Show #21: Memento Mori
Throughout human history, cultures and peoples have made monuments to celebrate, commemorate, memorialize, remember and insure the survival of their values as a civilization. The artists in Memento Mori (from the Latin, "remember that you will die") examine the iconography of the monument from a contemporary vantage point.The work takes many forms: heraldic crests (Brian Guidry), totems (Wade Schaming), mapping and marking (Jean Paul Gomez), text-as-structure (Alex O'Neal), funeral mounds (Heidi Lau), hieroglyphic collage (M.A. Papanek-Miller), photo-documentation-hagiography (Julie Ann Nagle), distilled and repurposed remnants (Laura Judkis), surreal architecture-in-landscape renderings (Colleen Cunningham) and retro sci-fi structures (Ben Pranger).These ten artists employ form and craft in the service of a spooky narrative, at times archeological, psychological or metaphysical. Mixing references to art history and popular culture, the works present a fresh take on familiar forms. Together they form a kind of "momento mori," an elegy to something past or lost to which the artist and the artwork pays tribute.
The artists in Memento Mori were selected from our Summer Open Call at Field Projects.
Deborah Brown is an artist, gallerist and Bushwick gadfly. She is a board member of NURTUREart, BRIC Artist Advisory Council and Community Board #4 in Bushwick where she serves as chair of the Arts and Culture Committee. Her work is represented by Lesley Heller Workspace. In addition to her art practice, she owns and directs the gallery Storefront Ten Eyck to show the work of emerging Bushwick artists and to revisit the work of established artists.