The DARK ARTS III
Annual Themed Gallery Competition (2019)
Join us for the third annual Dark Arts Themed Competition! We are asking artists to revisit and explore taboo art themes as well as the relationship between art and trauma, mental health, mortality, morality and dreams. For inspiration this year we are asking you to explore “L'appel du vide /The Call of The Void” and what it means to you, these fleeting dark thoughts centered on mortality and conscience. This is an open medium show, artists of all mediums are welcomed to participate (Including but not limited to, painting, drawing, digital art, sculpture, photography video and sound artists and more). We will be accepting work with mature themes and nudity. Due to the nature of the theme you must be 18 years or older to enter this competition 16 years with Parental/Guardian Consent form (International). Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your submissions.
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Grand Prize $65
Honorable Mention $40
Double Take $25
Popular Vote (To Be Determined)
I have been working on this series since 2015. The pieces are constructed collages that I sketch and make plans for ahead of time. I use found imagery, household objects, projections and lighting to complete the pieces. My process consists of a great amount of time collaging and doing test shots, and then I shoot a number of pieces at a time with a medium-format digital camera.
The series explores the immersive darkness of the cinematic experience and the tactile quality of celluloid cinema.
Digital Figurative Expressionism
18” x 24"
Since being diagnosed with ALS in December 2016, I’ve learned how to use special equipment that allows me to use my eyes to continue using a normal computer to create, adapt, and utilize new artistic techniques by re-configuring Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator’s powerful tool sets.
The world is covered with sickly, zombie-like people who have no emotional regard for others. These monsters slink around, spewing toxic verbal vomit, selfishly creating an environment where it is hard to breathe or even exist without becoming overcome with their venomous and soul melting bile, leaving you fighting to remain human.
My intentions with this piece is to submerge the viewer into a dark, suffocating scenario, where they are faced with an individual who is trying to escape a viciously vile vernacular attack. You quickly notice that they have been overcome with irreversible damage and you are chilled to the bone as you hear the whispered words, “Don’t Breathe!”
Beware of people’s negativity, attitudes and their choice of destructive words, for they have already encased the globe in their choking mist. Will you fall victim or are you prepared to survive?
Fuku ge Kokoro (Vengeful Spirit)
Digital Figurative Expressionism
I’ve been reading allot of Horror Manga lately and found myself inspired by the eye opening, twisted, horrifying and very disturbing work of Junji Ito. One thing that I found interesting is his use of established beauty that quickly turns hideous due to someone’s wrongdoings or an unavoidable situation.
My intentions with this piece was to turn the situation around and weave a story about an unfortunate girl who was left mangled by an unfortunate accident, one summer evening. After reluctantly returning to school, she falls in love with the most popular boy in school. Of course she is ridiculed and called a monster by her classmates, especially by her love interest. After taking soul crushing amounts of abuse, she decides to climb the school’s roof, confess her love for the boy, then jumps to her death while the whole school watches in disbelief.
Soon after, strange and unexplainable things began to happen to the boy. After one night it calls his name, scared out of his mind, he runs downstairs, throws open the front door to be greeted by the “Vengeful Spirit” of the girl who committed suicide. But instead of a hideous monster, she was so beautiful that the very light that shown from her eyes begins to slowly melt the boy until he is nothing but a bubbling puddle of goo.
Spirit of Black Water
Digital Figurative Expressionism
I enjoy watching documentaries about ships and boats that mysteriously disappear completely or are later found by salvage teams. My interest was aroused when one of the crew started talking about black water. No matter how bright the sun was or how powerful of a light was shined into it, the water remained black as night and bad things happened to vessels that venture into the black water.
After watching this story unfold and listening to the frenzied skepticism, I began to wonder, not about the vessels, but more about the crews. What were they thinking or feeling while tragedy struck, as they sailed into the black water? So I dipped into my imagination and came up with a tragic little story.
One of the largest cargo ships ever seen voyaged out on a tight schedule. Due to rough waters, the Captain and his cargo was behind schedule. Looking at his charts and making a hasty decision, the Captain decides to traverse through known black water territory to recover a lost day of travel. His daughter, who was with him on the maiden voyage of the super cargo ship, knew about black water and was against the idea.
As these stories go, about an hour into the unknown depths of the black water, the ship disappears. The painting is of the Captain’s daughter, whose arms and severed head would arise from the black water, with an eerie illuminated fog, to stave off any who dare traverse the treacherous black water.
Birth of the Cosmic Bird
I am constantly inspired to create my abstract art from my meditations and by looking beyond where tradition photographic images can visually take us. I see ever changing, breathtaking, and tumbling forms in stunning color amid a sea of back as they tumble and dance through space while I am roaming the galaxies in my meditations. I have had these meditative visions before the Hubble Space Telescope first went up to circle the earth. I have dedicated myself to a lifelong quest to bring a small portion of these visions into my abstract art for others to see so that they too can visually “slip the surly bonds of earth”.
A Time of Rebirth, and Expansion
The Cosmic bird has joined with its new galaxy creation that it has sacrificed itself to create. Unbeknownst to the bird, the bird now morphs into the galaxy and is rewarded for its sacrifice by being given eons of rest, regeneration, and expansion. The Cosmic Bird now is one of unfathomable power, compassion, and strength. The bird never conceived of this amazing final result as it was experiencing death in the beginning of its journey.
Death of The Cosmic Bird
The 3d egg shape in the background represents the egg of creation that the Cosmic Bird has carried and placed in the nest of creation in the galaxy. The Cosmic Bird will blend into the galaxy it created to become one with it. It is the bird’s sole mission to sacrifice itself for the creation of this new galaxy that will become the Andromeda Galaxy. The space image in the background is a copyright free image from the NASA Hubble Space Telescope of the Andromeda Galaxy.
After a dismal performance on their OSHA (Occult Spells Hazard Avoidance) inspection. Hogwarts was forced to post warning signs for proper disposal of hazardous magical materials. Unfortunately, the students tend to routinely ignore the instructions, and empty their failed potions into the nearest receptacle. In this case, the combined residue from multiple potions and the bargain brand toilet cleaner created a localized dimensional instability. On the plus side, the summoned being kills 99% of common bacteria and has a fresh floral scent and powerful foaming cleansing agents.
Who's the friend to girl and boy,
Spreading friendship, love, and joy?
She goes on adventures on land and seas,
(as long as you pay the licensing fees)
Well, that cat and this one are not the same.
Can you guess the non-copyright-infringing name?
It's Hell O'Kitty
(Don't forget the apostrophe!)
Bad pun warning CAT-astrophe!
Ha ha. Nothing like a good song to get your spirits up. Speaking of spirits, funny story... HO'K was Possessed by blue demon, but yellow demon didn't realize that and also attempted to occupy the body simultaneously. So, long story short, greenish glow, schizophrenic personality. Pretty much the same as most cats, I guess.
What do you do with a suspicious egg? It's no big deal if it's just a little "Past Expiration Date" situation. But what if it gets up to no good when the lights in the fridge go out - listening to conspiracy theory podcasts, absorbing stray tachyons from the supercollider next door, chanting Eigerhoern's "Unendliche Bosheit" (Infinite Malice) ritual in an eggy sort of voice, and so on? Well, to be honest, I don't have a good answer for that. My latest attempt at exorcism just cracked the shell, exposing the surprisingly meaty interior workings. All in all, I liked it better with the shell on
Snippets in My Mind, Crumbs in My Veins
Acrylic paint on canvas
16” W x 20” H
This piece is an embodiment and exploration of my view of myself and my life as an artist. In a way it is a self-portrait. Art is how I breathe and let out the inner thoughts of my soul. I am not restricted to any media and use whatever means necessary to release what I am thinking and going through. This piece began first as a poem. It deals with my tumultuous feelings regarding the need and desire to create. I feel as if I am being drawn in to work creatively in some facet, regardless of how scary it is for me to bare my soul, even in art. The struggle between the desire to create and the desire to hide my dark and intimate thoughts about life is what birthed this piece. Incorporating parts of the poetry in the painting is a newer part of my process to reveal a little more about who I am. I used to think poetry was far too direct about such things, but I am beginning to let up a little. The girl is sort of disfigured and chopped up to imitate how disorganized and inexperienced I feel about life. Dark, thorny vines are incorporated as a signature of my darker thoughts. The girl is gray, and the spine stands out in mostly white. My life has come in all shades.
Murder of Crows
12.5” x 12.5”
In this body of work, I’ve themes that incorporate the surreal and sometimes the macabre. These depictions are a synthesis of real and imagined locations. They are places that were seen and places never visited. The dichotomy of natural against the imagined is of particular interest to me. Both of these visuals can complement and contrast with one another. Light and darkness are pressed and played against each other as a reflection of this relationship.
Oil, Gold Leaf
Like other paintings in this series, “Mary” is a historical portrait inspired by pregnant women who had to face the fact that her pregnancy may kill her. These women felt the void and in cases such as Mary Wollstonecraft sadly were swept into it. Wollstonecraft was a brilliant philosopher, author and early feminist. The painting is not meant to be a likeness of her but the portrayal of an every woman who represents thousands of talented intelligent women whose genius was lost to the world because they died in childbirth. The hobby horse nesting dolls represent motherhood, the jack-in-the-box – misfortune, the ship – exile, pile of teeth – vulnerability, preserved heart – love as well as intellect.
Oil, Gold leaf
In response to the recent attacks on women’s rights I began a series of paintings based on tragic and dangerous choices women have had to make. Historically pregnancy and childbirth often meant death. With each pregnancy a woman faced the void. Given the religio-patriarchal basis of most societies women had few options – usually convents or primitive and sometimes lethal methods of birth control and abortion. The woman in my paintings represent women who faced the void and died. “Eva” represents Eva Gonzales, the impressionist painter, who died in childbirth. Surrounding the central figure is a sort of cabinet of curiosities containing items which either suggest or symbolize women’s situation in the world particularly when they consider motherhood. The blocks, doll’s head and bird’s eggs refer to the child; the dominoes – chance, frog – lack of freedom, bees – accomplishment and skull – death.
Oil and acrylic on card stock and wood panel
"They say you're getting better
But you don't feel any better."
As I struggled with a worsening anxiety disorder, I transformed into an animal relying purely on the instinct to persist and survive. Trapped within my own mind, I cried out into the darkness and was answered with only silence. I tried to capture the essence of the panic and isolation I felt during this period and depicted how I disowned what made me feel human.
Paradox of Censorship
Mixed Media – Re-purposed Objects
The Inspiration for this work was the life long observation of censorship on so many levels and the pressure our society places on conforming to the norm and the paradox that exist relative peoples private wants and desires and my personal experiences of free thinking and alternative lifestyles.
Thank You for the Flowers
Colored Pencil, Watercolor
6” x 8”
This artwork expresses a relationship between a couple. You can perceive things differently depending on how you would like to understand the situation. I wanted it to be open to interpretation. As some may perceive it with the male partner trying and not being appreciated by the female. Others might notice the lack of emotion on the male’s face. Anyhow, it can say a lot about how you choose to view the world and how you perceive the situation you are in.
Structure of greed
This painting represents the dependence on wealth and social acceptance. At times we forget the meaning of true happiness and aim for what society has come to accept as success. Our actions become the means of satisfying the lies we have contributed to. The black canvas represents the hidden agenda that we all follow blindly.
2’ x 4’
This artwork represents the strength of women. Her name is Afiyat meaning “health”, “freedom from illness”. The main goal to the artwork was to represent the beauty of the human body. It is in support of health from the judgmental society that we live in and any eating disorders that men or women have suffered from. It stands for power and beauty from within.
Graphite and colored pencil
Sometimes we are victims of things out of our control and we are scarred in ways we do not always realize or understand. All we know is the feeling we are left with. My piece depicts a woman who is accidentally losing touch with reality while attempting to get away from the demons inside her head. The only way to escape is to inhabit a mind that is not her own, however, the consequence of that is losing herself and the very things that make her human.