Though she does not consider herself a religious person, former school teacher Athalyn Rose says she believes that “miraculous” images of the apocalypse have appeared to her, and she’s got proof. Chicago bellhop Ted Serios created beautiful abstract photographs or “thoughtographs” he swore up and down he’d produced by psychic thought rather than camera tricks. Separately, some people believe that ghosts have actually been captured on film. What do all of these mystically inclined individuals have in common, beyond the Theremin soundtrack that’s probably repeat-playing in their brains? Beginning this Friday evening at MICA, all above-mentioned evidence of otherworldly interplay will be on exhibit in Baltiomore. The show, “Materializations: Uncanny Images,” curated by MICA Humanistic Studies professor Mikita Brottman kicks off Friday evening with a gallery talk on psychic photography by UMBC professor Mark Alice Durant. Athalyn Rose will be on hand to discuss her book, Coming out of the Dark: Miraculous Biblical Painting. Where/when below:
MICA, Rosenberg Gallery, Brown Center, 2nd Floor
Reception & gallery talk Friday, March 8, 5-7 p.m. (On display March 1-17.)
Viewers can also enjoy spooky sound compositions by MICA student Olya Androsik: “The Transit of Venus” and “Rapture,” playing alongside “The Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society Dream-films” by artist Zoe Beloff.
I talked to Brottman about the material’s attraction for her.