Magic Lanterns: A Multimedia Exhibition by Geoff Mitchell

Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center of Arts & Education

1600 Government Street, Duckett Gallery

Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Phone: (228) 818-2878

Magic Lanterns: A Multimedia Exhibition by Geoff Mitchell, August 31st-December 2, 2017

Geoff Mitchell was born and raised in Gulfport, Mississippi. He has exhibited in galleries and museums across the U.S. in cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston and Atlanta, as well as abroad in Tokyo, Norway and Austria. For his Magic Lanterns project and exhibition, Geoff chose a universally entertaining subject, ghost stories, to explore his fascination with the concept of time. The exhibition consists of a three-room diorama set which presents a ghost story in 7th scale miniature. There are twenty paintings, each setting the stage for a classic style ghost story which unfolds in the Magic Lanterns book that accompanies the project. A soundtrack will also play as a backdrop for the show.

Mitchell’s exhibition is inspired by the theory that the fundamental nature of the universe is in fact timeless. He suggests that if such a thing were true, one could imagine the possibility that the past, present, and the future are nothing more than an illusion; and the only thing that is real is the whole of it existing constantly as one. He wonders, “could it be possible that ghosts, rather than being spirits of those passed, are a momentary glimpse of those who are very much alive, existing alongside us – only in another time?”

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