In the House of the Mineral Spirits

Are most houses haunted? Perhaps, but not in the literal way some may think. Local artist Dean Ebben explores this concept in his latest show, "In the House of Mineral Spirits." Here "house" becomes a metaphor for an individual's inner core, one's ever-evolving sense of being. His art, which is constantly changing through video projection, examines the "spirits" that haunt a life, be they momentary or constant. Pieces on display will run the gamut of mediums, from dream-like gouache paintings as watery as a memory, to electric-blue cyanotype photography, to sculptures as tightly wound (and unwinding) as the mortal coil of life itself. These works will intermingle with video installations, which will run on continuous loop during the exhibit. The opening reception promises to be unusual and thought-provoking as well. At the stroke of 7 p.m. Ebben will give a performance in reaction to all of these elements as Gamelan music both live and pre-recorded creates a soundtrack to the experience. The performance serves as another reminder of the ephemeral qualities of art, spirits, and life: At the end of his opening the artist will deconstruct some of his work for guests to bring home, literally. The opening reception is from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, January 14.
Jan. 14-Feb. 28, 2011

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