Sometime in late February, i started developing the ideas that would become the current material ive been working through. Originally, i was going to do 2 solo shows in 2009 and then the Blue Spiral show Jan 2010. After thinking things through and after seeing a really inspirational concert with Neurosis and Mastodon, i decided a skin had to be shed and i was going to seriously shift gears.The next week i postponed some shows until 2010-2011 and began meditating on what i wanted to be my fantasy Asheville solo show. This whole idea posed a serious financial threat, considering i used to do at least 1-3 shows a month, to keep a steady stream of income. However if i wanted to really get deeper into the rabbit hole, this option was the only one available, i wouldnt be the first poor artist.
So with that being said heres the basic idea behind my show so far. the title "Fiat Lux", is Latin for "Let there be Light". Its definitely a conceptual show, but i think even that phrase is a bit limiting. I would say the show so far is more of a story im living out inside my mind, that will eventually be told once ive finished the journey.
A young boy named Astral is new to Asheville and a bit strange, even for Asheville. At school he tells the kids and his teachers that he isnt really a boy, but a very old time traveller with amnesia, trapped in a boys body. One afternoon, while Astral is exploring by himself, he wanders through some woods behind his home and finds an old house that looks like a small castle, overgrown with kudzu and weeds. However the beautiful and strange sound of women singing emanates from inside the house. Once inside Astral discovers three beautiful sisters, who are enchanting and frightening. In addition, they speak by singing and finishing one anothers sentences.The sisters instantly are enamored by Astral,since they claim they havent seen a boy in many years, to the point that an argument emerges amongst them. One of the sisters wants to raise and groom Astral to be her lover forever.Another sister wants to enchant Astral to remain a boy forever so she can always,be his mother. The third sister wants to raise and fatten Astral, so she can eat him once he is a full grown man. In order to settle this dispute the sisters decide to distract Astral, by placing a pair of enchanted spectacles over his eyes, with a promise he will be able to see his home before he travelled to earth. "With these eyes you will see other worlds, including your true home." the sisters whisper in sing song as they place them on his face.
Every painting from this point on in the show is what Astral sees through the glasses.What the viewer sees is what Astral sees. Ive decided to take different characters', stories and settings from Ashevilles history and create an enchanted Asheville, where time and space are no longer separated. All history happens at once. Not only will this give me the ability to go bonkers with creatures and symbolism, it will also give me an opportunity to dive into Ashevilles unique history and bring it to light in my own special way.
Im sure alot will change and adapt as the year progresses, but the journey, is the fun part.