Portals: Surreal & Visionary Artists
Four Visionary Artists: Andrew Zeutzius, J Slattum, Jasmine Star & Nemo Boko
July 1st - 30th, 2011
Curated by Rick Curtis
First Friday, July 1st
6 PM – 12 AM
featuring Rare Soul and Funk by
DJ PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM
Live Painting at the Opening!
Four surreal & visionary artists paint live, exploring the concept of portal. Join us opening night for art, music, food & drink.
Curated by Rick Curtis.
About the Show:
The artist creates a doorway through which the spectator can pass through, to experience another reality outside of the banal entanglements of day to day life. The painting becomes a portal to larger things, greater perceptions, dreams & emotions.
What gives the artist this special talent to stop us in our tracks, and stumble into their inner world, and what is the purpose of this apparent gift?
I believe the artist is a conduit of sorts through which we can better see ourselves, or obfuscate ourselves, if we so choose. Their work transmits volumes of information, far more than words are able to convey, even the artists own words.
How does the artist reflect our world? Can their work change us or themselves in any fundamental way?
About the Artists:
Self-taught artist, musician, and poet, born and raised in Green Bay, WI and now resides in and calls Portland, OR home. I have been co-creating, experimenting, exploring, probing and communing with the properties of art ever since I could put crayon to paper. I was always seeking endlessly for my niche, ideal modality of self- expression, or means to suite my seemingly endless patience and attention to detail. At an early age I was exposed to the depth of optical illusions, the playful ambitions of Pointillism, Stippling and various expressionist and surrealist techniques.
Little did I know after much soul searching, this would be the modality in which you see before you now. That I would choose to express my ambitions, my interest in presenting what I call metaphysical quantum expressions of the depth and color of various aspects of our human experience. The efforts I create are my translations or interpretations of the energy that I see within and around everyone and everything in our lives and the universe. In keeping my compositions simple I am able to explore the greater depths of complexity in these experiences that are spiritual, philosophical, sensual and transcendental. The list of properties goes on and on.
The efforts I create of course have weight and meaning specific to myself , for you the viewer its is imperative that you find yourself in my work. Take your time for once in your life, move forward and back, breath deep, slow your heart rate. Look into the piece then your own mind. Concern yourself not with what I am saying or what the person next to you is saying or seeing unless it resonates with you. Just see yourself. Grasp your full enjoyment of where you are in the art in front you. I humbly thank you for taking the time to view my work and I hope it brought some new answers, questions or choices to your path in life.
J. Slattum is a self-taught outsider artist, his work entering a visionary surreal world with topics ranging from mythological science-fiction and metaphysics, to humanity’s potential and politics. After a near-death experience in 2007, Slattum fell into a world of paint, inspired by a personal enlightenment. Working from his studio in Portland, Oregon, his work is collected internationally, thanks to a deep online following.
“Not places but versions of our world, twisting and turning, flying and learning… These snippets, all in your mind, doorways and portals to another find… A lucid validity in another land, tiny life on a grain of sand, Sliding through fingers of a clocks hand. Decisions and Decisions. Visions of Visions… This is what I see.”
I believe, the Artist Shaman sees the world through a different window. A universe of information behind every thing we observe- stories, emotions, and magic. Seeking enlightenment, a vortex-mind driven by curiosity or anything that answers that philosophical “Why?” of the Universe.
Inspiration is bountiful as I look at humanity and our potential, whether we squander or strive, dive or fly. There’s so much positive I portray in my work, to inspire. There’s also an equal, balancing, amount of negative I enjoy mocking and bringing forward to challenge my viewer. Constructive Anger.
In my work, it is not art unless it creates a universe of thought in the mind of the viewer.
Jasmine Star’s work describes an inner reality wrought with sharply contrasting colors and perceptions that sometimes bend and break physical laws. From paintings of austere beauty to haunting, and at times frightening forays into her subconscious, with symbols reflecting her own personal story, the viewer is left either touched by their surreal beauty or moved by their depth.
I am an artist deeply inspired by the mythic traditions of the world. I draw inspiration from ethnographic journals, museum catalogs, nature and ancient ruins. I feel that there is a connection between ancient tribal art and the mythic building blocks of human creativity. By exploring the myths and archetypes found around the world, one can begin to piece together the subconscious dream landscape of visual symbolism and chart its transformation through time, while empowering the modern with the primal fire of atavistic aesthetics.
I grew up in Miami and developed a love for exploring cultural diversity. I went to college to learn to become an international negotiator by triple majoring in Politics, Religion and East Asian Studies. After leaving my political career in Washington, DC, jaded but with priceless experiences, I moved to Boulder, CO to relax and find a new direction. A visionary experience set me on the path of art where I began to reintegrate my political aim of tolerance and diplomacy with my aesthetic love of tribal and magical images.