Under the Same Shadow
September 5 - October 3 2009
Under the Same Shadow, a collaborative exhibition featuring the work of artists Alexander DeMaria and Owen Rundquist. DeMaria and Rundquist explore the place of ritualism and the occult in a pop context. For the exhibition the two artists have created a multi-media sculptural installation. By referring to ancient ritualistic structures and incorporating elements from a variety of pre-Christian belief systems, the past and present inform one another in this piece through the lens of subculture. The work also includes a sound element composed by the artists, making direct reference to the world of extreme heavy metal. By removing this piece of cultural phenomena from its conventional setting and placing it in an atavistic environment, the artists effectively travel full-circle, returning popular culture to a place of extinct ritualism and bringing a pop sensibility to ancient practice.
Alexander DeMaria is an artist based in Boston, MA. DeMarias work deals with folklore in a modern context. Based on ancient myths, fantasy and heavy metal imagery Demarias work creates an imagined (sub)cultural history and mythology.
Owen Rundquist is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Rundquist is concerned with themes of entropy, duality, occultism, and mythology as he attempts to create a unified understanding of contemporary culture. His work is rooted in a long-term love affair with heavy metal.