Well, this show sounds like a dream indeed, and not just cause it's packed with so many of my favorite artists. "Lesser Deities of Summer" is a group exhibition curated by Kari Adelaide and Max Razdow that considers minor or forgotten spirits, and resurrects them through art in celebration of the season's cusp. I love the idea of this, particularly in light of my current obsession with "So As to Preserve the Mystery," the new United Bible Studies album that I was just made aware of, and which is dedicated to Agnostos Theos, or the Unknown God. Let's all make a pact to attend this exhibition, and then make offerings to the holy ones whose names we have yet to learn.
Lesser Deities of Summer
Opening Saturday August 15th, 7-10pm
August 15th – September 6th, 2015
Underdonk is pleased to present Lesser Deities of Summer curated by Kari Adelaide and Max Razdow.
Lesser Deities of Summer celebrates the season’s wane with a group of works that may be considered devotional — perhaps suggestive of deities that have been demoted or erased over centuries, or are in the process of coming to be.
Lorenzo De Los Angeles
Nick van Woert
Invocations might serve to engage temporality with the potential of timeless being, and multiplicities are common, such as Jupiter’s lesser known attributes as a god of “oak…of the rain and the thunder” (1). The presented works do not always portray capital G gods or goddesses but rather are self-made totems and apparitions: star crowned, flower crowned, or uncrowned; winged or wingless, reflective of desire and epitomizing the tremulous nature of our time and place. These works may be thought of as conjuring an essence which leads not back to the work itself, but traverses a space beyond grasp and as elusive as a passing season. The visual cues of divinity can sometimes be recognizable, such as great god Pan’s goat legs and horns, or Babylonian deities’ eyes inlaid with precious stones, but recognition is not always intentional or sacred. As the summer fades, we will attempt to collect a pantheon of lesser deities, seeking passage or pause as the season comes to an end.
1. Sir James Frazer, The Golden Bough (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1960), 185.
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