Séance: Albert von Keller and the Occult 10/22/10
New to the Frye Museum is the Swiss painter Albert von Keller's exhibit on the occult. Keller shows us the hidden face of archetypal Christianity through rather ambiguous (and scholastically not very good) paintings which I find beyond fascinating. Most importantly to us, he posthumously shows us the cyclical nature of popular culture's interest in the occult and esoteric roots of religion, and the role Actual Pain plays in reintroducing rather simple images of our human past to you, the viewer, which is intended to be affective on a subconscious level.
The 1970's and 1980's showed a peaked interest (and detestation) of the darker side of occultism, culminating the congealment of the religious right here in the United States, which in my humble opinion has hindered the development of the entire human race. We simply attempt to do what Keller did, remind you that there is more than what lies on the surface... But you already know that.
If you live in Seattle, check out this turn of the century painter's work and, as always, attempt to look beyond the veil.