Local Artist Interviews

Local Artist Interviews

Interview with Roger Williamson prior to the Chimera Opening at SSCA.

Art Opening

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

Opening Reception Saturday August 3rd 7:00 pm

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

Symbolic Art

Symbolic Art

I have been  especially influenced by the works of Jean Delville, Fernand Khnopff and Fin-de-siecle art movement, known as the Symbolists, of late 19th century France.

This movement, drawing its inspiration from the world of myth and dreams, would appear to be in total contradiction to the environment that gave it birth, the rise of European industrialization.

However, I would argue it is the weaving of these extremes that is manifesting a matrix that is the future of humanity.

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Gallery One
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Gallery Two
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Gallery Three
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Tarot of the Morning Star