Mar 31 — May 01, 2010
Featuring work by: Paul Swenbeck
Lastly, artist Paul Swenbeck will present an installation of ceramic sculpture inspired by the notion of legend-tripping, the teenage ritual of journeying to a haunted or dangerous place. Swenbeck's will take viewers, via an installation in Fleisher/Ollman's viewing gallery, to various sites of folklore, magic, and belief, from the Salem Witchtrials to the sites of Wiccan practice.
Swenbeck's ritual space includes a table, handmade by the artist according to Shaker design, that holds a still-life tableau of the artist's take on traditional Pennsylvania Dutch Redware pottery. Among these austere reproductions lie Pagan ritual tools and alien plant forms, modeled after the Mandrake root, that appear to glow in the light of a psychedelic grow-lamp, imparting a phantasmagoric aura that whispers of secret belief.