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Gates of Eden, Reception
May 31 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
Gates of Eden is a solo exhibition by Mark Albain opening May 31st at Index Gallery. Please join us from 5-7 p.m for an opening reception.
Located: The Hub at the Arcade
31 South Main Street
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
About the Artist
Mark Albain is an Contemporary Artist/Photographer Living and working in Cincinnati, Oh. He is a part-time faculty at the University of Dayton and is co-owner of a custom framing and design studio; Objectif Alchemy.
From the Artist
Dylan writes a darkly poetic description of societies’ blind beliefs in his song Gates of Eden. Critic Robert Shelton has an interpretation of the song that “belief in life after death without worry or care is the ultimate myth because it takes us past the ugliness in life.” Author Carolyn Bliss has also said about the song “Eden is inside. Any other paradise is a sham, and pursuit of it is potentially deadly to the spirit.” The imagery of Dylan’s song and the sentiments of those who have written about it resonated with me as I was studying my own created Eden and looking out at our life during the early and ongoing months of 2020.
Gates of Eden contains images from an ongoing archive of vernacular moments and objects within a garden. These images have a texture and materiality that I explore through a wheat paste collage process. Images are deconstructed by the grid of the page and weaved back together creating moments that interrupt and flow. Working from an Archive of images allows me to blend past and present to express an experience both personal and universal. The metaphor of a “gate” is expressed through abstract yet intentional imagery of garden flora. The ‘gate’ is meant to question perceptions and ideologies that keep us isolated while also creating boundaries that shape the life and experiences we cultivate for ourselves.