Lesser Deities of Summer
1329 Willoughby Ave #211. Brooklyn, NY 11237
August 15th to September 6th, 2015
Gallery Hours: Sat – Sun 1pm – 6pm,
and by appointment
Video Screening: September 3rd
Lorenzo De Los Angeles
Nick van Woert
curated by Kari Adelaide and Max Razdow
Lesser Deities of Summer celebrates the season’s wane with a group of works that may be considered devotional — perhaps suggestive of deities that have been demoted or erased over centuries, or are in the process of coming to be. Invocations might serve to engage temporality with the potential of timeless being, and multiplicities are common, such as Jupiter’s lesser known attributes as a god of “oak…of the rain and the thunder” (1). The presented works do not always portray capital G gods or goddesses but rather are self-made totems and apparitions: star crowned, flower crowned, or uncrowned; winged or wingless, reflective of desire and epitomizing the tremulous nature of our time and place. These works may be thought of as conjuring an essence which leads not back to the work itself, but traverses a space beyond grasp and as elusive as a passing season. The visual cues of divinity can sometimes be recognizable, such as great god Pan’s goat legs and horns, or Babylonian deities’ eyes inlaid with precious stones, but recognition is not always intentional or sacred. As the summer fades, we will attempt to collect a pantheon of lesser deities, seeking passage or pause as the season comes to an end.
1. Sir James Frazer, The Golden Bough (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1960), 185.
Image courtesy of Lorenzo De Los Angeles, Ganymede, 40″ x 30″, colored pencil on paper, 2015.
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