EDG Projects in collaboration with BAD Space presents Parlor Tricks for Summoning the Devil,
a site-specific installation by Miami artist Philip Lique fusing his interests in history, myth, and magic. With skilled craft, Lique creates a vortex where the past and present collide with the arcane. Combining synthetic materials with traditional modes of artmaking and craft, the artist constructs a space reminiscent of a 17th-century parlor room, inviting viewers to sit and be entertained while they take turns engaging with objects which might summon the unknown.
With his installation, Lique invites viewers to feel welcome and constructs a space that is conducive to feelings of comfort and good-natured fun. Deploying methods also used in retail display strategies, he pastiches symbols collected from spiritualist parlor games and USA’s histories of rebellion. As visitors navigate his maze it’s likely they will arrange themselves into ritual positions with the person who plays the game in the maze’s center. Here, one might summon a ghost or a past. Lique asks, “What happens if the game is successful, and the devil actually appears?” It is possible that magic can happen at the point where the forces of persuasion, objects with meaning and historical visualization converge. His desire to “make the viewer feel welcome” combined with his use of retail merchandising strategy reveals the artist’s underlying critique. All this stuff is fun until it isn’t.
About BAD Space
Founded in 2016 by Marc Aptakin, BAD Space is driven by the continuous desire to explore and strengthen the cultural and artistic significance of its creative community. The studio provides artists with a workshop in which to facilitate their initial ideas, offering its tools, education, and MAD Agency’s expertise and resources to help aspiring and established creatives achieve their vision.
BAD Space is located at 481 S Federal Hwy, Dania Beach, FL 33004.
About EDG Projects
EDG Projects is a new initiative by Emerson Dorsch Gallery to make space for experimental shows.
About the artist
Philip Lique a multidisciplinary artist working across print, sculpture, design and installation practices. Hailing from New England, He holds a BFA in graphic design from Paier College of Art and an MFA in painting from Western Connecticut State University. Lique is an artist in residence at the Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami FL.