So far, 2018 already feels better than 2017. Overall, its been a good month. Before I overview my works created this month, I want to revise my intention to create a book series related to the Surrealist Erotica stuff. I originally thought I'd do a series of separate books, each one dedicated to a different artist or writer. I've decided to go a different way with it- make one book- that includes my Surrealist-related erotic photos, collages, and other art and literary works created with the techniques of the Surrealists. There will be a run of regularly printed books, and then a special limited edition where the contents are loose in a box, a la Duchamp's Box-in-a-Valise. Follow me on Twitter and Steemit to keep up-to-date on my Surrealist-related works.
I released a collection of many of my early, instrumental, unfinished works as a free album called Excess on Bandcamp:
I also released a remix of a song I did with Primitive Knot last year. Its also a free download on Bandcamp:
I also released 2 songs as Pope Joan II, which are more of the classical music remixes I've been doing. The first samples Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusick. I used it as the soundtrack to the Dorothea Tanning episode of the Surrealist Erotica video because she has a painting with the same title. The other remix sampled Ravel's Le tombeau de Couperin.
Bonus video inspired by a series of Man Ray photos:
I created a "best of" collection called The Erotic Collection available through Vimeo-on-Demand. Its selected videos that have been published already on OnlyFans. I'll be adding to it as time goes on.
I only made one collage-esque video this month. I made a couple other videos using found footage for some of my music.
I spent most of this month focused on creating content for the Surrealist Erotica series.
I've added 4 videos to the On-Demand series- a second Man Ray video, and videos inspired by Maya Deren, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Meret Oppenheim. I've also been working re-creating some photos to add to future books or to be available as prints.
I made a few collages this month but none of them that I really like very much. I only posted one or 2 of them. It was a slow month for music too. I did record a new song with Dead Editor, but that's about it. You can check it out here.
I've been moving a lot of my stuff onto dtube and dsound, in place of youtube and soundcloud. I also have been blogging on steemit and providing some more information about my visual references for the Surrealist Erotica series and just about my work in general. The mainstream social media sites are trash.
I'll be continuing my work Surrealist related work into the new year, with some more video and photos and books.
November started with the release of Red Unseen, a 3 song EP recorded one evening.
My erotic works had to take a backseat this month. I've spent almost the whole month dealing with a serious health issue. My body needed time to heal and the medication made me feel extremely fatigued and dizzy. I expect to be feeling better soon. Filming new works pretty much came to a halt, but it gave me a chance to finally slow down and get the Surrealist Erotica and The Blue Period films up on Vimeo. I plan on adding more to the Surrealist series, but they take longer to produce. I think my best works are the themed videos. I'm open to suggestions for a secondary theme to work on while I slowly chip away at the Surrealist videos.
I just want to say that my erotic works are meant to be arousing, but they are also meant to invoke something deeper. Sometimes my energy is weaker, and I think when that happens, it shows. When my energy is stronger, it feels sexual and sacred at once and that's the point. Sex is the ultimate act of creation, the highest and lowest form of art.
Ritual invocations of Surrealist artists and literary figures:
Erotique Voilée // inspired by Man Ray
Dream of Venus // inspired by Salvador Dali
The Doll // inspired by Hans Bellmer
Imagine a Bullfight for You Alone // inspired by Laure
The Story of Death and Sensuality // inspired by Georges Bataille
...more to come...
The month closes out with the release of my latest full length album Death is Coming. The album is a companion to my poetry book published earlier this year.
The album features collaborations with a variety of artists that I really enjoyed working with. The day it was released was one of the most traumatic days of my life. This album was supposed to be released on tape, but it couldn't wait. I needed it to be out there, to be shared. The book and the album are a good starting place to start understanding the philosophy behind SexDeathRebirth. So much of my philosophy is communicated through the universal language of symbols. Here, some of it is translated into words, into sounds. Sometimes people ask what has inspired my words.... my main inspirations are comparative myths and religions, gnosticism, alchemy, tantra, catholic saints, Georges Bataille, Laure, Carl Jung, sex, marriage, birth, death... Musically, I draw upon the punk and trip hop influences of my youth, and my obsession with Ravel. It doesn't sound like a punk record, or a trip hop record, or a classical record but all those elements are there. Sometimes it sounds soft and gentle, sometimes the sounds are so piercing they hurt. A union of opposites.
The Autumn Electronix Festival at Garner Arts Center on October 21 was a great success. It was a really well-curated event, great music and art, in a beautiful space. I've been asked to DJ again at next year's event, so save the date: October 20, 2018.
I'm slowly chipping away at the Surrealist Erotica Series. Real life took me out of the right headspace a little bit this month so I haven't been working on it at the rate I planned on. So far I've done Man Ray, Salvador Dali, Laure, Hans Bellmer, and Georges Bataille is just about finished. I also did a one-off photo based on collage by Nusch Eluard, you can check it out on my gallery page. There is an element of ritual to my art, so if the conditions aren't right, I don't force it.
I have been working on a bit on different series, The Blue Period. I'm not crazy about Picasso, but his "blue period" works are probably his best. The photos will be going up shortly on my gallery page.
In the last couple of weeks I've been creating an excess of collages and stop motion animated collages. Some are already up in my gallery page and Deviant Art, and most have been posted to Instagram and Tumblr already.
Will the Whip Angels album ever come out? I'm waiting for the mastering. A big hold up though has been that I have no vision for the physical look of the tape. At this rate I've considered releasing it digitally and making a special digital portal for it on my website instead with video and some kind of interactive element. To me, the physical element is the book.