Owen Rundquist & Alexander DeMaria:
“Black Steam and Ether”
5.8.–20.8.2010

Opening on Thursday 5th of August 18–20

Under the Same Shadow is an ongoing collaboration between artists Alexander DeMaria and Owen Rundquist. Their collaborative work explores the place of ritualism, the occult and cultural histories in a pop context. The artists create multi-media installations and performances in which ancient practices and contemporary sub-cultures inform and react to one another, giving birth to something that feels unknown and familiar at the same time.

Black Steam and Ether is a new Under the Same Shadow installation that explores the continuing importance of cleansing rituals, from ancient saunas and sweat lodges through contemporary heavy metal performances. DeMaria and Rundquist have created a sonic sauna/sweat lodge in the gallery space that utilizes sound as its purifying element. Visitors will have the opportunity to partake in a personal ritual whose fundamentals are illustrated through large-scale wall drawings. This ritual is intended as both a cleansing and a rite of passage. Like the heat of the sauna, the loud feedback from the amplifier will be uncomfortable at first, but with time it will become soothing, cleansing, and will hopefully provide the viewer with a profound spiritual experience. In addition the artists have made a hand silk-screened cassette edition containing the sound piece from the exhibition as well as three other Under the Same Shadow compositions.

SUMU Studio
Itäinen Rantakatu 8, 20700 Turku
(02) 233 8372 sumu@arte.fi
Open: Tue – Fri 12 – 18, Sat – Sun 12 – 16