image text special shop

'The Alchemist' by Matyáš Chochola at Gossamer Fog, London

The Alchemist gestures towards a speculative return to a pre-intellectual era. Despite ongoing scientific progress which has defined the general consensus of human knowledge and understanding of the world, a number of alternative interpretations of reality and its principles of functioning have emerged. It is as if the magnification of the traditional Western rational philosophy, resulting in blind and careless misuse of the natural, material world around us, could only be reconciled by a dramatic turning back, which could be perceived as undiscerning, even naive, but provides comfort with its apparent simplicity found in references to nature and its elementary symbolism. A sidestep into a parallel reality, in which the clearly reason-based laws of physics and humans do apply, yet simultaneously magic and unknown forces are at work. This speculative view of what is and what is not "real" is becoming more and more relevant as our lived reality becomes increasingly more disorientating. 

This imaginary escape from the passage of time manifests itself in various forms with varying degrees of intensity. There are those that occasionally consult a card reader or fortune teller for support in decision making, while others cannot imagine their lives without regularly purifying their homes with the energy from crystals. Such ritual practices and the belief in the influence of invisible and immeasurable energies also persist because they are effective to a certain extent, if you actually believe. In addition, to entrust at least partial responsibility for one's personal life and the collective direction of society into the ‘hands’ of some higher power, whether it be unspecified forces, supernatural beings, or planets and stars, is certainly tempting. 

Mythological figures that wield supernatural powers have throughout history influenced the psyche of populations and societies, now contemporary mythology is enriched with another legend. The story of a powerful alchemist-druid who is one possible answer to a call for help at a time when existing rational convictions are disintegrating slowly but surely. In current circumstances, we would certainly welcome salvation through the opportunity to think with ancient alchemical practices in difficult moments. This modern Celt, embodied by the artist himself, has emerged from a rift in space and time which leads from a mythical world. In this temporary embodiment of an archetype, he is here to throw a line to his peers who are grappling with blind uncertainty. The mage's final reincarnation is attributed with a blend of tools and knowledge from the urban environment and the primitive power of the elements and supernatural forces, while spells and potions are concocted with a unique integration of technology and mysticism. 

17.4.21 — 16.5.21

Curated by Veronika Čechová

Gossamer Fog

'Field of Flowers' by Anna Taganzeva-Kobzeva at Fabula Gallery, Moscow

'WEBWAY' by Jennifer Mathews and Mia Middleton at Haydens Gallery, Melbourne

'Body Without Organs
' by Matt Smoak at BAD WATER, Knoxville

'Aladdin Kebab', Group Show Curated by TZVETNIK at, Rostov-on-Don

'Squeaky Beach' by Collective Disgrace (Ilana Winderickx, Sophie Conus, Pablo Rez

'Session N1 Distant touch' by Sasha Gosmant and Olesia Lavrinenko at Daipyat, Vor

'...schläft sich durch' by Elif Saydam at Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg

'Flesh of Earth' by Suzanna Zak at Prairie, Chicago

Proudfoot & Piasecka (ft. Nima Séne, Ailie Ormston and William Darrell), ENSEMBLE

'Šedý girlandy' by Anka Helfert at Studio PRÁM, Prague

'Castles III' by Jesse Sullivan at apartment 13

'You Likey?' by Joe W. Speier at King’s Leap, New York

'À fleur de boue' by Cecilia Granara & Pierre Unal-Brunet at Double Séjour, Clich

'Fog Palace' by Philip Hinge & Club Superette (presented by Catbox Contemporary)

'Truth' by Alexey Zhuravlev at Gallery Victoria, Samara

'Siren Fort', Off-Site Group Show at Rozel Point Oil Field, Utah

'Glück für Sorgenkinder' by Isadora Vogt at Sentiment, Zurich

'Tales of Nursing' by Loren Kagny at eeeeh!, Nyon

Next Page