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Art Opening {Apocalypse Show}

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A story in images……..

Old Kress Building

The old Kress Building…now the upstairs studios to the KSpace.

Night shot into the studios.

A quiet start to the evening.

Contemplating Ascension.

Ascension, an assemblege by Eric Payne

My piece behind the bar.

Existentia, mixed media by Rachél Payne

Writing in a thank you journal for Michelle Smythe

Artist stands beside self portrait…multiple realities.

What kind of chaos would await us after the Apocalypse?

In what would we find comfort and refuge?

Where would our anger rest?

Who would stand with us?

Congratulations to KSpace Contemporary for their 5 years of keeping the doors open and the art flowing.  A special celebration and thank you, too, for Michelle Smythe who has been the main guiding force for KSpace (as a gallery, studio and non-profit) for 13 years.  I know that I personally owe a debt of gratitude to her for opening the KSpace studios to me when I was a very novice artist just over a decade ago.  Since then, KSpace and the artists who have continued to cultivate its place in our city’s culture have been guiding lights for me.  The work I do here at Creativity Tribe pays homage to that spirit of giving.

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  1. very interesting Rachel; that kind of space is what I want for myself eventually for both work and display;lots of floorspace; lots of WALL space for big paintings–sheets of plywood size. And interesting questions you asked. The scenarios have been played around for years by various authors but due to what we’ve witnessed with disasters in last yrs, we know some realities and they aren’t pretty. Reliance on the gov to come in like the calvary hasn’t worked so well for those caught in Katrina and Sandy. Our Tx drought is a different kind of disaster but still a disaster. We know our store shelves would empty within 3 days if not sooner. My guess is sooner. We will lose our disabled and ill friends and relatives when the pharmacies shut down. It may take weeks or months but eventually we will be drowning in trash and sewage while electric outage means our food goes bad and we are cut off from the world out there. Thinking globally goes down the toilet. Thinking locally will be the only means of getting by and while gold is nice and shiny- it has no nutritional value. Out of the mess will be those who will plant gardens and forage–and those who will take whatever they can get their hands on. Bullets, seeds, meds and water will be the leaders in a barter system that will cross the US via homemade biofuels and on-foot, wherein we will also trade clothing we can spare for what we need along with linens, germ killers, tools etc. We’ve read it all. Authors have warned us.Nothing is written in stone about the future and anything is possible–except that avoiding this is …unlikely. It may fall on our children and grandchildren–or it may fall on us. That remains to be seen.

    • Galyn, the show last night was so interesting. Every art piece had some link back to the end of the world or society. Then, there were these installations tucked in and among the art that crafted the bigger picture. It was a light way to look at a deeper subject which you have painted out in details above. For myself, I sink a lot of hope into believing that living my life with joy will make any ending less difficult.

      • Rachel, we have been presented with all those scenarios but NO ONE has tried to develop the other side of the coin. You mention joy. Where will people find joy? Yes–it will be a challenge but isn’t that what much of human life on earth is about? If one believes in reincarnation, we volunteer for challenge after challenge. People will find joy-because we do, even in the simplest of things like dandelions and laughter and the very dawn and dusk and moonlight. We adapt. We reach out. Disaster won’t end our creativeness. It will bring it even more to the front for we will be forced to confront something with ‘what can I do with this? what can it become?’ Scavengers/foragers/artists have always done that as have all kinds of craftspeople. Weavers will not be just craftspeople but NECESSARY as will woodcarvers and potters and those able to build houses from scavenged materials. We may emerge from all that better off than we are right now and with a new appreciation for the ancient arts of storytelling and a religion that is closer to nature but reaches out into the stars and beyond all the way to heaven, whatever people believe that to be, with a bunch of smothering rules thrown out.

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