Adjacent to the William H. Mortrnson exhibit; An American Grotesque, is a showing by Rik Garrett and Lu Zhang, two photographers that pair perfectly with the occult and ethereal aesthetic flowing throughout all four current exhibits.
Exploring historical and personal relationships between witchcraft, femininity and nature. Photographed using the wet plate collodion
|Rik Garrett "Earth Magic"|
“With Earth Magic I’ve envisioned a matristic, nature-based world; a female-centric, ritualistic community completely apart from the rest of society. This is a history of “witchcraft” devoid of “witch hunts”, a race of women who draw their energy and inspiration from the Earth itself. What if there were a truth to the myths of Amazons and the books like Aradia, Gospel of the Witches? What if the fierce Maenads of Greek mythology still existed today, hidden from view? What if these truths were presented faithfully?” - Rik Garrett
Chinese artist Lu Zhang. Lu's photographic and video performance works are based on her nostalgia and longing for the covert shamanic practices of her homeworld, which she uses to exorcise herself of unwanted excess emotional attachments and baggage. Lu Zhang will be presenting a series of photographic and video works entitled "All The Lost Souls" which is an attempt to conjure through memory, ritual, unleashing of sexual energies as well as through a detachment from all thing that bind us to our past (such as home, family, relations) the spirits that dwell in the landscape of our ecosystem as well as the spirits of the inner landscape.
|Lu Zhang "All Lost Souls"|
"I am interested in disclosure universal human nature through investigating the relationship, the cultural conflicts and the curiosity of spiritual existence, both politically and personally. I photograph and videotape myself as an object, and reveal hopes out of the traumatized relationships and experiences. My work becomes a dreamland where I can accept the reality. In the Birth of Tragedy, Nietzsche is saying, the world is full of tragedy. Art is the only thing can save people." - Lu Zhang
Rik Garrett "Earth Magic"
Lu Zhang "All Lost Souls"
► Oct 20th - Nov 30th
DUMBO, BROOKLYN, NY