ENCHANTED AFTERLIFE" @ Art Cube Gallery, Laguna Beach Oct 26 6-9pm 266 Forest Avenue Laguna Beach CA
ART CUBE GALLERY: 266 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach CA 92651
ARTISTS in the exhibition:
Todd Williamson, Sequin Kay & Lauren Baker, John Chang, Daniel Du Plessis, Ferdos Maleki, Connie DK Lane, Jason Pearson, Sanja Simidzija, Jorge Vigil, Norman Mooney, Laurie Hassold, Tahe, Lorenzo Perrone, Francesco Polenghi, William Catling, Sam Saghatelyan, Cristian Mac Entyre, Amber Maida, Maria Kreyn, Kelly Major and Shelby Powell - Hicks
About the Day of the Dead
It's been said that the past never dies, and what's more, it isn't even the past. It's something alive, something that hangs like an ominous cloud over the present and the future.
Faulkner knew a thing or two about the past and so did Borges with his fascination with labyrinths.
Every literary work, from The Book of the Dead of the old Egyptians to Borges' masterpiece: "The Aleph," deals with the incredible maze that space and time are, but also with that unknown, which lies beyond their realm.
Everything is circular. Every civilization, except, perhaps, our own lineal society, understood the concept of beginning and ending as being two but also the same.
From the first civilizations of the Indus River in today's Pakistan, enveloping all of Asia, Africa, Oceania, Europe and the Americas there has always been a long tradition of remembering those that walked life before we did. To honor and remember them as if they were still here. After all, everything in life is a passage from one state to another: Birth, Childhood, Adulthood, Maturity, Old Age, and yes, Death. Nothing can escape the last passage, not even life. And yet Death, with all its stillness and unknown realms, cannot escape Life either. Furthermore, it needs Life to exist.
Old civilization understood that both Life and Death are two and yet the same, one gives birth to the other and so they recycle each other. Going back to Faulkner and Borges they knew, as it did also Einstein, that everything happens at the same time and nothing is really lineal, for Death to exist it must exist Life, and viceversa.
It mustn't come as a surprise then that the living once a year take a day to celebrate the dead. And in so doing they celebrate Life and Death as a whole, for when Space and Time, and all the mazes that build their web are left behind, the two impostors fall and what's left is the eternal validity of the Soul.
This is the kind of celebration that the artists showcased at Art Cube had set to cast through their unique vision. - Jorge Schneider
Author of: La Grieta, Grupo Editor Latinoamericano
La Sombra de La Langosta, Serie El Escriba
Exhibition runs: October 26th - December 1st, 2013
Art Cube Gallery, 266 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach, Ca 92651
Todd Williamson artist.