Date(s) - 06/02/2019 - 03/03/2019
GalleryX continues its exploration of the dark side with this exhibition of paintings by Dublin artist and designer Fergal Fitzpatrick (#fergalfitzpatrick).
Damnation Games is a series of paintings that use board games and Left Hand Path symbolism to explore our carnal activities as indulgence, competitiveness, winner & losers, materiality and life as ultimate endgame.
Dutch cultural historian J. Huizinga coined the term Homo Ludens in 1938, commenting on us as a species whose fundamental activity is considered ‘play’. The Homo Ludens are free to lead creative and imaginative lives because they are released from the subsistence of endless labour by the development of automated systems. This freedom to pursue epicurean pleasure has strong correlations to Anton LaVey’s writing in The Book of Satan where he exclaims ‘Life is the great indulgence — death, the great abstinence. Therefore, make the most of life — HERE AND NOW!’
To play and indulge are both about the practice of an act that gives one pleasure and fulfils a desire. Both are a free activity outside of mundane life but always in the shadow of death. The Damnation Games paintings illustrate this ritualised act of play that allows for the indulgence of raw desire, sex and death
This is life seen through the lens of Satanic play. Life that begins as chance, moves us through competitiveness towards defeat in our ultimate endgame.
These are the Damnation Games.