AS ABOVE, SO BELOW

Lisa Lyon, 1982

OHWOW is pleased to announce As Above, So Below, the gallery’s first exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe’s work, on view February 28 through March 29, 2014. This thematic exhibition, based on theoretical concepts of achieving visual equity and superseding artifice through method, presents more than 50 of Mapplethorpe’s images, including silver gelatin prints and polaroids, which reveal a novel interpretation of the artist’s practice – some are unique works, and many have rarely been shown.

<p><a href=”http://www.nowness.com/day/2014/2/23/3677/robert-mapplethorpe-as-above-so-below”>Robert Mapplethorpe: As Above, So Below</a> on <a href=”http://www.nowness.com/”>Nowness.com</a></p&gt;

 

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on “As above, so below”

These words circulate throughout occult and magical circles. They are recorded in Hermetic texts, although they originated in the Vedas.

The actual text of that maxim, as translated by Dennis W. Hauck from The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, is: “That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracle of the One Thing.” Thus, whatever happens on any level of reality (physical, emotional, or mental) also happens on every other level.

This principle, however, is more often used in the sense of the microcosm and the macrocosm. The microcosm is oneself, and the macrocosm is the universe. The macrocosm is as the microcosm and vice versa; within each lies the other, and through understanding one (usually the microcosm) a man may understand the other.

– Wikipedia

Not really getting any benefits for advertising this here, just being nostalgic, remembering the days I would enjoy these findings and perhaps make the effort to go.

All the things I don’t know,

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