The Infernal Grove
Saturday March 18th 5pm
The Infernal Grove describes itself as an unsystematic structural analysis of drug use, addiction and recovery (not necessarily in that order).
Founded by critical video artist duo Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby whose film installation Civil Twilight at the Vernal Equinox (2021) was a key part of our recent exhibition Emptiness Ecologies, the project caught our attention over a year ago for its uncompromising (or maybe outside-the-space-of-the-act-of-compromising) leap into the interface of art and addiction.
We have experienced it as something like an experimental non-dual voyage to the bounds of sobriety and its others, an open exploration of art and addiction, and a space of connection. Over the course of the week of this event, we welcome Duke and Battersby as well as another inspiring artist to town: Jasmine Amussen, writer, thinker, and alumnus editor of Burnaway.
This is an exciting first real meeting for us with three people whose work, thought, and praxis really excites us and suggests some clues for ways forward that many of us are looking for.
We will be hosting a live and in-person, in-gallery Infernal Grove meeting that will also be remotely available by Zoom.
All are welcome, from artists of all stripes to people involved in recovery and harm reduction circles of all flavors to the infernally curious and all else.
Visit their site and join their email list to learn more.
Flier by Kevin Thornton