AUGUST 29 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 19, 2008
78 Evasions: The Urnash Tarot
Additional viewing hours Wednesday, September 10, 6:30-8pm.
SPACE 242 proudly announces its eighth exhibition of 2008, 78 EVASIONS: THE URNASH TAROT, featuring new illustrations and prints by Egypt Urnash. The opening reception, Friday, August 29, runs from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Boston’s South End, 242 E. Berkeley Street, 2nd floor (between Albany Street and Harrison Avenue). The artist will be present and artwork on view is also for sale. RSVP is required for attendance at www.space242.com.
78 EVASIONS marks Egypt Urnash’s debut exhibition, featuring a collection of new, original graphic illustrations making up the 78 images of the tarot deck. According to Urnash “tarot is a fascinating labyrinth of seemingly significant imagery, muddied history, and confusion. It’s a sprawling canvas of images that are just far enough from being something archetypical to be fun to play with.”
Four suits of fourteen images each (known as “minor arcana”), as well as 22 “major arcana” constitute a traditional tarot deck. And in the case of The Urnash Tarot, the major arcana, including The Magician, The Empress, The Lovers, Justice, The Hanged Man, Death, Termperence – and more – depict fantastical, colorful escapades. The women are emotive, often beautiful, powerful – even as half serpents, sorcerers or villains. The cards tell beginnings to stories, leaving the viewer itching to know what comes next. When asked about the meaning of “78 evasions,” Urnash answers “they are the answers to questions about your life, raised by the cards.” The Urnash Tarot’s minor arcana are labeled in suits of “swords” in shades of gold, “wands” in shades of green, “cups” in a variety of blues, and “pentacles” in reds.
At the turn of the century, Urnash worked at Spumco in California, the animation studio responsible for creating Ren & Stimpy, helping to pioneer the then-new craft of applying traditional animation methods to Flash. She cites influences including Windsor McCay, Edward Gorey, George Herriman, M.C. Escher, Al Held Jr., Walt Kelly, Phil Foglio, Ralph Bakshi, Matt Howarth, Roger Dean, Ralph Steadman, Carol Lay, Al Hirschfeld, Jack Kirby, John Kricfalusi, and Mike Magnola. In addition, she notes the Warner Brother shorts of the 1940s and 1950s, as well as the early work of the Fleischer animation studio.
After this exhibition, Urnash will continue work on her graphic novel, Five Glasses of Absinthe, about “a fantasy journey through the floating islands in the sky.” Ms. Urnash, originally from New Orleans, studied at Bridges Animation Institute in Los Angeles and resides in Somerville.
78 EVASIONS: THE URNASH TAROT is sponsored in part by The Weekly Dig and ArtScope Magazine.
SPACE 242 Mini Theatre Exhibition
SPACE 242, with Boston Underground Film Festival (BUFF) presents WORMHOLE, a collection of short films, music videos, and multi-media installation by Bill Domonkos in the mini theatre.
Domonkos views his own work as “a collision and recombination of ideas.” Using found materials he experiments “by combining altering, editing, and reassembling” using digital technology, special effects, and animation to create “a new kind of experience.”
His work combines computer animation, still photography, live footage, and archive film footage, and has been broadcast and shown internationally in cinemas, at film festivals, galleries, and museums including MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York. His films have won numerous awards.
He has designed interactive projects for The Library of Congress, Levi’s, Robert Mondavi, Sony Playstation, Palm, Nokia, Alltel, The San Francisco Ballet, and PBS, among others. Domonkos, originally from Ohio, studied painting and video art at the Cleveland Institute of Art. He now resides in San Francisco. www.bdom.com.