A LOVE CRAFT: Art Inspired by Monsters, Madness and Mythos
On View: June 11th - July 23rd, 2010
Gallery Hours: Thursdays and Fridays 3-6; Saturdays and Sundays 12-6
The “cosmic horror” of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, all written between 1917 and 1935, has become more popular and seemingly more contemporary with each year. OBSERVATORY and Dylan Thuras are excited to announce “A LOVE CRAFT: ” a group show of art inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft, and the themes of monsters, madness and mythos. On view from June 11th through July 26th, prepare to look beyond space and time and into vistas of a new reality…
Men of broader intellect know that there is no sharp distinction betwixt the real and the unreal…
- H.P. Lovecraft
Aeron Alfrey, Esao Andrews, Matt Buck, Paul Carrick, John Coulthart, Melita Curphy, Mike Dubisch, Bob Eggleton, FuFu Frauenwahl, Cyril van der Haegen, Dan Harding, Stephen Hickman, Joshua Hoffine, Kurt Komoda, Meatspider, Dieter Van der Ougstraete, Greg Ruth, Johnny Ryan, Andrew Scott, Allison Sommers, and more!
ABOUT THE CURATOR:
Dylan Thuras is the co-founder of Atlas Obscura, “a compendium of this ages wonders, curiosities and esoterica,” and the co-creator of Curious Expeditions. Dylan is a passionate Lovecraft fan, and a dedicated Call of Cthulhu player. His passions are forgotten scientists, cosmic horror, lost expeditions, obscure history, the geometry of evil, and travel.
ALSO: don't forget that TONIGHT I'm hosting an event about natural perfumery at the space. 8pm, only $5 - it will be a feast for the senses:
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Herbal Alchemy: Exploring Natural Perfumery with Julianne Zaleta
Date: Thursday, June 17th
Location: OBSERVATORYPresented by Phantasmaphile
Tonight’s sensory presentation by Herbal Alchemy Apothecary’s Julianne Zaleta will examine the artisanal art of natural perfumery. Smell is the most neglected of our senses yet it has an instantaneous power to penetrate our consciousness invoking memories and emotion. Odors are ethereal and elusive yet can strongly attract or repel.
As a concerned consumer, you are choosing organic food, seeking out sustainable products and opting for eco-friendly packaging. But what about the fragrance you wear? That signature scent is likely composed of synthetic materials (as most commercial fragrances are), mass-produced, packaged and shipped around the world in the millions of units. Natural perfumery is a much different process that uses only essential oils and precious absolutes that are extracted from plants. Like fine wine, subtle differences can be found from the same plant from year to year depending on soil conditions and climate meaning that it is not an exact science but a creative alchemical process. Come spend an evening re-educating your nose and discovering the beautiful lost art of natural fragrance.
Bio: Growing up in her mother’s garden in the midwest, Julianne Zaleta was always gathering flowers, drying blossoms and conjuring scents. So it’s not surprising that she grew up to become a professional herbalist, aromatherapist, & perfumer. Sole proprieter of her own company, Herbal Alchemy Apothecary, for years she has handcrafted artisanal scents & potions from the purest elements of nature. Julianne trained with Michael Scholes & Jeanne Rose and is a certified aromatherapist as well as a licensed massage therapist and meditation teacher. Her products are handmade in her studio atelier in Brooklyn, NY.