Season of the Witch reflects on the ways artists engage in ritual to reveal their personal beliefs and spirituality through the creation of their artwork. The potent archetype of “the witch” is utilized here to represent a creator whose power comes from within. Like modern day shamans, artists are the ultimate magicians, able to turn the intangible into the tangible; the immaterial magically materializes. Working intuitively while referencing the powerful language of symbols, all of the artists in this exhibition turn artmaking into a modern day magical practice.
Artists in this exhibition include Evie Falci, Lala Abaddon, Heather Gabel, Astral Eyes, Hilary White, Lucien Shapiro, Hunter Stabler and Robert Ryan. Evie Falci transforms the mundane materials of denim, pleather, rhinestones, and metal studs into the divine by creating intricate mandalas referencing sacred geometry and ancient symbology. Utilizing the medium of collage, both Astral Eyes and Heather Gabel create powerful visual alchemy from collected imagery to reveal the surreal in their work. Working in a vibrant color palette and a variety of materials, Hilary White’s sculptural wall pieces act as portals to another realm of consciousness. Lala Abaddon’s woven photographs straddle the digital and analog realms revealing a pixelated dreamscape of her deeply personal inner world. Lucien Shapiro gives new life to discarded materials through his labor intensive crafting of masks and self-protection pieces for the ritualistic escape from reality. Influenced by his knowledge of Eastern Spirituality, Western Mysticism, and Amazonian Shamanism, Robert Ryan’s paintings represent a meditative practice tapping into a hidden language revealing itself through occult symbolism. Hunter Stabler’s intricately cut and layered paper compositions play with perspectival pattern and reference mythical origins to create magical and spatially complex work.
The exhibition will be presented in the former painting studio of Kurt Seligmann. Considered an expert on magic, Seligmann was a central figure of the Surrealist movement and compiled his vast knowledge of esoterica and the occult in his book “The Mirror of Magic." The history and magical aura of the Seligmann Homestead marries perfectly with The Season of the Witch, framing its content within a magical context.
About Sarah Potter
Sarah Potter is the founder and owner of SP Projects, an independent art advisory and consulting business based in New York. With more than a decade of experience in the fine art world, Sarah has placed an emphasis on curating private and corporate collections with artwork that is aesthetically satisfying and a good financial investment. Sarah graduated with honors from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University with a BFA in Fine Art and Art History focusing on New Media and Performance Art. With a discerning eye, Sarah utilizes her passion for modern-day mysticism, spirituality, and the occult to create experiential exhibitions of innovative artwork and memorable performances. Dubbed The Good Witch of the Art World, she possesses a unique approach and philosophy to her work by intuitively assisting both new and seasoned collectors to connect with artwork to inspire their minds and nourish their spirits.
Stay tuned for programming and performances to coincide with the exhibition.