A Sensory Exploration | A Night of Art, Music and Visual Performances
Hosted By: Kimberly Mitcham & Ania Dajczer
Curated night with art, music, and entertainment at the NOVO Cellar in Soho. Invitation Only.
Suggested donation: $30
Proceeds go to Oceanic Global
About Oceanic Global:
Our ocean is both the source and the sustainer of all life on earth. It covers over 70 percent of our planet and produces over 70 percent of its oxygen, accounting for more than every other breath we take. No matter where we’re from or where we live, we are all tied to our ocean. As a species, we are intrinsically oceanic.
Oceanic Global honors humanity’s essential relationship to our ocean. We empower behavior that protects our ocean’s health and, in turn, our own. We raise awareness for the devastating effects of human consumption on our aquatic ecosystems, and work with leading scientists, conservationists, artists, and industry experts to drive positive change.
Join us from January 22nd-January 28th for the Gallery Exhibition of Ted Barkhorn!
The Gallery will officially be open to the public on Tuesday, January 22nd at 12PM.
Daily Viewings from 12PM-6PM
Closing Party on Monday, January 28th. RSVP BELOW
About Ted Barkhorn:
The twisted shapes of ancient Redwood roots caught Ted Barkhorn’s eye on a leisurely afternoon hike one day a few years ago, leading him to begin photographing these gnarled and intertwined forms, expressions of the natural world. Barkhorn discovered these giant roots in New Paltz, New York where a millworker had them shipped cross country to create a display, homage to the beauty of these majestic trees brutally harvested from the 1860s until 1930 in Northern California. Each ancient Redwood root has its own meaning to Barkhorn, its own personalized iconography, its own connection to the voices of uplifting writers and spiritually-minded visionaries whose words interpret the images.
Chronicling the forms in his contemporary photography, Barkhorn quotes Thoreau, “It is not what you look at that matters. It is what you see.” He invites viewers to bring their own vision to each image; to see what’s implied not simply what’s immediately visible. Scientifically speaking this phenomenon is known as Pareidolia, envisioning faces or perhaps, animals or other recognizable representations of nature in clouds, trees, or rocks. Though we all experience this intuitively, Barkhorn perceives Pareidolia as an art form with spiritual implications. He has dedicated himself to capturing a magical, mysterious even supernatural perspective on the natural world.
Ted Barkhorn is an acclaimed photographer recognized for his daring work for leading pharmaceutical companies before transitioning into landscaping as a life endeavor. Now combining both passions, Ted brings a tremendous understanding of nature to his work and his art. His true connection to the earth and sky has been fostered over the decades as he has been involved in the world of landscaping design since childhood. A family man now, living in Northern New Jersey, he has returned to his own roots, so to speak, merging his path as an artist with his commitment to nurturing the earth.
Lena Viddo is a multi-media artist of Swedish-Colombian descent. She is classically trained and studied painting in Florence, Italy at the Accademia Di Belle Arti and design at the Polimoda. She received her BA from F.I.T. in NYC. Viddo’s work has been exhibited worldwide in galleries, museums and art fairs. Viddo currently lives with her family and works between two studios; Bushwick, Brooklyn and rural Vermont.
Her painting, which can be described as focused reality not tethered to traditional realism, is informed by the natural world and draws from a range of cultural sources including literature, history, fashion magazines, news headlines, and advertising campaigns. She also takes inspiration from her studies of Taoism, Jungian psychology, philosophy and her work with plant medicine, psychedelics and the Sufi Ennegram system. Her newest body of work looks at the artist as shaman and mystic as a counterweight to a society where the idolatry of money and materialism prevail alongside a growing yearning for spiritualism and deeper meaning.