Alex Turgeon is presenting solo exhibition Charon’s Obol at Berlin’s Center, opening April 19 and running to September 4.
The title of the Berlin-based Canadian artist’s show is taken from the Ancient Greek custom of placing a coin (an obol) in the mouth of the deceased as payment for safe passage by Charon, the ferryman carrying the dead across the River Styx from earth into the underworld.
The press release also comes accompanied by a long text written by Vancouver-based artist, writer, zine-maker and Nü Sensae bassist-vocalist Andrea Lukic. It’s a sort of dream-like magic realism where a boy falls in love with a sailor while his body morphs and mutates through a remembered coming-of-age narrative —at school and on the sea —with reference to Bedknobs and Broomsticks actor David Tomlinson and the Ryukyu Japanese Islands, among other things: “I felt my body constantly exploding and it was like billions of pores screaming. It was total.”
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