The title of my show is L'appel Du Vide, which literally translates to "the call of the void." It's the feeling you get when you walk across a bridge and feel an irrational impulse to deliberately fling yourself over the edge. Time slows to a stasis as you collapse into that feeling. You are engulfed by the burden of making moral choices as a consequence of free will. As an isolated being born into the universe, you are barred from knowing "why", yet compelled to invent meaning. But what happens when you look deep inside and find the possibility of nothingness? This series will reflect on those frozen moments when one must face the absurdity that both metaphysics and religion are coping mechanisms resulting from a fear of finding that void.
Three key elements will run through each of these works: Metaphysics, Self, and Religion.
Metaphysics- Metaphysics relates to things that are thought to exist but that cannot be seen. The unconscious of science. Things that appear to be permanent are in fact always gradually changing. Therefore, though we believe we are surrounded by a world of things that remain identical through time, this world is really in flux, with no underlying structure or identity. I will use the dynamics of nature to project emotional states and to show the ever changing reality of being human.
Self- Human beings, through their own consciousness, create their own values and determine a meaning to their life. I will use cross sections of human anatomy to literally look into the core of what it means to be human. The physicality of anatomy will be the anchor in which connects the individual with the larger picture, thus pulling us away from the void.
Religion- Religion distracts us from peering into the void by directing the conscious to fixed values or ideals. I grew up believing in God not because of the scripture, but because I was in awe of the beauty of old Renaissance art. The grandeur of the frames, in particular, made me feel like what was inside demanded to be worshiped. I want to bring in the elements of sacred architecture by custom making frames that feel like they could hang in a church. The contrast of scientific subject matter and religious style frames will reinforce the idea that it is up to the individual to determine what is sacred.
These key elements are tools for exploring and explaining the world around us, not simply to understand it in the abstract, but to engage it concretely. There is an underlying theme of the possibility of finding nothingness, but it is up to the viewer to project their own meaning onto the juxtaposition of these natural elements. It is this "engaged freedom" that is the foundation of these works.
The series "Before Mighty" is an ode to the Modern artists who laid a foundation through technical skill and social commentary. Using oil paint of canvas to create vibrant images, on thoughts of media control, self discovery, the black struggle in America, popular culture and growth as an artist, displaying a look backwards in art history and an appreciation for the visual foundation of Theo Mighty.
The cycle “Depth of Loneliness” reflects the ambivalence of our urban, connected society:
We surround one another and we are being surrounded by each other. Devoutly we believe to be individuals and still we are nondslaves of the city we live in. Surely, it might be of importance which city we are referring to. Meanwhile, the overwhelming feelings of numbness and of being left hungover doubtlessly are universal .
This exhibit explores the phenomenon of perception and reality's constant state of change. The mind's eye is challenged and the viewer is forced to interpret each piece with a shifting and open mind. You can either indulge in deep thought and interpretation or you can allow the feeling to take over you. Ultimately the meaning is left to eye and mind of the beholder.
For many of us during our childhood countless coins paid the way to far off imaginary lands. These worlds filled with eccentric characters, epic battles, and the chance to do it over and over again replaced our everyday reality. The glow of 8 bit technology filled our eyes as we dropped another coin in to take advantage of one more chance at victory. Then the 16 bit era ushered into our homes giving us unlimited lives. The cost of coins were traded for the health of our fingers and the next generation was born. As we grew older so did the technology, but nothing has ever come close to replacing those childhood heroes of our imagination.
Journey Into The Woodworks as an eclectic mix of artists bring you paintings, collages, sculptures and mixed media pieces. Live painting and wood burning by SLIM. Playing music will be Daniel Broadhurst. The opening reception will be captured by the lens of Victoria Lodi. Follow the wood movement,
Through history time has brought us certain individuals that have had the strength and adversity to stand up for not only what they believe in, but for the rights of their fellow man. Join us Friday February 13th as more than 20 artists pay homage to some of these brave souls through their creative works as they each take an ARTISTANCE.
Oakland-born documentarian, BrittSense will be having her solo exhibit, "222: The Forgotten Cities." However, the images in "222: The Forgotten Cities" go beyond the typical images of Atlantis, Machu Picchu or even Cahokia. Rather, these images are indicative of arguably deemed, alternative, forgotten cities and communities---communities of color.
For legendary musicians like Hendrix, Winehouse, and Cobain fame was never their real goal, expression through music was. Yet by their early twenties they all had reached superstardom just by simply baring their artistic soul upon us. For a moment these stars even shined bright enough to eclipse their inner darkness, but with time even the brightest light eventually fades to black. The shadows they casted upon themselves made their time brief, but the light they shined upon the world will be felt for an eternity. Come join us at IMAGE gallery Friday Jan 2nd from 7-11pm. As we celebrate the lives of the 27 club through the creative artworks of Derek Perez. Image Gallery 1501 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY, 11221