Spell #7416, 2016
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CONJURE | TALBOT EASTON SELBY
Snake Charmer, 2016
Artspace 506, in North Myrtle Beach, SC is pleased to announce the opening of “Conjure”
a solo show of works by Talbot Easton Selby. The exhibition opens Thursday, September 15
and continues through Saturday, November 12, 2016.
With “Conjure” Selby has created a photographic, sculptural, mystical experience for the gallery visitor. The first floor gallery is an immersive engagement that psychologically prepares the viewer for works that will be presented in the second floor galleries. In the installation Selby takes the viewer into a zone somewhere in the deep south of the United States, perhaps to the artist’s own roots in Mississippi, with myriad references to the spirits, mysteries and superstitions of the deep south. This is a haunted place, suspenseful, but also mysteriously beckoning, transporting the viewer into a world of dense, humid, natural spaces where voodoo is practiced and spirits, benevolent and malevolent, roam. The works in this gallery, taken together as a whole, present the viewer with what seems to be a visual equivalent to mystic incantation.
The second floor gallery contains stunning black and white photographs that expand the experiences of the ground floor installation. Selby is a photographer with finely tuned instincts regarding subject and composition. The photographs are elegant, although the subjects represented maintain the mood of the installation. The viewer is kept in the magical, mysterious world he has created and presented to us, a world of voodoo, hoodoo, and superstition. While the images are beautiful, many of them are quietly disturbing, and all contain a sense of gravitas, making for an immersive photographic exhibition.
Selby received a BFA from Delta State University (2003) and MFA from Clemson University (2006). He has traveled widely, to Italy, Egypt and China, documenting diverse lands and cultures. His photographs have been exhibited in group and solo shows throughout the United States. Selby’s work has been published in Delta Magazine, Metropolis Magazine, and Canadian Art Magazine. He is also the 2008 recipient of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters award for photography. His works are found in many private and public collections. He resides in Conway, SC where he is Associate Professor of Art and Department Chair for the Department of Visual Art at Coastal Carolina University.
The exhibition is free and open to the public. Artspace 506 is located at 506 37th Avenue, South, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582. The gallery is open Wednesday - Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information contact Artspace 506 at 843-273-0399.