Chronicle Books, 1995. Item #2127
Printed paper over boards, 11 1/4 x 14 1/4 in. Includes a foreword by Terenece McKenna, an introduction by Timothy C. Ely, and an interview with Ely conducted by Steven Clay. This publication is a reproduction of a one-of-a-kind hand-painted and bound book by Ely completed in 1985.
"In Tim Ely's world, we meet the book as artifact, as concrescence of cognitive process … Words, signs, maps, and the presence of hidden energies all combine into a course of visual epistemology. This is a Grimoire for our times, a book of angelic conjuration. The original flight into Egypt was angelically inspired and so, too, is this work. All angelic messages are recast by human intent, by which means they become comprehensible. 'Every angel is terrible,' wrote Rilke in 'The Duino Elegies.' Never more so than now at the end of our history. The Flight into Egypt is ultimately accessional and alchemical. To experience it leads to a rarefaction and an internal integration that is the essence of art and life." Terence McKenna, from the foreword.
This is one of twenty copies numbered and signed by the artist and with his stamp. Fine condition with publisher's translucent printed belly-band, also fine.