IN THE REALM OF CURIOSITIES
- Curated by Mery McNett
- Opens 2nd Friday “Off Brady”, May 10, 6:00-9:00pm
- Continues through Saturday, May 25, 2019.
- Gallery hours after the opening are: Thursdays 5:00-9:00pm and Saturdays 1:00-5:00pm.
When given the opportunity to curate an art exhibit, I asked artists to submit work that they think would fall under the term “oddity”, which I define as “the quality of being strange or peculiar”. I think it’s something in Tulsa that I’ve seen more of, but I have not seen anyone bringing those pieces together in an exhibition format.
To some, the concept of “weird or strange” is disturbing and offensive while for others it connotes something that brings about curiosity.
The subject matter might be macabre, things that are not looked at in our society a lot. But now there are conventions like “Oddities & Curiosities Expo” and maybe those who are overlooked in our world making these kinds of things should be given some credit for their different perspectives of life.
Things from the dark side of our imagination are certainly not themes that artists have avoided making work about. On the contrary, nightmares, underground creatures seen in dreams or in an hallucinatory state are fascinating images for artists to depict.
Some of the sculptures in this exhibit are from stories in folklore like Ben McNett who creates creatures from Wandering Wendigo that are inspired by a number of derived characters commonly found in modern horror fiction.
Take for instance the work of Price Jones who creates his whimsical assemblages that incorporate skulls.
But not all the work is dark as seen in the digital collage “Clarity” by Adrian Cain which is a curious piece that involved taking a woman’s face and moving the features around alluding to the complexity of the person.
Come next Thursday night, May 23rd at 6:00pm and hear some of Tulsa most curious artists discuss this very thing. The Curator, Mery McNett will be there also! No Charge
Curiosities Panel Discussion Invitees 2019:
Beth Ann Brady-Edwards