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Art Wed Aug 04 2010

August is Mystical Month

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Photo courtesy of The Network of Crowded Art

Mysticism and folklore are really hot right now. Don't believe me? There are two art shows opening in August that flirt with those themes. First, Hey, We're All Beginners Here! opens at Roots and Culture on Friday. The show, organized by The Network of Crowded Art is inspired by a multi-headed hydra in that it utilizes multiple voices and activities to "illuminate our historical moment and paths into the future." Through a series of workshops, field trips, performances and exhibitions, the events at Roots and Culture are designed to make you think about what we're doing here on earth (I think.) Hey, We're All Beginners Here is a trans-temporal, trans-spatial, trans-disciplinary exhibition (a big show!) of mutating, mutable work by a cast of talented marginal characters. Among those contributing are Robin Hustle, Sarah Kavage, Pennie Brinson, Salem Collo-Julin, Sarah Ross, Red76, Sarah Smizz, Courtney Moran, and Park McArthur. The exhibition includes drawings, an open stage and pulpit, a book making work shop, good food, video, wheat grass, and a bike ride to Schaumburg.

The "opening celebration" starts at 6pm on August 7, with a performance by Pennie Brinson's band, Project Blue beginning at 8:30pm. More information about the show can be found here.

Then, next Friday August 13 Who's Yr Shaman? opens at Johalla Projects. Who's Yr Shaman? is a group exhibition curated by Melissa Marinaro focusing on magical Practice in contemporary art. The folks at Johalla Projects organized this with 21st century technology and rapidly evolving/de-evolving spiritual practices in mind. According to their press release, Who's yr Shaman? features artists who "take inspiration from unorthodox belief systems. Their production is a continuation in the history of mystical practice in art and, like their predecessors, they are responding to the climate of their contemporary world. The common thread which binds these seven individuals is their deep admiration and engagement in magic."

Do you believe in magic? Either way, you should check out the show, which opens August 13 from 7 to 11pm at Johalla Projects and will stay up through September 3.

 
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