Public Exhibition Date: October 2 - November 7, 2021
Collector's Preview: Friday, October 1, 2021 (sign up for our mailing list by Thursday, October 2nd)
Virtual Artist Talk: Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 2 pm CST via Zoom
Musik is proud to present The Lotus Eater, a virtual solo exhibition by Thomas Flynn II. The exhibit will be found on the website (www.musikbynarong.com) in addition to an online store to purchase works. A collector's preview will be held the day before the public exhibition opening date. Those who sign up for the newsletter will receive the early collector’s access to the exhibition page and online store one day.
Crowdfunding tickets will also be available to purchase starting at $1. 100% of crowdfunding tickets will go directly to the artist.
An artist talk will be held on Zoom (Date TBA), where Musik and the artist will talk about the exhibit and let the viewers get up close with the works.
There is an inherent magic in the everyday. These moments are those that pass by with no easy explanation but leaving in their wake wonder and often disorientation. My work investigates these moments that occur in the space between wakefulness and these disruptions that have a certain magic to them. These moments find their way into my work in unexpected ways - think of when you stand up too fast or rub your eyes for too long - it is those star colors locked in the eyes that find their way into my work. The understanding of ocular color is the inspiration for the color palette – how the eyes physically process color when visual information is lacking or delayed.
The Lotus Eater series is influenced by a poem written by the artist of the same name. In it, myth and dreams are explored as well as nighttime lovers, flowering stars, and ultimately the line between life and death. The name is a reference to the Lotus Eaters’ mentioned in the Odyssey, consuming their dream flowers endlessly.
Enamored with unknown myths of night blooming flowers, I incorporated their silhouettes with comets and stars inspired by depictions in various medieval manuscripts. These depictions of flora and cosmic occurrences combine into a unique fusion of myth, magic, and wonder.
The work balances between figurative representation and color blocked fields referencing the inhabitants of the Earth and those of the stars. Like a half-remembered dream, viewers navigate split faces, arching bodies, flowers casting shadows on the moon – all covered in glittering stars, all filled with the magic of night.
-Thomas Flynn II
Thomas Flynn II is a multi-disciplinary artist working primarily in acrylic painting focusing on the space between sleep and waking life. His work has been included in the SCAD permanent collection, featured as a directory artist on Visionary Arts Collective, Musik Curatorial, and on Visual Space among other publications. He has exhibited in Texas, Georgia, and curated into virtual group and solo exhibitions internationally. Flynn received a B.F.A. in painting and a minor in art history from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in 2016. In addition to his own art practice, Thomas is the editor for the juried hardcover book, Friend of the Artist. Flynn is currently living and working in Dallas but will relocate to North Austin in October 2021.