 1000 copies. Fine folk and jazz influenced music dipped in prog and psych currents. Available for $15 postpaid through paypal. Contact at onikubi [at] gmail [dot] com.