This summer brings a truly unique opportunity for three very different artists with strong Fayetteville, Arkansas ties to exhibit their work in conjunction with a highly anticipated and well-known immersive, psychedelic-surrealist art installation by Wayne Coyne, lead singer of rock band The Flaming Lips. Contributing to a group exhibition alongside the installation of King’s Mouth are local artists Kat Wilson, Dillon Dooms and Sasha Rayevskiy.
Visitors to the touring King’s Mouth will experience an “enormous metallic head beckoning visitors to crawl inside its foam mouth, kick back, and experience a cascading LED lightshow synchronized to exclusive Flaming Lips music.” The group exhibition accompanying this work will reflect very different styles and media from the local artists.
Kat Wilson, known nationally for her unique photographic style and composition, has also painted for more than two decades. For this exhibition, her EMOJI paintings take familiar visual symbols we use daily, and elevate them to high art. Wilson says, “The objects themselves are already loaded with symbolic meaning, and I’m present as an artist only in the composition and the brushstrokes.” Her Fayetteville studio is located in the Trailside Village artist studios, the current site of #SelfieThrone, her latest interactive art project conducted in rotating collaboration with other area artists and creatives.
Dillon Dooms—3-D animator/instructor by day and video artist by night—will show his video installation of The Twins of Nightscape. In his artist statement about the work for this exhibition, Dooms says, “A little over a year ago, I had this bizarre series of nights where I had vivid dreams on three consecutive nights. The art installation represented here was from the first dream. I was visited by these identical twins both draped in dark veils with black makeup smeared on their faces. As I look back on this dream, I’ve questioned what the twins represented. The dream seems to speak to me as a warning to live life to the fullest and never take things for granted.”
Russian-born Sasha Rayevskiy came to Fayetteville in 2013 to pursue a career in art. Gravitating especially to large-scale pieces, Rayevskiy prefers to work with spray paint as his medium—though he also uses acrylic paint, screen printing, film and digital media. With no formal art training or schooling, his commitment to experimentation and repetition has honed his skills into a clearly recognizable style and artistic voice. For this exhibition, Rayevskiy’s work is about “exploring life as an immigrant, expression of emotions and boyhood dreams.”
The King’s Mouth and group exhibition is an ACO OFF-SITE project, located in downtown Springdale at 115 W Emma Avenue. The show will be up July 17 through August 23, 2019 during specific hours: Wednesday 2 – 9 p.m., Thursday through Saturday 2 – 11 p.m., and Sunday 1 – 7 p.m.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Guests with light-sensitive epilepsy should stay on the outside of the King’s Mouth sculpture due to flashing lights that may trigger seizers. Viewer discretion is advised.