Artists Robi Walters and Leanne Wright of Bless-ed are exhibiting two collections of work for a presentation entitled Superimposing The Thought Of Happiness at the Dapper Dan Imperial Gallery in NYC.
Robi and Leanne met in 1991 and spent the ensuing years working as a team designing album covers for some of London's most talented and respected underground dance labels and music producers, including Gilles Peterson, Bebel Gilberto, Innerzone Orchestra (Carl Craig) and Dego (4 Hero). In 2004, they moved back to Leanne's native Canada. Inspired by their surroundings, their two children and their absolute need to create, their art began to flourish.
Bess-ed's works will be showing from Wednesday, May 27 – Saturday, May 31 from 12 – 5 PM. A special private viewing will be held on Thursday, May 28 from 7 – 11 PM with a musical selection by Dego, Ge-ology & Tyler Askew (Rude Movements).
Dapper Dan Imperial Gallery
139 West 14th St.
btwn 6th and 7th Ave
New York, NY
Shattered Dream; The Vinyl Reckoning
Selecting and smashing beloved pieces from their precious vinyl record collection they began their journey and transformation from designers to artists; breaking through what they refer to as their 'illusory dream state' and searching beyond.
The music industry has seen radical changes over the past years with the onslaught of technology - including the MP3 - and has resulted in vinyl records becoming so coveted by diehard junkies that a blasphemous "You can't do that!" is sounded whenever the artists speak of their obliteration of Public Enemy's 'It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back', Michael Jackson's Off the Wall', Marvin Gaye's What's Going On' and other reggae, jazz and soul rarities.
Whilst deeply personal, the pieces in the Vinyl Reckoning series have a mesmerizing power and appeal and have gained the artists wide recognition for their innovative and thought-provoking creations such as The First Cut and Breakfast At Tiffany's.
Robi & Leanne collect discarded packaging and advertising materials - the ultimate representation of the illusory world we live in - and create beautiful collages and paper constructs based on one of the root forms of sacred geometry, which occurs when two circles overlap creating a petal shape. This petal (called the Vesica Piscis) is believed to represent the womb of the universe from which all form in the universe is born.
Of equal importance to the artists, who believe we are all born for one reason - to realize and merge with 'God/The Divine Consciousness', is the thousand-petaled lotus which in ancient Indian scriptures symbolizes Divine Realization. The beauty of the lotus as a symbol is that it grows up through the dark swampy mud towards the light, its stem ever-adjusting to the changing water levels.
These concepts can clearly be seen in such works as 'Without Ears' the 'Leaves Dance' with it's streaks of primary colors radiating out from a dark central point and the mesmerizing Zeitgeist with its cacophony of bright rainbow colors in the center, merging into softer pastel pinks and whites around the outside.
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