Today we often experience art objects housed in
the monolithic walls of a museum, monitored by uniformed guards and security
sensors. We self-consciously lean in closer to glimpse the indexical
imprint of the artist's brush upon the paint and to feel close to the moment of
forget that our original and historical relationship with the fine art object
was quite the opposite; before the advent of modernism, the function and
purpose of art was rather to bring us closer to one another, our common truths,
and to guide us in our search for meaning and relationship with the divine –
however it may have been conceived.
Our ancient ancestors utilized art objects during rituals and oral storytelling as tools for navigating and leading us into the mystical realms. Works contained symbols and narratives that went beyond the mundane, communicating our shared cultural myths and inspiring our consciousness to grapple with the unknown.
By extension, the creators or artists of these sacred objects were considered spiritual mentors, guiding participants on transcendent pilgrimages. In this thought-provoking exhibition, Anne Bouie, Gale Jamieson, Michael Platt, and Patricia Underwood serve as modern-day oracles – using various mediums and aesthetic approaches to conjure our lost sense of sacred in the present. Together these present-day oracles reclaim the original intent of the art object as an aura-laden tool for mystical guidance and, in doing so, reacquaint us with our lost sense of ritual.
Present-Day Oracles will be on view at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery from Friday, January 11th to February 23rd, 2013! Be sure to join us for the Opening Reception on Friday, January 11th from 7-9pm. There will also be an Artists' Talk on Saturday, January 26th at 4pm.
[Image: Gale Jamieson's Requiem, the Wild Rose]
Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Friday, 11am-5pm, Saturday, 11am-3pm, and by appointment.
Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery is located at 1632 U Street, in Northwest DC
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Special thanks to our exhibition sponsor, TD Bank, and to our wine sponsor, Majestic Fine Wines:
Join us at the Opening Reception to sample fine wines by Solletico & La Crema. All of our specially featured Majestic Fine Wines are available for discount at Calvert Woodley!