Saturday, May 21, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Sam Kerson at Studio Place Arts (SPA) in Barre

Ode to Demeter, Persephone Entre Deux Mondes
A linoleum block print exhibit by Sam Kerson

June 14 to Friday July 30, 2011
Studio Place Arts (SPA), Barre, Vermont

This exhibit is of Sam’s linoleum block prints. The series is called: Ode to Demeter, Persephone entre Deux Mondes. The images were printed by Katah at Atelier Presse Papier in Québec, where both are members. This series is part of a limited edition, of thirty. The images are 9x12 inches, printed on Stonehenge paper: 13 X 20 inches.

Dragon Dance has been publishing artist books since the 1994 publication of The Underground Railroad, Vermont and the Fugitive Slave, which was the design for the subsequent mural which can be seen, even today, in the Chase Center of the Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vermont.

The series of images to beexhibited at SPA Ode to Demeter, Persephone Entre Deux Mondes, was originally drawn as a proposal for a series of performances which took place in France in 2006 and in Finland in 2007. A first version of this show was performed in Vermont in 2004. The real challenge of the series was to recognize the biting of the pomegranate as a blood ritual in which Koré gave up her innocence and became Persephone the Destroyer. In the Vermont performance we represented biting the pomegranate as the Battle of Fallujah.

This series, Ode to Demeter, Persephone Entre deux Mondes has been exhibited in the following places: at the Galerie DeciDela, during the Theatre Festival of Saint-Martin de Londres, in september 2006; at the Cultural Center of the city of KemiJarvi in 2007, Finland; Atelier\Gallery of Alain Piroir in Montreal, February 2009; Maison de la Gravure Méditerrannée, Castelneau-le-Lez, France June 2009; and, during the ARTNÎMES contemporary art show, in september 2010, Nîmes, France.