|"Corvidae Skull", Benjamin A Vierling|
People simply love this black bird.
Crows and ravens weren't always so loved. In fact, not too long ago the American Crow was the target of a mass holocaust, with thousands being destroyed, often in very bloody ways (such as blowing up their roosts with dynamite). They were considered a pest by farmers (think "scarecrow"), despite their usefulness at eating the bugs and worms that threatened crops far worse than they did. Honestly, the crow (and it's shy cousin, the raven) challenges our belief that we, Man, are the superior rulers of this earth. When we look to the sky in the western hemisphere, it is that black bird that dominates. Wily, social, talkative, clever, playful, excellent parents, scavengers, with amazing memories, the raven and crow simply challenge our superiority. And they crap on our cars. On purpose.
I was really curious to see what artists would come up with for this show. My one worry was that we would have multiple images of a Raven cawing ominously at something in the distance, but I was pleasantly surprised at the pieces I received (although we did get an excellent example of the raven caw in Halsey Swain's work).
|"Raven", Halsey Swain|
|"La Morrigan", Yoann Lossel|
|"The Soul of War", Olivier Villoingt|
|"Morrigan", David Thierree|
|"Huginn ok Muginn", Echo Chernik|
|"The Messenger", Jason Engle|
|"Raven-god", Stephanie Pui-Mun Law|
|"One for Sorrow", Braden Duncan|
|"Corvimancy", Margaret Organ-Kean|
|"Sentimental Damned", Stefanie Vega|
|"Dark Wings", Robert Tritthardt|
|"Plutonian Shore", Samuel Araya|
|"Raven King", Poul Dohle|
|"If Beauty were a Book", Allen Williams|
|"Transmutation", Sandra Everingham|
|"Die Raben Koenigin", Yvette Endrijautzki|
|"Entrance (Healing Magick)", Yuko Ishii|
|"Dominion", Kyle Abernethy|
|"Visitation", Jethaniel Peterka|
|"Lignum Corvus "RAMUM"", ShirrStone Shelter Dolls|
|"Bare Branches and Dark Wings", Jeff Menges|
|"Family portrait: Putnam Co. #8", Drew Tucker|
|"Nevermore: The Pied-Raven", Sara Otterstätter|
NOTE: We will be having one last hurrah on January 30th, 5 - 8 pm! If you are local to Seattle, come visit and see the show - including all the European pieces stuck in customs during our opening reception!