Vapours of Delphi curated by Snow Gallery

June 6 – June 29, 2024

''These things fill'd my Head with new Imaginations, and gave me the Vapours again.''

Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe, 1719

The earth is continually influenced by cosmic rays and our relational positioning in the universe. But what of the influence of energies coming to us from below, in the ground below our feet? Ancient gases rising from deep within the earth, mingling with the millions buried below.
“Having the Vapours” is an antiquated description for a psychological state such as hysteria, mania, clinical depression, bipolar disorder, mood swings, lightheadness or PMS in which the sufferer loses mental focus. The Vapours were ascribed primarily to women and thought (by male doctors, of course) to be caused by internal emanations (vapours) from the womb.
It is theorized that this feminized state of the Vapours refers back to the ancient Oracle of Delphi. Delphi was seen by the Greeks as the navel of the world, as designated by Apollo. Many would travel to the Oracle of Delphi to seek counsel or divination from Pythia, the high priestess. Inside the temple, Pythia would sit upon a tripod throne situated over a deep pit. Out of this pit rose vapors that would bring Pythia into a frenzied, altered state; a conduit between the mortal and divine worlds. Her enigmatic prophecies were not always intelligible and would thereby be interpreted by the attendant priests.
The vapours rising from the pit were said to emanate from the rotting body of the monstrous Python, having been slain by Apollo and thrown into the pit. Recent research has shown the vapours to have a scientific explanation. Chemical analysis of the spring waters and travertine deposits at the site show these vapours to be the light hydrocarbon gases methane, ethane, and ethylene. The effects of inhaling ethylene, a major anesthetic gas in the mid-20th century, are similar to those described in the ancient writings.

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HOMEWARD curated by Eduardo Medrano Jr.

May 17–June 22, 2024

New York, NY –– WHAAM! is pleased to present Homeward, a group exhibition with works by Andy Medina, Angela Anh Nguyen, Alfonso Gonzalez Jr. Darren Romanelli, Grace Horan, Mia Scarpa, Sonya Sombreuil, Sofia Elias, Wendy Cabrera curated by Eduardo Medrano Jr. running from May 17 to June 22, 2024 at 15 Elizabeth Street.

The familial is often associated with all things related to family and childhood memories through one's lived experiences. Over time, the familial transforms, surrounded by artifacts and memorabilia. Agency curates what and whom we choose to see as familial, as connection. It grants sovereignty to surround oneself with others by choice, forming connections based on shared values, inspirations, and lived experiences.

Life comprises many moments of building and embracing identity. Through the work of these artists, the viewer is invited to enter the inner visual worlds chosen and built upon throughout life's journey. A white wall space is reclaimed as a domestic haven, adorned with mementos and artifacts typically found in homes-items such as lamps, chairs, and ottoman couches stand for the power they hold in lived familial spaces. It becomes a place where home and its original belongings intersect with one's chosen friendships and the community created by what the familial evolves into over time.

Mia Scarpa, (Confusing) Use Of Time - 311, 2023 Acrylic on Linen 11 x 14 in