GEST’S CANDLE

David Armacost / Guy Church / Joel Dean / Elizabeth Englander / Marissa Jezak / Izabelle New / Mindy Rose Schwartz
2/28/16

PRESS RELEASE

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Gest's Candle, 2016 Installation view
Gest’s Candle, 2016
Installation view
Izabelle New 2016
Izabelle New
2016
Gest's Candle, 2016 Installation view
Gest’s Candle, 2016
Installation view
Gest's Candle, 2016 Installation view
Gest’s Candle, 2016
Installation view
Gest's Candle, 2016 Installation view
Gest’s Candle, 2016
Installation view
Mindy Rose Schwartz Waxy,2016 Pencil and paint on mulberry paper
Mindy Rose Schwartz
Waxy,2016
Pencil and paint on mulberry paper
Marissa Jezak Sleeping Beauty,2016 French lavender, red roses, baby's breath, tulle, hardware, moonlight path shower gel, slideshow
Marissa Jezak
Sleeping Beauty,2016
French lavender, red roses, baby’s breath, tulle, hardware, moonlight path shower gel, slideshow
Gest's Candle, 2016 Installation view
Gest’s Candle, 2016
Installation view
Guy Church Hairspray, 2015 Charcoal on paper
Guy Church
Hairspray, 2015
Charcoal on paper
Gest's Candle, 2016 Installation view
Gest’s Candle, 2016
Installation view
Izabelle New 2016
Izabelle New
2016
Elizabeth Englander Jeff, 2014 Papier-mâché and acrylic paint
Elizabeth Englander
Jeff, 2014
Papier-mâché and acrylic paint
Guy Church Going Down the Road, 2015 Graphite on paper
Guy Church
Going Down the Road, 2015
Graphite on paper
Gest's Candle, 2016 Installation view
Gest’s Candle, 2016
Installation view
Joel Dean The Transformative Power of Symbolism in Storytelling, 2016 Pasta, ostrich egg, soap, charcoal
Joel Dean

The Transformative Power of Symbolism in Storytelling
, 2016

Pasta, ostrich egg, soap, charcoal
Gest's Candle, 2016 Installation view
Gest’s Candle, 2016
Installation view
Gest's Candle, 2016 Installation view
Gest’s Candle, 2016
Installation view
David Armacost , 2016 Acrylic and charcoal on muslin
David Armacost
, 2016
Acrylic and charcoal on muslin
Izabelle New 2016
Izabelle New
2016
Gest's Candle, 2016 Installation view
Gest’s Candle, 2016
Installation view
Elizabeth Englander Presentimental, 2013 Papier-mâché and acrylic paint
Elizabeth Englander
Presentimental, 2013
Papier-mâché and acrylic paint
Izabelle New 2016
Izabelle New
2016

Marissa Jezak Sleeping Beauty, 2016 French lavender, red roses, baby's breath, tulle, hardware, moonlight path shower gel, slideshow
Marissa Jezak
Sleeping Beauty, 2016
French lavender, red roses, baby’s breath, tulle, hardware, moonlight path shower gel, slideshow
Gest's Candle, 2016 Installation view
Gest’s Candle, 2016
Installation view
Guy Church The Other Guy, 2015 Ballpoint pen on paper
Guy Church
The Other Guy, 2015
Ballpoint pen on paper
Gest's Candle

XI.

Gest: I was brought up at my father’s home at a place called Groening. My father was a wealthy man and kept house in great style. At that time, wise women used to go about the country. They were called ‘spae-wives,’ and they foretold people’s futures. For this reason people would invite them into their homes and gave them hospitality and bestowed gifts on them at parting.

My father did the same, and they came to him with a great following to foretell my fate. I was lying in my cradle when the time came for them to prophesize, two candles burning above me. Then they foretold that I should be a favorite of Fortune, and a greater man than any of my kindred or forbears–greater even than the sons of the chief men in the land; and they said that all would come to pass just as it has done. But the youngest wive thought that she was not receiving as much enough attention compared with the other two, since they were held in high account yet did not consult her about these prophecies. There was also a great crowd of roughs present, who pushed her off her makeshift throne, so that she fell to the ground. She was much vexed at this and called out loudly and angrily, telling them to stop prophesying such good things about me:

‘For I ordain that the boy shall live no longer than that candle burns which is alight beside him!!!’

Then the eldest spae-wife took the candle and extinguished it and bade my mother take charge of it and not light it until the last day of my life. After that the spae-wives went away, and my father gave them good gifts at parting. When I was full-grown, my mother gave me the candle to take charge of; I carry it always, and have it with me now.

XII.

It happened one day that the King asked Gest: “How much longer would you live if you could choose?”

Gest: “Only a short time”
The King: “What will happen if you take your candle now?”

Thereupon Gest took his candle out of the frame of his harp. The King ordered it to be lighted, and this was done. And when the candle was lighted it soon began to burn away.

The King: “How old are you?”
Gest: “King, I am now three hundred years old.”
“You are an old man,” observed the King.

Then Gest laid himself down and asked the court to anoint him with oil. The King ordered it to be done, and when it was finished there was very little of the Gests’ candle left unburnt. It then became clear that Gest was drawing near to his end, and his spirit passed just as the torch flickered out; and they all marveled at his passing. The King set great store by his stories, and held that the account which he had given of his life was perfectly true.

 

The exhibition is one-night only and will end when the candles extinguish.
After party at Gottscheer begins at 10PM, though viewing hours may last through the after party.

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