Art Show Opening Chimera

Art Opening

CHIMERA: I gazed through the space of a part opened door and was let to imagine on what I could not see.

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Stevens Square Center for the Arts (SSCA) 1905 Third Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55404 T (612) 879-0200 Gallery Hours— Friday thru Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 PM (During Exhibitions). — online at


Roger Williamson: Chimera

August 3rd – August 24th, 2013

Opening: Saturday August 3rd, 2013 7-10pm

Stevens Square Center for the Arts is pleased to present Chimera, a solo exhibition of work by Roger Williamson set to live music by Comets Ov Cupid.

Please join us on Saturday August 3rd, from 7-10 p.m., for the exhibition opening and to meet the artist.

In the exhibition, Williamson presents a series of artworks that trace a specific understanding the artist has of Chimera.

Williamson refers to Chimera as a quality of the mythological sphinx, that is mystery rather than Chimera’s usually accepted quality as an illusionary entity or fabrication of the mind; especially as an unrealizable dream.

Mystery is energy, a fitting title of the sphinx and while she retains her mystery she maintains her power. Only when she gives up her secrets does she lose her power and die.

It is this theme of mystery which permeates the works on display and the viewer is led through a labyrinth of images that challenge one to quest through the door that leads to our inner selves where the answers to all our questions reside. Williamson’s installation is comprised of oil paintings on both wood panels and canvas.

Roger Williamson is a Minneapolis-based artist who has exhibited his paintings in local galleries. He is also the author of several books which include The Sun at Night and the Lucifer Diaries and is the creator of Tarot of the Morning Star tarot deck. Some images from the deck will be included in the exhibit.

Comets Ov Cupid is a space rock project by Jason Kesselring, formerly of Skye Klad and Satyrswitch. Darkly cosmic the music evokes a sense of eternal twilight creating sonic landscapes of distorted voices, cosmic pulse and hazy drones. Guitar based in composition the sounds range from full blown metalgazer walls of sound to ethereal astral folk.

Don’t Look Back

Orpheus: Don’t Look Back

Oil on canvas, 36 inches by 72 inches, 2011  Price on request

Orpheus Don't Look Back

The most famous story in which Orpheus figures is that of his wife Eurydice and her attempted return from the underworld.

While walking in tall grass at her wedding, Eurydice was set upon by a satyr. In her efforts to escape the satyr, Eurydice fell into a nest of vipers and suffered a fatal bite on her heel.

Her body was discovered by Orpheus who, overcome with grief, played such sad and mournful songs that all the nymphs and gods wept. On their advice, Orpheus travelled to the underworld and by his music softened the hearts of Hades and Persephone , who agreed to allow Eurydice to return with him to earth on one condition: he should walk in front of her and not look back until they both had reached the upper world.

He set off with Eurydice following, and, in his anxiety, as soon as he reached the upper world, he turned to look at her, forgetting that both needed to be in the upper world, and she vanished for the second time, but now forever.

The painting depicts the point of Orpheus’s looking back.

Don’t look back to retrieve what has been lost because there lie fleeting images and illusion. Look forward to retrieve what has been lost through the opportunity of new experience. Our rewards await us in the future.

Greeting Cards and Prints of Orpheus


Ancestor Spirit

Ancestor Worship

I am the body of my ancestors oil on canvas.

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I am the Body of my Ancestors

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While your name continues to be spoken you continue to live.

This is the fundamental theory behind ancestor worship which can be witnessed to an extreme in ancient Egyptian culture. Study of Hatshepsut, a female pharaoh of ancient Egypt, reveals that she was condemned to non being because all references to her name and existence were eliminated by her step son. Only in comparatively recent times has her name come to light.

It is Hatshepsut who is the inspiration for such novels as “Jewel of the Seven Stars”.

If you continue to live, then you can assist your descendants who preserve your existence by speaking your name and remembering your deeds. Descendants will make requests to the deceased for assistance just as they might have prior to the ancestor’s death and in much the same way as they did in life. The dead are regarded as family members and are a part of the greater family. In nearly every ancient culture ancestor worship is a practice and it is the ancestor spirits who maintain the values of the culture and maintain it’s standards.

It is worth considering that the living hold the deceased hostage, for if the living do not get what they want they can condemn the ancestor to a second death by no longer remembering them.

Remembering and honoring ones ancestors as being the origin of yourself is the simple act of paying thanks to those who are responsible for giving you the gift of being alive.

We should work to resonate with ancestor message vibrations that agitate our karmic thread, for this thread is the link between the living and the dead. These vibrations, which are dream fluid, are what we incubate in so that we might metamorphosis into harmonic sound cords of rich timbre to become pure cosmic notes

Tarot Judgment

Judgment painting

Judgment major arcana tarot card

I have used the climax of the Cain and Abel story as the image for my interpretation of the tarot card Judgment because it illustrates the moment of taking an irreversible step by an action made or a word spoken that can never be taken back.   The card reminds us that we need to think before we act or speak.

Modern commentators typically assume Cain’s motive was jealousy due to God rejecting his offering, while accepting Abel’s. Some ancient exegetes suggest something even more sinister lay behind the killing. They suggest the motive involved a desire for the most beautiful woman.

According to Midrashic tradition, Cain and Abel had twin sisters whom they were to marry. The Midrash states that Abel’s promised wife Aclima was more beautiful. Since Cain would not consent to this arrangement, Adam suggested seeking God’s blessing by means of a sacrifice. Whomever God blessed would marry Aclima. When God openly rejected Cain’s sacrifice, Cain slew his brother in a fit of jealousy. We can interpret the story to mean the rise of the conscious man depicted as Cain who makes a cognizant decision to slay the more primitive man, Abel.

Cain has become aware and become a decision maker. By taking life into his own hands he is no longer dependent on God, Gods or the whims of nature. Through his action Cain has become resurrected as an empowered and accountable individual. Accountability is the mark he wears.

Lord Byron’s poem “Cain”, views Cain as symbolic of a sanguinary temperament, provoked by Abel’s hypocrisy and sanctimony. Cain slays his brother with the jaw bone of an ass. The ass is an animal associated with the Ancient Egyptian God Set who is a god of the desert, outsiders and dynamic change.

Tarot of the Morning Star

Prints and Greeting Cards of Judgment