Date: Wednesday, April 29th
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Admission: $10 ( Tickets Here )
Kind Aesthetic is pleased to announce the event DELVE Networking: Death + Art at The Morbid Anatomy Museum. Artists Spencer Merolla and Terence Hannum will share their work and talk about the theme of death and how it relates to their conceptual thinking about the work. The presentations will be followed by drinks and socializing.
For April’s DELVE: Death + Art, we are interested in how artists may transcend literal or personal experience to examine such topics as war, obsolescence, the “death” of materials through loss of function, decay or disintegration, or how death and the past can be reframed in the present to create a spectacle, an oddity, or an educational experience. It is our hope that this exploration of death will result in a new creation. Through multiple platforms (the event, our blog, and social media), we will share the many ways that artists and thinkers may create a beginning from an end. You can follow along on our blog and social media with the hashtag #delvedeath.
DELVE Networking events are for artists, creatives, arts professionals and art appreciators. We celebrate and discover everyone’s unique paths as artistic and creative forces. It’s a chance to learn from others and see where our worlds overlap. Each event begins with presentations by inspiring individuals, followed by drinks and meeting new people. We are interested in creating community and sharing information to help each other succeed.
About the speakers:
Spencer Merolla is an artist working in the medium of human hair. She has been making art as long as she can remember, beginning with obsessively coloring on the little cardboard inserts that come in packages of hosiery–and also on the walls of her childhood bedroom. Her interest in Victoriana stems from growing up in a sprawling, drafty Victorian house in Larchmont, NY and from being dragged by her mother to lectures with such scintillating titles as “Edith Wharton’s Influence on Homes and Gardens.”
Her recent work revisits the Victorian practice of sentimental hairwork from a contemporary perspective, investigating its emotional and performative aspects. Shifting attitudes toward mourning and death make the Victorian practice at odds with modern sensibilities, and this discordance offers an opportunity to reflect on our modern-day conventions of grief and remembrance.
She lives and works in Brooklyn.
Terence Hannum is a Baltimore based visual artist and musician who performs solo, with the avant-metal band Locrian (Relapse Records) and the dark synthpop duo The Holy Circle. Hannum is an Assitant Professor of Art at Stevenson University. He has had solo exhibitions at Guest Spot (Baltimore), Western Exhibitions (Chicago, IL), Stevenson University, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Gallery 400 at UIC (Chicago, IL). And in group shows at TSA (Brooklyn, NY), sophiajacob (Baltimore, MD), Allegra La Viola (NYC), City Ice Arts (Kansas City, MO) & Jonathan Ferrara Gallery (New Orleans, LA).
About the venue:
The Morbid Anatomy Museum is a new 4,200 square foot non-profit institution dedicated to the celebration and exhibition of artifacts, histories and ideas which fall between the cracks of high and low culture, death and beauty, and disciplinary divides.
The Morbid Anatomy Museum hosts the kind of temporary exhibitions that very few larger museums can produce; shows both large and small, drawing on private and public collections and calling on the scholarship and expertise of the greater Morbid Anatomy community. Our permanent collection houses a research library of over 1,000 books as well as artifacts such as memorial artworks, medical moulages, wax embryological models, natural history specimens, and a variety of uncanny artworks and artifacts from around the world.
About Kind Aesthetic and DELVE:
DELVE is a suite of services and events developed by Kind Aesthetic for artists and creatives that began as a series of networking events for artists and creatives in New York City, and has grown to include bespoke workshops and our popular Toolkit. With DELVE, our goals are simple: to create community, to empower artists and creatives to hone the professional skills they need to put their best work into the world, and to inspire ourselves and others to take action on projects that truly matter.
Kind Aesthetic is a creative agency started by Sara Jones and Andrea Wenglowskyj that works with organizations, brands, creative entrepreneurs and artists and uses art, design, and communal action to give voice to ideas so they can thrive in the real world.