Sat Oct 31, 2009 00:00 - Tue Oct 27, 2009
PHEREPAPHE: THE FOURFOLD ROOTS OF EVERYTHING
AN INAUGURAL GROUP EXHIBITION
Reception at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday October 31, 2009
Devotion Gallery, 54 Maujer Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11206
RSVP to http://AreYouDevoted.com
NEW YORK -- Devotion Gallery is pleased to present "Pherepaphe: The Fourfold Roots Of Everything", an inaugural group exhibition opening October 31, 2009.
The name "Pherepaphe" alludes to Plato's recontextualization of the Greek goddess Persephone as "wise for seeing that all things in the world are in motion" and who, furthermore, is a part of that dynamic quality. Traditionally, Persephone is known as both the "Queen of the Underworld" and the "Goddess of Fertility". These seemingly disparate titles collide each year on All Hallows Eve, a ghoulish day that also marks the harvest and descent into winter. Persephone's conflicting roles point to the cycle of life and ultimately explain the changing seasons, a process Empedocles referred to as "the fourfold roots of everything".
"Pherepaphe: The Fourfold Roots Of Everything" visually resolves the contradictory elements of Persephone, through her recasting as Pherepaphe and the primordial of the fourfold roots. It makes the necessary visual references to the dark and the sacred, but also to the organic and the dynamic -- the "in-motion" quality that Plato referred to in his renaming of the dark goddess. This group exhibition includes in-gallery work by Arnold Steiner, Bethany Shorb, Carrie Villines, Dan Tesene, Elisabeth Timpone, Jeffers Egan, Keep Adding, and Sougwen Chung. A living installation of dark fashion works by Bird Ov Prey, Cyberoptix, Mercantile, Sinner/Saint, and Victorian Death Kult in November will further underscore the dynamic and emphemeral qualities of Pherepaphe. (Location of fashion installation TBA. Visit the site at http://AreYouDevoted.com for event details.)
"Pherepaphe: The Fourfold Roots Of Everything" will open with a reception at 7:00 p.m. on Halloween (i.e., October 31), and remain on display until December 14, 2009. The reception will also serve as the public opening for Devotion Gallery, located at 54 Maujer Street in Williamsburg (near the corner of Maujer and Lorimer Streets).
Admission will be free and open to the public. RSVP to http://AreYouDevoted.com is recommended. Attendees who arrive in-costume will receive one free top-shelf signature cocktail!
Contact us at Marie@AreYouDevoted.com for further information and press materials.