SÉANCE
Photographs and Text by Shannon Taggart

American artist Shannon Taggart (born 1975) became aware of Spiritualism as a teenager, when her cousin received a message from a medium that revealed details about her grandfather's death. In 2001, while working as a photographer, she began taking pictures where that message was received—Lily Dale, New York, home to the world's largest Spiritualist community—proceeding to other such communities as England’s Arthur Findlay College. Taggart expected to spend one summer figuring out the tricks of the Spiritualist trade. Instead, Spiritualism’s mysterious processes, earnest practitioners, and neglected photographic history became an inspiration. Her project evolved into an eighteen-year journey that has taken her around the world in search of ‘ectoplasm’—the elusive substance that is said to be both spiritual and material.

With SÉANCE, Taggart offers haunting images exploring Spiritualist practices in the US, England and Europe: 150 of her original photographs, many of which have never been published, as well as rare historical photographs. Supported with a commentary on her experiences, a foreword by Dan Aykroyd, creator of Ghostbusters (1984) and fourth-generation Spiritualist, and illustrated essays from curator Andreas Fischer and artist Tony Oursler, SÉANCE examines Spiritualism’s relationship with human celebrity, its connections to art, science, and technology, and its intrinsic bond with the medium of photography. The book concludes with the debate over ectoplasm and how Spiritualism can move forward in the twenty-first century. read more »
submission date: 3/29/2020

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Il Bacio
Tony Nicotra

Grandi artisti di diverse epoche hanno desiderato immortalare il momento di un bacio, l’atto più grande del primo contatto di due innamorati, il momento più dolce di un rapporto, lo scambio alchemico di un desiderio cosi potente da creare una esplosione di vibrazioni che cancella in un solo istante ogni altro pensiero. Una tempesta di sistemi nervosi, ormoni, che non hanno freni ma che desiderano solo perdersi in un amore infinito, dolce e sensuale. Il bacio di Tony Nicotra come il bacio di Francesco Hayez, Gustav Klimt, Amore e Psiche di Antonio Canova, ha una visione quantistica, completamente nuova, più scientifica ma anche molto romantica e tanto delicata . Nicotra arresta il momento del bacio, un attimo prima dell'atto in se, un attimo eterno che rimarrà tale, dove vi è il massimo del desiderio, non un bacio mancato ma un bacio pieno di ogni energia pronto ad esplodere nei due amanti eterni. L’opera di Nicotra deframmenta con la sua tecnica quantistica ogni atto figurativo della materia come abiti, caratteri somatici, eliminando l’abito carnale della materia estetica e rappresentando in maniera magistrale ed emozionante la pura Energia, le vibrazioni dei sistemi nervosi, di quella energia che solo due grandi amanti possono percepire. Due amanti che si uniscono in un solo corpo vibrante dove il braccio dell’uomo avvolge con protezione ed infinta dolcezza la tanto amata. Questa straordinaria immagine della donna totalmente saldata al cuore del suo amato in un unico impulso cardiaco, dove il suo volto innamorato piegato verso il volto del suo uomo, cerca il bacio dell'anima. Lei legata da intrecci e impulsi nervosi al suo amatissimo uomo, si unisce profondamente in un solo organismo.

Tony Nicotra is an Italian Artist that was born in Caracas Venezuela on 17 August 1971. I have always exhibited an insatiable curiosity for the world that surrounds me, and have passionately tried to express my inquisitiveness through drawing and painting. As a young man after finishing my Fine Arts studies, (where by my talents were developed and refined), and with increasing recognition of my artistic skills, I was appropriated into the discipline of restorative art where I worked prodigiously for many years. During this period I won critical acclaim amongst my peers, for successfully restoring numerous important and prestigious Italian works of art and monuments including, The Arena of Verona, The Cathedral of Catania, The Royal Palace of Venaria in Turin as well as the Italian Embassy in Berlin, to name but a few.
Yet despite all these accomplishments, and still driven by my insatiable and ardent desire to fathom the truth and raison d’être of the existence of life, of humanity, and its relationship with its delicate environs, I elected to temporarily suspend my career, to commence a long period of introspective soul searching. I devoted myself exclusively to the search of inner wisdom through the pursuit of knowledge, with a view of liberating the soul within. During this endeavour, I became an avid scholar of various metaphysical and spiritual disciplines, and, despite severe financial constraints and hardships, found myself compelled to pursue a personal and arduous pilgrimage, by walking The Route of Santiago di Compostela, better known as the pilgrimage of St James Path, ending in Santiago Spain.
During this journey I became inspired to study the field of Quantum Physics, and coupled with the knowledge previously gained, I finally found the answers to my deepest questions. Renewed by this personal experience, my quest is to now share my new found understanding and wisdom, through the communicative medium of artistic works, literary prose, and poetry. To this end, I have currently devoted my artistic ability, to the pursuit of rendering tangible and visible, the enigmatic invisible energy fields that constitute the universe and life within it. My aim is to awaken in all humanity, the awareness and wonder, of the interrelatedness of all that exists, through the interactive dance of fundamental energy forms that constitute both living and non living things. This knowledge is rarely acknowledged, nor experienced by the uninitiated majority. Thus, my mission as an artist, is to utilize my personal wisdom, my faith and my new found perception of self as a singular, liberated and enlightened being, to demonstrate the existence of life as a divine source of permeating energy, constantly pulsating through dynamic and cyclic interactions. read more »
submission date: 03/03/2020

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Lux Art Institute presents Artists-in-Residence, Kahn & Selesnick
Truppe Fledermaus & the Carnival at the End of the World

Encinitas, CA – Artists Nicholas Kahn & Richard Selesnick are a collaborative team of artists based in New York who explore contemporary global issues through the creation of fictional worlds. The artists give us a glimpse into a time where the social and environmental issues that plague society continue to go unaddressed. The artists’ timelines shift between the past and present, playing with optimism and pessimism while filling their work with humor, satire, and morbidity. Transcending time and place, their made-up mythologies and anthropologies serve as cautionary tales. “Having worked with allegorical stories surrounding the environment for over 20 years, the work of Kahn & Selesnick is essential to envisioning a better future for the world. We are excited to have them at Lux and look forward to their engagement with the local community.” says Andrew Utt, Lux Art Institute’s Executive Director. The dualities found in Kahn & Selesnick’s work are represented in their ongoing series entitled Truppe Fledermaus & the Carnival at the End of the World. Here, the artists explore issues we face as a global society, wrapped up in the subtle guise of a fabricated world in which a carnival troupe traverses a landscape consumed by the effects of climate change. Their artwork gives us a peek into fictional worlds, similar and parallel to ours, through objects, documented rituals, and ceremonies from the paracosm their characters inhabit. “We are looking forward to coming to Lux and expanding our Truppe Fledermaus project by working with terracotta sculptures, green man costumes, and musical interludes,” shares both Kahn and Selesnick. Kahn & Selesnick utilize meticulously handcrafted costumes and props, desolate landscapes both foreign and familiar, sweeping views, and theatrical stages as a backdrop for their photographs. Utilizing everyday materials in non-conventional ways, the artists elevate the absurd. Lux would like to thank the San Diego Foundation for their generous contribution to this exhibition. Visit Lux to find out more about how Kahn & Selesnick bring these worlds to life.

Kahn & Selesnick. Nicholas Kahn, born in New York City, and Richard Selesnick, born in London, UK, have collaboratively created extensive mythologies since the 1980’s. Working with photography and installation, their stories are a combination of past, present, and future, mixed with fantasy and anthropology. Using materials, elaborate costumes, and narratives that are pushed to the absurd, Kahn & Selesnick’s anthropologies are a mix of utopian and dystopian lore. Kahn & Selesnick both received BFA’s from Washington University, where they started working together and are currently based out of New York state. They have shown at the Brooklyn Museum of Art; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Houston Museum of Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Smithsonian Institution.

About Lux
Lux Art Institute is redefining the museum experience with the region’s only artist-in-residence program that invites artists to live and work on site while producing a commissioned work of art. Lux is committed to making art more accessible and to inspire creative thinking. At Lux, visitors don’t just see finished works of art, they see the artistic process firsthand by observing internationally recognized artists in a working studio environment.
submission date: 3/4/2020

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It Rises All Nectar "In Astral Reticles" feat. Gustavo Jacob [MX]
Cristian Estrella - Asteroidea Digital Records

It Rises All Nectar is the new collaborative project of the Argentinian musician and producer Cristian Estrella. His first single "In Astral Reticles" is officially out now, released by Asteroidea Digital Records. This instrumental piece was born from a piano improvisation during the artistic residency in Batovce, Slovakia. The process of creation brought charango, synthesizers and with added electronics changed the mood into electro-acoustic-glitch sound. For Cristian "... is a channel to resize everyday problems, by observing us as a small particle in this cosmos. We are in a vast cosmic arena, as Carl Sagan mentioned in the sample.”
Cristian compose music for theater and is also stable member on keyboards, electronics and visuals in the band of Ivana Mer (Slovak singer and composer). Besides performs folktronic DJ sets under the name Mira Tus Manos. This is the first step in the way to the whole album, that will be released by the end of the year. It will contain the playlist that dive into several styles, with guests from various countries.
Gustavo Jacob the mexican musician (Luz de Ríada, Los Jaigüey, Ádada, The Room Trío, Los Importantes de la Noche) is the guest artist on the track. Recorded various guitar layers for this song about micro and macro cosmos. Cristian and Gustavo met in Buenos Aires on september 2014 during a tour of Luz de Riada. read more »
submission date: 2/3/2020

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“Indian Impressions”, Domenico Pasqua’s first UK Solo Show
Baglioni Gallery in London

For the first time in the UK, Le Dame Art Gallery present Italian artist Domenico Pasqua with “Indian Impressions”, a journey to India’s holy places, where different themes and expressive techniques that, although starting from the same idea, are shaped by the artist’s intimate inspiration. Domenico Pasqua combines reality and imagination, figurative and abstract elements, photography and paintings. His works are compositions of thoughts, visions of seen and imagined things; games of colors that evaporate just like wishes, leaving only clues for us to build other thoughts and images. Places and people are combined in architectural patterns, which are both linear and rich in elements, at the same time. Although statically photographed and painted, nature draws symphonies of movements, games of lines and colors, both matching and contrasting, like mosaics or kaleidoscopes giving off a sense of beauty and harmony. Pasqua’s complex pictorial effort allows us to contemplate artworks of great aesthetic beauty, which are not only executed with great technical skills but also enriched with a deep poetic sensitivity. Domenico Pasqua is an Italian and Belgian citizen who studied architecture at the University of Rome 'La Sapienza', where he graduated cum laude in 1985. He worked as architect mainly for Residential projects, and since 1990, he also worked as photographer for a studio in New York specialising in works on commissioned for International museums. As an artist, he had his first group show at the age of 18, in Florence. Since then, he has always been pursuing his artistic research. In 2019 he participated in the 'Artrooms Awards', International Art Competition, winning the first prize with the work 'The Children of Mont Abu'. He currently lives between Rome and Antwerpen where he opened a new studio in 2015. read more »
6 Feb – 6 May 2020
Baglioni Gallery, Baglioni Hotel
60 Hyde Park Gate, Kensington London SW7 5BB United Kingdom
submission date: 01/28/2020

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