Austin Osman Spare: Conservation and Influence

Derek Mathew Elmore is an artist and art conservator working in New York. As an artist his work is highly influenced by the subconscious as well as visionary artists such as Gustave Dore, Albrecht Dürer, Caravaggio, William Blake, Giorgio de Chirico and Austin Osman Spare. During his Masters degree in London he had the opportunity to conserve two paintings by Austin Spare for his final project. 

This informal talk takes inspiration from his original talk at Catland in December 2013 and a subsequent article published in Clavis Volume 3. This talk will delve into the life of the artist, and each of his very distinctive and contrasting periods with commentary in Spare’s own words. Derek will also go over Spare’s influence into the modern day, including many living legends in visual art and music and more personally, how Spare has influenced Derek in his own practice including examples of his work. Lastly there will be some fundamentals of conserving works of art and the techniques he used as a conservator to repair the damage to the paintings while remaining true to Spare’s integrity. 

If there is time afterwards, there will be an interactive experiment inspired by Spare in which all present can participate. 

Lastly, for all that weren’t able to attend this lecture previously because of L train problems, you should be able to attend this one without any maintenance issues.

The event will start at 7pm. Entry fee of $10.00

Images are: the removal of mounting boards from Mirage (1925) by AO Spare and Reverse Simulacrum #41 from the Codex Reverse Simulacra (2014 – 2015) by the author.