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Murmur Become Ceaseless and Myriad

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Efflaration (1952) by Austin Osman Spare.

The Austin Spare revival continues with another exhibition, Murmur Become Ceaseless and Myriad at Flat Time House, London, curated by Mark Titchner. Unless I’ve missed something this is a significant moment since it’s the first time Spare’s work has been paired with that of a more contemporary artist, the late John Latham (1921–2006) whose former home provides the exhibition space.

Biographically, the artists have a lot in common: a reticence to engage with the art establishment or the commercial art market; superficial correspondences with the work of their contemporaries but isolation by force of their ideas. The artistic genius of both these artists was, in the main, recognised by their peers, even if the subject of their work was not entirely understood.

In spite of this, discussion of Spare’s practice has largely related to arcana and magic, despite his training in fine art and early mainstream successes. Conversely, Latham’s work has been understood primarily in relation to the conceptual art practices of the 1960s and 70s. This exhibition broadens these perspectives, presenting their work in the context of two parallel experimental practices. (more)

There’s also a somewhat tenuous connection between the pair in the figure of Alan Moore, a Spare enthusiast who in 1992 appeared with John Latham and a number of other literary and artistic types in The Cardinal and the Corpse, a TV film by Iain Sinclair and Chris Petit which really ought to be on YouTube but isn’t. It’s worth a watch if you can find a copy. Murmur Become Ceaseless and Myriad runs until 30th October.

Previously on { feuilleton }
Kenneth Grant, 1924–2011
New Austin Spare grimoires
Austin Spare absinthe
Austin Spare’s Behind the Veil
Austin Osman Spare

 


 

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5 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by pe-jota

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    I hope that my blog someday wil be as interesting as yours

  2. #2 posted by John

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    Oh, I wouldn’t worry about that, your pages are really good!

  3. #3 posted by Nick Hydra

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    This is only slightly related – essentially I’m showing off- this is a video I did for a remix(?) that I did of ‘Knights of the Black Sun’ by Amebix, which features some AOS artwork.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ohr6q3uBqU

  4. #4 posted by Gregory

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    I have been looking for The Cardinal And The Corpse for a good few years. There are a few excerpts at Michael Moorcock’s site but the antique plugins won’t let you past the door. I don’t know why this film and the other Petit-Sinclair films, notably The Falconer and Asylum, are so unobtainable. They should be up on Ubu.com as necessary items of salvation. I was lucky enough to see The Falconer at a local cinema (the Labia, in Cape Town) and boy oh boy did I leave my socks behind. THIS IS A PLEA FOR HELP.

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