An Opening Service of the 1st National Church of the Exquisite Panic, namely:
by Addie Wuensch Saturday, April 9 8pm-11pm
Ms. Wuensch describes this collection of work as a catalyst for "introspective retrospection," an examination of our lives from the quiet simplicity of the childhood tub of water to the sophisticated glitterfication of adulthood. Glitter is not just a sparkly substance that catches our eye and gums up the vacuum, but is metaphored into the influence of language, fashion, media, and society at large, effectively coating our skin and eyeballs and burying the underlying reality of humanhood. It has been suggested that the mirrored, reflective quality of glitter may most pointedly represent a dulling of the capacity to absorb, possibly a reaction to post-modern architecture in the post-modern world. It has also been suggested that glitter is "the herpes of arts & crafts"; Ms. Wuensch decries this assessment and posits that glitter is an unfortunate but absolutely curable disease, more like gonorrhea.
This exhibit features over a dozen of Ms. Wuensch's mixed-media works, as well as a collection of adornments and readings from her recently published book of poems by the same name (Glitter Bath). Guests are also invited to join us in ritual glitterfication and cleansing, a public service in light of the Azalea Festival happenings just a few blocks away.
IAC's Wabi Sabi Warehouse is an old metal building with an intimate gallery and six artist studios located at 19 North 9th Street in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. Resident artists work in a range of media - from painting to metalsmithing to music. The facilities focus is on emerging artists using innovative processes and new materials. Independent Art Company was founded in 2003 by artists Dan Brawley and Dixon Stetler. The IAC's creative compound also includes Jengo's Playhouse - home to six additional studios and a 60-seat micro-cinema.