Many ancient cultures saw the world in terms of sacred elements
– EARTH, FIRE, WATER, AIR, and AETHER (SPIRIT)
“essential for the survival of all living beings”(Persian philosopher Zarathustra (600-583 BC).
In Japan, these held further associations:
Earth represented things that were solid.
Water represented things that were liquid.
Fire represented things that destroy.
Air represented things that moved.
Others, by extension took those to the five senses:
HEARING, TOUCH, SIGHT, TASTE, and SMELL.
Modern chemistry sees the world through the elements of the Periodic Table – the Building Blocks of the Universe. We speak of the elements of The Good Life, of things we perceive as pure and simple, as necessities; and then of course there are the Elements of STYLE.
These were the “prompts” that curator Eric Allen Montgomery offered to the artists that are taking part in the latest ART@ebar show. While many responded with work inspired by the traditional 4 Elements of Earth, Fire, Water, and Air, there are certainly many other interpretations on offer as well. As always, it’s a fascinating and varied collection of talented local artists exploring what they consider ELEMENTAL.
And you – what do you consider ELEMENTAL?
Show opens TUESDAY JANUARY 14th, 8-10pm
and runs until Saturday March 28th 2020
For information regarding this and upcoming ART@ebar shows,
contact curator Eric Allen Montgomery firstname.lastname@example.org
The upcoming spring (April-June) show theme is FurKids FinFriends & other Animal Associates, and the summer show (July-Sept) will be On the Road Again: Road Trips / Coast to Coast.