Those of you who visited our exhibition I:MAGE 2014 will be familiar with the work of Jesse Bransford, long-time artist and current Department Chair of the Art Faculty at New York University Steinhardt. His series of delicate stave-spells – magical drawings neatly conjured and contained on crisp card stock – were much admired by all who visited the gallery. Combining Icelandic folk magic and magical texts as sources and inspiration, this otherworldly series of staves exist in that rare space between high art and low culture, as commentator Robert J. Wallis observes. Indeed, Jesse’s watercolours describe the natural world as the artist experienced it during his travels in the Icelandic landscape; the works are spiritual aspirations as expressed through his art.
Published here for the first time is the artist’s personal selection of those spells most binding, offered with transcriptions from ‘The Sayings of the High One’ in the Hávamál, a statement from the artist and an introduction from Dr Robert J. Wallis.
To mark the publication of this book, there will be an exhibition and launch party later this month in New York.
Publication date: April 21st, 2018
LAUNCH PARTY AND EXHIBITION
April 21st, 2018, 6-9pm
Ortega y Gasset Projects
363 3rd Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11215