by Tom Schimmel
I came here looking for some good eye candy from the fantasy realm mingled with what I hoped was some decent poetry. I found paintings and prints as well.
Laurel Winter has a group of paintings on the west wall that are interesting to look at; but not nearly intricate enough to justify $400 price tags unless they have special powers. Hopefully she has patrons. Anyway, Winter is the only one who has a true piece of poetic alchemy in the show. "Eve's Theory of Gravity" combines a watercolor rendering of Everymom with a poem:
“I was called a temptress; the fruit, sin.
Newton, when it bruised his head, became the father of physics, and his child,
gravity, anchored us to this world. Because I took the first bite. Because my
mouth asked the first questions."
There are a few other prose-poems in the exhibit that were framed and ornamented
with necklaces by Elise Mathessen. Not exactly alchemy, more like decoration.
"Wolfbane and Memory" is a little spicy at four hundred bucks, but
you do get a free necklace. Anyway, here are a few lines:
"The extract of the roots, with belladonna, made an ointment that let
you fly. You had to remember not to lick your fingers afterward if you valued
— John Calvin Remerski
Even without any poetic alchemy, prints in general are the thing to look for
at the Eye of Horus. Artist Wendy Rose has the most interesting work in this
show. Fair prices ($50-125) and truly unique talent with exotic auras and creatures
of legend. The only thing I wish wasn't true about her prints is that the protective
shrink wrap has lost its shrink and it was really hard to see through the glare.
Beth Hanson has her studio onsite and watches the store in the mornings. She
has a few original drawings in the show; and a number of prints in the store.
"The New High Priestess" poses a young hottie within the outline of
a frog. The young soul of a woman expressed through the ancient zen of amphibians.
Hanson's high quality prints are produced from her original oil paintings. She
told me she's been painting for about 10 years. "Queens Knight" and
her other work will be on display in the upcoming October show. Prints are available
anytime during business hours. As Halloween approaches, Eye of Horus is nearing
its first anniversary in business. While they couldn't get me an original copy
of The Necromicon (it never hurts to ask), they can special order just about
any occult, arcan, or Wiccan title available. Meanwhile a tarot deck or Rune
stones will make a great pinch gift for your favorite freaky muggle. And who
knows, maybe that old Nimbus 2000 you have sitting in the closet is worth something.
Poetic Alchemy runs through Sept. 26 at Eye of Horus Gallery,
2717 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls. . 612-872-1292.