Earth to Heaven
September 20 to November 21, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 20, 5 to 7pm
Gallery Talk: Saturday, September 20, 5 to 7pm
Performance: Saturday, Sept. 20, 7:30pm- Doñagdeo*: Mapping the Unseen- created by Basil El Halwagy & performed by Wendy Jehlen
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays- Fridays 12 to 5pm and Saturdays by appointment
(For a Saturday appointment-email please at least two days in advance: email@example.com)
Gallery and connected events are free and open to the public
The group exhibition, Earth to Heaven, investigates several big/timeless questions individuals, civilizations and societies have been asking for centuries:
Where do we come from? Is there an afterlife? Are we alone in the universe? How do we grieve for, remember and/or honor those we have lost?
One of the main inspirations for this exhibition is Medicine Wheel’s annual installation and 24 hour vigil held since 1992 on Dec 1st- World AIDS Day. The 36 portable shrines, currently installed in a grid outside the gallery’s doors, are what first greets visitors to this exhibition and by extension to Medicine Wheel. https://mwponline.org/wordpress/projects/medicine-wheel/
The featured visual artists (in alphabetical order): Basil El Halwagy, Jesseca Ferguson, Claes Gabriel, Katina Spileos Hayward, Robin Shores, Susan Thompson, Kurt Tong, Dorothea Van Camp, and Ann Wesssmann.
The art work on display ranges from installation, video, sculpture, painting, printmaking, mixed media, performance*, photography, textiles, to artist books and many of the artists in Earth to Heaven have shown their work nationally and/or internationally.
*Doñagdeo: Mapping the Unseen uses dance and visual art to explore how humans probe the impenetrable and diagram the unseen. This performance draws inspiration from 19th century astronomer Caroline Herschel (1750 – 1848), and 8th century Syfu Mystic Rabaa Al Adawaya. Doñagdeo is the avatar of transformation. Through this fictional character, and guided by the stories of Rabaa and Herscel, Basil El Halwagy and Wendy Jehlen explore how one’s self transforms as they peruse the unseen, whether within or without.
Medicine Wheel Productions (MWP) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform communities from the inside out by inviting all members to participate in the healing and transcendent power of public art. MWP’s Spoke Gallery is an innovative program that seeks to act as a hub for artists of all disciplines who want to join the conversation.
MWP receives funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency and from the Boston Cultural Council a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events.