Cindy Rucker Gallery
141 Attorney Street, 212-388-9311
East Village / Lower East Side
December 15, 2012 - January 27, 2013
Reception: Saturday, December 15, 6 - 8 PM
Cindy Rucker Gallery is pleased to present a new group exhibition, STRANGE LANDS, curated by Christopher Daniels. The show’s concept draws from the legendary myth of Prester John, a 12th-century Christian king believed to have ruled over the pagans and Muslims in Central Asia, a domain they say bordered the Garden of Eden and contained magical creatures. Said to be of the ancient lineage of the Magi, rumors that his massive army would rescue Jerusalem from the Saracens bolstered the hopes of Christian nations. His legend was furthered by his letter, promulgated throughout Europe in various wild interpolations. It led to futile searches for his wondrous kingdom and its seekers deeper into unknown lands. The letter inspired the reinterpretation above by writer Gloria Kim. Whether literary or visually, each of the eleven artists was tasked with responding to the legend.
Casey Jex Smith