Past Event

George Pfau’s "Zombies, identified" and Jason Robert Bell’s "The White Feathered Octopus Tarot Deck"

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Performance

Thursday, June 13, 2013 – 7:00PM to 9:00PM
Gallery 400
400 South Peoria Street

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George Pfau will present a slideshow of diagrams, film stills, videos, and animations, drawing focus toward the zombie as a learning tool about identity and the ephemeral aspects of being human. Pfau treats the zombie as a window into the in-between, rather than as a sub-human "other" used to promote negative stereotypes. This project stems from Pfau's essay entitled "Feverish Homeless Cannibal," which is being published in the forthcoming book, Zombies in the Academy.

Jason Robert Bell, Mystical Rebel Outlaw Baddasss, whose Advance Thothic Practice in Theatomix will one day rule the world, is seeking volunteers to participate in a "multi-mystical" tarot card reading during the closing of Gallery 400’s exhibition, I THINK WE’RE READY TO GO TO THE NEXT SEQUENCE: THE LEGACY OF HALFLIFERS. Bell is seeking 12 individuals, one born under each sign of the zodiac, to bring their energies together and contribute to a tarot card reading utilizing Bell’s newly created White Feathered Octopus Tarot Cards.

George Pfau is a multi-media artist based in the San Francisco bay area, whose work offers compelling meditations on the trope of the zombie—the monstrous figure that has become so central to the way we imagine ourselves in the twenty-first century. His essay, “Feverish Homeless Cannibal,” is included in the forthcoming Zombies in the Academy (Intellect Press, 2013). Pfau received a BS in Studio Art from New York University and an MFA from California College of the Arts.

Jason Robert Bell is a Brooklyn-based artist who produces paintings, drawings, sculpture, experimental films, outdoor installations, and performances that are the by-products of a mystical journey, conjuring a highly charged, alternative reality. His work has been exhibited at Postmasters Gallery, New York and Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago. Bell received a BFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute Chicago and an MFA from the Yale School of Art.

Image: George Pfau, Zombies, identified, 2013, slideshow (detail).