Crash + an art opening in New YorkEgads, is this thing on? Being so busy has sadly really halted my old penchant for writing on the interwebs, and that's a shame. I miss it, and promise (as usual) to be better this time! So many interesting things have gone undocumented. Bah.
ANYwhooo, if you're in the New York area, tonight Devotion Gallery in Brooklyn will host one hell of a grand opening show - I'm honored to be showing two photos alongside some truly amazing artists: Keep Adding; Arnold Steiner; Sougwen Chung; Carrie Villines; Elisabeth Timpone; Dan Tesene and Jeffers Egan.
See the Breaking Glass (Crash Series) 2009 . Vinyl giclée on Gatorfoam, 24”x36”
Join the Car Crash Set (Crash Series) 2009 . Vinyl giclée on Gatorfoam, 24”x36”
You can see a slideshow the whole Carcrash Set here.
Schooled in both sculpture and photography, Bethany Shorb creates elaborate prop, costume and set constructions that blur the line between both editorial fashion photography and performance art documentation. Her recent Crash series refers to J.G. Ballard's novel of the same name with scenes titled by the lyrics of The Normal's song of similar influence, "Warm Leatherette." Technology, celebrity, sex, and death are perversely glamorized and fetishised in unison in a single explosion of red Swarovski crystals and inflated black latex rubber. Models, wardrobe and set decoration all retain the same visual and emotional weight, a hyper-saturated amalgamation exploring the interstitial space between the alluring and repulsive; hedonism and restraint; the seductive speed of expressways and the still finality of Last Rights.
Models: Corey Ring, Vivka, David Blunk II
MUA: Justin Ruppel
Styling/props: Bethany Shorb
NEW YORK -- Devotion Gallery is pleased to present "Pherepaphe: The Fourfold Roots Of Everything", an inaugural group exhibition opening October 31, 2009.
The name "Pherepaphe" alludes to Plato's recontextualization of the Greek goddess Persephone as "wise for seeing that all things in the world are in motion" and who, furthermore, is a part of that dynamic quality. Traditionally, Persephone is known as both the "Queen of the Underworld" and the "Goddess of Fertility". These seemingly disparate titles collide each year on All Hallows Eve, a ghoulish day that also marks the harvest and descent into winter. Persephone's conflicting roles point to the cycle of life and ultimately explain the changing seasons, a process Empedocles referred to as "the fourfold roots of everything".
"Pherepaphe: The Fourfold Roots Of Everything" visually resolves the contradictory elements of Persephone, through her recasting as Pherepaphe and the primordial of the fourfold roots. It makes the necessary visual references to the dark and the sacred, but also to the organic and the dynamic -- the "in-motion" quality that Plato referred to in his renaming of the dark goddess. This group exhibition includes in-gallery work by Arnold Steiner, Bethany Shorb, Carrie Villines, Dan Tesene, Elisabeth Timpone, Keep Adding, and Sougwen Chung. A living installation of dark fashion works by Bird Ov Prey, Cyberoptix, Mercantile, Sinner/Saint, and Victorian Death Kult in November will further underscore the dynamic and ephemeral qualities of Pherepaphe.
"Pherepaphe: The Fourfold Roots Of Everything" will open with a reception at 7:00 p.m. on Halloween, and remain on display until December 14, 2009. The reception will also serve as the public opening for Devotion Gallery, located at 54 Maujer Street in Williamsburg (near the corner of Maujer and Lorimer Streets).
Admission will be free and open to the public. RSVP to http://AreYouDevoted.com is recommended. Attendees who arrive in-costume will receive one free top-shelf signature cocktail!
ABOUT DEVOTION GALLERY
Devotion is a new gallery located in Williamsburg, where space exists as a cross-section of the world at-large. Devotion combines science, art, sound, data, and complexity to reveal our existence as part of an integral whole.
Devotion Gallery will open its doors to the public at 7:00 p.m. on October 31, 2009.