Haunted Gallery Exhibit “Something in the Woods” Opens at Blockfort
The latest exhibition at Blockfort has quite the timely fall opening.
Something in the Woods features forest-themed imagery, depicting the beauty of nature and its coinciding quiet eeriness. Curator Logan Schmitt’s description of the exhibition dials up the dark theme, painting a picture of a “hallowed scene of a raccoon skull resting undisturbed on a moss altar” and images of “the bones and fur left behind by those that feed the forest floor.”
He enlisted the work of 16 artists asked to create pieces leaning on symbolism, allegory and scientific illustration to match the theme.
Schmitt grew up in a small town in West Virginia and attended the Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) for illustration. After graduating in 2016, he’s gone on to illustrate and create screen prints for band posters and t-shirts, and take on clients ranging from the City of Columbus to Toyota. Like Schmitt, many of the featured artists primarily create illustrations, paintings, pencil and ink drawings.
Schmitt has a self-described “fascination with nature,” and made sure to choose artists that would fit the haunted theme Something in the Woods is going for.
“A lot of them are full-time artists and illustrators and have very busy schedules, so I tried to make the premise a natural [one] for them,” says Schmitt. “A lot of the participating artists have a somewhat darker take on the theme to begin with in their drawing styles and subject matter.”
Something in the Woods opened Oct. 1 at Blockfort, 162 N. Sixth St. The opening reception takes place Friday, Oct. 5 from 7 to 10 p.m.