We've been working with the dynamic sculpture duo Doubelparlour since our first year of the gallery and have been huge fans of their work since before then. Since working with them in 2010, Ernie and Cassandra Velasco, have grown their sculptures and process by leaps and bounds, winning awards, getting magazine features, and exhibiting their work all over the world. We are thrilled to be exhibitng new works by them for 'The Zealot's Elixir' as well as inviting dozens of other sculpture and 3D artists that were hand-selected by the couple.
ME: What was your inspiration for this show and how did you come up with the idea behind The Zealot's Elixir?
DP: Both Ernie and I grew up immersed in the Catholic religion, which we both disliked and left at a young age. However, I have always found religious beliefs, philosophies, and practice fascinating. Many people find that religion fills their life with meaning and purpose. That desire to believe and belong can draw some to follow false prophets and ingest (physically or metaphorically) magical elixirs. I wanted to choose a theme that explored this topic.
ME: How did you select participating artists for the show?
DP: All the artists that we chose are ones that we have great admiration for. Also, these are artists who have a passionate drive to create meaningful work and stay true to their individual visions
ME: What is your goal in curating this exhibition?
DP: The goal of this show is to showcase artists all creating sculptures or 3-D forms. We wanted to give the artists a theme that could be taken literally or slightly eluded to in the body of work created. Also, we wanted to showcase artists that are highly skilled at their craft and yet vary greatly from each other in their approach and style to creating art.
ME: Do you think there's importance of the human, tactile quality of sculptural works in an increasingly digital age?
DP: There is something very personal with the process of creating work with one’s own hands. It is very different from creating work on a computer, that puts a separation between the artist and the work, even if the end results are similar.
ME: What artists inspire you?
DP: Artists whose work continues to evolve and change over time. Artists should never become complacent, it is important to constantly push oneself to make better work.
ME: What do you guys do in your free time, when you aren't creating art?
DP: We like to go on road trips and we check out all the antique shops along the way looking for gems to add to our salt & pepper shakers, vinyl records, and toys collections. Also, we like going to see bands, watching movies, reading graphic novels, and wandering around town.
The Zealot's Elixir presented by doubleparlour opens Saturday, February 7 at Modern Eden Gallery.
Aunia Kahn is a multi-faceted creative entrepreneur and a globally awarded, collected, and exhibited figurative artist/photographer, published author, instructor, and inspirational speaker. We asked Aunia a few questions for her artist of the day feature at the gallery.
Since childhood my family inspired me to embark on various creative journeys such as music, poetry, and theater, which are hereditary to the creative approaches I use in my artwork today. From a young age I wrote and performed songs and poetry, as well as acted in a local theater with my whole family. When I came to the US to study art, I joined the school called Safehouse Atelier, which focused on traditional academic drawing and painting, as well as digital concept art.
On February 12, we opened Secret Hallway the highly anticipated solo exhibition from Oakland-based artist Nadezda. Focusing on narratives carefully gathered from the hidden chambers of her imagination and transformed into dreamscapes, her multifaceted artworks are the intimate windows into the inner world of her peculiar characters and creatures.