Darq Dreamz

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Fey Saturn.

Arriving as a welcome palliative for the sudden seasonal gloom, Mikel Marton’s autumn photo series is an exploration of homoerotic paganism and occult tableaux he calls Darq Dreamz. “Photography is the medium that allows me to be a medium,” he says. “Some of the photos added to the collection are from a series about a dying breed of incestuous modern witch boys forced to practice their rituals in an over populated decaying city, devoid of nature and solitude.” The witch boys and contrary spirits await you here.

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The gay artists archive

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The art of Hector de Gregorio
Richard de Chazal’s Zodiac
The Major Arcana by Jak Flash
Ode to the Classics
In the Shadow of the Sun by Derek Jarman
Mikel Marton
Tiger Lily
Toxicboy

The art of Hector de Gregorio

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left: Magus/Lee Adams (or Magician in the Tarot) (2009); right: I Expel All Evil (2010).

Tarot imagery—or work inspired by it—continues to infiltrate the contemporary art world. The gallery sites featuring Hector de Gregorio’s pictures have a couple of other portraits based on the Major Arcana but there’s no clue as to whether he’s depicted the full series. Given the quality of these creations I think he ought to give it a go. Via Bajo el Signo de Libra.

Previously on { feuilleton }
The Major Arcana by Jak Flash
The Sapphire Museum of Magic and Occultism
Strange Attractor Salon
The art of Pamela Colman Smith, 1878–1951
Layered Orders: Crowley’s Thoth Deck and the Tarot
In the Shadow of the Sun by Derek Jarman
The Major Arcana

Richard de Chazal’s Zodiac

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top left: Scorpio; top right: Gemini.
bottom left: Cancer; bottom right: Libra.

Following the zodiac sets from August, here’s a distinctly homoerotic variation on the theme by Australian photographer and fashion designer Richard de Chazal. See the full set here. Also on his site is a selection of his erotic photography which may interest some of the visitors who’ve been arriving here all week from porn site Queerclick. The small size of the photos should be taken as an encouragement to buy Mr De Chazal’s book. Via Chateau Thombeau.

Elsewhere on { feuilleton }
The gay artists archive

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Mucha’s Zodiac
Owen Wood’s Zodiac
Palladini’s Zodiac
The Major Arcana by Jak Flash

The Major Arcana by Jak Flash

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The Fool.

I’d like this photo series by young British photographer Jak Flash even if it didn’t feature attractive men; the eye candy is icing on a thaumaturgic cake. The Major Arcana takes the Trumps of the Tarot as its inspiration and manages to reinterpret the symbolism whilst retaining the hieratic nature of the traditional images. Of his reworking, the photographer says:

I developed my own themes based around things like geometric shapes so that I could encode my images with meaning. The images link to each other and can be read to some extent almost as a progressive story, or commentary. Various signifiers are used throughout the images such as cubes, triangles and spheres to help communicate my ideas. Cubes for example are a representation of the material world and triangles show transition. In an image such as The Hanged Man we see two men firmly seated on a large cube, whilst above their heads another cube breaks apart around them. … The Lovers image is an interpretation of the fall of man from Eden. The man represents mankind in his fall after taking the fruit of Knowledge, whilst being denied eternal life. (More.)

The Major Arcana is available in book form at Blurb. Via Homotography, doing all the leg work once again.

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top left: The Lovers; top right: Justice.
bottom left: The Wheel of Fortune; bottom right: The Sun.

Previously on { feuilleton }
The Sapphire Museum of Magic and Occultism
Strange Attractor Salon
The art of Pamela Colman Smith, 1878–1951
Layered Orders: Crowley’s Thoth Deck and the Tarot
In the Shadow of the Sun by Derek Jarman
The Major Arcana