CLUSTERBOMB Opening Reception!
Saturday, April 28th 9-midnight
Featuring Five Scottish artists:
John Brown, Bobby Nixon, Matt Swan, Alex Gibbs, and Jamie Kinroy
with special guest: Michael Kreuger
Join us for an opening party Saturday March 24th
from 9 pm – Midnight
We will have cheap beer & wine as well as music from Jamie Kinroy
At the height of London’s final battle with the Bubonic plague, a naval administer witnessed the game Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board. Samuel Pepys documented his observation in conversation with a friend. He recounted seeing four little girls lift a young boy who was laying flat on his back like corpse. As the tiny girls hoisted the boy, they chanted:
Here is a dead body
Stiff as a stick,
Cold as marble
Light as a spirit,
Lift yourself, in the name of Jesus Christ!
Pepys concluded the game was an attempt to ward off disease. The game continues to be played, but the chant has changed to the simple phrase, “light as a feather, stiff as a board.” There are many hypotheses of how this phenomenon of levitation could be possible. Most argue it is perfect weight distribution that allows four people to lift one with the mere strength of a pinkie finger. Others believe it is the chanting that tricks the mind to believe the body is featherweight light. Some believe it is the ritual that allows the supernatural to occur. Regardless, the body levitates despite gravity. If you believe it to be true, it will be.
Thank you to all who attended the opening of Lookout: New Sculpture and Wall Drawings
If you missed out on opening night, be sure to catch this show during our upcoming gallery hours!
The Secret Knots Gallery presents:
New Sculpture and Wall Drawings
Join us for an Opening Party Saturday March 3rd from 9pm – Midnight
by Kit Leffler and Josh Winkler
We will have cheap beer & wine as well as eclectic music from Jamie KinroyJosh Winkler: My work observes the fantastic realities of places. From flawed histories of North America and its peoples, to an examination of the contemporary anomalous, my images emphasize a swollen disconnect between contemporary Americans and the history of the land we have so quickly managed to both inhabit and inhibit. I’m more interested in a creative perspective of place than a photographic reality. Connecting poetic personal experiences to the realities of contemporary concrete locations creates a hybrid fantastic environment of introspection and revelation. Kit Leffler: My work questions the belief that humankind is the pre-eminent species, and disputes that humankind has uninterrupted dominion over the natural environment. This sculptural work finds inspiration in the apocalyptic writings of Margaret Atwood and John Wyndham. Wyndham muses in his novel The Day of the Triffids that, “One of the race’s most persistent and comforting hallucinations is to trust that one’s own time and place is beyond cataclysm.” In viewing this work I invite the viewer to consider the human drive to exert power over other species and on the natural environment: what will it look like when nature fights back?
* * * Unable to make the opening? Don’t fret! * * *
Gallery hours will be held March 10th and 17th, 12-2 pm