“Unwound,” new works by Brad Woodfin
Original artwork from the "Handbook for Hot Witches," by Dame
Reception: Saturday, October 13th, 6 to 9 pm
Exhibition: October 14 through November 4, 2012
Fine Art is pleased to present, in the front gallery at 154 Smart Clothes,
“Unwound,” new works by Brad Woodfin and in the project room,
original artwork from the “Handbook for Hot Witches” by Dame
“Unwound,” Brad Woodfin explores the end of cycles, the moment
in time when one realizes that not all things are circular, and in fact
many simply break and fall apart. Each of his animal subjects was chosen
for a specific reason much the same way a portrait painter selects human
subjects. A look in the eye or a tragic story can draw Woodfin to a creature.
Some are bound together by cruel fates or impending dooms. Some stand
in horror at the fate of others. Some are pollinators. Others have simply
lost their will. But all of Woodfin’s magnificently rendered creatures
delicately emerge from a deep black background, barely breaking the glossy
surface shadow, existing in a no man’s land between darkness and
light, mystery and revelation, power and vulnerability. “Unwound”
is both a mournful celebration of the majesty of the animal world and
a somber reminder of our human responsibility to care for and respect
those who are, unfortunately, at our mercy.
Brad Woodfin was born in Marblehead, Massachusetts in 1970. He headed
west in 1991 and eventually studied printmaking and painting at The Evergreen
State College in Olympia, WA. “Unwound” is Woodfin’s
second solo show with Sloan Fine Art. Brad Woodfin lives in and works
in Montréal, Québec.
Combine the artistry and story of a graphic novel with a whimsical “how
to” guide, add a dash of fanciful recipes and a fairy sprinkle of
witch spell, wrap it all up with women’s herstory and you have Dame
Darcy’s “Handbook for Hot Witches” released August 21,
2012 by Holt Publishers. In this quirky illustrated guide to magic, love
and creativity, Dame Darcy addresses more than a girl’s desire to
dream, but her power to create, harkening back to ancient times when women
lead as herbalist healers, nurturers and disciplinarians of the community
and flashing forward to the green movement of the 21st century. This handbook
guides the grown-up Girl Scout, acknowledging her inherent power of creativity,
intuitiveness and conduit to the spiritual realm.
Dame Darcy’s previous published projects include “Frightful
Fairytales” (Ten Speed Press), “The Illustrated Jane Eyre”
and "Gasoline" (Merrell Publishing). Her paintings and works
on paper have been exhibited at Richard Heller Gallery in Los Angeles,
The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, CWC in Tokyo and Gelatin in Austria.
She currently resides in Savannah, GA. This is her second solo exhibition
with Sloan Fine Art. “Handbook for Hot Witches” is available
154 Smart Clothes is located at 154 Stanton Street, on the Lower East
Side of New York City. For more information or to request high-resolution
images, contact Alix Sloan at firstname.lastname@example.org.