Asher Mains —Poetic Architecture
Opened on February 21st, Art House 473 has hosted a very conceptual one-man exhibit of the work of Asher Mains.
Mains work and theme has to do with the intersection of language and visual art. An installed structure made of wood one by twos and bolts, grew organically, without an architectural like drawing. The shadows cast by bright spot lights enhanced the work by projecting shadows that soared to the second story of the space. It looked like a city scape receding in to space. The invitation was given to walk through the space, and to feel the tension created in the body by narrow nooks and crannies.
More traditional, Mains also showed portraits in paintings sitting on the structures. His chosen images were those of Caribbean language greats— Glissant, Walcott, Braithwaite, and Hughes. These paintings created a powerful effect as the men gazed out over the venue.
Mains, an instructor at the St. George’s University School of Arts and Sciences, has grown up in the Grenada art scene. He has been exhibiting more than twenty years with the Grenada Arts Council, and has represented Grenada on the international art scene. He says about this series,
“This body of work is a starting point to launch further lines of inquiry regarding interpreting, producing, and consuming art in a dialogic mode.”
Simply put, its all about relationships.
While his intellectual need digs deep into philsophy, anyone can be intrigued by the sheer beauty of the art. The lines of the structure are long and lean, while the strokes of the paint brush are sensitive and suggest a softness in all this heady verbage.
The crowds of art lovers who attended the opening event were treated to a very special vibe of music with the likes of Dexter Yawching, long standing base man, leading a jam session of young, enthusiastic musicians. Their passion was palpable, warm and welcoming. Drummers, a solo pan, and violin by Aixa, had locals and visitors alike on their feet.
This won’t be the last seen of this young artist. It seems he has come into his own—again.
The exhibition will continue until 6th March, and can be seen by appointment.