Art Metropole is pleased to announce the launch of Approx. DCLXVI, a new bookwork by artist and numerologist Andrew A. McLaren. This deluxe bookwork includes fold-outs, laminates, special endpages, holy remnants and more. Please join us on Friday, February 29, 2008, from 6 to 8 p.m., to launch the book and to meet the artist.
Approx. DCLXVI, examines the number DCLXVI (666). Widely recognized for its inherent evil â€” and geometric and factorial properties â€” 666 is a common symbol of demonized figures in contemporary and historical mythologies. The literary dimensions of this peculiar cultural fetish are explored in Approx. DCLXVI, through a series of 666 anagrams, each anagram employing verse 13:18 from the Book of Revelations, â€œLet him that hath understanding count the number of the Beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is Six Hundred, Three Score and Six.â€ Several anagrams are accompanied with illustrations. McLaren elaborates on the potential implications of this diabolical fixture (based on the figure of the Baphomet), and proposes a new discursive practise â€” Baphomethodology â€” in tandem with its related numerological counterpart, Baphomathematics. Further developments of the “beastly” number are explored, notably the relationship between the numbers 666 and 1776, the latter marking the date of Adam Weishauptâ€™s founding of the Bavarian Dilettanti.
Approx. DCLXVI, Andrew A. McLaren, 2008.
Approx 200pp, double fold-outs, laminates, wire bound, gold leatherette cover, special endpages, holy remnants, and more. 22.9 × 27 × 2.5 cm (9” x 10 3/8” x 1”), $100.
Andrew A. McLaren is an artist currently based in Calgary, Alberta.
Having recently graduated from the MFA program at the University of Calgary (2008), I am currently working on interactive cartographic animations, and a new bookwork, DCLXVI.
During the past several years my work has mostly involved self-publishing projects and experimental Cartographic design, or Paracartography. Other projects have been in multiple objects (Dice Calendars) and Installation. My other site www.paracartography.com showcases some of my experiments in animation (February 2007).