Chimera Update: New Paintings
The Chimera exhibition features several new paintings, including the triptych “Fall, Paradise Is For Those Who Do What They Are Told”, a work composed of three 8 foot by 4 foot oil on wood panels.
The paintings explore the concept of the “Fall” from three perspectives, Gnosticism, Greek mythology and Shamanism.
It interprets and reveals the occult message of the “Fall” concept as a communication of opportunity and self-empowerment to those who can see beyond appearances, as opposed to the traditional view of eternal pain and damnation for not doing what you are told to do by others.
On one level it expresses the reasoning mind’s yearn to build images out of what it perceives as chaos, impelled by the power of the subconscious to manifest its desires.
On another, it is the individual who escapes the confines of religion and society’s values, to become aware of their suppressed abilities and opportunities.
The work is saying you can be your jailer; or you can be the liberator of your sleeping potential.
Chimera Update: Map and Parking for Stevens Square Center for the Arts
The Stevens Square Center for the Arts has a limited amount of off-street parking. Enter the parking lot via the alley on 19th Street. Parking lot is on south side of gallery building look for the Stevens Square mural.
Street parking is also available, except where prohibited.
CHIMERA: I gazed through the space of a part opened door and was let to imagine on what I could not see.
Stevens Square Center for the Arts (SSCA) 1905 Third Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55404 T (612) 879-0200 [email protected] Gallery Hours— Saturday thru Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 PM (During Exhibitions). — online at http://www.stevensarts.org/
Roger Williamson: Chimera
August 3rd – August 24th, 2013
Opening: Saturday August 3rd, 2013 7-10pm
Please join us on Saturday August 3rd, from 7-10 p.m., for the exhibition opening and to meet the artist.
In the exhibition, Williamson presents a series of artworks that trace a specific understanding the artist has of Chimera.
Williamson refers to Chimera as a quality of the mythological sphinx, that is mystery rather than Chimera’s usually accepted quality as an illusionary entity or fabrication of the mind; especially as an unrealizable dream.
Mystery is energy, a fitting title of the sphinx and while she retains her mystery she maintains her power. Only when she gives up her secrets does she lose her power and die.
It is this theme of mystery which permeates the works on display and the viewer is led through a labyrinth of images that challenge one to quest through the door that leads to our inner selves where the answers to all our questions reside. Williamson’s installation is comprised of oil paintings on both wood panels and canvas.
Roger Williamson is a Minneapolis-based artist who has exhibited his paintings in local galleries. He is also the author of several books which include The Sun at Night and the Lucifer Diaries and is the creator of Tarot of the Morning Star tarot deck. Some images from the deck will be included in the exhibit.
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