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Exhibitions

We Still See The Black

Running from September 12, 2011 to October 14, 2011 in the Main Gallery

Curatorial Opportunity Program (COP) Selection

Curated by Owen Rundquist and Alexander DeMaria

Drawing inspiration and imagery from Heavy Metal album covers, song lyrics and sounds, this exhibition features artwork by Vincent Como (www.vincentcomo.com), Matthew Hickey (www.spaceyprints.com), Karlynn Holland (www.karlhol.com), Seldon Hunt (www.seldonhunt.com), Nader Sadek (www.nadersadek.com), Joe Wardwell (www.joewardwell.com), Jack Wesley Schneider, Todd White (www.toddryanwhite.com) and artist collaborations Deep Slumber Lake (www.deepslumberlake.com) and Under the Same Shadow (www.myspace.com/underthesameshadow, www.alexanderdemaria.com, www.owenrundquist.com).  Some of the work has actually appeared as posters and album covers for bands and venues, and some as costumes and stage props for performances. Taking its title from “I Still See the Black” by heavy metal band Candlemass, each artist in “We Still See the Black” not only makes reference to heavy metal culture in his or her work, but also collapses that culture, manipulating its aesthetic and historic aspects into a personal language or style.

Curatorial Statement

                Beginning in the 1970s and growing in popularity ever since, heavy metal subculture has often been seen as base, brainless, silly and sometimes frightening.  Nevertheless, over the past 30 years metal has permeated popular culture and entered the common vernacular, affecting politics, film, fashion, cartoons, language, and art.  Taking its title from I Still See the Black by heavy metal band Candlemass, We Still See the Black brings together a group of artists with a common interest in heavy metal and emphasizes the often insular sense of solidarity found within the subculture.  For these artists heavy metal is a portal into alternative realms where darkness is a catalyst for change: rebellion, destruction, or transcendence.  Each artist represented here not only makes reference to heavy metal culture in his or her work, but also collapses that culture, manipulating its aesthetic and historic aspects into a personal language or style. They create contemporary folklore, myth, and tragic comedy from their own lives as well as their shared (sub)cultural experience . This show will highlight Metal's unique emphasis on self-identity in relationship to fantasy and how seemingly misanthropic and chaotic expressions can create a sense of community where one might not be expected.  We Still See the Black hopes to illuminate the chasm, the vortex, the void – so some may climb out and others may step in.

Image credit: Jack Wesley Schneider

Todd White

Joe Wardwell

Karlynn Holland

Deep Slumber Lake

Jack Wesley Schneider

Seldon Hunt

Nader Sadek

Vincent Como

Under The Same Shadow

Matthew Hickey

Joe Wardwell

Gallery Talk with curator Owen Runquist and artists Jack Schneider and Matthew Hickey

Gallery Talk with artist Jack Schneider

Gallery Talk with curator Owen Runquist and artist Jack Schneider

Gallery Talk with curator Owen Runquist and artist Matthew Hickey

Gallery View

Gallery View

TAJ Concert with artist Joe Wardwell and artist/curator Alexander DeMaria

Oct. 9, 2011: TAJ Concert in the Main Gallery

Album cover Workshop with artist/curator Alexander DeMaria

Album cover Workshop with artist/curator Alexander DeMaria

Afternoon with New York Times Best-selling Author Steve Almond

Afternoon with New York Times Best-selling Author Steve Almond

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