~WC BEVAN . . UNRAVELING REALITIES / DAY OF THE DEAD / EL MUSEO del BARRIO
the show closed yesterday, but a few larger pieces remain up & AMY LI always keeps some choice pieces . . in her backroom.
FILE UNDER: THE POWER OF THE ‘GLYPH’.
‘UNRAVELING REALITIES’ – curated by HASH HALPER & AMY LI
OCT 17 – 31, 2013
166 MOTT ST – ALTERNATIVE ART SPACE, LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC
detail, W.C. BEVAN, ‘Television Dream’.
damn, if today is not . . the DAY OF THE DEAD.
the sky is dark and stormy, the wind is howling, angry. and, I swear . . some otherly body just entered my partially open back porch door and knocked over the watering can. oh yes, indeed.
I wonder who that could be, as if . . I don’t know !!
Simon. see .. the wind died down, just like that.
detail, WC BEVAN, ‘Television Dream’.
walk, should say .. ‘detail’ – like an Egyptian.
my friend Reno tells me that the Egyptians believed in a RA and a Ba and a third entity more like a shadow. as in Shadowland, anybody ?!!
The Ra goes to the heavenly world and the Ba stays in this one. I mean how else does one reconcile, the 2 aspects. the ‘soul’ going to heaven, or hell / vs the ghostly bodies that still hang around, and cling to this sphere. pressing their heads against your window, and flitting by, sometimes even handing you .. messages, to deliver, if you happen to live in .. South America.
Apparently the Ba mostly stayed around the tomb or burial site, but because it had wings it could go elsewhere.
all the ancients across the board knew this. every proto-nation. every religion.
my fave is BOB MARLEY, who recounts in that great film bio .. that he learnt to sing so fearlessly, and so FIERCE .. by singing in the cemetery at night, to the ‘duppies’, the ghosts of the dead, and make that: the UNHAPPY ghosts of the dead.
‘Nuh Duppy come out, me fear nuh Duppy”.
interestingly, duppy . . has taken on some modern day twists. DUPPY, URban Dictionary.
DUPPY play a big role in island folklore, and came to America with the ‘commercially’ traded black folks. and thus entered our vernacular, and our culture.
don’t miss the reference to AVRAM DAVIDSON’s 1961 short story, ‘Where Do You Live, Queen Esther’, as told, in wiki . .
well, I mean the show is called .. “Unraveling Realities’, just sayin’.
WC BEVAN also had some smaller drawings on paper . . in the gallery storefront window.
the last one, on the right is titled: ‘Call Me A Kettle Pot to Z Dream Spot, Yip’.
nice choice of words. very nice.
homemade, as in DIY .. carbon ink on paper (framed), 15 x 12 in.
it’s also interesting to see how small, pop-up galleries make use of all the space they can.
it’s also interesting to consider, what goes on in the mind . . of the ‘older’ bio / generation.
and just a step away from becoming .. you know what – themselves !!
dig that woman, on the right, for example.
let me tell ya, these people .. know a thing, or two.
I mean, just look at this woman . .
is she thinkin’ something, or what.
all black and white, and ‘red’ .. all over.
love the way her lace collar inset – echoes the glyph work.
hipster on the road .. to becoming a .. ghost.
ok. totally off the track: talking bout baby boomers.
did anybody else catch that KHLOE KARDASHIAN .. didn’t know what ‘baby boomer’ meant, haha.
how fast we expire. but she does presumably know what .. ‘crackhead’ means.
talkin’ bout: shelf life.
I mean .. glyph man ERIK PARKER, move over .. or at least share the ‘shade’.
. . the shelf.
speaking of the dude. must have a ‘fan’ out there in the web sphere.
or is that .. just an auto digital prompt ? aka the .. real ‘ghost in the machine’.
lordy, who knows .. reality, these days.
and I mean .. that. on all levels.
bio, digital, or as many as you can: ‘imagine’.
damn words – give me . . glyphs !!
but this, just came in .. over the wire.
ERIK PARKER opens his 3rd solo show with HONOR FRASER this weekend.
called: ‘New Magnetic Destiny’ .. it runs NOV 2 – DEC 21, 2013.
the opening is tomorrow: SAT NOV 2, 2013 / 6-8 PM
HONOR FRASER GALLERY – 2622 S. LA CIENGA BLVD, L.A> CALIFORNIA.
speaking of which, the Junior Committee of .. EL MUSEO del BARRIO invites you to their annual fundraising benefit tonight, FRI NOV 1, 2013 / 8 PM
the evening will feature a traditional altar, live music and DJ sets and ‘special’ holiday food and drink .. including .. Pan de Muertos.
MORE PIX FROM THE 166 MOTT ST. OPENING – WILL POST SHORTLY.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH