|Krampus, coming for the children.|
This week the Tim Holmes Studio is hosting a antidote to that temptation. Duende is an art exhibit-installation-performance (more details here) to honor the dark time of year. I take my cue from Krampus (view more of my photos), who is honored today. He's the fearsome, hairy Austrian figure who visits children, accompanying St. Nickolaus, whose day is tomorrow.
Duende is an art term, but it's not easy to describe. It's not a style or subject or period, but more like an attitude in which art is created: in the shadow of death. The awareness of the darkness is what gives meaning and depth to life. The Duende show gives a multi-media taste of these depths for all the senses.
Joy or happiness or success is cheap and flaccid if it is unaccompanied by darkness. This art event points out the sublime beauty of the dark side of life.
The show is one night only, Thurs, Dec. 8 at the Tim Holmes Studio 446 N. Hoback, Helena, 6:30 curtain. $8 a head. Call 406-442-4233.