The art gallery is a community art gallery located within the Open Eye Figure Theater. Our mission is to establish a physical space for a supportive creative community where experimentation, theory and practice converge.
Upcoming Exhibit: Mercury Retrograde in Virgo
By Mary Ludington
March 3 - 19, 2017
I began this series on August 30, 2016, the first day of the third 2016 Mercury Retrograde with an image of a Monarch butterfly posted to Facebook with the title “Mercury Retrograde Day 1”. The following day I made another image of a spider and considered posting and titling it “Mercury Retrograde Day 2”. I debated that day whether to commit to making and posting a new photo on each day of 23 day cycle. I decided to do it.
I have worked with several astrologers over the years and especially appreciate Gray Crawford’s work. I read this piece by Gray about the new Mercury Retrograde in Virgo on the morning that I began the series and several times over the course of the next three weeks. These are the words, concepts and realities that I considered while immersing myself in the natural world, allowing these energies to bring me to the final image of each day.
“It’s in twilight when it comes. The shift of hue and space arrives, transmuting sunlight into variegated shadow, enveloping life in a polychromatic caress of sensuous mood and mysterious measure. With a flash of light Mercury descends retrograde into the darkening brilliance of sunset, disappearing into its invisible, underworld phase with a message to receive. The sign of Virgo where Mercury stations in stillness is the nocturnal home of Hermes, the quicksilver messenger and companion of black night whose serpentine staff enchants and lulls, whose fluttering wings break open any static sleepiness of mind. As Mercury slows down, comes to a standstill, and then turns backward in retrograde motion through the zodiac, we cross a liminal threshold that invites alterations of mental fixations and openings to manifold perspectives.
In the realm of popular culture, periods of Mercury retrograde are known as disastrous aberrations in which Mercury becomes a scapegoat for all misfortunes and mishaps. Yet the Mercury retrograde period is a regular cyclical phenomenon that happens at least three times every year, an essential aspect of Mercury’s orbit just like the consistent blackening of the Moon in its orbit. Unlike the astrological stereotypes, important actions can be initiated during Mercury retrograde as well as successful contracts signed. However, during Mercury retrograde it is advisable to sustain mental alertness and be open to signs, symbols, and information in your environment that can help guide your intuition toward which actions to take or commitments to make.”
All images were shot and processed using an iPhone6S.
Mary Ludington was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1956 and began making photographs in 1972. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning a Bachelors Degree in Agricultural Journalism, with a focus on photography, in 1979. While working in commercial, architectural and fashion photography, she continued her personal work. Her subject matter shifted from landscape to animals in 1990, with a specific focus on dogs beginning in 1997, when she set out to photograph each of the AKC-recognized purebred dog breeds. Utilizing a variety of techniques, including toning and hand-coloring, her hand-printed black and white photographs combine the solitary beauty of landscape photography with the photojournalistic challenge of capturing a living, elusive moment. She has won many awards for her work and her book, The Nature of Dogs, was published by Simon and Schuster in 2007. Mary’s recent work has shifted to predominantly color using the iPhone and various processing applications and continues to focus on the natural world.
My Realm Is the World: Stories from the Archives 2015
Through March 19
Artist: Christopher Saint Christopher
Hand‐cut Archival Paper, Fabric Dye, Artist’s Frames
My Realm Is the World: Stories from the Archives is a presentation of new works by Christopher Saint Christopher, a Minneapolis‐based artist known for his ornate and fragile hand‐cut, hand‐dyed paper images. The title, My Realm Is the World, comes from the words painted on the walls at the Emigrant Halls at the port of Hamburg, Germany where many Europeans passed through from the 1850s to the early 1930s bound for the United States. Influenced by his grandmother’s stories of emigrating from Italy to Minnesota after World War II, and inspired by the Minnesota Historical Society’s collections of immigrant oral histories and images, Christopher explores stories of immigration in Minnesota in his new works.
Recent Exhibit: Ecstatic Origin
In this duo exhibition, artists Edie Overturf and Julia Maiuri presented a series of images depicting the human form and spirit. Both artists’ work evoke strong emotive qualities through brushwork, iconography, narrative, and color. On view pre- and post- current theater productions and by appointment.
Show your art
Interested in showing your work at Secret Knot? Contact us at SecretKnot@openeyetheatre.org.