Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Eve of Illumination!

"There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic." – Anais Nin

Tomorrow night the gallery will be filled with patrons, artists, chaos magicians and simple passers-by. Their one commonality will be awe, as Christopher Ulrich unveils his masterwork, almost three years in the making, Illuminator: The Royal Wedding. The reception begins at 7PM, when Ulrich will be celebrating (and signing) the official release of his 16 image print collection, each of which is limited to only a dozen editions. He'll also have the last remaining copies of his Demoneater tome available for purchase. The grand opening celebration will start one hour later, and I honestly can't prepare you for what you will see if you are lucky enough to attend.

We just finished hanging the entire show, and it's grandiose on an unsurpassed scale. This is the first exhibition of the New La Luz de Jesus, to utilize both rooms. This is a journey: a full gallery takeover by one artist. The front room has all of the drawing studies, which line the south and east walls. The print editions are lined in a double row along the west wall. And on the North wall...

You'll just have to come and see.

It's the perfect springboard for the doorway into the back gallery, which houses the rest of Illuminator: the Royal Wedding!

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