On Saturday February 7, 2008 from 1-3 PM Art Metropole will launch Parthenogenesis, a 198 page artists’ book by Michael Dudeck Witch Doctor. Please join us to celebrate and meet the artist.
Parthenogenesis exposes the battleground between archaic dualities. Symmetry and proportion wage war against annihilation and the visceral. Ritual practice and mystical questions attempt to regulate an inner barbarity that threatens to strangle and destroy. The Eden myth is resurrected and explored as an archetypal division; what constitutes each aspect?
Much of the text in Parthenogenesis comes from the artist himself, but interspersed throughout the work are the words of over 30 thinkers/artist/writers that explore the same archaic divide.
The Parthenogenesis publication is an attempt to map out the conceptual and poetic terrain of Dudeck’s large-scale performance / installation of the same name, to be presented at the Pari Nadimi Gallery in Toronto with an opening performance on Thursday February 5, 2008 from 6-8 PM. The Parthenogenesis project is a trans-disciplinary production merging drawing, sculpture, video, performance, installation, sound and text.
Michael Dudeck Witch Doctor is a trans-disciplinary artist and cultural engineer whose work spans multiple media and forms including performance art, video/film, drawing, sculpture, web-projects, publications, text-work and installation. He is currently apprenticing with notable artist and healer(s) AA Bronson and Marina Abramovic and has recently returned from being an Intern at the Institute for Art, Religion and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary in New York and two months as the Shaman-In-Residence for Marina Abramovicâ€™s large scale performance retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. He has performed exhibited lectured and screened video works nationally and internationally including major galleries Pari Nadmi Gallery (Toronto), and John Connelly Presents. Dudeckâ€™s work was featured in the New Museumâ€™s Younger Than Jesus Artist directory (surveying 500 artists below the ages of 33 (Phaidon Press) and was chosen to exhibit in AA Bronsonâ€™s notable exhibition AA Bronsonâ€™s School for Young Shamans, at John Connelly Presents in New York. Dudeckâ€™s work involves inventing his own religion and presents aspects of that religion in installations, rituals, performances, video works and publications. The premise of his religion is the birth of dualism : humans separate into all male, all-female, homo-normative tribes and eventually war ensues between both parties and the ultimate result is a series of genders, endlessly reproducing into more and more multiplicity. He has created three languages that correspond to various tribes and his next solo exhibition, Amygdala, to be presented at Ace Art in Winnipeg, January, 2011 will present a chronological timeline of the first epochs of this universe. A solo exhibition at Pari Nadimi Gallery in the fall of 2011 will further attempt to document this cosmogony. Dudeck will be undergoing a 6-month artist residency in Jerusalem in early 2011 to study religion further and develop his first publication in the Religion series: The Book of Deer.