|Matt Preisz & Lulu Ruttley, Elvis|
21 Artists reinvent 21 Masks for the 21st Centuary
He Made She Made: May 22 - June 9, 2013
|(L-R) Ray Ray, Lady Roaccutane; Swayze, MS DOOM; Kitiya Palaskas, The Gypsy Crow|
Eduardo Wolfe-Alegria's Oceanid is a ritual mask traditionally worn by a shamanic figure and is said to give whoever wears it insights into the subconscious terrain. According to legend the mask was found in the ocean within in scallop shell and is said to carry with it the powers of the deep sea. The mask is at once terrifying and awe inspiring. It is not difficult to imagine it's magical qualities.
It is fascinating to see how each artist has interpreted the idea of the mask. From global warming to Sigmund Freud and the digital age, far reaching topics are covered and put into practice. Curatorially, I really liked the combination of the physical masks with the stunning large format prints, it demonstrates that a mask is simply an interesting object until it's worn and then is takes on a life of its own, a purpose, a defining moment and an overarching significance.
|Oscar Casas, The Candleman|
|Eduardo Wolfe-Alegria, Oceanid|
|Benja Harney, The Id|