The Invisble College

Invisible College - 5th edition

Invisible College – 5th edition

My artwork was recently featured in the publication Invisible College. It also includes a three page interview and my artwork on the front and back of the magazine. This is the fifth edition of the magazine. Previous editions have featured Marina Hoffmann, Roberto Venosa, Andrew Gonzalez and Maura Holden. Also included in this edition is the artwork of my good friend Amanda Sage. The magazine looks just fantastic. I had already purchased edition 4 which featured Maura and had been aware of the magazine for a while. So it was a great surprise and honour to be included.

Invisible College is a full colour magazine edited by Gwyllm Llwydd. In his own words:

“The Invisible College was born partly out the urge to communicate about the emerging cultural forces of our times, and to anchor these cultural groups into perspective within the continuum of the twin streams of the Bohemian & Acadian memes. The magazine came into being about 2.5 years ago.There seemed to be a serious gap in the magazine/journal world for publications that was tracking and recording what has been evolving in the world of arts and consciousness.

The motivation was to shake the tree a bit, and get the coconuts to start falling. What The Equinox did for London in the teens of the 20th century, and what the underground press did for the US, Europe, & Australia in the late 50’s through early 70’s, and what the zines did in the 80’s and 90’s, we wanted to do for the new century. We were motivated by the examples of Mondo 2000, The Oracle, Oz, the publishing of Little Caesar Magazine & Press… and many more publications that stimulated vast creative changes in society.

We wanted to present art, poetry, tales, interviews and reviews in such a way to lift consciousness, and to engage the reader to consider alternatives to the current cultural systems that have now peaked and are now in decline. As artist and poets have been in the forefront of the various struggles and movements in society from time out of mind, journals and magazines in recent centuries have become an important part of the documenting process and have served as a focal point and organizing organ of the various aspects of what seems to be transpiring in current times.

The Invisible College evolved out of Earthrites.org and my blog, Earthrites.org/turfing. There was a prototype magazine being developed on ER, and Turfing was/is a running social and arts commentary blog. Someone… Roberto Venosa, or maybe Martina Hoffman or maybe Mike Crowley suggested that I consider doing a pdf magazine. After 2 issues of that, we went into printing via Lulu.com. It came out rather rapidly at first, and now has slowed down a bit. We are going to keep going with the print on demand situation until we can find funding to print. We have had some amazing artist, poets and writers grace the pages of The Invisible College… You can go to the Invisible College web page for the PDF versions or order a printed copy of The Invisible College from Lulu.com.

People’s reactions have generally very good. Some people want the online version in html. I understand that pdf’s are a pain, but it is absolutely free via pdf… The printed version gets rave reviews. It is pretty intensive visually. We are in the process of starting a publishing house, for poets, artist and malcontents, dreamers and drummers of various stripes. Here is to the r/evolution in your consciousness, where ever you may be.”

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16 comments on “The Invisble College
  1. Otto Rapp says:

    Great! Looks really good, Leo. I hope they will be successful and stick around. I linked to the PDF download of this (and past) issue(s) on our Visionary Art Site under the News tab.

  2. Leo says:

    Well, compliments must go to Gwyllm for doing an excellent job. I believe that is also his wish that the publication has longevity. With our support we can certainly help out, as you have done with with your link on the Visionary Art Site.

  3. Joe Bongiorno says:

    That’s brilliant! This magazine looks fantastic! I totally agree with the statement: “artist and poets have been in the forefront of the various struggles and movements in society from time out of mind.”

    With the current economic downturn, representative of “the current cultural systems that have now peaked and are now in decline” I feared for the community of artists and their ability to continue sharing their insights on the unstable cultural landscape and human condition.

    But the print-on-demand model, such as embodied in Lulu.com, allows for such an endeavour to move forward. Big thanks Leo Plaw and other artists who continue to create works and support the community. Whether they realize it or not, the world needs you guys now more than ever.

  4. Leo says:

    lulu.com has opened many possibilities for artists and authors alike. I wrote about it previously “On Demand Printing” and will be using them to publish a number of catalogs and other publications.

  5. Tim Anderson says:

    Hey Leo-san
    Congrats on the inclusion of your wonderful work in the current Invisible College! It is nice to see the art at a “reasonable size” rather than internet viewing(which is great but lacking somehow)Gwyllm does an outstanding job with it all! all the best
    tima

  6. Leo says:

    Hey Tim-san.

    Yes, there is a world of difference between print and web resolutions, as there is between print and the real thing. The originals look better again, and that’s without any Photoshopping. 😉

  7. Heidi Allen says:

    Hey Leo!

    I don’t think the cover image is in your paintings gallery, because I couldn’t have missed it… Could I? I think Invisible College made excellent choices in their picks for both the front and back covers. Congrats to you *and* them!

  8. Leo says:

    Hi Heidi.

    The cover image may not be in the gallery. I’ve been sourcing better images of my work and it takes time to update everything.

    Yes, Gwyllm has done a fabulous job of the Invisible College.

  9. wild says:

    Leo the cover image is fabulous, it has an energy that creates a big space around the heart. It has energy, like a lot of the Australian aboriginal paintings have, where the mediative and/or contemplative state of the painter comes through in the art work and the viewer can feel that same energy.

  10. Mitsuo says:

    Hi Mr. Leo
    It’s so nice!!
    I’m glad to see live your artworks in Kyoto.
    I want to see The magazine when I see you next time.

    Cheers!
    Mitsuo

  11. Hi Leo!
    I have to get one, a real collector piece 😉 I liked the articles in the book also, very interesting topics…and your interview 😉 Your pictures look nice in a book…
    LG
    anja

  12. Hi Leo,
    congratulations to this extraordinary publication! Very interesting Interview and your work looks great as always. Thanks for introducing me to the magazine. It is quite addictive…
    Hope to see you here in Viechtach some time soon. We’ll host “Dante’s Divine Comedy” with some 40 international Artists here, starting August 1… would be a great opportunity to connect you with some important people around here 😉

  13. Shahla Rosa says:

    hello Leo,
    My compliment to a great idea of publication, I’ll link to the PDF download to myspace page if it’s OK with you.
    thanks for sharing your idea.
    Always best of luck to everything you do!
    shahla

  14. Leo says:

    Hi Reinhard.

    I’m glad you like Invisible College, Gwyllm has done a great job.

    I would love to come down to Vietach. I have to make my way down to Bavaria to pick up my painting from the the Sacred Art Exhibition in Wessobrunn. Perhaps I can make a tour.

  15. howzitgarn says:

    Hey Leo, excellent work as usual! very spiritual and ethereal. Keep it it up oh talented one.

    Ty

  16. Leo says:

    Cheers Tyrone. I see you’re keeping busy on the road with your music.

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