Rewilderment: Passing Through the Veil Between Worlds
Rewilderment @ MCLA Gallery 51
@ MCLA Gallery 51
, North Adams. Exploring themes of ritual, witchcraft, hybridity and mediumistic practices, this show of collaborative and solo work by Sarah Falkner, Shannon Taggart
and Ryder Cooley
includes drawings, altars, spirit photography, video, performance residue and artifacts.
The Rewilderment collaboration began as a series of performance rituals created by Cooley and Falkner in 2011. Through this collaboration, the artists created videos, costumes, mystical symbols, tattoos and performance works, working in a number of significant sites including burial grounds, swamps and gardens. They also worked with a variety of elements such as poison ivy, goats, rabbits, gingerbread houses and animal relics. In 2012, Falkner and Cooley began a collaboration with Taggart, a photographer, who since has documented a number of their performative actions.
A selection of these photographs will be on display, along with props, objects and residue from the rituals. According to Cooley, Rewilderment draws inspiration from fairy tales, remote viewing experiments, spirit communications, lunar navigations and dowsing. The project as a whole sets forth to create hypnotic triggers as gateways for otherworldly phenomena.
After the opening reception for Rewilderment: Passing Through the Veil between Worlds, MCLA Presents! will team up with DownStreet Art for a special Music Macabre, an All Hallows Eve event with live music, projections, costumes, taxidermy and other phenomena featuring Ryder & Hazel with the Dust Bowl Faeries and experimental dream-pop from Shana Falana at the Branch Gallery, at 18 Holden St. (around the corner from MCLA Gallery 51)
Reception: October 31, 6-8pm.
Concert: Thursday, October 31, 8-10pm. ($10 general admission, $5 for those in costumes/MCLA faculty & staff. MCLA students are free!)
(Through December 1)
The Black Velvet Art Party
Rick Butto: Black Velvet Starry Night from last year’s Black Velvet Art Party in Lake George
@ dockside aboard the Lake George Steamboat Company’s Lac du St. Sacrement
, Lake George. This annual celebration, now in its 25th year, is renowned for its out-of-the-ordinary presentation of black velvet art and over-the-top apparel. The party features a silent auction of original black velvet art, a limbo contest, art and fashion awards and dance music with The Bad Chaperones. A typical year will have over forty black velvet art entries available to bid on and take home. This year’s theme is “Shine!” Tickets are $25.00 and are available at the door. Cash bar. Proceeds help fund the Lake George Arts Project and its gallery exhibition series. Saturday, November 2, 7-11pm.