Anagnorisis Picks

There are two events going on this week that I highly recommend attending:

Beth Cavener Stichter, On Tender Hooks at Claire Oliver


A Rush of Blood to the Head (detail)

Stoneware based mixed media sculpture
71 in. h x 56 in. w x 18 in. d

Claire Oliver is one of my favorite galleries in New York City.  Their next opening, taking place this Thursday, October 22nd, is a solo show of sculptures by Beth Cavener Stichter titled, On Tender Hooks.  Her creamy-colored animals look like they’ve been frosted with sugary goodness, yet also uncomfortably anthropomorphized with human sexual organs and actions.  I’m hoping that after seeing Ms. Cavener’s works I will find some of Lori Field‘s delicate works downstairs in Oliver’s large project space.  On Tender Hooks will be on view from Oct 22nd, 2009 to Dec 5th, 2009.

Another fantastic lecture from the folks at Observatory.  This one was put together by Phantasmaphile.  Their invite reads:

Phantasmaphile presents a visual talk at Observatory by Brian Cotnoir which will examine actual alchemical theory and practice and its use of image and symbol in creation and the creative process. We will discuss the alchemical concept of the Imaginary and explore its application in the arts through concrete examples from the earliest alchemical imagery through to the surrealists. There will also be a screening of an excerpt of a film in progress that plays with some of the ideas touched upon in the talk.

Time: 8pm
Admission $5

DIRECTIONS TO OBSERVATORY: ***PLEASE USE NEVINS ST./PROTEUS GOWANUS ENTRANCE***

Observatory is located at 543 Union Street at Nevins St., in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. The entrance is currently through Proteus Gowanus gallery, in the alley off Nevins St (see below for full details).

R or M train to Union Street in Brooklyn:
Walk two long blocks on Union (towards the Gowanus Canal) to Nevins Street. 543 Union Street is the large red brick building on right. Go right on Nevins and left down alley through large black gates. Proteus Gowanus is the second door on the left.

F or G train to Carroll Street:
Walk one block to Union. Turn right, walk two long blocks on Union towards the Gowanus Canal, cross the bridge, take left on Nevins, go down the alley to Proteus Gowanus, the second door on the left.

For more information, see observatoryroom.org.  Be sure to take a look at the other events they have planned!

Edit:  I just want to add quickly that Observatory’s lectures are most often linked to the arts in some way or other.  This particular lecture, albeit only briefly, linked alchemy’s symbolism to Surrealism of the 20th century.  If we’d had more time, Mr. Cotnoir would have delved further.