Jason Vivona creates a dream-like world with his sewn paper collages. While travelling, Vivona fills sheets of paper with surreal drawings of anthropomorphic animal human hybrids, text, climbing ferns, and his own symbolic language. When he returns to his studio, he cuts up and layers his ink drawings, mixing in abstract expressionist color fields to create cohesive compilations with his sewing machines.
FEAR COLLECTING RITUAL
Acclaimed artist, Lucien Shapiro is traveling the country in the “Fear Collecting Rituals Tour” giving local audiences an interactive opportunity to discover that the light we seek simply exists within ourselves. The multi-part show features a film screening and the ritual with an accompanying film that asks the audience to acknowledge that fact that we all have fears.
The ANALECT Rituals
Each show will start with a screening a new, three-part short film entitled “The ANALECT Rituals.” Created in collaboration with Shaun Roberts and scored by Edison, the film is a creative expression of “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.” Exploring a symbolic loss of speech, hearing, and sight, the film stars Lucien Shapiro and features his artfully crafted masks. As each of the senses is lost, a different mask is worn, and the wearer goes on a quest for understanding in an attempt to regain what was lost.
The first opportunity to experience the Light Collector ritual live, the ritual shows that all darkness desires light and is symbolic of the continual search for guidance along the path of life. The ritual commences with the candles of the mask being lit and then the candles of “The Light Vessel” are lit. The mask-wearer lifts the vessel and walks a circle around the “Fear is the Mind Killer Mask” and the “Relinquishing Fear Vessel,” swaying the vessel from side-to-side, and maintaining a steady and patient stride. During this time Shapiro asks participants to enter the circle of light, write down their greatest fear on provided strips of Palo Santo, a mystical tree that is energetically cleansing, and then place it in the Relinquishing Fear Vessel. The ritual requires the mask-wearer to provide a constant circle of light, helping participants to walk out of the darkness one faces through the realization of the light held within, and the journey does not end.
The “Relinquishing Fear Vessel” will continue along with the artist across the country until a final destination is reached. Then all the fears will be relinquished and released together in a final ceremony led by Shapiro.
SP Projects is pleased to present “Wandering Nocturnal: A Collection of Work by Heather Gabel” at The Convent in Philadelphia. This exhibition marks Heather's first east coast solo show. Through her chosen medium of collage, Heather Gabel creates work that is at once nostalgic and timeless, cleverly contrasting classic imagery with clean, stark lines and cutting irony. Using a combination of collected vintage and Xerox papers, she creates powerful new visual juxtapositions that confront ideas about gender and pose questions about traditional femininity. Heather Gabel is a visual artist living and working in Chicago, with collage being at the core of her practice. She studied photography at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit and holds a BFA from Columbia College Chicago. She has been exhibiting both internationally and across the United States for nearly 10 years in galleries and alternative venues, including several public art installations with Johalla Projects in Chicago and New York City. Recent projects include a series of neon-based works addressing modern death rituals in American society, a trilogy of video works, a collaboration with the Chicago-based designer Hvnter Gvtherer, programming the Palace Film Festival and research for her first performance work. Heather also sings for the band HIDE.
Picture a warm evening in 6015 with rainbow visions and optical installations. This is the future aesthetic that IRIDESCENCE at The Shore Club in South Beach Miami—showcasing 15 international artists—celebrates. Collaborators H+Creative and SP Projects curated sculptural, projected, 2D, 3D, and neon works, all from the New Futurism genre, which blends technological advancements with traditional art practice.
Sarah Potter of SP Projects sees New Futurism as a natural evolution of the New Media genre, showcasing “the way artists are embracing new technology while still holding a nostalgic reference to design and color palette.” Artists featured at the Miami installation include Kidmograph, Lala Abaddon, and Clara Luzian, a.k.a., Render_Fruit.
Potter tells The Creators Project, “In 2016, we will be bringing IRIDESCENCE to Los Angeles and Philadelphia and we are in negotiations to bring it to an international audience as well. I think that there is a lot of interest in the New Futurism genre; at its base is a reverence for technology which for better or worse, we all need and use on a daily basis. We are living in the future”