Sept 16th - Friday, October 8th
The Carnivora Portraits, photographed by cross-disciplinary artist Jason Covert, derive their inspiration from the 2004 groundbreaking discovery in Siorapaluk, Greenland of a series of rocky substrate slabs (now commonly referred to as "The Sacred Texts of Carnivora"), bearing pre-cuneiform myth fragments indicative of a hitherto unknown Proto-Eskimo language and culture.
Drawing strongly on the pivotal roles of "The Mother" and "The Father" as portrayed in the texts (recently made available in newer, more accessible translation), Covert’s existential photography depicts primordial beings as viewed in a void, reduced to their essentials, stripped bare save for black and white markings (all painted by the artist) that adorn their bodies. While caught in poses echoing their primal, emotive energies, they display opposing demeanors: where she is calm, he rages; where she soothes, he seethes.
As much a comment on the beauty of the naked human form as on the archetypal roles of male and female, The Carnivora Portraits leave viewers with the question of voyeurism inverted: can one look at a nude and not see oneself depicted? And in doing so, all of humanity?
The Carnivora Portraits are on display as part of a larger exhibition presented by Cannery Works, chashama, and +aRt. Jason Covert’s CARNIVORA opens Thursday, Sept 16th, at 540 W 28th St, between 10th and 11th Avenues, with an opening reception that evening from 6 PM – 10 PM. CARNIVORA will be on exhibit through Friday, October 8th, 2010. Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00am - 6:00pm, or by appointment: 212-594-6464.