The catalog for Mark Dancey’s “O Fortuna” exhibit is available for kids who care. Check it out: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MarkDancey
“Notions of chance and fate are the preoccupation of men engaged in rash undertakings,” wrote Cormac McCarthy in “Blood Meridian,” a violent tale of scalp hunters in the old west. Just as much as the desperados in McCarthy’s story, George Armstrong Custer had faith in fortune, and his belief in “Custer’s Luck” made him fatally reckless.
“O Fortuna,” Mark Dancey’s latest exhibition at SeeArt Gallery in Detroit, is a collection of work about fortune’s sway over human events, and human efforts to reckon with it. Fortune tellers have long relied on tarot cards when trying to divine fortune’s workings. In addition to a sequence of paintings based on a scene of divination from “Blood Meridian,” and a painting of Custer’s fall as seen by Sitting Bull, who dreamed it, the exhibition includes Dancey’s illustrations of the Major Arcana, the first 22 cards of the upcoming Estanislao de Medialao Kaos Tarot deck. Based on a set of primordial archetypes (customized here by Dancey to reflect the fact that our civilization is currently on top) Tarot cards are thought to lead readers to insights in human nature, and to reveal our roles in our own destinies. Tarot readers realize that Fortuna is Empress of the World because we work actively though not consciously to achieve the results we ascribe to her. Like Custer and McCarthy’s scalp hunters, we don’t recognize our own hand in what happens, and chalk up windfalls and accidents to the fluctuations of fortune. As Pythagoras wrote, “the evils that beset men are the results of their choices, for they seek afar the fortune of which they bear the fruits.”
The exhibit opens July 13 and runs through August 17, 2013. Check http://www.seeartdesign.com/ for more info.
Mr. Dancey will be participating in the end of the season group show at Re:View Contemporary Gallery in Detroit. His piece, entitled “Wouldn’t It Be Pretty If It Was?” was completed about an hour ago and is ready for you to view it when the show opens Saturday November 10.
Book your reservation: http://www.reviewcontemporary.com/exhibitions/future/
Ladies and gentlemen, punkers and skins, we are proud to announce that the long talked about vinyl re-release of recordings by Mr. Dancey’s 1980s hardcore punk outfit is now a reality.
The band in question, Born Without a Face, was active from 1983 to 1986. The group had a ferocious guitar-driven sound with metallic influences, though the playing was always too raw to be considered metal. The band’s recorded output consisted of two cassette tapes, “Psych!” (1984) and “Freakshow” (1985), and two 7” vinyl EPs, “The Unbecoming” (1986) and “Worship” (1987), all on the band’s own Crucible imprint. After recording the final EP, Born Without A Face disintegrated.
“Born Without A Face Sound Recordings, 1984-1986″, out now on Detroit’s Sargent Cherry Records, consists of 23 tracks spread out over two 12-inch LPs on 210-gram vinyl, each in its own hand-silkscreened sleeve. The first LP collects all the tracks from the the band’s “Freakshow” cassette and puts them on one record, restored and re-mastered from the original studio tapes. Until now, “Freakshow” has never been available on vinyl or CD. The second LP collects songs that were originally released on the band’s two 7″ EPs. Also included in this set is a 22-track CD (vinyl includes one bonus track), three original 11” X 17” screen-printed release posters, and a sticker, all enclosed in a handmade 19″ x13″ magnetic-closure portfolio.
Check it out: bornwithoutaface.com