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Sean Yseult Retrospective at Sacred Gallery

L'Oiseau
L’Oiseau (The Bird) Tableau Photo By Sean Yseult (All Photos By Gail, Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

Musician Sean Yseult hasn’t exactly been sitting around idle since she hung up her bass with White Zombie. Splitting her time between homes in New Orleans and Manhattan, Yseult not only stays involved in music but she is also a successful fashion designer and multi-media artist with a wide ranging expertise in photography. Three of Yseult photographic projects are on display now in a retrospective hosted by Sacred Gallery.

The Feast
The Feast

Sean’s most recent works are part of the series Soiree D’Evolution: Tableau Vivants et Nature Mortes, in which she presents a series of Living Pictures documenting the soiree of a historically inspired secret society set in a lavish Garden District mansion, circa 1873. Each print is a storyboard for a narrative of murder, mayhem, and excess in which The Omniscient Oracles of the Occult revel in the decay and decadence of celebration for the Greek philosopher and Deteriorationist, Hesiod.

Opening Ceremony
Opening Ceremony

Each four by six foot print exhibits an intimate knowledge of New Orleans’ history and flirtations with the romantic occult. Though inspired by a mix of the large scale, black backgrounds, and grisly depictions of the 17th century Dutch Masters and the high society culture of 19th century New Orleans, Soiree D’Evolution is firmly rooted in the present through its use of macabre humor and vibrant colors.

The King is Dead
The King is Dead, Long Live The King

Mississippi Mermaids Installation View
Mississippi Mermaids, Installation View

The 2013 photographic series, Mississippi Mermaids was inspired by the artist’s childhood memories of collecting treasures from the remote coastal islands of North Carolina with her father. The most valued treasure were the blue, barnacle-covered glass bottles that washed ashore.

Mississippi Mermaid

The standard message cast adrift in a bottle has been here replaced by lovely ladies, some resting, some daydreaming, some slightly troubled or even annoyed, but all of whom have themselves become the treasure, the message, the story sent floating through waves.

Mississippi Mermaid

Yseult shot each photograph in black and white before toning each image in cyan – this transformation itself inspired by her time studying photography at Parsons when she would spend many hours toning photographs as cyanotypes. Each image of this series is printed on silver paper which further accentuates the imagery of water that carries each bottle.

Mississippi Mermaid

Sex Death Rock and Roll

Finally, Sex & Death & Rock N Roll (2012) showcases what Yseult described as “loose women, unkempt graveyards, and musicians in various states of cognizance” – subject matters to which she admits being constantly drawn to for the beauty of these people and places. Shot in black in white, Yseult’s fascination with women from eras past can be seen in her earlier work of 2004 as well.

Light Box

Here, light boxes were built with black and white ethereal Polaroids, complete with tasseled pull switches and velvet curtains. Commenting on the inspiration for these pieces, Yseult has said: “sometimes I just have a vision in my head and have to execute it.”

Light Box

Metal Print Girl

She also experiments with metal prints, a finish which lends these moody photos extra character.

The Cock and General Blue
The Cock and General Blue

Graveyard Creek
Graveyard Creek

Rounding out the retrospective are a selection of her gorgeous Black & White prints of local New Orleans scenery, including a post-Katrina flooded cemetery.

Sean and Mississippi Mermaid Photo
Sean Posses in front of one of her Mississippi Mermaid Photos

Thanks also to Sacred Gallery owner Kevin Wilson and his wife Liz Henderson for throwing a great opening night party! I ran into so many old friends and acquaintances, some of whom I had not seem in ten years, including publicist Howard Wuelfing, Comedian and writer Dave Hill, Musician Acey Slade and Sean’s husband Chris Lee, formerly of the band Supagroup, who is a great guy!

Diego

Also, one fan brought along this little guy, a wildly adorable, four-week old Chihuahua/Maltese mix named Diego, who stole my heart away.

Sean Yseult Retrospective will be on Exhibit Through December 31st, 2015 at Scared Gallery, Located at 424 Broadway (just North of Canal Street), 2nd Floor, in Soho, NYC.

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Sacred Gallery Presents Re-Thrifted

Rethrifted Elephant Sculpture
All Photos By Gail

The idea of “repurposing” — taking something old and giving it a new life — is an exciting concept that creates a world of possibilities. Sacred Gallery explores those possibilities (with an inclination towards the darker side of imagination and reality) with a highly amusing new group exhibit entitled Re-Thrifted. To create Re-Thrifted more than two dozen artists started with Thrift Store art finds and recreated the original piece as a new work of art. There are both paintings and sculptures in the exhibit and it was so much fun to view the show and compare the new artworks to their more humble beginnings, as many of the pieces are hung alongside tiny prints showing the pieces that inspired their genesis.

Cherubs and Rosie
Three Cherubs Get a Visit from The Jetson’s Rosie the Robot

Virgin Leia
Virgin Leia

An excellent example of this type of work in its simplest form is Virgin Leia, a kitschy painting of the Virgin Mary recreated as a portrait of Princess Leia from Star Wars. Appropriate!

Renaissance Undead

Above, a group of picnicking Renaissance children become flesh-eating members of the Undead.

Parisian Street Scene with Pop Culture Icons

The painting above features a picturesque Parisian Street Cafe that has been infused with images from pop culture, turning it into a surreal nightmare. Check out some of the cool details from this work in the shots below.

Walter White
Walter White from Breaking Bad

Penny Wise The Clown
Pennywise The Clown Peering from the Sewer

Zombies Plus Michael

Note that this Herd of Zombies includes Michael Jackson as he appeared in the Video for “Thriller.” So clever! If this awesome painting wasn’t already sold I would have snapped it up in a heartbeat!

Demon Statue

What was once an angelic choirboy has transformed into a demonic embodiment of the proverbial principle to “See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil.”

Drag In Dragon

A menacing, medieval Dragon invades an otherwise idyllic forest scene in this painting by the artist Gothic Hangman.

You can tell that the participating artists were very inspired and that everybody had a blast creating their art for Re-Thrifted. Kudos to Kevin Wilson at Sacred Gallery for hosting yet another very cool show!

The Re-Thrifted Group Exhibit is on Display only Through November 3oth, 2013 at Sacred Gallery, Located at 424 Broadway, 2nd Floor (Between Howard and Canal Streets), so be sure to add it to your list of “Must See Art” while you can!

Re-Thrifted Exhibit Invite

Damien Echols Moving Forward, Looking Back At Sacred Gallery

Moving Forward Looking Back

Damien Echols has to have the most unusual back story of any contemporary artist I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Wrongly convicted of murder, sentenced to death and imprisoned on death row for 18 years, Damien is best known as a member of the West Memphis Three, who were finally released from prison last year when their erroneous convictions were overturned.

Medicine Buddha By Damien Echols
Medicine Buddha

While on death row, Damien studied Buddhism and eastern philosophies, developed a daily meditation practice and turned to creating art as a way to escape from and cope with his horrific situation. Not unexpectedly, the resultant paintings, collages and sculptures created during his incarceration, the surviving pieces of which are now on display at NYC’s Sacred Gallery, are very spiritual in nature.

Damien Echols Green Man
Assorted Small Works, Green Man Center

Many of the pieces, encased in plexiglass displays, are small enough in size so that they could be easily hidden from prison guards, who were inclined to destroy works if found in Damien’s cell. Each work is intricately crafted and highly detailed, revealing not only Echol’s natural talent but also his high degree of devotion to his art.

Damien Echols Runes
Assorted Small Works with Homemade Runes

Damien Echols Monster Miracle
Where There’s a Monster There’s a Miracle (Series) Collage Work

Collage pieces such as the one seen above clearly show a soul in torment. It is impossible to imagine what he and his fellow wrongfully convicted friends went through during their imprisonment.

Damien Echols Collage

Echols has been the subject of many films and books but he has a new self-penned memoir out called Life After Death (Available at This Link) which I am looking forward to reading.

Lotus By Damien Echols

Damien Echols and Kevin Wilson

Gallery Owner Kevin Wilson Introduces Echols at Saturday’s Opening Reception

Rainbow Buddha Series By Damien EcholRainbow Buddha (Series) By Damien Echols

Damien Echols’ Moving Forward, Looking Back will be on Exhibit at Sacred Gallery, Located at 424 Broadway, 2nd Floor (Between Howard and Canal Streets) Through January 31st, 2013.

Damien Echols And Gail Worley

Me With Damien. He is so nice!

Damien Echols to Exhibit Original Artwork at NYC's Sacred Gallery

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Sacred Gallery NYC is pleased to announce: Damien Echols’ Moving Forward; Looking Back

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 5, 2013 8:00 – 11:00 PM

Artist Statement:
These pieces of art are all things I created from my cell on death row, where I spent 18 years for a crime I did not commit. During that time, I had to scavenge for any supplies I got, often bartering for them in the prison underground.

I eventually received ordination in the Rinzai tradition of Japanese Buddhism. This is the same tradition that trained the samurai in ancient Japan. It was this background which was the driving force behind much of my artwork. Most of it was the result of me attempting to turn my cell into a shrine, where I would practice meditation from 5 to 7 hours a day.

Most of the pieces I created over the years were either given to friends as gifts of gratitude or destroyed by vindictive prison guards. These pieces are all that remain of my 18 years in Hell.

This collection will showcase a series of drawings, collage works and a set of craft items Damien made while in prison. Both originals and prints will be available for purchase.

About Damien Echols:
Damien Echols is best known as part of the wrongfully imprisoned West Memphis Three. Echols has been well-documented in books, films, songs and more. After his release in August of 2011, after 18 years on death row, Echols got the chance to document it himself in his just-released memoir, Life After Death: a frustrating, honest and surprisingly joyful account of a life lived under trying circumstances.

This Exhibition’s opening reception is not open to the public. Visit Brown Paper Tickets to purchase tickets for $10.00 each. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to Dharma Friends Prison Outreach Project.

About Dharma Friends Prison Outreach:
Dharma Friends Prison Outreach Project is under the umbrella of our non-profit foundation, COMPASSION WORKS FOR ALL which helps to support and promote those efforts that benefit the most forgotten and most disenfranchised in our world. All of our projects support the teaching and development of compassion as the most effective tool to bring healing to the world. More info on Dharma Friends can be found at. http://dharmafriendsprisonoutreachproject.com/