Saturday, June 18, 2011

"Ophion's Egg" won First Prize in the 'Inspired by Mythology' Art Contest at Haveli Gallery

The above is a photo of me with Asmita Duranjaya, one of the organizers and judges for the contest, in front of Ophion's Egg.

I am honored to announce that my "Ophion's Egg" was awarded First Prize in the 'Inspired by Mythology' Art Contest on view at Haveli Gallery from May - June 2011. Haveli is located in Shekhawati, a beautiful sim - well worth a visit! - dedicated to the art, culture and architecture of India and the South Asian sub-continent. The contest was judged by Asmita, Audrey Cresci, and Hiawatha Runningbear using an ingenious art-rating device devised by GeeJann Blackadder.

A video of the show and the opening, complete with a classical Indian music performance, can be seen here: .

Asmita's beautiful sari perfectly compliments the art!

My artist statement about "Ophion's Egg:"
"In the beginning Eurynome, the Goddess of All Things, rose naked from Chaos, but found nothing substantial for her feet to rest upon, and therefore divided the sea from the sky, dancing lovely upon its waves. She danced toward the south, and the wind set in motion behind her seemed something new and apart with which to begin the work of creation. Wheeling about, she caught hold of this north wind, rubbed it between her hands, and behold! the great serpent Ophion. Eurynome danced to warm herself, wildly and more wildly, until Ophion, grown lustful, coiled about those divine limbs ..." -- Robert Graves

Ophion mated with Eurynome. In the form of a dove upon the waves, she laid the Cosmic Egg and bade him to incubate it by coiling seven times around until it split in two and hatched "all things that exist... sun, moon, planets, stars, the earth with its mountains and rivers, its trees, herbs, and living creatures." Then Ophion and Eurynome dwelt on Mt. Olympus until Ophion's boasting led Eurynome to banish him to the darkness below the earth.

Robert Graves in his book The Greek Myths (ISBN 0-14-017199-1) imaginatively reconstructs this Bronze-Age Pelasgian creation myth.

From the Medley Arts Call to Artists:
"Ancient myth has always provided fertile ground for artists and theorists of the visual. However, current writing on contemporary art is, with few exceptions, curiously devoid of mythological content, despite demonstrable interest in myth on the part of several contemporary artists, ranging from earlier figures such as Louise Bourgeois and Cy Twombly to more recent arrivals such as Gregory Crewdson, Fred Wilson, Bill Viola, Ann Hamilton, and John Currin. While some artists’ work invokes the power of classical European mythology explicitly, as in an expressly narcissistic video by Patty Chang (Fountain, 1999) or an Orpheus-inspired installation by Felix Gonzales-Torres (Untitled (Orpheus, Twice), 1991), others gesture toward myth in more subtle ways, as do for example, Gerhard Richter’s mirrored installations and paintings. "

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