In Odin/Odeon, Eric Waldemar takes a maximalist approach to a small installation space, assembling a piece of “visual chamber music” that combines an intricate arrangement of monoprints with tiny abstract video work. In ancient Greece, an Odeon was a type of small theater, designed for more intimate productions. The Norse god Odin, as the tale goes, hung upside down from the World Tree for nine days and nights, until vision and knowledge arose in his mind. In Waldemar’s studio, imagery is invited, awaited, then shaped as it emerges. In an art world that favors shrewd, spare concept and wry sampling, he persists in affirming the mysteries and depths of an open, exploratory work process that hangs between picture and nameless form.
Eric Waldemar’s next public spectacle in America runs from September 2nd to October 8th, 2010 at Rocky Mountain College of Art’s Rude Gallery, in Denver, CO. Come to the opening reception on Friday, September 10th, from 5-8 PM or so.( Just north of Colfax, on Pierce.) Here’s a map. There will be many variations on a small group of etching plates, plus intricate video. There will be a movie screening (yet to be scheduled), a public “artist’s talk,” and who knows what else. Don’t miss. More images and ideas will emerge here as the show approaches. Send a note if you want a reminder, perhaps even a physical paper postcard. RMCAD’s page about the exhibition gives a bit of info about the venue and the work.
Above: Several monoprints from the same plate, strobed into rapid motion.
Left: A 2 minute “cartoon” about Odin on the tree. The text:” Odin, as the tale goes, hung upside down from Yggdrasil, the World Tree, for nine days and nights, seeking vision. When it did come, each moment was an unfolding surprise, as he glimpsed the wordless shape of thought itself. “
Below: “End of Empire,” which I mentioned in this previous blog post with a paragraph of cryptic evocation (some absurd rant about rotting velvet). Setting a heavy tone here, it seems, though a lot of the actual imagery is kind of silly, in reality.
More to come. Thanks for having a look, and if you somehow landed here with no context, please do look at my home page, to get a general sense of what I’m doing. If it sounds interesting, leave a comment, so I know you’ve been looking. It motivates me to keep at it. See you at the show.