Istanbul Mannequins

 

Istanbul Mannequins (near the spice market) and reflections.

Istanbul Photography, Sept 4th 2013

Most of these photos are from the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque), The Hagia Sophia (Ayasofia), & the Topkapı Palace in Istanbul, Turkey.

 

 

The Six of Swords – The Tarot

 

The Six of Swords – or The Six of Blades as we’re calling it in The Dream Logic Tarot – indicates a “regretful but necessary transition, rite of passage.”

For this card we used a dagger with a damascus-style blade and a background image of clouds from the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge in NM. We also used a stain glass image from a Church in Providence of the All Seeing Eye, which I turned into a fractal with orbit traps in Adobe Photoshop.

Taos – New Mexico Landscapes

More New Mexico Landscapes taken while visiting family.

The Rio Grande Gorge bridge is always stunning — I cannot even imagine what the Grand Canyon must be like.

The Nine of Pentacles

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From The Dream Logic Tarot

The Necronomicon Series – Dark Fantastic and Visionary Art


In these images I am playing with my take on a theme of H. P. Lovecraft’s mythos:

We live in a vast, alien, & unforgiving universe entirely indifferent to human life.

To understand how small our planet is; how little the universe cares about our morals, ideals, and aspirations would drive us insane.

Fortunately, our minds are too small to comprehend these truths; sparing most of us from madness and despair.

These images are an attempt at giving the viewer a glimpse of the unseeable. Cheers!

These images are for the NecronomiCon Providence Convention. The NecronomiCon is the upcoming H. P. Lovecraft Convention at Providence’s Biltmore and surrounding venues.

Groupthink Art Exhibition

Art Exhibition “Groupthink” reviewed on theartblog.org. The show was curated by (my sister) painter Lauren Gidwitz.

Some people treat correspondences in the works of alumni from a particular art school like the signs of an emerging art movement. In Groupthink, curator (and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) alumna) Lauren Gidwitz takes the opposite stance. The organizing idea behind the show is how these artists, trained in close proximity to one another at PAFA, may have influenced or been influenced by one other. Emerging strands in the show include a trend towards taxonomy and miniaturization of compositions in a way that suggests artists who stand in a peculiar relation to the classical traditions they may or may not have been taught at their beloved but somewhat old-fashioned art school. The show was held at the Pierre S. du Pont Arts Center Gallery of Tower Hill Academy in Wilmington, Delaware, which as of last year, has begun a tradition of annually hosting a PAFA alumni and student show.

Yoni Hamburger, Windows of the Soul 2, C-print, 55 x 44 in.

Yoni Hamburger, Windows of the Soul 2, C-print, 55 x 44 in.

More:

http://www.theartblog.org/2013/03/groupthink-an-artists-cluster-expanding-outwards-in-wilmington/

Completion – The Four of Wands

The Four of Wands

The Four of Wands

This Tarot Card was created in collaboration with Occultist Anthony Teth.

Enter Anthony:

Referred to as “Completion” by Aleister Crowley, the Four of Wands represents the benevolent influences of Venus and Jupiter upon the Third Decan of Aries. In layman’s terms, it represents warmth, stability, and energetic serenity. Sometimes viewed as the “ideal home” in other decks, it can denote a “place” (physical or mental) of personal power, untainted by doubt or regret, charged with vibrant energy.

According to Biddy Tarot, the Four of Wands keywords include:

Upright: Celebration, harmony, marriage, home, community

Reversed: Breakdown in communication, transition

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The Fool – The Dream Logic Tarot Deck

The Fool - Card 0 of the Major Arcana

The Fool – Card 0 of the Major Arcana

The Fool is card 0 of the major arcana or trump cards. The Fool represents infinite possibility with only a hint of the limitations implied by incarnation.

According to my collaborator Anthony Teth:

The Tarot draws heavily from Platonic concepts. In this light, the Fool represents pure potentiality — the first emanation from the source of divine union, known as Kether to the Qabalists. The Fool is thus androgynous, curious, and whimsical, enamored with each new experience. It is the card of the inner child or perpetual youth. Its element is Air, highlighting its inherent intellectual nature not yet “tainted” by experience, dogma, or pedagogy.

I’m developing The Dream Logic Tarot in collaboration with occultist Anthony Teth.

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Other major versions of the Fool Tarot card include the Rider-Waite deck and the Thoth Deck, pictured below.

Ruin – The Ten of Swords

Ruin - The Ten of Swords

Ruin – The Ten of Swords

Anthony Teth and I are creating The Dream Logic Tarot. This image is one of the cards.

The Ten of Swords according to Anthony:

The gruesome imagery found in the Ten of Swords denotes its inherently negative characteristics. It represents the “perfect storm” of unhappy occurrences coupled with an inability to properly react to the inertia of the universe. Plans fall through, ideas are ridiculed, and projects disintegrate before one’s eyes. To struggle further is to strangle oneself. An entirely new approach is necessary to achieve success in a specific endeavor.

Via Wikipedia:

In its upright or positive light, the ten of swords represents absolute destruction, being pinned down by a multitude of things or situations. The person lying on the ground, defeated and bleeding, may also represent a feeling of hopelessness and being trapped by emotions or mental anguish, since swords represent strife and the mind.

Accoding to Biddy Tarot, the Ten of Swords Tarot Card Meanings include:

Upright: Back-stabbed, defeat, crisis, betrayal, endings, loss

Reversed: Recovery, regeneration, fear of ruin, inevitable end

We are creating a deck of tarot cards with photography and digital art, using much of the original symbolism (without the Christian and binary good/evil slant) and with contemporary ideas. Some of the concepts we’ve worked with and been inspired by so far include chaos theory and fractals, ideas from Nicholas Taleb’s series of books, cybernetics, and evolutionary psychology.