CATHODE LOVE - 'LOVE' Edition w/ 35MM PRINT and SILENT ROSE MUSIC BOX
CATHODE LOVE in exceptionally limited 'LOVE EDITION' of 111 special HARDBACK GOLD AND BLACK FOIL-STAMPED BOOK EDITIONS, also including the last sections of Jean Rollin's personal 35MM print of << Les raisins de la mort >> signed and enclosed with a commemorative display card (film was hand-signed by Jean's son, Serge Rollin).
Each LOVE EDITION book is kissed with the smoke of Jean Rollin's own pipe (a gesture uniting dreamers, old and new), and commemorated in a special signed and numbered bookplate.
The LOVE EDITION book will also include a SILENT ROSE MUSIC BOX -- a small, hand-made wooden box containing a red rose and hand-written, symbolic/poetic dedication both commemorating the now less tangible (but never lost) musical elements of Cathode Love (the former "LP" to accompany the project had to be destroyed) and also looking forward to new beauty to come. The box commemorates the wonders of beauty through interplay of suggestive power and yet acknowledging unattainability. Across media, channels, persons, souls and spirits...all that which I can only hope to hint at with this project is both possible and in the ether.
Includes essays, short stories, poetry, interviews and new translations from: Antonin Artaud, Théophile Gautier, Stephen Thrower, Marina Warner, Michel Leiris, David Tibet, Roger Gilbert-Lecomte, Remy de Gourmont, Count Eric Stanislaus Stenbock, Matthew Brendan Clark, Charles Baudelaire, Joris-Karl Huysmans, Saint-Pol Roux, Catherine Ribeiro and more. 248pp.
Cathode Love is a careful and contemporary ode to the well-published, uncompromising aesthetic journals of the 19th century, a high watermark of “magazine” publishing. Celebrating the uncanny, the beautiful, the deviant, the spirit of synaesthetics running through all art, this volume contains new and key writings on a handful of those elusive flakes of gold...the finest and most suggestive exponents of fantastique film, surreal and visionary art, decadent and defiant poetry, strange and esoteric theory and aesthetics, falling like shards of a greater mirror, or all singing like an orphan choir in perfectly strange and beautiful harmonies. This book an abandoned cathedral with little prayers to directors Jean Rollin and Jess Franco, little songs from Count Stenbock and Théophile Gautier, all with colorfully darkened windows for its light source, singing its praises through a cloud of smoke, death, beauty, and incense. Essays on Roger Callois’ “Writing of Stones" push language into the permanent/primal/auto-visual. New Coptic translations and a lovely new and insightful essay on his Birth Canal Blues offered up by David Tibet. A wonderful essay by Stephen Thrower on the undersung and mesmerizing Lorna...The Exorcist, as well as essential selections by Antonin Artaud that cut to the root of visual poetics. Multiple essays and poems by Matthew Clark (sometimes Comte Computer)...The Hieroglyphic Monad by Michel Leiris for your lovey-dovey pleasure and more, all making up an accidental and fully-charged AESTHETICS TREATISE FULL OF SUGGESTIONS WHERE TO TAKE THIS ART FORWARD FROM. Cathode Love seems to be loving "the language of aesthetics and meaning" with an open embrace. From the aesthetic and theatrical semiotic theory of Artaud and Michel Leiris and the poetry of renegade surrealist and THE REAL BLACK MIRROR, Roger Gilbert-Lecomte, to the transfigured letter found in the work of Saint Pol Roux and the overarching symbolic curatorial aspect of Remy de Gourmont, CATHODE LOVE IS LOVING NOW.
This is a limited edition of 111 numbered editions of which only 67 were originally made available for sale. These copies sold out within two weeks quite unexpecetedly. After considering exactly what to do with the remaining 44 copies, and given the unexpected demand for this edition, I have decided to offer a portion of the remaining copies available here again, for those who missed out, as there are likely still people interested in this lovely hardback edition (and I do not think I realistically have "44" things to do with the remaining copies!). Given the interest, it seems better suited to offer as many as I can here.