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Monday, October 24, 2011

Morbid Fascination November Art show

 The Red Raven Gallery Presents Morbid Fascination , New works in Assemblage art and Sculpture by Jason Soles and Anita Arora.  Opening for this amazing show is Saturday November 5th during art walk in Port Townsend from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Jason Soles
My work reflects my obsession with antiquity and the passage of time; through it I explore tradition, myth, and belief. Spanning the gamut from the pharaonic funeral masks of unknowable space gods to the tactile remains of pre-Christian deities, my sculptures are the relics of fantastical civilizations and lost tribes.

I have developed two distinct approaches to sculpting. My one-of-a-kind works are assembled from found objects, scraps of metal and cloth, epoxy putty, bone, leather, and anatomical models. My reproducible works are much more time intensive. They are sculpted in oil-based clay and cast in bronze or polyurethane resins. For me, the act of sculpting is essentially meditative, the actual creative process taking place in a burst of inspiration before I begin.

Largely a self-taught artist, I originally started sculpting to create props for my film projects. I participated in my first arts exhibition in 1999, the same year I co-founded the dark arts collective Catalyst Studios with visionary painter Ann Koi. Recently I have begun to explore varied casting techniques to breathe new life into my older pieces. The weight and physical qualities of bronze and marble lend verisimilitude to my work through the inference of great age and classical origins.

Anita Arora
It's a calling that never ends: Anita Arora's passion for the arts found her exploring far beyond her early roots in classical dance and stage into fine arts, eventually leading to a degree in Music Industry Management. Having spent a whirlwind childhood calling two continents home, it was then that she decided it was time to re-escape her birthplace of London and return Stateside where she's been firmly rooted ever since.

Being a sociology junkie and fan of the obscure, Anita has always been attracted to the academic yet extremely human nature of scientific studies. In particular, as they relate to the more extreme inner workings of the human mind and body both as they connect to society and in themselves as a dynamic, mysterious machine.

Overwhelmed by a drive to translate the world and examine the profound connections that never cease to plague her, Anita found three-dimensional art to work in ways that other mediums simply could not. It is through these means that Anita finds great satisfaction in creating unconventional, one-of-a-kind shadow box pieces. She claims this is derived from a healthy obsession with human anatomy, antique medical texts, found objects and a hyper-analytical mind.

Welcome to Morbid Anatomy.