Strange Familiars Mid-Winter Exhibition 2020
“My paintings combine traditional techniques and materials with formal design. The work puts the illusion of representational painting against the reality of the material and the painting as an object. This duality is also seen in the mixing of contemporary and ancient subject matter found in my work. The visual themes focus on the subjects of history, myth, and mortality.”
Mark Porter – Baphomet
Mark Porter was born in Warwick, Rhode Island, but is based in Brooklyn, where he has established a studio that merges sculpture, installation, and innovative construction techniques across mediums. Trained in classical sculpture, Mark worked as Boaz Vaadia’s assistant, finding a great affinity in the artist’s use of space and the natural environment in his sculptures. While Mark does not deliberately court controversy, his combination of the beautiful and the disturbing rendered with a precise technique and modern mindset can lead the casual observer to mistake him for a provocateur. The greater narrative in this work, however, relates to an understanding of the truth that is revealed in the interaction between materials, form, and gesture. In this revelation, strength may be cast in disposable plastics while fragile subtle elements are embodied in steel.
The work of Christopher P. Andres likens the spirit of his work to Clive Barker’s poetic description of the Cenobites as “repulsive glamour” – images and sculptures that reconcile beauty and horror, play things and idols, the sacred and the blasphemous. Andres draws from the proactive attitudes of Joel-Peter Witkin, Pierre et Gilles, Kara Walker, Michael Ray Charles, and Rupaul. His sculptures echo veneration found both in the adult toy collector and the devotee of a saint statue. His photographs reflect contemplations of religious icons and fashion editorials. His work was a constant and delicious challenge the institution where he earned his MFA, The University of Notre Dame.
Salem Art Gallery – the headquarters and cultural center of The Satanic Temple, Salem, MA (64 Bridge St.) – is pleased to present “Sanguine Spring”, a selection of large-scale paintings, limited editions and sculpture by world renowned artist VINCENT CASTIGLIA. The exhibition is inspired by the idea that Romans viewed February as a time of purification and honoring one’s ancestors. Ritualized bloodletting, purging, and celebrations of opulent excess often accompanied observances such as Lupercalia, Parentalia and Feralia in February to expel the vestiges of winter. Castiglia’s art, created with human blood, embodies personal, emotional, and creative purification and purging oneself into one’s art.
“Sanguine Spring” opens this Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 8-11pm, and runs through April 1st.
Lucien Greaves, co-founder and spokesperson for The Satanic Temple states:
“As a long-time fan of Mr. Castiglia’s art, I’m honored that The Satanic Temple’s Salem Art Gallery will now host a selection of his original works – which deftly blend horror and wonder, disfigurement and beauty – for a limited exhibition. The scale, detail and living quality of his works must be experienced to be understood, and I feel that The Satanic Temple is the perfect environment for this uniquely unrepentant visceral aesthetic event.”
Moon Magic is an exploration of the sinister veneer of the illumination of the night and the colours you see beyond the black. Rebecca explores geometry and organic imperfect symmetry based on dreamscapes.
(September 22nd to December 21st 2018)
Wake of the Crimson Witch
“My work explores the relationship between the feminine, the natural world and spirituality. I am exploring what it is to exist in a human form. Trying to wake the flame that burns in the darkness. Ever since I was an adolescent I have been fascinated by the unrelenting pressure of time and it’s relationship to beauty. What starts out as yearning soon becomes manipulated into a tragedy of temptation, leaving only a sense of nihilism and the prospect of a new beginning. I strive to create a visual moment that urges the viewer to question spirituality, the human experience and one’s own connection to the universe.”
Visit the gallery April 3rd through June 22nd to view Courtney’s seasonal exhibition. Details on the opening reception for this show can be found in the events section.
In Comfort of Darkness
“Since childhood I have always been regarded as someone who is
interested in “weird things,” and I still get asked why my work and
interests are “so dark.” – These wooden panels become tablets that bear the
images of things that exist beyond the everyday world.
This “darkness” lights my world and offers insight and comfort in the
face of an unkind world. To peek behind the veil and to meet fellow
travelers who also play in the darkness, who find joy, humor and comfort in
my work, or create inspiring work of their own, is something to cherish.”
In Comfort of Darkness, on view at Salem Art Gallery November 27th, 2019 through January 29th, 2020. Opening Reception December 14th, 6pm-8pm.