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Upcoming First Friday Opening: May 2, 2014 6pm-9pm

Transmutation, 2014, oil and spray paint on canvas, 69" x 69"

 

DOMINATOR

New Work by Skyler Bieberly

May 2 - June 28, 2014

Main Gallery

Artist Statement

My work is a direct product of my surroundings, the emotional, psychological, and physical world in which all life inhabits. Intuitive and in the moment I translate emotion and experience through the act of creating. My work teeters between the gestural and the technical. Much like life, the reality of the universe I create is multi-dimensional, a bridging of motifs both light and dark.


There exists a nasty tendency in the human condition, an aggressive and instinctual selfishness, our Id, the Dominator. The desire to seek immediate satisfaction has become rampant. Why do we alienate ourselves from each other and our environment, our Earth-Mother and deny the interconnectedness of all life? Was there a time in human evolution in which the ability to dominate, kill, rape, and pillage was not only advantageous but necessary? Was there an age of back-stabbing, face eating boogymen that eventually decimated their own species into dilution, ultimately evolving into what became a human being? Whatever the case, the Dominator gene has survived and flourished in our psyche, having been passed down through the millennia. You can see it in our collective attitudes, governments, entertainment, in endless war, and amongst other hominids. This affliction is simply that, a disease of the mind, body, and soul. To identify the Dominator in yourself is to abolish its power. Now is the time for mankind to transcend the chains of this evolutionary psychosis. My role as an artist is to investigate consciousness and the human condition. Playing the part of shaman and social commenter I regard my creations as reliquaries of spirit, emotion and consciousness, informed by experience. My work is a cathartic ritual that I must engage in.

 

Artist Bio

Skyler Bieberly is a Kansas City Art Institute, Sculpture BFA recipient from 2008. During his time at KCAI and in the years following his graduation he has increased his involvement in local galleries, group shows, public arts projects, and critiques. Bieberly has previously shown in such group shows as "WITNESS: Perspectives On War" at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center as well as group shows at The Dolphin Gallery and The Late Show Gallery. "DOMINATOR" will be Bieberly's second solo show, his previous "The Hidden Temple" took place at The Late Show Gallery in July 2011. Over the past year Bieberly has been curating one-night-only art openings for The Guild event space while simultaneously creating his new body of work for "DOMINATOR."

 

www.skylerbieberly.com

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