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THE EVERYDAY PRESS
Ian Whittlesea: Becoming Invisible
Both an artist’s book and a would-be practical guide, this beautiful volume offers occult instructions for becoming invisible by meditating on the color spectrum. It draws on the literature of Rosicrucianism, theosophy and esoteric yoga to demonstrate how, through breathing exercises and visualization, the reader can learn to split light into its constituent parts, then recombine the seven colors of the spectrum to form a glowing white cloud that envelops its creator, rendering him or her invisible. Its author, London-based artist Ian Whittlesea (born 1967)--well known for his book works based on spiritual-physical exercises, such as Yves Klein: The Foundations of Judo and Mazdaznan Health & Breath Culture--notes in the preface: “These exercises are intended to allow you to become invisible. This does not, however, mean that you will physically disappear or dematerialize. Instead you will be hidden from view, concealed within a cloud of your own creation.” Gorgeous color abstractions by Whittlesea illustrate the volume throughout.
FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/27/2014
Featured image, of the "seven clouds of color" described by London-based artist Ian Whittlesea in Becoming Invisible—his tiny and delightful manual for visualization and breathing exercises (based on Rosicrucianism, theosophy and esoteric yoga) that allow readers to split light into constituent parts and then recombine them to form a glowing white cloud that envelops its creator. He concludes the exercise, "Do not dissolve the indigo cloud. Allow it to float in place and move on to producing the violet cloud. Continue to breathe in for seven seconds and out for seven seconds then once more fill the space with a violet field. Focus your gaze on a central point within the color and condense the violet field until it forms a small cloud in the center of the space. When you have produced the violet cloud allow it to find its natural place. The seven clouds of color will tend to form a geometric shape, evenly spaced. The next step is to begin to bring the clouds together. Closer and closer. Finally they will merge, and as they do so will form the white cloud. Step into the cloud and you will become invisible." continue to blog