Hermetic Series, 1970-1975
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The Hermetic Series 1970-75

          During the period of 1970-1971 I became deeply involved studying the arcane writings of Manley P. Hall, Aleister Crowley, A.E. Waite, and Lewis Spence. Together with the late poet/collagist, david uu
        and Quebec artist Gilles  Foisy, we formed the Divine Order of the Lodge, where theatre, alchemical studies and 
art making all came together in the spirit of the Symolists and the Salon de la Rose + Croix
        in Paris in the late 19th century.

       The group also formed a ritual theatre group, the Isle of Avalon Society (1972-1976) and produced Logisticks (1972-1976). Splendor Solis (1970), an art supplement edited by Gregg Simpson,
        included  writing and visual art by Al Neil , david uu, Gilles Foisy, Glenn Lewis, Gerry Gilbert, Gathie Falk, Michael de Courcy, Gary Lee Nova, Jack Wise, Ed Varney and others.

        This period reinforced my committment to the European surrealist tradition, which in Breton's Second Manifesto called for the Paris-based Surrealist Group to become more like a secret society.  

        In 1999 I made contact with Sarane Alexandrian, the Parisian writer and historian who was an integral part of the group's activities in the immediate post-war period. He included the Father C.R.C. Memorial                 painting (above) in the fall, 1999 edition of Supériore Inconnu, a journal which Alexandrian started with André Breton in 1947 (the year I was born). The journal is dedicated to the traditions of surrealism
        and the occult, focusing simultaneously on the arcane and the erotic.