Santiago, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
A Gorilla Gallery was honored to curate the 2018-2019 Edition of the Visionary Art Gallery for Cosmic Convergence Festival on the shores of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. This exhibition featured visionary artist and textile artists.
Headlining the exhibition was Vajra (Erik Syster) from California whom created the artwork for this year’s Festival. Vajra is an artist and philosopher from southern california. His art weaves together influences from across time and space, drawing on timeless knowledge, ancient wisdom and contemporary science and thought-forms. While his paintings are all unique in their history and message, they share the common core of having been made for the collective evolution and wellbeing of all. While his paintings often speak for themselves, he shares his interpretation of everything he creates at his website, altaroftheheart.com
Also showing in the gallery was the fine art pieces of Selva (Silvia Zamprogna) who is the lead designer and builder for the Festival and founder and designer of Conscious Convergence, an ethical fashion brand made with indigenous fabrics and supports the local communities. Selva is an Italian born visionary weaver who works in fiber art, natural building design and fashion. Her multidisciplinary approach to art incorporates textiles, ancient techniques and natural materials. Living in since 2010 she has studied with the local Mayan Artisans the ancient techniques of backstop weaving, basting, spinning natural fibers, and botanical dyes. In this series of work she incorporates the use of sacred medicinal plants and other organic elements to create medicinal tapestries.
Honoring the rich textile traditions of Guatemala fine textile artist Lita Love (Lita Setchfield) exhibited her intricate weavings that explore an evolution of a traditional technique from colonial America called “name drafting”, in which a name or phrase is converted into a numeric code which then becomes the basis for the woven design. In this complex design process, Lita creates a geometric pattern which holds the intention and energy of words like a secret message embedded into the weaving. Each piece is made entirely by hand and represents countless hours of intention, design and craftswomanship.
Also showing in the gallery this year was Australian born and California resident Kai Cundith, Wonderharvest from Taos, New Mexico and Jair Varzate from Mexico.
Please contact A Gorilla Gallery for inquiries about any of the artists or their work.