Amity Gallery August 6-28 2022
Notes on Dan Mack’s Objects of Animal Energies
Deer Scapula $80
a play on white, light and support
for your collection of feathers
Basket of Carved Stone Animal spirit totems $30 each
for your pocket, home altar or a gift to a distressed friend
Trout from Rusted Flashing NFS
Garden Spirit Animals $40
hovering, skimming, riding the waves of the garden;
Protection from Deer? Hmmm
Objects of “natural magic”
Why might you want them?
To help engage with the spirit world.
To Reinforce and Witness Belief in Power of Found Shapes, Textures, Touching, Holding
To Allow for Other Energies to present in their own ways and times.
Reminders of the What Else is It? nature of everything we encounter.
The Themes and Techniques of Making these objects are often alien
THEMES of Natural Magic Objects:
About Animism, Commonality not Domination or status
About Life as Piles, not Rows
Finding Meaning on the periphery sexuality, madness, l punishment, violence, deceit, secrecy,
About Viewer Engagement, Excitement, Participation, Completion, not just admiration!
Recognizing our shared common Four Needs for :
The Organic: versus technical (PRIMITIVISM)
Stories… usually about “otherness” a rebalancing, tipping (COMMUNITY)
Dexterity/Transformation: Making this into that: “I am becoming” (FETISHES)
Four Key TECHNIQUES:
PAUSING, A BREATH, JUST WAIT, ALLOW for Multiple Realities, Fluttering Standards
PLAYING: just ordering AND REORDERING; Using “stone the builders rejected”
ABSTRACTION, Wabi-sabi, rough, manipulated, raw, elusive
VIOLATION of Geometries, Accepted Ways of working and civility