Join us for some fall, foliage fun with a show curated by the fantastic Kari Adelaide and Max Razdow (The Sphinx Northeast). The show, Gungywamp, takes its name and inspiration from a local controversial archaeological site of natural and man-made stone structures in Groton, CT. This exhibition brings together 4 magical artists, all dealing with aspects of architecture and psycho-geography.
Kirsten Deirup, Alessandro Keegan,
Karsten Krejcarek, Paola Oxoa
Curated by Kari Adelaide and Max Razdow
Opening: Saturday November 3rd from 2 pm - 4 pm.
Show runs until Dec 15th, so come visit! (by appointment only please)
NOTE: There will be in conjunction a two hour guided hike at Gungywamp on November 4th, 1-3pm, RSVP for information
GUNGYWAMP celebrates an instantiation of spirit in place and location, taking its name and inspiration from a nearby mystery site of natural and man-made stone structures: Gungywamp, in Groton, CT. Psychogeography, a term coined by Guy Debord to illustrate the human tendency to gather emotion from sites in the world, provides a welcome footing from which to inspect this territory. In gathering four artists who may herald its structures or engage in different ways, we hope to explore an architectural presence as well as the hidden edifices of a landscape. This show, in addition to being an honorific tribute to a site inhabited by several cultures through the vagaries of time, aims to explore the manner in which the artist can summon a spiritual energy into location. These echoes may be traced by physical traits as well as lingering memory images, perhaps traversing unseen borders like tulpas from the fog.
Gungywamp's most weird feature might be its "Cliff of Tears", an overhanging rock structure claimed by some to create overwhelming emotion in passersby. Like a baleful version of Sedona's vortexes, its gray mass leers from romantic tangles of southern New England woods, and has caused wild speculation about nearby petroglyphs' ties to far flung cultures like the Egyptians and Celts. Ezra Haber Glenn notes that while real geographic constituents articulate human desires, its mediums of understanding include things as diverse as "travelogues, real and invented biographies, opium-induced confessions, playful and surreal works of art, and other literary, poetic, and geographical flights of fanciful reality (and realistic fantasy)" (1). Gungywamp's story emanates not solely from the physical places that engender its presence, but just as strongly in the murmurs and smoky breaths of the wanderers in its groves.
Ezra Haber Glenn. (2017). Wanderings in Psychogeography: Exploring Landscapes of History, Biography, Memory, Culture, Nature, Poetry, Surreality, Fantasy, and Madness [Syllabus]. Cambridge, Massachussetts: Department of Urban Studies and Planning MIT. PDF.
Opening Saturday November 3rd, 2pm-4pm
Situated on Cedar Lake in a traditional straw bale and stucco farmhouse, 42 Social Club is a privately run artist residency and gallery space. Just as the first straw bale houses were built in the late 19th century out of necessity and with little capital, 42 Social Club continues a tradition of DIY culture. Allowing creatives and intellectuals a contemplative space and the freedom to engage nature or introspection in this unique setting, The 42 Social Club's goal is to foster discussion while engaging the greater Lyme community.