The Artist and the Retrospective Nature of Publicity

There is a dichotomy to being an artist of any sort, a division between the present and the past, that has to be reconciled if the artist is to have any chance of financial success. The necessity to earn an income from art forces the artist to dwell on his past work at a time when it would be more productive, artistically, to focus on new work. The need to constantly revisit a work, especially for writers, so that it can be promoted to an audience requires an almost bi-polar mindset in any artist. These two sides to the life of a working artist could hardly be more antithetical- whereas the work of creating meaningful artworks is a non-material inner process that is, by its very nature, divorced from mundane and material considerations, the work of promoting it is entirely bound up in material considerations, balance sheets and contractual obligation. To some extent all successful artists must prostitute themselves to pay for their privileged work life.

In an interview about Jimi Hendrix his last girlfriend Monika Dannemann said: “There is a space between the artist and the public, once the artist is an established artist, that the public expects the artist to do something that he saw him do six months ago, or a year ago, but six months ago, a year ago, is an image which, if it’s still alive in the eye of the public, is a forgotten image in the memory of the artist.” This would seem to be the most difficult problem of publicizing an artist’s work- by the time that a book is published (or an artwork is available for public consumption) the artist has moved on, the writer is writing new works, and the public is interested only in the old work.

In 1890 Conan Doyle studied the eye in Vienna, and moved to London in 1891 to set up a practice as an ophthalmologist. He wrote in his autobiography that not a single patient crossed his door. This gave him more time for writing, and in November 1891 he wrote to his mother: “I think of slaying Holmes … and winding him up for good and all. He takes my mind from better things.” His mother responded, “You may do what you deem fit, but the crowds will not take this lightheartedly.”- Wikipedia


About dgmattichakjr

D G Mattichak jr was born in 1963 in Syracuse New York and immigrated to Melbourne Australia with his family in 1972. He was educated in one of Melbourne’s exclusive private schools before studying art at Preston Technical College. D G Mattichak jr has been a student of the occult arts since the early 1980s and has become well known in Australian magickal circles and, in recent years, around the world due to a string of essays on a variety of occult subjects . He discovered the “key to the order & value of the English alphabet” from Aleister Crowley’s Book of the Law in 1983 and has since used this English Qabalah to unlock the secrets of Thelemite magick. Success in these methods admitted him to the highest levels of attainment in various Hermetic disciplines and until recently he has been passing on his knowledge to private students, many of whom have gone on to become notable occultists in their own right. After almost three decades of study and development D G Mattichak jr has finally been able to distil his knowledge of magick and Thelema into a book- A Comment on the Verses of the Book of the Law, the first in a planned series of books on Hermeticism and Thelemite magick, revealing, for the first time in over a century, the secrets of magick that have been hidden in Crowley’s magnum opus, the Book of the Law. D G Mattichak jr currently lives in Melbourne Australia with his artist wife Michelle and their two cats. He has had a long career as an al a carte chef in Melbourne’s vibrant hospitality scene and now spends his time writing blogs on cooking, writing and, in the guise of Master Ankh af na Khonsu, about magick. He is also one of the founding members of the Mt Franklin Annual Pagan Gathering and regularly contributes to its official website as both an administrator and as an author. D G Mattichak jr’s first book Loot was released in 2009. His books are available through at G Mattichak&x=13&y=20 .
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