MAY 5 - 26, 2018
D-State, a term used for dreaming sleep by sleep researchers, is characterized by vivid experiences producing similar brain activity as waking experiences. Conversely, the Black Faun Gallery’s D•STATE exhibition offers a dreamlike waking experience delving into the inner imaginings of three surrealists. Feminine figures populate darkly beautiful collages by Curtis Patrick Arnold and paintings and drawings of Carin Billings at the entrance of Nancy Tobin’s meandering neon dreamscape installation, My Pillow Falls.
“My Pillow Falls is an idyllic, sensory dreamscape experiential filled with hand-made water features and growth formations that hosts ideas of survival, adaptation, self-reliance and living off the land with what’s at hand,” states Nancy. “As a military brat I experienced a great deal of displacement. My childhood was spent playing in the jungles and military bunkers on post-war Okinawa, visiting living historical museums in Virginia, and adapting to the hostile desert climate of Arizona. I frequently turned to the landscape of my inner making. Residing there, I could keep everything I owned and no one ever parted. I modeled my lifestyle after Gilligan’s Island, where survival depended upon one’s own creative problem solving and everything was made by hand, preferably from bamboo. My sculptures and layered installations are an outgrowth of my urge to set up house with what is at hand in order to transport the viewer into a physical and psychological landscape of my imagination.”
When Nancy Tobin is not running her Arcata clothing store, Vintage Avenger, she is often testing out hanging her large scale creations on abandoned RV’s and ruins on the Samoa Peninsula.
Curtis Patrick Arnold began his professional career in the arts as an apprentice inker for Image Comics Studios in 1995. His comic book career spans nearly 8 years and over 100 books including Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Wolverine.
Before the ink, Curtis has been making collage since childhood. “Coupling with pen & ink, collage has been my passion since youth and is my one deeply intimate form of expression,” Curtis explains. “I expose the inner self through my works—a portrayal of my identity focused on the feminine amongst and against the terrible. I use minimalist papercuttings and tearings to conjure shadowy spectres, turbulent vignettes and textured enchantments using predominantly black and white photo imagery selected from books and magazines. Ink acts as a flow and a growth. Like blood, the spider's web or a climbing ivy the ink binds and completes the figure. My work is an intimate utility for visualizing, viscerally what's in me through paper, pen and ink. With hope that my self reflection and rebellion through art is relatable to others with their own dualities, I keep in mind that I am not alone in the struggle to negotiate inner conflict.”
Humboldt County native, Carin Billings says that she “loves to form the human body in atypical ways.” Her skillful, intimate and emotional oil and charcoal works are alternately delightful and disturbing. However, Carin describes her art as “doodles gone horribly awry.”