Closing Tea: Pitch Black The work of Damon Locks & Alix Lambert
Saturday December, 15th 12-4pm
Pitch Black presents the work of Damon Locks and Alix Lambert. Both artists exhibit pieces that explore the unseen side of the human condition and the challenges we face in confronting and exploring those places.
The screen prints on display by Damon Locks in the Pitch Black exhibit explore another tributary of his expression. Gone is the populous that inhabit his artistic terrain. The urban landscapes of previous pieces are deemed irrelevant in this new set of pieces. Shape and texture have moved to the forefront. There is an implicit interest in how mark making can bring forth some of the same concepts as his previous work in a more abstracted way.
The show is made up of a series of MOOD pieces. Even in their absence, it could be said the subject matter still revolves around people but now his artistic lens focuses on their reverberations. A recent viewing of Jean Painlevé's microscopic look at undersea life brought to mind otherworldly landscapes and inspired the more textural approach to this series.
The photography and sculpture by Alix Lambert are from her ongoing investigation into death. The two images were taken at the University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropological Research Center (nicknamed The Body Farm) - the only facility in the world that studies the decomposition of the human corpse. The bronze dental casts are a nod to teeth and/ or bite marks being common in identifying bodies and murder victims respectively.
"We are not a culture of death. I don't see any reason why we shouldn't go into great depth about what happens when someone dies. Let's take somebody who is killed and thrown out on the edge of the road and police are called. They come and they hold up sheets so that you can't see what's going on. Everybody drives by looking - but can't see anything. They call whoever comes to pick up the body. They come and out the body in a black disaster bag, and again you can't see what they are doing. The body bag goes to the morgue. Well, you don't take tours of morgues and you don't know what goes on in a morgue. If you ever see that individual again it may be at the funeral if they have an open coffin. But if they don't, they are buried and no one ever sees it. I don't know why we cover it up." - Bill Bass, Forensic anthropologist and founder of The Body Farm.