The Archaic Revival

Curated by Dani Tull

07/06/2013 - 07/07/2013

The Archaic Revival, a group exhibition curated by Los Angeles-based artist Dani Tull. The term Archaic Revival is a reference to Terence Mckenna's 1992 book "The Archaic Revival: Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, UFOs, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess, and the End of History", which hypothesizes that civilization's current state of distress has resulted in a grappling into our collective memory and the "morphic resonance" of our past 3.5 million years for steading metaphors that reconnect us to the entelechy of the planet: the Gaian mind.

The Archaic Revival incorporates a wide array of cultural models and technologies such as shamanism, pantheism, pagan ritual, alchemy and magic as well as the 20th century avant-garde art movements of jazz, surrealism, and cubism (with its glorification of the primitive, modern anthropology). More recently, the expanding power of the internet and new media technologies have also become powerful tools that infuse and ignite ancient and contemporary understandings of tribal connectivity, inspiring a sense of global coherence, along with a brewing notion of a new cyber-mystical domain of "infomysticism" and "techgnosis". Furthermore, indigenous ceremonial medicines once misused as "psychedelic drugs" have become re-contextualized in Western culture as sacramental "entheogens", while tribal festivals, ecstatic dance, and a flourishing awareness of critical environmental issues and sustainable living have reawakened our traditional attitudes toward nature. Perhaps most interestingly, Mckenna's Archaic Revival signifies the eventual breakdown of the pattern of male dominance and hierarchy based on "animal organization," and takes us back to the ideal of a vegetational "Earth Goddess".

The exhibition features mostly works on paper and smaller works by 35 established and emerging artists from Los Angeles, Portland, and Rotterdam whose works can be considered as manifestations of a burgeoning dialogue from within the collective subconscious of contemporary art. The artists in the exhibition use allegorical code, sacred plant knowledge, magic and an untethered glossolalia, while their works intuit mysticism, alchemy, fetishistic processes, prophecy, and even humor.

The artists of The Archaic Revival call upon their ancestors to find their footing into the future, a future that is undoubtedly becoming stranger and more uncertain. And as humanity ponders the possibility of its own extinction, we find ourselves reaching back through history and mythology to find a greater affinity with our own genesis. --Dani Tull

Artists: Chris Badger, Chromium Dumb Belle, Alison Blickle, Brian Butler, Amanda Charchian, Brian Cooper, Tracy Conti, Sarah Cromarty, Michael Decker Astral Eyes, Amir H. Fallah, Francesca Gabbiani, Daniel Hope, Pearl C. Hsiung, Doug Harvey, Charles Irvin, Dennis Koch & Talitha Wall, Karen Liebowitz, Klea McKenna, Alison O’Daniel, Christina Ondrus, Corrina Peipon, Brian Randolph, Ron Rege jr, Ewoud van Rijn, Eddie Ruscha, Amy Sarkisian, Jim Shaw, Claude Collins-Stracensky, Thaddeus Strode, Dani Tull, Eric Yahnker, Landon Wiggs, Chris Wilder, Peter Wu, Taylor Zepeda

 

Transmissions

Marine Contemporary  February 13, 2013 

A Conversation on the Known and Unknown with Dennis Koch, Talitha Wall, Ezra Woods