Dark Hand and Lamplight

I guess about two years ago now, we had a Kramers Ergot event at the Hammer Museum, where amongst films, readings, and slides, one of those totally memorable things happened in the form of a performance by toronto based artist Shary Boyle. Shary was someone whose work had always blown me away-the first time I saw her work was at a friend's house, going through a box of mini comics. It had no name on it, no contact info, and some of the most powerful single images I had ever seen. Presumably based on dreams, they depicted a haunting and familiar world that was sexual, mysterious, and intensely personal. One drawing in particular, of a cluster of tiny horses galloping from under a girls bed, stuck in my mind sharply for at least another two years, by which time I finally found out more about the artist, saw more of her incredibly varied work (porcelain sculpture, oil painting, paper cut outs, models, watercolors, miniature clay sculpture), and got the opportunity to publish a series of watercolors she did in Kramers Ergot 6. And I reckon her work in that issue is some of the best I ever got to publish in any issue.
Anyway, I had the museum fly Shary in because I knew, however vaguely, that she did live drawing/performance, but I wasn't (nor I think anyone in the audience) quite prepared for how powerful her piece was going to be. Her's was the last of the evening, and it was a killer. When it was all over and the lights where up, the audience was genuinely stunned by it, their mouths agape, eyes wide. The feeling in the air was we were all lucky to have caught it. She somehow expanded upon the dark beauty and timeless mystery found in her painting and created it out of nothing in an actual physical space.
Soon after, she went on tour as the opening act on Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's next west coast tour. This time with live accompaniment from Doug Paisley, and the duo now titled Dark Hand and Lamplight. Supposedly it was even better than the Hammer performance.We are happy to announce that Dark Hand and Lamplight are coming back to LA for two performances. First at the Cinefamily on Thursday, May 1st, then at the Hammer Museum Wednesday May 7th. Shary tells me both performances will be different, so I am sure after you come to the Cinefamily event, you'll be lining up at the museum for the second.
On top of that, Shary's new monograph, Otherworld Uprising, comes out the same week! So come check it all out.(You can check Dark Hand and Lamplight on Myspace too for more info)

posted by sammy at 11:09 PM

Blogger Brian said...

Have you seen the Michael Powell movie, Tales Of Hoffman? I watched it the other night and some of the imagery in that movie totally reminded me of Shary Boyle imagery. I thought about sending her an e-mail asking if she'd seen it, but it seems like an odd enough thought I should run it by someone else who has had more interaction with her first.

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