On view through March 24th
18 West Main Street #7 – Beacon
Brigida Caramagna | Colin Hunt | Karsten Krejcarek
Mother Gallery is pleased to present “In the Garden of Forking Paths”, an exhibition with work by Brigida Caramagna, Colin Hunt, and Karsten Krejcarek; three artists working under the assumption that time is non-linear, reality is amorphous, and dimensions are permeable.
Shamans, artists, and storytellers have always had one foot beyond the realm of the perceptible. In The Garden of Forking Paths, Jorge L. Borges wrote of “…an infinite series of times, a growing, dizzying web of divergent, convergent, and parallel times,” years before physicists would conceive of a parallel universe in scientific terms. Inspired by such ideas as the Noumenon, the Multiverse, and Metatron, the artists in this exhibition embrace the unknowable. Here, esoteric subjects don’t have to make for inaccessible work. Each maintains a deep control of their craft, as if in contemplating chaos, one must keep a steady hand.
Brigida Caramagna’s colors and surfaces transcend the materiality of paint to become spiritual machines, where viewers are able to access Spirit or the consciousness that informed the creation of the painting. In the way a buddhist monk might reach a meditative state by focusing their attention on the ancient Sri Yantra mystical diagram, Caramagna’s paintings can serve as conduits where communion with the sublime is possible.
Colin Hunt’s paintings in this show are a continuation in a series called “The Afterlife”. Sourced from photographs he took of a neolithic burial henge in Southern England, Hunt spliced and overlaid the landscape, upending conventions of traditional landscape painting. In doing so, the focus is drawn to what is absent and unseen. For Hunt these paintings are a meditation on memory and death and how to exist in a world with the enormity of someone else’s non-being.
In new works created for this exhibition, Karsten Krejcarek examines recent personal trauma through symbolic gestures. His works consider the multiverse as a means of alternative narrative. Krejcarek describes his sculptures, in the words of Borges, as “a shapeless mass of contradictory rough drafts.” The works contemplate diverging and converging paths of interchangeable biography through hallucinogens, torture fantasy, and synchronous historic events and objects.