MARK RYDEN & MARION PECK: Mysterium Coniunctionis: Dorothy Circus Rome | Double Solo Show

10 Dec 2016 - 14 Jan 2017
Dorothy Circus Gallery proudly presents “Mysterium Coniunctionis” a duo show presenting very rare and limited edition prints from the American artist couple Marion Peck and Mark Ryden.

During the opening ceremony on December 10th, for the first time in Italy, the artists will meet their public while signing their latest books, Lamb Land by Marion Peck and Pinxit new edition by Mark Ryden featuring works from his previous exhibitions The Meat Show, Bunnies & Bees, The Tree Show and many more.

Marion Peck and Mark Ryden’s creations are very influenced from each other. On the title of the exhibition, Peck and Ryden talk about “Mysterium Coniunctionis” which directly refers to the mysterious conjunction, the final alchemical synthesis (of ego and unconscious, matter and spirit, male and female) that brings forth the Philosopher’s Stone.

“Mysterium Coniunctionis” will present more than 20 artworks, mainly artist proofs, some of which are sold-out, offering our visitors a unique and probably very last chance to acquire these precious prints.

This collection showcases Peck and Ryden’s peculiar and intriguing combinations with their simple compositions but extremely complex detailed artworks. In their hauntingly beautiful and masterfully executed pieces, they create their very own contemporary mythologies whose archetypes include fairy tale creatures, historical figures, animal, and pop cultural icons juxtaposing macabre motifs like meat grinders and disembodied presidents with eye-pleasing ingénues and seductive landscapes. The artists produce a vision of society in which menace and comfort are inseparably interwoven.

“Mysterium Coniunctionis” will also be the occasion to discover “The Isle of Joy”, Marion Pecks’s very latest edition print of 40, specially made for this event and available to pre-order from November 9th only at Dorothy Circus Gallery in Europe, and at Porter House Fine Art Editions in New York City.

“The Isle of Joy” which is part of Marion’s “Clowns” series is a prime example of themes that encase her artwork, both dark and luminous with a magical quality. Peck here takes viewers into her marvellous dream-like world inhabited with strange creatures and sad-faced children. 
She further explains she thinks of “clowns as almost mystical beings, like messengers from other realms ; although clowns have come to be mere figures of amusement in our modern Western world, they radiate the dark energies of the underworld.”