September 6-29, 2013
Opening Reception Friday September 6, 2013 6-9pm
"The Other Side of the World Part 1" is the first solo exhibition by award-winning Savannah-based artist Rob Hessler on exhibit September 6-29th, 2013. The exhibit is composed of 19 highly detailed drawings of pen, marker, and pencil on paper. Nine of the drawings are depictions of events as they occur within the universe, while another nine are portraits of The One in the Duck Feather Cloak exploring each area. The final piece is a map of The Other Side of the World as the explorer has been able to put together thus far.
Over a 35 to 50 year period between 2520 and 2472 BCE, more than 10,000 highly skilled artisans working in 3-month shifts built the Giza Necropolis. The largest of the structures at the site, the Great Pyramid of Giza, remained the tallest man made structure in the world until the construction of the Lincoln Cathedral in England over 3800 years later. Before the recent uprisings in Egypt and the Middle East, the area saw about two million visitors per year.
Several thousand years later, on January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart in flight 73 seconds after liftoff, killing all seven of its crew members. Notably on board was teacher Christa McAuliffe, the first and only passenger to take part in NASA’s Teachers in Space Project.
Due to McAuliffe’s participation, the launch was broadcast live into thousands of classrooms around the United States. Millions of children (including the artist) watched the tragedy unfold firsthand via NASA’s video feed, and those who did have been uniquely changed by having witnessed it.
These two seemingly unrelated events have one important aspect in common: Their societal impact has resonated so strongly that they have altered the very structure of a parallel universe known as The Other Side of the World.
Within this reality walks a lone figure. Identified simply by his protective mantle, The One in the Duck Feather Cloak explores these events, looking for connections and meaning, and perhaps a way out.
Also, September 20 through 22 will be the Weekend of Art presented by the Boonton Art District. Rob will be on hand at Speakeasy Art Gallery that Saturday and Sunday creating a piece of art on site. Youth and adult art enthusiasts are invited to not only meet Rob, but also work alongside him. The gallery will be holding a Munny custom toy design contest, where the public is invited to create a Munny design at the gallery that weekend. The winning design will be chosen by Rob. The grand prize winner will receive the piece of art that he created over the weekend. Runners-up can win original art and blank Munnys provided by Speakeasy Art gallery as well as art supplies provided by Jerry's Artist Outlet.