Sunday, September 7, 2014

Seen on Decatur Street

Lolipop by Margaret Meinzer and Ben Gregory
Seaside Wedding by Senan O'Connor
Not What You Think by Donna Moore
For the peripatetic flaneur, the 2100 block of Decatur Street is a study in urban animism, the genii loci of particular public places and the capacity of the inanimate for a kind of collective consciousness as people and things shift invisibly on their axes and reconfigure themselves within the parameters of the improbable. The current show at Gallery Twenty-One Fourteen is an example of new work that in many ways suggests a latter day iteration of the underground aesthetic of the French Quarter in the days of Noel Rockmore, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Gypsy Lou Webb, Lorenz Borenstein and others now discarnate, elsive as quicksilver at dusk, no longer seen but present in spirit, subtly whispering to others to follow them into those labyrinths between the worlds where it is always All Saints Day and the spirits of place rule the shadows and the margins as guardians of the liminal spaces where dawn and dusk are eternally born and reborn as luminous mists on the river. Here the spirit of continuity lives on. ~Bookhardt