RAYMOND DIJKSTRA ~ MUSIQUE IRRITANTE (I)

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Leather and Paper Collage by Raymond Dijkstra.
Signed by Raymond Dijkstra
Numbered edition of 10 ex.
d’or035
Date of Release: June 16, 2019

Between 2008 and 2016, I’ve worked on a Series called Catalogue du Bruit / Musique Irritante, which was published in the same period on 3″ and 5″ vinyl records on my own imprint Le Souffleur.

The Music was an Attempt to break through certain Types of Self-Confinement, by repetitive Behavior.

As a Child I’ve suffered from Tics and compulsive Behavior, like blinking with my Eyes, making Sounds with Throat and Face Contortions. I also had to repeat certain Kind of Actions- when I had locked the Door, I had to repeat the same Action 3 or 4 Times. It was sometimes very tiring, because I couldn’t stop. I got a Kind of Satisfaction from doing it after a certain prolonged Period, at the same Time it was far from satisfying. Because my Parents and even my Schoolteacher acted as if I did something terribly wrong, I also felt guilty by doing it. This Behavior got less during Adolescence and almost completely left me when I was around 16, although a certain Level of Compulsion has always Kind of stayed with me.

Because of my History with Tourette, I found out that making Music in a repetitive Manner eased my Senses, by forgetting the Self. There was a certain Level of Compulsion in it as well, which was warmly familiar.

I see the Music as Expressionist Music. More than Musique Brut. I’ve made the Music to come to my Self and also always as a Way to connect with a different Level of / in Reality. In that Perspective it has been my personal Connection to Surrealism. The Sounds are not simply Sounds for the Sake of making Sounds. Or experimenting with Sound. Far from, even. I’ve never been interested in making experimental Music. The Sounds were solely a logical Outcome of my personal Preferences and Taste. Much more important is the emotional Load of the Sounds, transferred by the Movements of my Body. The Sounds were not created by my Head (Logic) or Feeling. It wasn’t a conscious Attempt to making Music / Sound before or during the Making of the Sound. In Fact it was made with an entirely empty Head and Mind, allowing my Body to move in the most possible free Way, without wanting to gain any Control over it, basically a Form of Automatic Writing, connecting a direct Link with my Subconsciousness. Body-Spasms as a Way to express. But always within the Confinement of a limited Time-Frame (1 to 2,5 minutes- with Clockalarm) and a relatively narrow Pallet of Sounds- my German Harmonium, A table of Glass and another frictional Object. These three Elements were always the Same, because these Elements allowed me to connect with my Self and lead to ease the Mind. The Music was made at once, spontaneously, without After-editing or any use of Electronics.

Between 2008 and 2016 a Series of 58 tiny Vinyl Records were produced on 3 Inch Format and 5 Inch Format. They were published together with my own handmade Collages on self-made hardcover Boxes in mostly black Linen. An Exception was the Work ‘De Slaap’ which was covered in dried Fishskin. All Titles were published in limited Editions between 1 and 10 Copies. This is the first Time these Noise Miniatures of 1 to 2,5 minutes will be published together on one LP. This LP contains the first Ten Titles from the entire Series with new original Artwork.

“My music is made in an abstract process of self-detachment. While detaching myself from myself, I connect with my Self. My expressionistic music should be regarded more as a physical act, more than music. It’s a constant training in opening up my mind, removing obstacles with violence, and seeing a different reality through the debris.” “The final result is a pile of fragments, but I guess something of the initial light still shimmers through.” “The publication is simply a registration of a physical event, and should be left untouched. Any changing of the initial energy is a weakening.”

Links to the original Works on Le Souffleur:

De Zee (The Sea) (2008)(5 inch record)(box) (Le Souffleur)(NL)
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De Luis (The Louse) (2008) (5 inch record)(box) (Le Souffleur)(NL)
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De Droom (The Dream) (2008) (5 inch record)(box) (Le Souffleur)(NL)
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De Herinnering (The Memory) (2008) (5 inch record) (box)(Le Souffleur)(NL)
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De Zon (The Sun) (2008) (5 inch record)(box) (Le Souffleur)(NL)
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De Wil (The Will) (2008) (5 inch record)(box) (Le Souffleur)(NL)
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De Tegel (The Tile) (2008) (5 inch record)(box) (Le Souffleur)(NL)
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De Slaap (The Sleep) (2008) (3 inch record)(box) (Le Souffleur)(NL)
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De Varen (The Fern) (2008) (3 inch record)(box) (Le Souffleur)(NL)
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De Vijl (The File Tool) (2008) (3 inch record)(box) (Le Souffleur)(NL)
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De Luis A Side
De Luis B Side Excerpt
De Droom A Side excerpt
De Droom B Side Excerpt
De Zon B Side Excerpt
De Herinnering A Side Excerpt
De Herinnering B Side Excerpt
De Slaap A Side
De Tegel A Side Excerpt
De Wil A Side
De Wil B Side Excerpt
De Zon A Side Excerpt

Raymond Dijkstra ~ Musique Irritante
LP Original Artwork Raymond Dijkstra60 euro ex. postage

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Artwork Description: Cut’ and glued Strips of Leather and Paper on Cardboard LP Cover

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MARC HURTADO ~ HURT

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Diptych consisting of two Paintings by Marc Hurtado.
Signed by Marc Hurtado
Numbered edition of 25 ex.
d’or034
Date of Release: August 1, 2019

Marc Hurtado (1962) is 1/2 of The French Group Étant Donnés.

For Des Astres d’Or he made an Album consisting of two Musicpieces and two Paintings, paired together as a Diptych.

Marc Hurtado ~ Hurt
LP Original Artwork Marc Hurtado250 euro ex. postage

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Artwork Description: Diptych of two Paintings in Oilpaint and Knife-tear on Canvas. Each Painting measures 40-40 Cm. Signed by Marc Hurtado “MH”.

JON MUELLER & JEREMY POPELKA ~ CLARITY CYCLES

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Photo by Jeremy Popelka, of Glassobjects by Jeremy Popelka.
Numbered edition of 25 ex.
d’or033
Date of Release: June 11, 2019

A1: Glesum
A2: Anneal
A3: From Sand
A4: Blowing

B1: Vitrify
B2: Glass Illness
B3: Float
B4: Cold End

‘Clarity Cycles’ focuses on various sized glass instruments made by Jeremy Popelka in mid to late 2018. They were played by Jon Mueller using various drum, gong and cymbal mallets and recorded and mixed throughout late 2018 and early 2019.

The cover photographs were taken by Jeremy Popelka at his studio in Sturgeon Bay, WI, where the instruments were made and the recording session took place.

Jeremy Popelka is an artist based in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, USA. Over his 30 years of professional practice he has sought out artistic and creative collaborations involving installations, commissions and working with practitioners of different disciplines. This includes creating glasswork for other artists projects, teaching at the Corning School of Glass, and facilitating a hot glass studio in Bangkok, Thailand. Popelka received his masters degree from the California college of the arts and his work is in many public and private collections.
More Information: Popelka Glass

Jon Mueller has been a Drummer and Percussionist since 1985. In 1990, he studied Music Theory at Columbia College and took private Drum Lessons from Hal Russell. In 2018, he took private Voice Lessons from La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela. Covering a Variety of Genres and Techniques over the Years, his aim has been to use Drums, Percussion and Sound as a Way to express something felt but not easily defined. Audiences throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, and the United Kingdom have described his Performances as ‘cathartic’, ‘intense,’ and ‘meditative’. Notable solo Performances have taken Place at the Guggenheim Museum, New Museum, SXSW, Alverno Presents, Hopscotch Fest, and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal.
From 1999 – 2009 he owned the Recording Label and Promotion Company Crouton, which published and promoted over 40 Releases in deluxe Presentations from Artists out of the Avant Garde. Crouton also organized Events in the Milwaukee and Chicago Areas with Artists from around the World. These were documented by the Press and even filmed as Part of a PBS Documentary on Jazz Musician Ken Vandermark.
Mueller has given Talks about Listening and Creativity at Loyola University, Viva! Art Action, Translator Lab, Wesleyan University, and PechaKucha.
He has published two Works of Fiction, Pianobread and Endings, and contributed Non-Fiction Writing to ChangeThis, Pear Noir!, and more.
More Information: Rhythmplex

Jon Mueller ~ Clarity Cycles
LP Photo Prints Jon Mueller & Jeremy Popelka60 euro ex. postage

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Art Description: Photo Prints by Jeremy Popelka on Black LP Covers

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BRYAN LEWIS SAUNDERS ~ THE BLIND MONTH VINYLS

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Print by Bryan Lewis Saunders.
Signed by Bryan Lewis Saunders
Numbered edition of 50 ex.
d’or032
Date of Release: June 2, 2019

One of my goals has always been to confront the human condition and become more engaged with my experiences. By experimenting with behaviors, environments and my senses I hope to simultaneously increase my sensitivity while expanding ideas about drawing, art and life. “The Blind Month Vinyls” document the 30 days I spent living in total darkness. I had drawn daily-self-portraits before while blindfolded, and with my eyes closed and in total darkness, but for this experiment I spent the entire month from January 6th to February 4th, 2018 totally blind. This record is an attempt to present fragments of what it was like for me. While I was blind I could no longer keep a written journal so all of my journaling had to be done on audio cassette tapes but as time went on and especially towards the end of the experiment a lot of the journaling turned into recording and documenting things that were happening in the moment instead of recording my reflections upon them. I began using the tape recorder to capture the moments as they happened instead of verbally describing them afterwards. The experience of being totally blind was a real challenge and yet it was one that I thoroughly enjoyed in part because I have such good friends. I really didn’t want this experiment to end. – Bryan L. Saunders

Special thanks to: Christopher Fleeger, Lisa Moss, Brant Withers, Aaron Kelly, Marcus Durham, Megan Christian, Zoë Dosher, Joey Salyer, Stacie Williams, Matt Volrath, Scott and Vivian and the entire Rader family, Russell Hughes, Becca Addison, Mahto Browder, Nicole Bailey, Liz Layton, Brad Ward, Zachary Jones, Tyler Cairnes, Patrik Dougherty, Ken Montgomery, and Rebecca Steele. Without you I would have suffered profoundly.

Side A:

Walking in the Woods (Unassisted)
Trip to the Mailbox
Note Taking / Journaling
Mid City Grill – Extrapolated
Car Ride
Echolocation Grunting
Pencil Tapping / Amplified Drawing
Mid City Grill – Interpolated
Walmart Walkthrough

Vocals and Voices, Christopher Fleeger and Elizabeth Messick (Mezzo-soprano) / Bryan L. Saunders, Lisa Moss, Aaron Kelly

Side B:

Replacing the Microwave Plate
At the Movies with Matt and Stacie
Brant Phone Call
Chattanooga Bathroom Walk
Eating Soup
Ass Washcloth
Roofers with Trumpet
Kalm Restaurant
Marcus and Meagan Read the Mail
Russell SIRI
Following Sarah
Snow Walk with Lisa
Stacie SIRI
Day Room Puzzles “Scratch Song”

Audio Recordings by Bryan L. Saunders

Bryan Lewis Saunders ~ The Blind Month Vinyls
LP Original Prints Bryan Lewis Saunders60 euro ex. postage

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Artwork Description: One of a kind original archival Print made of the Drawings created by Bryan Lewis Saunders while totally blind.

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MAX EASTLEY ~ THE MIRROR AND THE LAMP

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Original Artwork by Max Eastley
Numbered edition of 40 ex.
d’or030
Date of Release: 8 april 2019
Signed, Numbered

Recordings from 1977, 1980, 1986 and 2000 by Max Eastley.

Side A.
Track 1: Title: Imagine I Am.

Composition with Arc, invented electro acoustic monochord instrument, mixed with sampled Arc played from a keyboard.
1986. Recorded by Dave Hunt, composed and played by Max Eastley

Track 2. Title: The Violet Well

Installation of motors playing metal rods with changes to the speed of the motors but otherwise autonomous chance combinations.
1980 Recorded at Spectro Arts Centre, Newcastle by Max Eastley

Side B.
Track 1: Title: The Interior and the Exterior

Installation of strings played by motor together with Arc, played by wind, and both recorded simultaneously.
1977 Recorded by Max Eastley

Track 2: Title: The Moon on the Roof

Recordings of installations mixed with Arc and samples played on keyboard. 2000 Composed, played and recorded by Max Eastley. Digital assembly by David Toop.

Imagine I Am (Excerpt)
The Violet Well (Excerpt)
The Interior and the Exterior (Excerpt)
The Moon on the Roof (Excerpt)

Max Eastley ~ The Mirror and the Lamp
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Artwork Description: Pen and Acrylic with incised Lines by Max Eastley

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WENDINGEN 1918 ~ LA DÉCORPORISATION DE LA RÉALITÉ

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Original Photography by B de Paepe. Original Handwriting and Drawings by R Dijkstra
Numbered edition of 40 ex.
d’or031
Date of Release: June 2, 2019

Wendingen 1918: Raymond Dijkstra, Bart de Paepe, Frédérique Bruyas

Face A:
1 Part I
2 Part II

Face B:
1 Part III
2 Part IV

“I often wander in huge empty Buildings. I realize I once squatted this Building and lived in it for a while, but I completely forgot about it. Now I’m here, the Rooms are a bit filthy and covered with Dust. The same Dust there was when I first came here. There’s still the old Machines from the previous Factory and the Content of their Storage, abandoned. Months later, after having forgotten about my Home again, I return and realize it’s been evicted. I feel a bit sad I no longer have this House as my Home.

Another Day… I’m in my other House… Here also, there’s a Part which I’d forgotten about. I hadn’t been there for at least Months… I walk Downstairs and come in a kind of small, rectangular Hallway. It’s a very pleasant Place. But behind a Door, there’s a Neighbor who I despise.

Quite recently I was living with my Parents. I walked Upstairs and saw a Room which was vaguely familiar. It was full with beautiful Plants, which my Mother was taking Care off. I went further Upstairs and came to a very large Space. About as large as a huge Factory-hall and it even looked like one. It was clear the Factory-hall hadn’t been visited often by People for Ages. Dusty, flaked off Lime Plaster, Concrete Floors and almost entirely empty, apart from a very few Objects, among which was a strange but nice looking small red Couch from the 18th Century. The Couch had a Pluche Fabric and in the Middle it had a Swivel-chair. Because of this, the surrounding Couch functioned more like a Table. The Factory-hall was fully to my Liking and I took up the Plan to live here from now on, instead of living in my small Room at the Groundfloor… Walking through the Hall, it became more and more spacious… I saw new Parts, equally messy and abandoned. Above, there was a gigantic Attic, which I’d been visiting once, in a Dream. It was the Attic of my Grandmother. We (I was apparently in the Company of my Father and a Group of Acquaintances who I barely knew) were able to climb up a rickety Ladder and entered the Attic, where it was even more dusty and entirely empty. It had a wooden Floor, with Sections where one could easily crash through and other Parts where there wasn’t even a Floor at all. I remembered the spooky Atmosphere from the previous Time I’d been here and felt also now, how the Room was filled with a unnerving Type of old Fear. Someone said, a little Child was once hung here, on her arms and legs- and died.”
RD

Wendingen 1918 ~ La Décorporisation De La Réalité
LP Original Photo Prints Wendingen 191860 euro ex. postage

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Artwork Description: Photography by Bart de Paepe. Handwriting and Drawings in Goldmarker by Raymond Dijkstra. Black LP Cover.

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More Pictures follow

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RAYMOND DIJKSTRA ~ AFFEN-THEATER

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Original Artwork by Raymond Dijkstra
Numbered, dated, signed edition of 40 ex.
d’or029
Date of Release: 18 March 2019

Reïssue of Raymond Dijkstra ~ Affen-theater (Le Souffleur, 2005) with original Artwork

Affen-Theater is an early Le Souffleur Period RD Work from 2005, opening a new Artistic Direction in the Œuvre of RD, with a high Focus on an expressionist Style of Playing Harmonium, experimental frotting and scratching of Glass Surfaces with different Materials, sometimes combined with manual Tape Manipulation and rudimentary Delay Effects. The Key Element in these expressionist Works (starting with Affen-Theater and involving 73 published Titles between 2005-2017) is an Approach very close to Surrealist Automatism, giving free Reign to the Unconscious of the Artist.

“My music is made in an abstract process of self-detachment. While detaching myself from myself, I connect with my Self. My expressionistic music should be regarded more as a physical act, more than music. It’s a constant training in opening up my mind, removing obstacles with violence, and seeing a different reality through the debris.” “The final result is a pile of fragments, but I guess something of the initial light still shimmers through.” “The publication is simply a registration of a physical event, and should be left untouched. Any changing of the initial energy is a weakening.” (RD)

Side A   Affen-theater20:00
Side B   Affen-theater08:00
Affen-Theater (Excerpt)
Raymond Dijkstra
Affen-theaterLP Original Artwork by Raymond Dijkstra60 euro ex. postage
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Artwork Description: Charcoal on Brown Paper

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PIERRE BASTIEN ~ IMPRESSIONS DE MECCANO

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Original Artwork by Pierre Bastien
Numbered edition of 40 ex.
d’or028
Date of Release: 8 april 2019

Musicworks by Pierre Bastien

This Album is a Unicum in the Œuvre of Pierre Bastien. Pierre Bastien has always played together with the Meccano Orchestra. In these Pieces however, the Music contains the mechanical Sounds by the Meccano Orchestra only, with the Artist only observing the Orchestra as the sole Spectator in a vast and empty Circus Arena… A wonderful Collection of automated music, pure Poetry of a tiny mechanical Orchestra, fragile and touching in it’s primitive Mechanics… An absolute Highlight in the Œuvre of Bastien.

The Meccano Orchestra is a unique and constantly evolving Orchestra consisting of selfplaying Machines made from Meccano, imagined by Pierre Bastien.

Pierre Bastien ~ Impressions de Meccano
LP Original Pierre Bastien120 euro ex. postage

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The Toy Kora Herewith; one of the Players in the Orchestra.
The Gong is another Participant on “Impressions de Meccano”

 
 
 

Artwork Description: Stamped Forms in Gouache on brown Cardboard. Forms are stamped from Meccano Parts. Artwork by Pierre Bastien

More Artworks follow

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ANIMA SOUND – ’78

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Original Artwork by Limpe Fuchs
Numbered edition of 40 ex.
d’or027
Date of Release: 30 March 2019

Previously unpublished Live Recordings by Anima Sound, 1978 at LOFT, München

Limpe Fuchs: Footzitter, Kettledrum, Hihat, Fuchsbass, Woodblocks, Snare, Tubedrums, Voice, Organ

Paul Fuchs: Fuchshorn, Electric Harp

Produced by Limpe Fuchs, Raymond Dijkstra

This is only the third Album from the Legendary Kraut Group Anima Sound with German Artists Limpe Fuchs and Paul Fuchs.
Previous Albums of Anima Sound were “Musik für Alle” (1971) and “Stürmischer Himmel” (1971). After this they continued releasing their Work as Anima. The Group is known for their free Improvisations in an Area bordered by Psychedelic Music, Jazz and Kraut Rock. Instruments were often build by themselves. During 1972 and 1973 they toured extensively through Europe with a Tractor, Mobile Stage and some Sheep, to give unanounced (and unsolicited) Concerts in smaller and bigger Villages, often to the despair of uninformed Villagers… These Tours were recently published in the Documentary “Anima-Sound: Mit 20 km/h durch Europa (1972) & Gruppe Anima in Salzburg (1973)” https://vimeo.com/233453157

Limpe Fuchs is currently still highly active as a Musician, Instrument Builder and Visual Artist. http://www.limpefuchs.de/
Paul Fuchs is a prolific Artist, working as a Musician, Instrument Builder and in the Visual Arts as Painter, Sculptor among other Activities. https://www.paulfuchs.com/

The beautiful Artwork is from Limpe Fuchs in her own distinct Style of Paper Cuts. More Information about her Art can be found here: http://dothephantomlimbo.blogspot.com/2017/09/spurensicherung-limpe-fuchs-ausstellung.html

Anima Sound ~ ’78
LP Original Limpe Fuchs120 euro ex. postage

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Artwork Description: Paper Collage from Colored Paper by Limpe Fuchs

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BOMBAY LUNATIC ASYLUM

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Original Artwork by Lauren O’Connor
Numbered edition of 25 ex.
d’or025
Date of Release: 4 March 2019

Musicworks by Bombay Lunatic Asylum

Bombay Lunatic Asylum:
Louise Landes Levi: Sarangi, Voice
Koen Vandenhoudt: Sarangi, Shruti Box
Bart de Paepe: Indian Harmonium

Produced by Raymond Dijkstra

Artwork is from the highly talented Artist Lauren O’Connor, who has previously collaborated with Louise Landes Levi; handstamped Paperscrolls for ‘Love Cantos 1-5’ (Jack in your Box, 2012) and handstamped booklets for ‘From the Ming Oracle’ (Sloowax, 2014)

An Interview between Lauren O’Connor and Louise Landes Levi https://the-otolith.blogspot.com/2018/02/lauren-oconnor.html

Side A  
Side B  
A Excerpt
B Excerpt
Bombay Lunatic Asylum
LP Original Lauren O’Connor120 euro ex. postage
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But may still be availlable at the Artists… Contact Des Astres d’Or for Information.

Artwork Description: Original Artwork. Indian Ink and stamped Forms in red Ink on transparent Ricepaper by Lauren O’Connor

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Inlay Print. Dream Girl, Poem by LLL (2014). Calligraphy & Drawing by Lo’C.