Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Antony To Debut Artwork In London

Antony of Antony and the Johnsons and Hercules and Love Affair fame (he recorded the vocals on the latter's debut LP) is slated to showcase his artwork for the first time in London later this month. Entitled The Creek, the exhibit will be housed at Isis Gallery as of January 17th. Of the show, Isis has the following to say:

Antony's artworks open up dream landscapes: often fragmentary in appearance, these images map his dreams and liminal states; polymorphic realms give way to indicated spirits; pen marks and scratches conjure archetypes and invite conscious and unconscious visions to emerge.

The primary elements go through many stages - drawn on, burned, soaked in the rain, thrown away and reclaimed, drawn on again, stained or dried over a fire. These are then arranged and photographed. The intimacy of this unique gallery space then heightens the focus and clarity of these private spells. Recalling the notebooks of William S. Burroughs and Antonin Artaud, Antony's works describe the arc of a dream atlas in which each diverse aspect is unified through the desire for healing.

For his work in this exhibition, Antony has collaborated with performance artist Johanna Constantine, model Dr. Julia Yasuda Ph.D, photographer Don Felix Cervantes, and artistic advisor Joie Iacono.

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Alisa Gould-Simon is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn.