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Bedlam and Bibelot
Ms. Streeter's Cabinet of Wicked Witches and Terrible Toys
Featuring Whittney A. Streeter
Opening Friday, November 17th, 2017
Exhibit Runs Through December 23rd
Artist Talk: Friday December 15th at 7pm
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Bedlam: a place where the mad reside
Bibelot: trinkets
I grew up in a very old, very full house. There were sepia-toned photos of scowling dead relatives on the walls, yellowing lace curtains over the windows, puzzle boxes, trinkets from foreign travels, armoires and antique steamer trunks; everything was old and worn from use. Antiques and heirlooms were usable and used everyday, but also frighteningly irreplaceable.

In my work, I try to capture this grandmother's attic feeling. It is familiar and inviting, yet unsettling. Reminiscent of old family photos in their recycled frames with faded watercolor, bright ink, and sepia-stained coffee coloring, my work draws on menacing old places, those photos of scowling dead relatives, sewing boxes, stories from childhood, the haunted feeling of being alone, and some mad-scientist quackery. I work to create images that are somehow familiar, yet intriguingly disturbing, creating that sense one would get exploring the forbidden places in the homes of elderly relatives.

Folktales lurk in those same dark, deep childhood memories. They haunt and enchant us as adults. They still scare us in the most familiar ways. This is a series exploring one of the darkest elements of global folktales: the hag. These little old women who live in the woods appear in stories from all over the world, from the child-eating Baba Yaga in Russia, to the old woman in the underworld who helps Marwe in stories from Kenya. These women are wise and wicked, helpful and dangerous. They are often a hero's last hope, but are never to be trifled with. These enchanting female characters remind me of the strongest parts of myself, bold and strange and worth embracing.

Included with the illustrations of hags are a number of interactive objects – toys that are as horrible as the stories we heard and retold in childhood. They are made to be dark and surprising, to feel as old and precariously usable and irreplaceable as the objects I grew up with. They are made to be reminiscent of those times as children when we enjoyed being a little scared.​

 
 
FOUR LOST SOULS: A SOLO EXHIBITION FEATURING JON LANGFORD
Opening Friday, January 5th, 2018 from 6 - 10pm
Exhibit Runs Through January 27th, 2018
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It is a tremendous honor and with great excitement that we welcome back to the Rogue Buddha Gallery, artist and musician, Jon Langford!

Jon Langford is the founding member of punk icons the Mekons (celebrating their 40th anniversary this year), as well as alt-country pioneers/rabble-rousers the Waco Brothers.  Other projects include the Pine Valley Cosmonauts, Skull Orchard, Bad Luck Jonathan, and collaborations with Australian Aboriginal singer Roger Knox, the Rockabilly Filly Rosie Flores, and The Sadies.

His paintings and prints of the storied figures of rock, blues, and country have been exhibited all over the world, including the Country Music Hall of Fame, where he was also an artist in residence at the famed Hatch Show Print.

“Jon Langford has grit in his voice and melody in his soul. A punk-rock pioneer, a leading light of alt-country, a troubadour for our times, a musicians' mentor, a visual artist of uncommon skill, a singer-songwriter who writes with the authority of having lived a life rather just having imagined it, how do you peg Langford? Is he folk, rock, country, punk, what? Yes, he's all that. Langford is Langford, a transplanted Welshman who's been in Chicago long enough for us to claim him, and in doing so, stake a claim to a treasure.” - New City Chicago

“Summarizing Jon Langford’s contributions to punk rock and all of its permutations, as well as his career-long obsession with American roots music, is liable to overwhelm anyone.” - LA Times

“Jon Langford boasts a unique creative energy, unless you can name another individual who helped pioneer cowpunk (The Mekons' Fear And Whiskey) while contributing artwork to craft breweries (Dogfish Head).” - Spin

https://www.facebook.com/jonboylangford
https://www.bloodshotrecords.com/artist/jon-langford

 
 
Bardot (Solo Exhibition)
February 2018
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