May 04, 2012

Swamp Thing at Bodega


Swamp Thing
Cole Caswell, Bryan Graf, CJ Heyliger


May 4 - June 3
Opening May 4, 6-9pm

Broken hexagons, deer skulls & beer bottles scattered in the swamp, as if someone or something is leaving clues, but it’s all just dust- as if a giant dirt bomb of our cultural debris was blasted in the face of nature, exploding discarded artifacts across the peripheral landscape. This is the swamp thing. A voyage into the incidental and magnetic landscape roiling at the edges of our civilization. Relics of the not-too-distant past become temples for the future. Shrines for the imagination. Take our eyes, let our visions guide your subconscious through the intoxicating rhythm of the jungle. Walk with us on the perimeter of our culture, through the tunnel of time.

The Dismal Swamp in central New Jersey serves as this project’s nucleus. Caswell, Graf and Heyliger have photographed the site simultaneously and independently over the last three years. The exhibition includes photographs made on-site while trekking through the swamps as well as works inspired by the location. Bodega’s library and loft will act as a studio and interactive space throughout the duration of the exhibition where a collection of objects, printed matter and other ephemera will provide a fluctuating library of materials relating to the works in the main gallery.

Bodega
253 N. 3rd. St.
Philadelphia PA
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