January 8 – February 5, 2015
Opening reception January 8, 6-8pm
Galerie Protégé is pleased to present Magick Show, curated by Alison Pierz, featuring works by Serkan Altinoz, Anthony Mangicapra and Julia Sinelnikova
“Magick” was coined at the turn of the twentieth century in order to differentiate ritualistic occult and esoteric practices from the sleight of hand trickery of stage magic. Practitioners of Magick take their art seriously.
Occult practices have been driven underground or at least to the margins of society throughout the rise of Western Industrial Capitalism. Evocation and conjuring however, have a long tradition in the history of art making, human reasons for creating, and our definition of art. The three artists presented in Magick Show: Serkan Altinoz, Anthony Mangicapra and Julia Sinelnikova, represent a twenty-first century shift away from the zenith of ultra Western “high art” that was reached during the twentieth century. They create within a zeitgeist that is forced to address the negative results of our species’ attempt to discard the spiritual and dominate the natural. Their individual ritualistic practices recall art making that harkens back to the very beginning of human culture while sitting perfectly within a contemporary aesthetic milieu.
Although Altinoz and Sinelnikova produce what may feel like pure abstraction, they are not formalists. Their work is created within a definite context. Altinoz is a classically trained Turkish paper marbler whose current Blood Sacrifice series is produced in lurid red pigments resulting in images reminiscent of microscopic blood slides. Sinelnikova creates reflective and illuminated sculptures and installations with titles like, Black Fairy Egg Nest. These works, composed of Mylar, resin and light, testify to her current interest in the genre of light art. Their creations run the gamut from visceral to ethereal. While Altinoz eschews the urban world of technology and ego for a world more in harmony with the natural and spiritual, Sinelnikova traverses multiple terrains with the stealth of a specter. Anthony Mangicapra is a composer as well as painter. His images are abstracted illustrations, evoking otherworldly entities and moments, unabashedly steeped in references gleaned from his personal dedication to Magick and mysticism. Exhibited here in tandem, these artists describe a world of darkness and hopeful light.
Magick Show was originally conceived as a large-scale installation and performance spectacle for the Elizabeth Foundation’s EFA Project Space exhibition, A Wicked Problem. Presented here as a group show, Magick Show brings together three artists from diverse backgrounds, all working in New York City in various degrees of involvement with this city’s contemporary art scene. The common thread is each individual’s engagement with things magical in their art practice as well as in their daily lives.
Alison Pierz holds an MA in Art Market: Principles and Practices from the Fashion Institute of Technology and a BFA from Pratt Institute. She has worked for the past several years in fine art management and curation.