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A Conversation with Rik Garrett and Pam Grossman

Through a Glass Darkly: A Conversation on Witches, Photography, and the Creative Urge with Rik Garrett and Pam Grossman

Admission: Free, with book signing and wine reception to follow

Presented by: Fulgur Press and Phantasmaphile

Please join us for this discussion with Chicago-based photographer, Rik Garrett, and Brooklyn’s esoteric doyenne, Pam Grossman, in celebration of the release of Earth Magic, Garrett’s book of witch photographs. 

Through the traditional wet plate collodion process, Garrett has created images of feminine enchantment that feel out of time and otherworldly.  These pictures are haunting and sensual at once, giving intimate glimpses into his dark muses’ rituals, while managing to never lose their mystery.  Using camera as scrying mirror, Garrett is a magician unto himself, bringing us visual messages from the beyond. 

Are art and magick one and the same?  Why do witches still have such allure?  And who are Garrett’s enigmatic women in the woods? 

These topics will be covered, and more, during this rare evening of artistry and inquiry.

Copies of Earth Magic will be available for sale and signing by the artist.  Wine reception to follow.

Rik Garrett was born and raised in Washington State.  Growing up next to his mother's darkroom provided a life-long focus on analog photographic experimentation.  This combined with long-term fixations on the subjects of witchcraft, feminine archetypes and humankind’s relationship with nature led to the Earth Magic series, photographed with the wet plate collodion process.  His work has been exhibited around the United States and Europe.  Garrett currently lives in Chicago, where he recurrently teaches in the photography department at School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Pam Grossman is an independent curator, writer, and teacher of magical practice and history.  She is the creator of Phantasmaphile, a blog which specializes in art and culture with an esoteric or fantastical bent, and the Associate Editor of Abraxas International Journal of Esoteric Studies.  She is co-organizer of the Occult Humanities Conference at NYU, and was the co-founder of Brooklyn's original offbeat events space, Observatory.  Her group art shows and projects have been featured by such outlets as Artforum, Newsweek, New York Magazine, Boing Boing, Art & Antiques Magazine, CREATIVE TIME, Time Out New York, Juxtapoz, Arthur, 20×200, UrbanOutfitters.com, and Neil Gaiman’s Twitter.  Pam’s writing has appeared in numerous mediums, including The Huffington Post, MSN.com, the Etsy blog, Sciences Occultes magazine, and various Fulgur press publications, including the introduction for Rik Garrett's monograph, Earth Magic.  By day, she is Getty Images' Director of Visual Trends.