The collective assault of negative, horrifying images, ideas, events, emotions, and realities
in an inferno of hatred, anger, and resentment for atrocities real and imagined;
inflamed by news media and the Internet;
zombie-filled entertainment, movies, shows, games:and countless tales of mankind fighting to conquer
never-ending assaults, invasions, and abominations; creates a frenzied consciousness of dread,
an overwhelming conviction that we are doomed.
This is the 21st-century brain, certain of the terminal cataclysm, the imminent inevitable,
the final collapse, the go-bonkers, the Mother Kali, the blown fuse, the big debacle,
the last hemorrhage, the mighty annihilation, the end of all things and final Act of God.
Shadoe’s work has been described as “Illumination of Spirit,” a 21st Century William Blake.
Merging familiar forms with optical illusions, the multi-media work explores metaphysical conundrums
with intricate and abstract images, shapes, and perspective to create explosive visual statements
in richly saturated colors. These impossible constructions are designed to create contradictions that engage the mind
with three dimensional illusions on two dimensional planes. This forced perspective is an attempt to reveal
that visual input may contain hidden information or have no meaning at all,
and it’s what we do with the information that may or may not exist, that give it meaning.
States of mind and the contemplation of Spiritual revelations are expressed in radiant compositions,
abstract realism, self-indulgent word play, and humor. This is humor so subtle, it may not be considered humor at all.
If a smile or laugh emerges later for no apparent reason,
it will be a case of: Time-Released Mirth. Stevens calls his artistic approach: “ Transcendental Wha Hoo. “
INVISIBLE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN "HOPE"
To read about religions of the world, science, a position on atheism,
and why we have every reason the be Hopeful.
Click below to see the video introduction and descriptions of the Rocky Waters Suite
The Vision for "Rocky Waters"
To explore the face of Doubt, Fear of the Unknown, and the Nature of Hope.
I set out to create works that reflect the enormity and complexity of emotional states
triggered by the yeah-buts and what-ifs
through dense imagery and colorful optical illusions.
The mind is bombarded by endless conflicting thoughts and impulses
moment to moment, so I set out to create a series of pieces
that would givea fleeting glimpse of mind-sets at various States of Change.
The Suite is a Visual and Auditory journey through Challenging Times
by way of Narrative, intensely colorful and engaging Images,
and a brilliantly subtle combination of meaty depth with a dollop of wit -
humor so subtle it is barely recognizable as humor
because it doesn't make you laugh or even smile,
but may come back later when you least expect it.
I call this kind of humor: Time-Released Mirth.
A NOTE FROM SHADOE STEVENS
The Galerie Michael Show was a great success. Thank you to all my friends, family, and visitors who showed up in support of this gala event. Among the hundreds of people were Craig Ferguson, Joe Mantegna, Director Paul Feig,
and a huge number of friends I hadn't seen for years. The gallery said it was one of the biggest
and loudest receptions ever. What's most remarkable is that "Galerie Michael," at 224 Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills,
is the top gallery on the west coast and I was surrounded by Picasso and Salvador Dali.
How did I get there? It's the kind of mysterious and unexpected magic
the Rocky Waters series explores: the inexplicable perplexity of unlimited possibilities.
SHADOE ART - DEBUTS EXCLUSIVELY IN FLORIDA
A major exhibition of Shadoe Stevens' Art opens Friday, December 6, 2019 at
Stakenborg - Greenberg Fine Art Gallery in Sarasota.
The gallery, a treasure trove of art for the fine art collector, features some of the greatest artists in history and today,
including: Salvador Dali, Rembrandt, Picasso, Larry Rivers, Ronin, and now, Shadoe Stevens.
The gallery is at 1545 Main Street in Sarasota.
Click here for more: stakenborg-greenberg.com
The first week of December will include Shadoe appearing on behalf of the Florida Film Commission at the
Ringling School of Art and Design
"HOPE" - 54” x 108” canvas, stretched & varnished, gallery wrapped - also available: Artist Proofs: 44" x 81" and 18.5" x 36" printed on Saunders Waterford - Somerset enhanced radiant white,hand made paper for the U.K. - hand signed in pencil -
with a separate framed description - and delivered with 57 page printed glossary booklet - descriptions and meaning behind the more than one hundred images, symbols, masters, leaders, quotes, spiritual beliefs, and image symbolism
To go to the " Rocky Waters" Suite
and see each image with audio narration
"MAP" / GLOSSARY
To find descriptions and meaning behind the more than one hundred
images, symbols, masters, quotes, and leaders.
"Hope is the Upside. But if you’re upside down, looking Down, instead of Up.
You don’t even know it’s there.” - Brownboy Love
Amid the madness of a world in turmoil, at this moment,
with every breath,there are countless millions in every religion and spiritual practice,
praying for peace, strength, solutions, courage,
and the power to triumph over adversity.
Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists,
Jews, Jains, Taoists, and Baha’is,
Zoroastrians, Sikhs, Confucianists, and Shintoists,
Shamanists, and Native American medicine men
find unity, love, direction, inspiration and solutions from Within.
So we dive into the inexhaustible, ever-expanding wonder and
divine intoxication of the Supreme Universal Self.
"DOOMSDAY" - 54” x 108” canvas, stretched & varnished, gallery wrapped
The luminous beauty and empowering love found in the images of this work
reflect the divine consciousness emblazoned upon the blueprint of our universe.
It is in the waves of the ocean and the spinning of galaxies.
Illumination of the incomprehensible perfection of all that is
manifests in the intentions and devotion that have inspired accomplishments
of triumphant creativity and expression.
It is in temples in India, cathedrals in Spain, Mosques in Turkey,
Churches in America, and the spiritual rituals, ceremonies,
celebrations, and dazzling colors of Devotion and Faith.
In a conscious decision to embrace eternity and reach for divinity
in beliefs that have been blossoming since the dawn of creation,
mankind reaches beyond the limitations of space and time, into the transcendental,
for inspiration, direction, peace of mind, and Hope.
This work is dedicated to the truth embodied in all of the world’s true religions
Our world is filled with madness. We are bombarded daily with countless stories of terror, tragedy,
and hatred. It has become a mind-numbing assault on the world’s collective consciousness.
Fear and dread have become the norm, and even our most successful entertainment
has become shock driven. Doomsday explores the face of reality, doubt,
and the constant barrage of media-driven fear, in a work of dense imagery
and colorful optical illusions. This is an unsettling visual journey through intensely colorful
and engaging - sometimes terrifying, sometimes humorous - imagery.
Doomsday was commissioned by Farley Malorrus in an effort to visualize how
mankind has its focus on some kind of imminent inevitable:
chaos, death, destruction, and extermination of everything around us.