Jay Gidwitz

Jay Gidwitz uses photographic, digital, and traditional techniques to create his imagery, working at the intersection of art and emerging technologies. Inspired as much by the Symbolist’s, Surrealists, and Visionary Art as he is by digital art, Gidwitz brings a painterly touch to his digital work.

After graduating Chicago’s School of Representational Art in classical drawing and painting, Jay went on to receive his B.A. in Visual Art at Brown University where he focused on photography, digital art, web design, digital media.

In addition to making art and photography at his own site, Jay is a curator at Surrealism Today.

The Hermetic Library Anthology Album - Magick, Music and Ritual 15 by The Hermetic Library

"The Hanged Man" from Dream Logic Tarot by Jay Gidwitz and Anthony Teth as cover for Magick, Music and Ritual 15

The cover for Magick, Music and Ritual 15 features the work “The Hanged Man” from Dream Logic Tarot by Jay Gidwitz and Anthony Teth. There is also an alternative cover, included with the album download, that features the work “Alchemy Mask” by Jay Gidwitz.

My role in the Dream Logic Tarot team is as a photographer and artist. Anthony Teth brings the occult and astrological firepower. For me, part of the power of the Tarot is Archetypal. Tarot is a potent tool for focus, meditation, and exploring universal truths within the human condition.

The Dream Logic Tarot project provided an opportunity to explore our shared human experience through the existing tarot framework while bringing to it my eclectic interests: surrealism, cybernetics, chaos theory, psychology, antifragility, among others.

The Hanged Man card suggests the ultimate surrender, sacrifice, or suspension in time. I believe this card best applies to the strange limbo and accelerant that was 2020.

COVID-19 appeared. Many of us were told not to go outside, not to go to work. Businesses shut down. Tech companies expanded. We seem both suspended in time, yet the future moved towards us ever more quickly.

The Hanged Man suggests the breaking of old patterns, circumspection, letting go, metamorphosis, suspension. When reversed, the Hanged Man card indicates egotism, inability to change, and missed opportunities. For me, this was 2020.

"Alchemy Mask" by Jay Gidwitz as alternate cover for Magick, Music and Ritual 15

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