Nudes in the Forest

Elijah Burgher

06.02.2018 – 31.03.2018

We are delighted to invite you on Tuesday, February 6, starting 7 pm, to the opening of Elijah Burgher’s first solo show in Europe, Nudes in the Forest.

Elijah Burgher’s artistic endeavour is infused with magic, employing occult iconographies from different esoteric systems in creating his specific abstract language and his own formal and meaningful grammar of emblems and sigils, symbols of wishes and desires. His projects develop like rituals of enchantment with references from mysticism, literature, from art’s history as well as his personal one.

On this occasion Burgher has envisioned a site-specific environment made of three interrelated elements: the Nudes and the Chants – works on paper created with the printmaking process of pressure printing – inside the architecture of the symbolical spaces emanated by wall paintings of magical sigils. For these sigils – which are significant forms, abstractions imbued with language, desire, magic and mythology – Elijah Burgher follows a method devised by the early 20th century British artist and occultist Austin Osman Spare. The manner in which Burgher uses this mystical process in order to create a form-content unity relates to his interest in experiments with written text and language, such as Brion Gysin and William S. Burroughs’s cut-ups, Henri Michaux’s asemic writing, Lettrism.
 
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