Something Wicked This Way Comes: Artwork Celebrating the Gothic and Beautifully Macabre
On Thursday October 31, 2013 Gallery U Boutique celebrated its Halloween Masquerade party with the art reception Something Wicked This Way Comes.” The event lasted from 6:00 until 9:00 pm. The guests+ came in costume. Prizes were awarded. The event was catered by local businesses.
“Something Wicked This Way Comes” is a celebration of the Gothic and beautifully macabre.Twenty local artists whose work can only be described as bizarre are on display.
Yasmin Alcantara’s piece, “Abe” is a grotesque representation of our sixteenth president. The ghostly figure is disturbing in its striking depiction. This nightmarish presentation of Lincoln’s features reminds me of a Halloween character. The mouth is reminiscent of a Bella Lugosi film. The teeth look like Dracula’s teeth. The sunken cheeks are those of a ghost’s, even the hair is that of a specter. The collar of Lincoln’s shirt is blood spattered adding further to this picture’s ghoulish presentation. The experience is definitely macabre.
In keeping with the Edgar Allen Poe theme Nanci France Vaz supplied us with a portrait of Poe’s Ana Bell Lee. This painting is Romantic rather than Gothic. Its color is comforting rather than scary. It is in the realist genre with close attention to the detail of a vibrant face. It could have been painted by a nineteenth century master.