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WELCOME TO THE UNDERGROUND
ALCHEMIC BODY | FIRE . AIR . WATER . EARTH
Laura Haber Gallery, Buenos Aires

21.04.2017 - 29.05.2017


Curator Luca Curci

Sol niger (black sun) can refer to the first stage of the alchemical magnum opus, the nigredo (blackening). In a text ascribed to Marsilio Ficino three suns are described: black, white, and red, corresponding to the three most used alchemical color stages. Of the sol niger he writes:

"The body must be dissolved in the subtlest middle air: The body is also dissolved by its own heat and humidity; where the soul, the middle nature holds the principality in the colour of blackness all in the glass: which blackness of Nature the ancient Philosophers called the crows head, or the black sun."

The black sun is used to illuminate the dissolution of the body, a blackening of matter, or putrefaction in Splendor Solis, and Johann Daniel Mylius’s Philosophia Reformata.

Suns in alchemy / WikipediA

Milos Sejn: Echoes, 1979 / Grass, 1967 / Body of the Night, 2001 / Becoming Mud, 2002 – movie and video works

 

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