The Sacrificial Universe

Fulgur Limited has sent out announcements about The Sacrificial Universe by David Chaim Smith. This is Smith’s first book with Fulgur, and apparently “the largest format book” [via] they’ve yet produced.

“As we begin our twentieth year of publishing, we are delighted to announce our first title from an exceptional and highly respected artist. David Chaim Smith has been known to students of kabbalah for more than a decade, but a recent return to art as a vocational practice has brought his work to a wider audience. His first book with us, The Sacrificial Universe, draws upon his experience to present us with a devotional approach to ecstatic visionary mysticism. Ranging from intellectual treatises on sacred geometry, biomorphism and the symbol of the serpent in kabbalistic theory and practise, to a poetic twilight language of ecstatic devotion, The Sacrificial Universe is unlike any other book we have offered to date.

Produced as a lavish small folio with generous margins and a classic typographic style, The Sacrificial Universe presents David’s key artworks of the last four years as full-page images, with the triptychs and quadriptych offered as folding plates. The complex and evocative iconographic symbolism is also explored through commentaries. And yet The Sacrificial Universe is more than a homage to those seventeenth century books of hermetic mysticism. Structured according to the classic kabbalistic text Sefer Yetzirah, The Sacrificial Universe may be approached on three levels (world, year, and soul) to offer the reader a view of gnostic surrender within a vision of the self-consuming nature of phenomena.” [via]


If you are in the New York City area in March, you may want to also save the date for a launch party on March 23rd, 6-8pm with a live performance by John John and special guests.

“We are delighted to host a much anticipated launch party for The Sacrificial Universe in collaboration with our friends at the Cavin-Morris Gallery in the Chelsea arts district, New York, on March 23rd. The event will run from 6-8pm. We are especially honoured that the evening will feature a live performance from John Zorn, plus special guests.

March 23rd, 2012, 6-8pm
Cavin-Morris Gallery
210 Eleventh Avenue, Suite 201 (between 24th and 25th, east side)
New York, NY 10001, United States
(212) 226-3768”


Anyhow, although this is “just announced”, I did post “The Sacrificial Universe” last year, with an embedded video that appears to have since been deleted. So, not exactly new news, but now there’s more news that’s new, so to speak.