I have been informed that three of my graphite pieces that has never before seen by others will be, for the first time, showcased at The SPACE Gallery in Burlington, VT under the theme "Art of Horror" on October 7th, 2011 during the First Friday event. The Art of Horror explores the concept of decay, mental depravity, bloodletting and various subject matter. The pieces will be for sale there brokered by the gallery curators themselves.
It's the first show I've had in a long time since 2008 and I'm quite excited about it. It's going to be an interesting October.
For more information, they have an event Facebook page.
Also, the SPACE Gallery is also a great place to look into.
(Here are the original graphite pieces that will be put up for sale at the gallery.)
UPDATE: The artwork depicted on here are in the Gallery section on this site.
The reception event last Friday night for the Art of Horror went very well with a great number of people attending it. Tasty snacks and drinks were abundant, if one were not too careful with the wine, then things could've gotten a bit out of hand. Otherwise, the treats were excellent.
I was amazed and amused by some of the works hung up on both spaces of the gallery. Some had abstract themes while others were more straight forward but the one I enjoyed was Kevin Montanaro's re-visioning of Gustave Dore's famous illustrations of Dante's Inferno, or the Divine Comedy. His use of some torn edges and stitching was quite inventive and unique to portray the ancient illuminated manuscript style, even going so far to utilize gold ink for the text itself.
And then there was a large photographic series by Pete Talbot who's photoshopped head was replaced by a gourd to resemble bizarre looking faces, perhaps at an attempt for dark humor. Jme Wheeler, another local artist, was kind enough to take the time to explain one of his illustrations' process relating to "Witch Hazel" done on Photoshop, especially the other digital works of his.
There was so much to absorb that it would take forever to list the other pieces from various artists. The curators also had a couple of bizarre horror movies at play on the wall which was "Killer Clowns from Outer Space" and "Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl", a japanese film that was just outrageously bizarre.
It was a wonderful show and one I'm really proud to be part of.
In addition to this, I received a really nice email out of the blue, the next morning after the show from my old commercial arts teacher, Mrs. Cavotta from twenty years ago in the high school vocational program, who was tracking down other former students. She spoke of how pleased she was to see that I continued my creative path and not giving it up. It was kind of a nice coup de grace for the weekend and I've been meaning to reach back to my old teacher over the years. Eventually, she will be retiring in a couple of years from now. She's one of the best teachers I've had over the years that supported and influenced me.
She once said: " When someone puts a pencil on the table, they will ask you to make it work. "
Yes, Mrs. Cavotta, I can still make the pencil work.