”gaze not too long into the abyss”
Paintings by Darwin Price & sculpture by Christopher Stephen Kanyusik
Opening party Saturday 2/2/13 6 – 9pm
Show runs through March 9th.
Opening party 2.2.2013,
from 6pm to 9pm
Darwin Price and Christopher Kansyusik invite you to gaze into the common emptiness, bare witness to the monstrous and the beautiful. The Idée Fixe: a still small voice overheard whispering to itself. If we listen closely, this moment frozen in Perspex comes alive and The Abyss Stares Back.
Darwin Price, Paintings
My art creates religious syncretism. It’s my way of challenging widely held beliefs and creating new, more personal mythologies. I aspire to a psychodrama populated by the imaginary friends from every culture and creed throughout history, but not to make a point. Rather, to excavate deeper and discover newer meanings and purpose for my life. Constructing a personal philosophical framework through art is to me more relevant than religion or any one symbol no matter how sacred. I’m attracted to the idea of Buddha peacefully ‘packing a heat,’ homeless angels, or Jesus creeped out of his followers because they’re a little too cloying and blissful. I take these saints and holy men and put them in their place, along with their pious symbolism, back into the muck and the mire. Consecrating them in the human condition where they originated. After all if we’ve got to live in it, they’re not getting off so easily.” – Darwin Price
Christopher Kanyusik, Sculptures
Art bears greater power and relevance through ambiguity. It transcends commonality by remaining open, provocative, and to a certain degree unclear and unfinished, rather than presenting a banal package complete with an image and a corresponding narrative, leaving little or no room for viewer engagement. My work is a product of and a participant in the historical tradition of sculptural art. There exists within our collective, common artistic evolution a connection and camaraderie spanning past and present through our chosen subjects, and a tension between direct, reproductive modeling and abstract suggestion in our approach to the interpretations of the imagery we elect to use. The ambiguity I strive to employ in my work is actualized by a combination of elements from these two extremes. On one side exists a literal depiction of an object, no more than a prop, involved in an explicit scenic narrative, an illustration with little or no conceptual provocation. On the opposite end of this spectrum is a kind of work so intent on being ambiguous that it looses any connection to any possibility or suggestion of conceptual tangibility, thus becoming unclear, encoded, and confusing, ultimately resulting in viewer disengagement, exclusion, and irrelevance. The inclusion of ambiguity coupled with the implied or inherent content of recognizable forms allows my work to transcend the enclosed relationship between my self as the maker and it, as the object made. An unspecified, ambiguous intent assists the accessibility of an artwork by engaging and including the viewer, recognizing their distinctly personal interpretation as an indispensable component in the manifestation of art.