EXHIBITION

 

May 8, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HP Garcia Gallery is pleased to announce BLACK MADONNA, a groundbreaking multimedia group exhibition inspired by the compelling Mark Wiener underground photographic works known as The Black Madonna Series.

Curated by Lisa Paul Streitfeld and H.P. Garcia, this multimedia exhibition explores the physical form of the icon within the context of a celebrity-obsessed, corporate-manipulated consumer culture.  The answer points to the body and how we perceive and view ourselves under such influences.

In legend, the Black Madonna was the San Grail, the Holy Blood who carried the lineage of Christ through the centuries.  We revisit this icon as we seek the physical form of what scientists are now naming “dark matter.”  The men and women in this exhibition have made the journey inward, in the context of the consumer culture, to explore what continues to be repressed. By way of erotic engagement — between their materials, personal narrative and universal archetype — they newly define themselves in a state of holism.

Participants extend from early feminists such as Kate Millett –a sculptor who became famous overnight with the 1970 publication of her book, Sexual Politics — to Richard Move, the performance impresario who found fame as the underground Martha Graham.

The exhibition places new and existing art stars such as Carolee Schneemann, Heide Hatry, Richard Humann, Sophie Matisse, Rick Prol and Mike Bidlo in a 21st century context while celebrating the rise of a new movement devoted to holism in art.

Subjects range from the female face to the sacred geometry of Venus, bringing in themes such as shamanism, apocalyptic pop, celebrity satire, the excavation of hidden mythologies and the counterculture embrace of a new cosmology.

Mark Wiener’s The Black Madonna Series captures the icon in her raw state. A artist/performer in the tradition of Yves Klein, Wiener’s installation will incorporate his full circle trajectory — from using markings on the body to explore a new iconography to his recent actions revealing the sacred geometry underlying chaos

 

The exhibition will exhibit works in painting, photography, video, collage, drawing, sculpture, installation and performance that finds a face for the long repressed feminine. These are typically works that, in the words of curator/critic Lisa Paul Streitfeld: “continue the legend of the Black Madonna by being kept in the closet.  They are the hidden treasures that every curator hopes to find in the process of digging through an artist’s work and need be coaxed into the light of day.”

All but one of the works were pre-existing  to the announcement of this show.  In exploring the past through this present lens of integration in the post-Obama era, the exhibition points to a new cosmology through the conscious manifestation of the sacred geometry of Venus into art, thereby redefining beauty as a holistic integration of mind and body.

For more information please contact 212.354.7333 or info@hpgarciagallery.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

HP Garcia Gallery is pleased to announce BLACK MADONNA, a groundbreaking multimedia group exhibition inspired by the compelling Mark Wiener underground photographic works known as The Black Madonna Series.

 

Curated by Lisa Paul Streitfeld and H.P. Garcia, this multimedia exhibition explores the physical form of the icon within the context of a celebrity-obsessed, corporate-manipulated consumer culture.  The answer points to the body and how we perceive and view ourselves under such influences.

 

In legend, the Black Madonna was the San Grail, the Holy Blood who carried the lineage of Christ through the centuries.  We revisit this icon as we seek the physical form of what scientists are now naming “dark matter.”  The men and women in this exhibition have made the journey inward, in the context of the consumer culture, to explore what continues to be repressed. By way of erotic engagement — between their materials, personal narrative and universal archetype — they newly define themselves in a state of holism.

Participants extend from early feminists such as Kate Millett –a sculptor who became famous overnight with the 1970 publication of her book, Sexual Politics — to Richard Move, the performance impresario who found fame as the underground Martha Graham.

 

The exhibition places new and existing art stars such as Carolee Schneemann, Heide Hatry, Richard Humann, Sophie Matisse, Rick Prol and Mike Bidlo in a 21st century context while celebrating the rise of a new movement devoted to holism in art.

 

Subjects range from the female face to the sacred geometry of Venus, bringing in themes such as shamanism, apocalyptic pop, celebrity satire, the excavation of hidden mythologies and the counterculture embrace of a new cosmology.

 

Mark Wiener’s The Black Madonna Series captures the icon in her raw state. A artist/performer in the tradition of Yves Klein, Wiener’s installation will incorporate his full circle trajectory — from using markings on the body to explore a new iconography to his recent actions revealing the sacred geometry underlying chaos.

 

The exhibition will exhibit works in painting, photography, video, collage, drawing, sculpture, installation and performance that finds a face for the long repressed feminine. These are typically works that, in the words of curator/critic Lisa Paul Streitfeld: “continue the legend of the Black Madonna by being kept in the closet.  They are the hidden treasures that every curator hopes to find in the process of digging through an artist’s work and need be coaxed into the light of day.”

 

All but one of the works were pre-existing  to the announcement of this show.  In exploring the past through this present lens of integration in the post-Obama era, the exhibition points to a new cosmology through the conscious manifestation of the sacred geometry of Venus into art, thereby redefining beauty as a holistic integration of mind and body.

 

For more information please contact 212.354.7333 or info@hpgarciagallery.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLACK MADONNA

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

 

Marshall Arisman is an educator and painter of shamanic narratives in which personal and universal converge in a holistic language derived from the reading of auras.   As Chairman of an M.F.A. degree program at the School of Visual Arts in New York, he is newly defining illustration as “visual essay.”

 

Vincent Baldassano, a mystical painter and educator, has revived the ancient medium of encaustic while developing a visual language for the emerging archetype of holism through sacred geometry and universal symbols.

 

Karen Bernard, a multimedia performer rooted in dance, has long been dedicated to developing a language in which inner states of emotion and personal penetration into universal archetypes are expressed through movement.

 

Mike Bidlo, a proficient painter and art world provocateur dedicated to the evolution of art through a holistic perspective, whether through installations reflecting the outer environments shaping 20th century movements, invoking historical pioneers whose innovations in expression reflected a shift in the collective consciousness, or penetrating into collective symbols to mine their ancient roots.

 

Dove Bradshaw is a multimedia artist, exhibiting and curating internationally, dedicated to the alchemical process of transformation with her materials.

 

Laurel Jay Carpenter is a New York performance artist whose Red Woman breakout at the University of Connecticut was presented in Performa 2006.  As an educator, she is dedicated to establishing new forms while preparing a new generation to absorb this emerging archetype.

 

Linda DiGusta, an artist and writer/editor with a background in theater, is dedicated to finding new forms to express and identify the holistic archetype with her partner Mark Wiener.

 

Maya Erdelyi, an experimental animator and performance artist, is currently dedicated to Temporary Art Beauty Services (TABS), a collaborative project with Cassie Thornton that brings a new “hands on” dialectic of beauty from the public arena into the art gallery.

 

Camille Eskell is a proficient artist dedicated to exploring the multidimensional realms of the psyche through the traditional mediums of drawing, painting, assemblage and sculpture.

 

Carla Gannis is a digital wizard putting a multifaceted face on the female form through a merging of personal identity with pop culture figures and universal archetypes in multilayered narratives of Self.

 

Harlan Emil Gruber is a sculptor utilizing sacred geometry to catalyze the body into the holistic icon through his TransPortal project, which has been a favorite at the annual Burning Man festival since 2004.

 

Heide Hatry is a multimedia German artist who burst onto the New York scene in 2006 with her unique collaborative book SKIN, which utilized her signature material, pigskin, to explore the female psyche through the mediums of painting, sculpture, performance, fashion and writing.  Her 2009 exhibition, Heads & Tales at Elga Wimmer was a unique collaboration with literary writers that further innovates  narrative art forms for the 21st century.

 

Richard Humann forged a unique integration of conceptual and process multimedia art within a neo-fluxus movement based in Soho at the turn of the millennium.  His visual language injects consciousness into his materials through an intense exploration of symbol and text in coded content dedicated to merging the personal with the universal.

 

Selma Karaca is a Turkish creator of wearable art that transforms garments of female confinement – the corset and hoopskirt – into a liberating kundalini couture based on sacred geometry and universal symbols.

 

Walter Kenul is a Croatian artist who experiments with new forms in various mediums – painting, music, sculpture – that absorb the primordial energy of his ancestral landscape.  He collaborated on Oracle with his wife Janet Rutkowski.

 

Isolde Kille is a German artist dedicated to an exploration of the psyche in the context of the global media.  Working across disciplines, she blends the personal with the universal within the configuration of a new cosmology.

 

Marni Kotak is a New York artist dedicated to performance art and its multimedia applications.  An early pioneer of interactive art exploring the body, she followed up her early web experiments with her 2006 breakthrough, Pleasure War.  Her current “found performance” signature style was initiated at Performa 2007 by triggering emotional memory and its spiritual transformation through sacred geometry.

 

Yuliya Lanina, a New York artist born in Russia, is dedicated to exploring the dark realms of the psyche through a modern mythology of transformation enacted through the transfiguration of dolls in collage, video, sculpture, assemblage and invented “stages.”

 

D. Dominick Lombardi is a critic, curator, painter and sculptor dedicated to the development of an “apocalyptic pop” language which incorporates personal and universal narrative depicting the effects of environmental devastation on the human body.

 

Michael Manning, a mystical painter and Black Belt rooted in spontaneous collaborative performance, explores the emerging mythology of the hieros gamos rooted in the human figure by way of a fluid expressionism incorporating multilevel narrative and symbol.

 

Sophie Matisse is a proficient painter dedicated to the development of a visual language manifesting the divine feminine while breaking free of the long shadow cast by her modernist/postmodernist ancestry.  After removing the female form to create space in Old Master painting, she developed an objective/nonobjective language by weaving a personal thread of identity through historical narratives regarding the feminine struggle for emergence.  Her organic excavation of universal symbol through this deeply internal process establishes a constellation of holism through the sacred marriage of form and content..

 

Kate Millett is a multimedia artist who became world famous with the 1970 publication of her book, Sexual Politics.  Refusing to act as spokeswoman for feminism, she remained dedicated to her explorations of an organic feminine mythology for the 21st century.  With her early influence in post-war Japanese art, she was part of the fluxus movement in the 1960’s and consistently broke down barriers between disciplines by pioneering new forms exploring identity through an authentic expression of the primal feminine.

 

Richard Move is a multidisciplinary artist and scene maker who has been consistently defined the avant-garde since his breakout performance as the
“underground Martha Graham.”  Dedicated to a transgender exploration of a holistic archetype through performance, film and digital art forms, Move consistently transcends the conventional engagement of an artist with his subject.

 

Irina Movmyga is a Russian artist who departed from her classical training in painting when she left her native country for New York to explore the psyche through photography blending personal with the universal.

 

Rick Prol established his iconic East Village style of the 1980’s through fluid narratives depicting the breakdown of the male ego and projection of the dark feminine onto animal spirits and demon like creatures.  Incorporating materials extracted from a devastated urban environment, his works reflected the dissolution of the psyche as preparation for the 21st century archetypes.

 

Kevin Robinson is a photographer and painter whose “tattoo” series enigmatically captures the dark feminine with all its universal iconography surrounding an authentic erotic expression.

 

Daniel Rothbart is a multimedia artist and metaphysical writer whose decade long Semiotic project, with a handcrafted set of vessels and striker. culminated in Meditation Mediation, a collaborative performance originating in Italy.  Subsequent collaborations curated by Lisa Paul Streitfeld, at the Roger Smith Hotel (2005 & 2007) and 2006 Peekskill Project, were timed to manifest the cosmology of an emerging archetype of holism.

 

Donna Ruff’s early explorations of the psyche captured the disintegration of the patriarchal archetypes.  Her current work with sacred geometry in paper transforms printed matter into sacred mandalas.

 

Janet Rutkowski is a Brooklyn based welder and Black Belt dedicated to developing a language for the hieros gamos through sacred geometry and universal symbol.

 

Carolee Schneemann is a multimedia artist long dedicated to explorations of the kundalini in the female body.  Using her own body as material for her art, she has courageously pioneered new forms to externalize primordial energy, most famously in her Interior Scrolls and Eye Body.  Her breakthrough Fuses integrated film and painting to capture the ecstasy of holy intercourse, a crucial evolution in giving form to the 21st century icon.

 

Iris Schieferstein is a German multimedia artist dedicated to integrating a personal primordial journey of transformation within a radical universal narrative expression.

 

Joel Simpson is a New Jersey based photographer and writer dedicated to the revival of ancient mythologies and their integration with the contemporary environment at the intersection of the female body.

 

Marissa Soroudi is a New York multimedia artist of Persian ancestry dedicated to transgender explorations of the psyche, first through an identity trek in the Middle East (Unspoken) and then in Paris (Showgirls).  She is currently capturing her shifting identity in primordial self-portraits in the South Seas.

 

Tatyana Stepanova is a Russian mystic painter schooled in the avant-garde marriage of linguistics and fairy tales.  Her holistic style is derived from the juxtaposition of the female figure with the natural elements.  These diptychs serve as chapters of a personal/universal myth delivering the emerging archetype of the hieros gamos..

 

Danielle St. Laurent is a New York photographer dedicated to exploring a contemporary mythology of the sacred feminine.  Her breakthrough photographs of New York underground figures interacting with Oracle are being compiled into a book.

 

Cassie Thornton is a Brooklyn based performance artist dedicated to new forms of interaction between the personal and collective body.  Her Future Unincorporated project is dedicated to developing consciousness of the shadow imbedded within the corporate culture where self-interest is at the root of every transaction.  Her current project, Temporary Art Beauty Services (TABS), explores a new guilt free aesthetic surrounding pleasure directly through interaction with the public

 

Susan Weinreich is a Peekskill based artist whose in-depth explorations of the breakdown of the psyche and integration of gender opposites into a new archetype of holism healed her from schizophrenia.  Working in the traditional mediums of drawing and painting, she has developed new forms for a narrative of the divine feminine sourced in primitive figuration that blends a personal journey into the depths of the psyche with a universal mythology of the post-patriarchal Venus.

 

Mark Wiener is a multimedia artist and performance painter who maintains a web journal of his daily practice. The Black Madonna Series (1982 – 2009) began with photographs and culminated in a calligraphic language incorporating consciousness with the body. His most recent Cross Narratives series was is an experiment in brushless painting that penetrated chaos to embrace the sacred geometry of a new cosmology.

 

Martha Wilson, a performance artist and founder of the collective Franklin Furnace, has been pioneering new forms, including political satire,6 since the rise of feminist art in the early 1970’s.  Her early Photo/Text experiments transmuting the inner states of emotion into external narratives were held underground until a 2007 premiere at Mitchell Angus gallery in Chelsea.  This breakthrough exhibition launched a new dialectic surrounding holism in 21st century art.

 

Michael Zansky is a multimedia artist dedicated to an intense exploration of timelines and optics that reformulate historical narratives in which our view of reality is distorted, prompting the viewer/participant into a quantum leap in which past, present and future converge into a newfound holistic vision of unity.

 

 

 

 

 

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