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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
More info about the exhibition can be found HERE.