Polished ivory and bone gleams like candles in thick blackness; the haunting shells once inhabited by endangered animals such as Siberian tigers, rhinoceros, green sea turtles and elephants. Clint Jenkins: “Viewing the majestic sea turtle in the wild is always a memorable encounter. Last year my encounter was not a usual one. A green turtle had taken bait and drowned from a stray line, misplaced or lost by a fishing boat. Long lines are a mile or more of fishing line with hundreds, sometimes thousands of baited hooks where the fragile sea turtles are an unintentional ‘bycatch’ from this method of fishing. Checking more of the submersed baited lines a second seemingly lifeless sea turtle had been caught on the very same line. It was impeccable timing that saved this turtle from the same fate as its friend. Cutting the turtle free and bringing it to the surface, a little “tlc,” and it took a breath. After a short while it was strong enough to swim free back into the ocean. I was so moved from this experience that I knew I must apply my skill set as a photographer and attempt to promote awareness of the sea turtle as well as other endangered species. Capturing their beauty in an untraditional manner accentuating the frailty of these animals on the verge of extinction, I hope I am doing just that.”
Denizens of mythology and beings rooted in nature worship come out to frolic in the half light of artist Jska Prieb’s latest exhibit.
Prieb: “When you start bringing terms like ‘witchcraft’ or ‘occult’ to the table, it seems to bring up evil and negative associations for most people. What were to happen if we approach imagery from these realms, tales and practices without prejudice or cultural influence? Characters traced back to their most archaic beginnings revealed themselves to once be revered patrons, often banishing evil themselves. Practices with roots in nature worship over time are warped into devilry. ‘Goddess of the Grave’ is my exaggerated interpretation of Hel, the Norse goddess of the underworld, daughter of Loki. She is closely compared to the Germanic goddess of nature, Frau Holle (or Halle), and also compared to the Greek goddess Diana. All of these goddesses are associated with nature, particularly animals, birthing, the moon, and in some beliefs are often noted as ‘matrons of witches.’ Hel in particular drew me in because her name has been transfigured over time into an actual place of fiery torment. Originally she was seen as more of a personification for natural death, as her assignment in her kingdom is to watch over those who have died from old age and sickness, guiding them into chances for rebirth.”
303 North Studio, 107 E. Charleston Blvd. #115. www.facebook.com/303NorthStudio
Slipping back into her birthing pool, the thick waters thronged with ‘80’s deco reveries of “Blade Runner,” Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil” and Disney’s “Tron.” Hermann’s new works offer her Neon Noir vision of “Deco Tech.”
Heather Hermann: “Most of my new paintings and designs are highly linked to the nostalgia and happiness I felt as a child growing up at the end of the technological revolution during the late 1980’s into the 1990’s. Having images of certain colors, textures, smells, and the feelings of ‘blind joy’ that came from experiencing such. My world was like growing up in a persona cinematic while my eyes were the cameras taking in the 4-D experience. All of these new works are heavily influenced by fleeting images I have seen, and by memory association. I have created a world haunted by the Dystopian neon-noir dream. Deco-tech, as I have coined, is super charged on the aspects of music and performance; the space opera. I feel that sound aspects of some of the earliest synthesizers the haunting chord of a violin, or one particular bar of music from a score will burst one of my works into fruition.”
Velveteen Rabbit 1218 S. Main St. https://www.facebook.com/velveteenrabbitlv
Leslie Rowland and Nick Demirjian
Gold and blue abstraction shimmer in our brain for a moment and then we sink down into the cloudy past of rock, Led Zeppelin and guitar ballads. The mixture of artists Leslie Rowland and Nick Demirjian walks us down memory lane probing towards feelings and places lost.
Demirjian: “When I began painting ‘Legends,’ it brought back many old memories of my own, revisiting all the old albums I grew up with - all of them framing my first camping trip, first cigarette and even my first kiss - reminding me how a song can take you back to a moment in time that may otherwise be lost.”
Rowland: “‘Eden Fades’ is a celebration of the beauty of our world and lamentation of this beauty slipping through our fingers. Unmolested, our planet works perfectly; it needs no garbage trucks, no water treatment plants. When we alter our planet carelessly, the services it provides are denigrated or lost altogether; but we can learn to live in a way that does not destroy what we depend on for survival. Eden slipping away has been a recurring theme in my work.”
Freddie Ramon 1025 S. 1st St. #170 (inside Art Square). www.freddieramon.com