Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Ex Libris... Ade Mathilde...1920


Michelangelo... Anima Damnata...1524


Only I remain burning in the dusk
After the sun has stripped the world of its rays:
Whereas other men take their pleasure, I do but mourn,
Prostrate on the ground, lamenting and weeping... 
from notes on drawings by Michelangelo dated around same period

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Barry William Hale...& Windows to the sacred...

For you lucky people in Australia
from Buratti Fine Art ...   Windows to the sacred  a special exhibition showcasing the various traditions and expression of esoteric art ranging from automatic drawing, digital art, printmaking, sculpture and painting. The work of contemporary artists are shown alongside international and historical artists and who have paved the way in one of the art world's most exciting genres.

with works by   

Danie Mellor

Opening Night - 6.30pm Friday 13th July 2012



Paper Cut works from Legion 49 published by Fulgur Limited


BEELZEBUB 2 (Legion 49)


BEELZEBUB (Legion 49)


BAPHOMET (Legion 49)

Barry's work with NOKO will also be shown at Revelation Film festival on Suday 15th July more here

Friday, July 6, 2012

Dolorosa... drawing... Happy Birthday Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954)



What Frida gave me ~ Dolorosa

"I recommend her to you, not as a husband but as an enthusiastic admirer of her work, acid and tender, hard as steel and delicate and fine as a butterfly's wing, lovable as a beautiful smile, and as profound and cruel as the bitterness of life." Diego Rivera

Dolorosa... new works... poems and anagrams for Unica Zürn... 2012


"On Harlot  Plexuses Fetich Beat" Pencil on black paper 10" x 8" July  2012


Detail from "Me Jot Fine Shaman" July 2012


Photo of full drawing "Me Jot Fine Shaman" pencil on black paper  12"x12" July 2012

Unica Zürn ... Happy Birthday...6 July 1916 Berlin - 19 October 1970 Paris...anagrams


Unica Zürn 1919


from an old copy of Sulfur Magazine no 29 1991 featuring a few Unica Zurn anagrams


I am yours, otherwise it escapes and
wipes us into death. Sing, burn
Sun, don’t die, sing, turn and
born, to turn and into Nothing is
never. The gone creates sense - or
not died have they and when
and when dead - they are not.

for Hans Bellmer.Berlin 1956

(Line from a poem by Henri Michaux)

Eyes, days, door, the old country.
Eagle eyes, a thousand days old.

Ermenonville 1957


After three ways in the rain image
when waking your counterimage: he,
the magician. Angels weave you in
the dragonbody. Rings in the way,
long in the rain I become yours.

Ermenonville 1959



ANAGRAMS are words and sentences resulting from the rearrangement of the letters in a given word or sentence. It is surprising that despite the re-awakened interest in the development of language in psychotics, psychics and children, little thought has been given to the anagrammatic interpretation of the coffee grounds of letters. - It is clear that we know very little of the birth and anatomy of the “image.” Man seems to know his language even less well than he knows his own body: the sentence too resembles a body which seems to invite us to decompose it, so that an infinite chain of anagrams may re-compose the truth it contains.

At close inspection the anagram is seen to arise from a violent and paradoxical dilemma. It demands the highest possible tension of the form-giving will and, simultaneously, the exclusion of premeditated purposeful shaping, because of the latter’s sterility. The result acknowledges - in a slightly uncanny manner - that it owes more to the help of some “other” than to one’s own consciousness. This sense of an alien responsibility and of one’s own technical limitations - only the given letters may be used and no others can be called upon for help - leads toward a hightened flair, an unrestrained and feverish readiness for discoveries, resulting in a kind of automatism. Chance seems to play a major role in the result, as if without it no language reality were true, for only at the end, after the fact, does it - surprisingly - become clear that this result was necessary, that no other was possible. Writing one anagram each day of the year would leave one with an accurate poetic weather report concerning one’s self at the end of that year.

What is at stake here is a totally new unity of form, meaning and feeling: language-images that cannot simply be thought up or written up. They enter suddenly and for real into their interconnections, radiating multiple meanings, meandering loops lassoing neighboring sense and sound. They constitute new, multifacetted objects, resembling polyplanes made of mirrors. “Beil” (hatchet) becomes “Lieb’” (Love) and “Leib” (body), when the hurried stonehand glides over it; the wonder of it lifts us up and rides away with us on its broomstick. The process remains enigmatic. For this kind of imaging and composing to happen, no doubt an eager hobgoblin - oracularly, sometimes spectacularly - adds much of its own behind the back of the I. A pleasantly disrespectful spririt, in all probability, who is serious only about singing the praises of the improbable, of error and of chance. As if the illogical was relaxation, as if laughter was permitted while thinking, as if error was a way and chance a proof of eternity.

Translated by Pierre Joris



from my visit to Unica's Grave Paris, Pere Lachaise Cemetery, February 16th 2008.


Publications by Verlag Brinkman & Bose 1998 and 2009


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Dolorosa.. new series of works...Self portraits as Masks..2012

from a series of  9 self portraits, Pastel and Pencil on paper 2012


Self portrait as a mask ~ Pastel and pencil 2012 no 3


Self portrait as a mask ~ Pastel and pencil 2012 no 4


Self portrait as a mask ~ Pastel and pencil 2012 no 5