It’s a Matter of Mind.
An Exhibition inspired by Alchemy.
September 18 to October 12
Artist: Klay Enos, Heewoong Lee, Jennifer Mack, Christina Massey, Julie Mcchargue,
Michael Mut, Tazaca Simpson, Yexenia Vanegas,
Curated by Luiza Cardenuto.
Public Reception: September 19 6-8 pm
Contact: Luiza Cardenuto Luizacardenuto
Michael Mut michael
Hours: Wed–Fri 4-8PM, Sat noon–6PM
Location: 97 Ave C between 6th and 7th Sts, East Village/L.E.S.
Transportation: F,V to Second Ave; L to First Ave; 6 to Astor Place; M9 Bus
The mystical art of Alchemy bridges the chasm between matter and spirit. The ancient pursuit to turn lead into gold, to find the Elixir of Life and create the Philosopher’s stone is also a metaphor for an uncontrollable urge to improve and transform ones’ self. There is a dual process of transformation that takes place in Alchemy, which happens through the coordination of physical and mental work using a variety of technical and transpersonal methods. It was after studying alchemy that Luiza Cardenuto recognized the opportunity to demonstrate these physical and mental transformations through art.
Using an existing work of art, the artist confronts the past by using the same tools and materials while creating something new. The transpersonal process occurs as the artist remembers the state of mind experienced during the creation of the old piece and attempts to create a new one while staring at the old. The technical procedure is driven by limitation. The artist can only use the same set of tools and supplies, as well as the same medium type and color.
This transformational experience invites the artist to reflect on the pure act of creation. Limitation of material and sources of inspiration is what turns the new piece of art into an opportunity to reinvent, reevaluate and therefore empower the individual. By challenging the ability to transform limited materials and a past experience, the artist may recognize a profound connection that exists between matter and mind. The exhibition will consist of the old piece of art as well as the new.
Don’t Forget to Love Yourself!