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A multi-cultural look at myths paired with contemporary images

Melinda Smith Altshuler, Catherine Bennaton, Mark Clayton, Raoul De la Sota, Satoe Fukushima, Suvan Geer, Susan Hamidi, Zeal Harris, Brenda Hurst, Lauren M. Kasmer, Filip Kostic, Patricia Krebs, Peter Liashkov, Karena Massengill, Lynne McDaniel, John Montich, Jim Morphesis, Nancy Mozur, Stuart Rapeport, Annemarie Rawlinson, Thea Robertshaw, Roxene Rockwell, Cory Sewelson, Nancy Webber

August 25 - September 18, 2014

Reception: Thursday, September 4 7-9 p.m.

Artist's Event with Lauren M. Kasmer, Tuesday, September 9, 1 p.m.


Cory Sewelson, Crocus Messenger, acrylic & oil on panel, 36" x 42"As man groped his way upwards from all fours, struggling to survive amidst heaving volcanoes, carnivorous animals, black nights and torrential rain he began to develop a burning need for explanation and an ordering of the chaotic universe within which he found himself.

Sacred narratives or myths were developed to explain how the world was created and how humankind assumed their present form. According to mythologist Joseph Campbell, myths serve four primary functions throughout the long view of the history of man. First and foremost myths serve to elicit and sustain a sense of awe before the mystery of being. A second function of world mythology is to establish a cosmology or image of the universe. A third function is to create and support the current social order and to integrate the individual organically within his group. Last but not least, the fourth function is to initiate the individual into the order of realities of his own psyche, guiding him toward his own spiritual enrichment and realization.*

El Camino College Art Gallery presents Myth and Image, an exhibition that explores the relationship of traditional mythology to contemporary visual imagery. Twenty-four Southern California artists offer compelling images that portray their individual interpretations of myths ranging from Classical Greek and Roman to East Indian, Latin American and Iranian. Each visual image is accompanied by a retelling of the myth. Through their visual work these artists vividly connect the modern world to ancient tales, revealing a personal relevance that lies within mythology. Methods of depiction vary from painting and drawing to sculpture, video and mixed media installation.

Susanna Meiers/Curator


* Joseph Campbell; The Power of Myth.

(Image: Cory Sewelson, Crocus Messenger, acrylic & oil on panel, 36" x 42")

 Last Published 8/12/14