CULT OF SPIRITS: Alexis Palmer Karl and Ken Weaver
CULT OF SPIRITS
A conjuring, a ritual, a spell.
performance installation with
at CATLAND BOOKS,
May 5th – May 6th 2018
987 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206
May 5th – May 6th Performance 8:00-9:00 pm
Opening May 5th 7 – 10pm
CULT OF SPIRITS
Sculpture, music, live performance, fragrance and photography create an immersive installation, calling forth spirits while sanctifying the ritual object. The installation is about loss as much as it is about creation and balance. We challenge the sterility of western death as we create a space of ritualized music, movement and art, finding the sacred in the modern era. The performance installation is both an act of mourning and a celebration of rebirth. We will harness the elements to create our story; the artists as shaman, as we unfold the tale of life and death and life again.
Large scale daguerreotypes line the walls: the specters caged in metal. True spirits of the artist’s invention, they are hauntingly nostalgic, crying forth from the netherworld. A large pendulum is suspended above a ritual table holding two ritual /scrying bowls, one of life, with flora bursting from it’s ceramic base, the other of death, bone white, and encrusted with geodes and teeth. Hybrid skulls set amidst them teem with lichen and moss- promises of rebirth, or remain austere with white crystals and salt, harbingers of death.
see interview on DISINFO below
Alexis Palme Karl‘s work has been exhibited in the states and internationally, with performances at the Whitney Biennial and Guggenheim Museum, and is represented in New York by Stephen Romano Gallery. Alexis’s work explores the reinventing of oracular magic and ritualistic objects and the redefining of the witch archetype.
Ken Weaver has shown his work nationally and internationally with exhibitions at G Module and Gallery Experimental in France, Schroeder Romero & Shredder Gallery and Stephen Romano Gallery in New York City. His work embraces a heavy metal- meets-baroque sensibility, often addressing the concept of the artist as an immortal being, touching on the spirit realm and further: into the recesses of collective fantasy and esoteric imagery.