Gentleman’s Game “Atlantic”

chashama (1155 6th Ave.)

poster for Gentleman’s Game “Atlantic”

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Inside of Brandon Friend and Jason Douglas Griffin’s studio is an entrance to a place called “The Atlantic.” A realm of constant, violent motion that demands an animal will for survival and the ingenuity to craft foggy concepts into concrete. It is a world not unlike our own, but the distractions of day-to-day minutia are stripped away. The artist’s role is to capture these visceral moments tied to our primordial, emerging nature. There will always be rules and rulers, Gods and Goddesses. Humans have the capacity to invent divinity or discover it, depending on who you ask. The thing that separates us from the beasts is the gift of seeing beyond. Just as the Greeks and Egyptians and Norsemen had celestial representations of the elements of human consciousness, so too does The Atlantic. The Goddesses watch from their respective domains of love, war, harvest, ice and so forth, doing no right or wrong, only observing and nurturing their culture and the many organism’s devotion to it. Iconic symbolism drawing from all of history give them physical life, their eyes meeting yours as you become aware of a sentient presence, some palpable satisfaction too distant for a mortal to grasp. They belong to no one society, race, faith, or period. The Goddesses are timeless representations, and The Atlantic is their playground.

- Ryan Michael Commins

Gentleman’s Game is a collaboration by artists Brandon Friend and Jason Douglas Griffin. Their creative processwas visually depicted by the two in a feature piece titled “A Gentleman’s Game” (2011) in which two chess players are seen countering projected moves by the other. Friend and Griffin have unique mixed media approaches to art that fuse seamlessly together in their collaborative works. Gentleman’s Game is founded on mutual respect, trust, and fair play.



from March 13, 2014 to June 13, 2014

Reception For The Artist on 2014-03-27 from 18:00 to 20:00

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