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Thursday, August 9, 2012

This Exhibition Goes to 11 -- Art Inspired by Metal Bands, Satan

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Inspired by the Black Sabbath song "Paranoid" and Tool's music video characters - "SCHISM" BY MONTY GUY
  • "Schism" by Monty Guy
  • Inspired by the Black Sabbath song "Paranoid" and Tool's music video characters

Modern Eden Galley will be hosting the group exhibition "Dark Art: A Tribute to Metal" featuring works inspired by heavy metal music and classic cover art illustrations starting August 11.

Each artist involved in the exhibition will be taking inspiration from the legendary metal bands of the '60s, '70s, and '80s as well as the classic cover art that graced their records. The idea came about organically as a way to complement the satanic imagery of the featured artist of the night, Cory Benhatzel. Based out of New York, Benhatzel will be displaying her new show "Talisman" which features acrylic paintings that deal with the occult, floriography symbolism, and the her own mystical world of animal characters.

"FOR MY LITTLE ONE" BY CORY BENHATZEL
  • "For my Little One" by Cory Benhatzel

And she has some heavy \m/ backup. With references to Slayer, Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, and Kiss (several times), this exhibition is jam-packed full of eye candy for the art-appreciating-metal-head in all of us. Including, but not limited to, a skeleton piece that has a spiked and studded frame and glowing LED eyeballs, a painting of Jesus hugging his Kiss record, and a baby cutting its own umbilical cord with a straight razor. So come on down you bunch of artheads, it's time to appreciate some fine metal!

"LOST FAITH" BY MICHAEL RYAN
  • "Lost Faith" by Michael Ryan

Kim Larson, who co-owns the Modern Eden Gallery explained why heavy metal makes for an interesting art subject, "I think it's very emotional, and so is art. It's really closely related. If you look at heavy metal covers it's almost always a painting and emotional -- not just a picture of a girl. Both artists and musicians can find common ground in that."

"THE RITUAL" BY KRISTIN FORBES MULLANE
  • "The Ritual" by Kristin Forbes Mullane

Personally, I wish someone had done an interpretation of Spinal Tap's Shark Sandwich cover. Perhaps a recreation of what the cover would look like in the opinion of the journalist who gave the record the infamous two word review, "Shit Sandwich." Or even better, how about we see the Smell the Glove cover that they wanted to do! The press release for the event says the attitude of heavy metal will be illustrated with, "dark symbolism and masculine intensity." They are referring to the armadillos in the skin-tight pants of the musicians, right?

Are you getting these references? If not, then go watch This Is Spinal Tap.


"Dark Art" opens August 11 (and continues Wed.-Sun through September 9) at Modern Eden, 403 Francisco (at Powell). Admission is free.

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