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The Shadow: Spooky, Sordid & Scandalous

The Shadow: Spooky, Sordid & Scandalous has been postponed until an appropriate date will manifest in accordance with it's venue.

Tyla Hilfreich Apologizes for any and all inconveniences and/or woes.

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THE SHADOW
Show Statement compiled by Tyla Hilfreich
“This thing of darkness, I acknowledge mine.” (William Shakespeare)

“That which we do not bring to consciousness appears in our lives as fate.” (Carl Jung)

The Shadow may refer to an unconscious aspect of the personality which the conscious ego does not identify in itself, or - the entirety of the unconscious, i.e., everything of which a person is not fully conscious. The Shadow is the “dark side”.

Because one tends to reject or remain ignorant of the least desirable aspects of one’s personality, the shadow is largely associated with negativity. However, there are positive aspects that may also remain hidden in one’s shadow, just as if one is able to cloak their evil (the wolf in sheep clothing). In order to fully know, understand, and be aware of oneself - one must accept the all of oneself - the yin and the yang - the Good within AND the evil within.

How does the world “want” to see me?
David Schoen writes in, War of the Gods in Addiction,
“The persona is the mask we wear in relation to the world and others. It is created through a combination of socialization, societal expectations, one’s experience of the world, and the natural attributes and tendencies of the individual. It combines elements of how we want to see ourselves, ideally, and how we want the world to see us, as well as how the world does see us and wants us to be. Our persona defines our social identity; it is constructed in relation to the roles we play in our lives and in our world, how we want to look and be seen. It is the face we wear to be presentable and acceptable to our society. It is not necessarily who we really are, but who we want and pretend to be to others and, many times, to ourselves.”

The shadow’s appearance and role depend greatly on the living experience of the individual (or the object’s experience/existence) because much of the shadow develops in the individuals' mind rather than simply being inherited in the collective unconscious. This leads to the idea that The Shadow contains more beyond the personal shadow- it may also contain the shadow of the society it is influenced by, fed by the neglected and the repressed collective values. Shadows seem to be layered upon themselves, that may include but is not limited to Celestial timing, environment (elements, location, direction, culture, three-dimensional shapes, colors), and personal consumption.

ENCOUNTER THE SHADOW
If and when an individual makes an attempt to see his shadow, he becomes aware of (and often ashamed of) those qualities and impulsively he denies in himself but can plainly see in others —- such things as egotism, mental laziness, and sloppiness; unreal fantasies, schemes, and plots; carelessness and cowardice; inordinate love of money and possessions— it is a painful and lengthy work of self-education to overcome these things in oneself and for others.

This dissolution of persona brings the danger of “falling victim of the shadow”, because it is within us all, and is easier to merge with the shadow than to recognize and become aware of it.

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The latter procedure, however, is disagreeable and therefore not popular.” (Carl Jung)

“The most intense conflicts, if overcome, leave behind a sense of security and calm that is not easily disturbed” (Carl Jung)

How does the world “want” to see me? “The persona is the mask we wear in relation to the world and others. It is created through a combination of socialization, societal expectations, one’s experience of the world, and the natural attributes and tendencies of the individual. It combines elements of how we want to see ourselves, ideally, and how we want the world to see us, as well as how the world does see us and wants us to be. Our persona defines our social identity; it is constructed in relation to the roles we play in our lives and in our world, how we want to look and be seen. It is the face we wear to be presentable and acceptable to our society. It is not necessarily who we really are, but who we want and pretend to be to others and, many times, to ourselves.” (War of the Gods in Addiction, David Schoen)

“This confrontation is the first test of courage on the inner way, a test sufficient to frighten off most people, for the meeting with ourselves belongs to the more unpleasant things that can be avoided so long as we can project everything negative into the environment. But if we are able to see our own shadow and can bear knowing about it, then a small part of the problem has already been solved: we have at least brought up the personal unconscious. The shadow is a living part of the personality and therefore wants to live with it in some form. It cannot be argued out of existence or rationalized into harmlessness. This problem is exceedingly difficult because it not only challenges the whole man but reminds him at the same time of his helplessness and ineffectuality.” (Carl Jung)

[rough] Synopsis

Wednesday March 28th through Saturday March 31st Doors will open at 7PM each night. March 28th and 29th Majority of works will be installed and ready for viewing.
March 30 and 31st will include futher works of art including live music and performance art.
Expect the night to turn into an Art Party after 10PM with DJ/Producer Nolephant and more TBA
Live Musicians and Performance artists TBA
Visual art from
Matt Lombard
Che Correa
Chloe Allyn
Justus Poehls
Ben Geyer
Tone Crowe
Ally Wilber
Jacob Royer
Lyle Leduci
Dave Gauthier
Tyla Hilfreich

(more TBA)


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Special edition digital prints and collector issue t-shirts designed and signed by artist/exhibition curator Tyla Hilfreich will be available in limited quantities.

Tyla Hilfreich - Artist/Curator links:
http://newisconsinarts.org/tyler%20helfreich.html
https://www.tylahilfreich.com/

Later Event: April 19
Live Printing at Art Garage