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Psychopomp

Curious Matter
272 Fifth Street, Jersey City, 201-659-5771
Jersey City
September 26 - October 31, 2010
Reception: Sunday, October 3, 3 - 6 PM
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Curious Matter is pleased to present the group exhibition Psychopomp.

Featuring the work of 16 artists, curator, Vincent Como, will guide us along this shadowy path. Arriving just before death, then leading the soul to the afterlife is the role of the psychopomp. It is a beneficent spirit, a horrible creature or in various cultures an animal. Birds, fish, dogs and horses are common manifestations. In ancient Greek mythology, Hermes was called upon to bring Persephone back from Hades so that she could spend spring and summer with her mother Demeter. Afterwards, Hermes would usher her return to the underworld. Assigned the task by Zeus, Hermes became the guide of souls to the realm of the dead.

Vincent Como writes in his essay: “Expanding on the idea of the Psychopomp, both as a potential guide to the afterlife and in the Jungian sense as a mediator between conscious and unconscious states, I wanted to approach this exhibition as broadly as possible. To allow for the referencing of Familiars and Shamanic escorts as well as push the boundaries of the inherent idea of transition between states of being/matter/consciousness resulting in a diversity of thinking and actualization. The artists and works in the exhibition range from the subtle and mischievous to the direct and succinct with a varied material lexicon.”

THE ARTISTS

Vika Adutova Andrew Blaize Bovasso William Brovelli Arthur Bruso Vincent Como Colleen Cunningham Marisa Dipaola Julia Forrest Carrie Fucile Christopher Garcia Susan Kirby Raymond E. Mingst Talia Shulze Paul Simmons Kelly Vetter Brandy Worsfold

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