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Phantasy Art Show by Christopher Santiago

  • The Living Gallery 1094 Broadway Brooklyn, NY, 11221 United States (map)

Join us for this ONE NIGHT ONLY very special solo exhibiiton by Christopher Santiago!

A message from the artist:
My art seeks to liberate phantasms from the psychic repression of hystery. Raw experience is synesthetic and schizophrenic, inherently ambivalent, confusing self and other, inner and outer, mind and body, he and she, white and black, human and animal, civilization and wildness, sane and insane. We all live according to these binaries which structure our experience and our society, but the separation inherent in these categorizations is an expression of a profound rupture or wound, a constitutive split in our identity. Phantasms are the missing link of modernity, making communication possible between the binaries, allowing self and other to fluidly intermingle and transform. While our modern understanding characterizes fantasy as a modality of thought which is inherently false, I follow the traditions of occult art which declare phantasms to be integral to cognition. As William Blake said, “The imagination is not a state: it is human existence itself." Nearly all of my images have a pineal eye which is the organ of perception for the imagination, the "inner sense" of the cardiac mirror. 

The phantasm is radical experience, experience that calls everything into question, and experience is the sole authority and the sole value! In this day and age of mass-media saturation, to actually 'live' one's experience amounts to an act of insurgency!

The Living Gallery is also available to rent for art openigs, cocnerts, photo shoots & more! contact: thelivinggallery@gmail.com for details-

Earlier Event: August 13
Greenpoint Writers Group
Later Event: August 25
The Loaded Canon