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DAVID RICE, DEWI PLASS, SCOTT KIRSCHNER, AND MICHELLE AVERY KONCZYK
+ the Void (group show)
For the month of October, Arch Enemy is excited to present a full-gallery exhibition inspired by the five classical elements defined by ancient cultures.
Each of the 4 core elements have been translated by one featured artist into a spotlight collection. A 12-artist group show will cover the concept of The Void, a 5th element, sometimes also referred to as aether in ancient greek, akasha in India, and quintessence in Europe that represents an esoteric space for things beyond the material world.
Michelle Avery Konczyk: Fire
“This world, which is the same for all, no one of gods or men has made. But it always was and will be: an ever-living fire, with measures of it kindling, and measures going out” – Aristotle
Commonly associated with the qualities of energy, assertiveness, and passion, or for its double nature: creation, light, and destruction and purification. Ancient Greeks believed fire gave rise to the other three elements.
David Rice: Earth
“To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Commonly associated with qualities of heaviness, matter and the terrestrial world. Earth has been represented in many ways throughout our history, in the Aztec religion by a house; to the Hindus, a lotus; to the Scythians, a plough; to the Greeks, a wheel; and in Christian iconography; by bulls and birds.
Dewi Plass: Air
“So it is with air: there is the brightest variety which we call aether, the muddiest which we call mist and darkness, and other kinds for which we have no name…” – Plato
Air is commonly associated with intelligence and soul, and in ancient Chinese culture with the concept of Qi and part of every living thing that exists, as a life force. It is frequently translated as “energy flow”, or literally as “air” or “breath”
Scott Kirschner: Water
“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.” – Margaret Atwood
Water is commonly associated with the qualities of emotion and intuition, and in Hindu cultures with Chandra or the moon and Shukra, who represent feelings, intuition and imagination.
The Void (group show)
The Void hold a place as the fifth classical element in many ancient cultures to full the space beyond the terrestrial sphere. It is interpreted in many ways, as something physical, as a means to understand the traveling of light, as something spiritual, and for this exhibition The Void has been interpreted in 12 ways, with new works by Jessica Dalva, Mark Rogers, Jason Hernandez, Paul Romano, Jeremy Cross, Alex Eckman-Lawn, Stuart Holland, Jesse Jacobi, Robert Bowen, Wiley Wallace, Colin Frangicetto, and Rachael Bridge