In Spotlight Gallery of Truly Virtual Web Art Museum -

STEVE DANZIG

Unearthly Delights

November 24, 2002 - March 31, 2003

 

Statement

Most of my work encompasses areas of archetypal psychology
highlighting specific themes relating to self and in part reflect and
question our social matrix (via religious ideology, sexual identity,
family, fear, anger, death, society) and how we process these
experiences to establish and understand our "truth".

I particularly enjoy early religious European art from the 1400s. We
see in early paintings from Bosch for example that heaven is
represented by the top, hell at the bottom and purgatory in the
middle - perspectively objects/images further away were simply
painted smaller on the vertical line which would appear to float
while staying in focus. In my latest work I have contemporarized
some 13th century elements and you can see Boschesque human/demon
figures replaced by manipulated photo-images that could exist in
reality (maybe not). The work by nature is reminiscent of early
European cinematography or Operatic stage design and I enjoy
exploring a much broader story line in the current work.

These new images in part depict stories of ancient mythology (the
"underworld"). They juxtapose contemporary archetypal metaphors
relating to personal experiences referencing "dark eros," traits
(addiction, repetitive behavior) and how we then translate those
experiences or truths in an uncontrolled environment, such as an
altered state of consciousness. Do these images depict nightmares? I
think what is more interesting is the symbolic representation.

 

 

November 24 - March 31, 2003