JOE VOLLAN

water under the burning bridge

opening: Friday, April 17th 2020

Arch Enemy Arts is pleased to present Water Under the Burning Bridge, the gallery’s third solo exhibition from doom fantasy-folk artist, Joe Vollan. The series—seven paintings, two mixed media drawings, and one sculptural mask—documents an early episode from the City of Rusted Gallows. For those following the sagas of this world, Vollan explains that Water Under the Burning Bridge pre-dates the factory accident by over a century when all of the skeleton society townspeople believed the bramble thorn smokers were witches. As it turns out, they were. Vollan writes:

 

On a foggy night, the townspeople rounded up all of the witches, corralled them onto the covered bridge, and lit it on fire. There were no survivors. Weeks later, magnolia trees sprung up along the riverbanks. It is believed that the witches live in the knots of these twisted trees, and every night, when the moon is at its brightest, they crawl out to play pranks, cast spells, and place curses on the long-since-dead townspeople.

 

Each piece in Water Under the Burning Bridge depicts a scene from this story in chronological order. Each title is a line from the artist’s narrative in the form of a rhyming poem. 

 

Vollan’s painting style is elaborate and eccentric, evoking a sense of wonder that makes the artist’s fantasy-lore come to life. Vollan sets Water Under the Burning Bridge apart by interspersing his narrative paintings with hand-made ephemera, almost like collectible memorabilia from the City of Rusted Gallows. One can imagine the first title painting was a poster made for the townspeople to commemorate the parade that led the witches to their death. “The Foxes Spoons” feel like old family heirlooms coveted by the secret skeleton society as the very spoons the fox played on that fateful day. These pieces immerse us further into the dark, yet playful world of the City of Rusted Gallows. They make Vollan’s twisted tales even more real, and we can’t wait to see what happens next. 

Joe Vollan
"Water under the burning bridge" (2020)
oil on masonite
8”x10” (10.5”x12.5” framed)
$800 USD
Joe Vollan
"The grim procession crossed graveyard ridge" (2020)
oil on masonite
11”x14” (15”x18” framed)
$1500 USD
Joe Vollan
"Such wondrous wonders await yelled the barker" (2020)
oil on birch panel
6”x8” (10”x13” framed)
$600 USD
Joe Vollan
"We continued on though our hearts grew darker" (2020)
pencil and oil on paper
5”x7” (11”x12.5” framed)
$500 USD
Joe Vollan
"The devils mask" (2020)
Epoxy and acrylic on ceramic mask 6.5”x9”
$650 USD
Joe Vollan
"The foxes spoons" (2020)
oil and pencil on wood mounted paper, oil on spoons
9”x11” framed
$800 USD
Joe Vollan
"Birch forest ritual under tide locked moons" (2020)
oil on birch panel
4”x10.5” (5”x11.5” framed)
$500 USD
Joe Vollan
"The snowshoe summer tore us apart" (2020)
oil on masonite
8”x10” (10”x12” framed)
$800 USD
Joe Vollan
"Bless your black and broken little heart" (2020)
oil on masonite
8”x20” (11.5”x23.5” framed)
$1600 USD
Joe Vollan
"With a screech, a howl and a clickity-clack, the witch said ‘goodnight’ and the sky went black." (2020)
oil on birch panel
14”x18” (16.5”x20.5” framed)
$2500 USD
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OTHER WORKs BY JOE VOLLAN

Joe Vollan
"The Summertime Scavengers" (2019)
oil on birch panel
13 x 16" framed to 17 x 20"
$2000 USD
PRINT
'Goodbye to The Coalheaver's Daughter' by Joe Vollan from his 2018 Arch Enemy solo, Tone Deaf Funeral Singers
24 x 20" limited edition print (edition of 10) signed and numbered by the artist
Printed on archival matte paper
$75 each
Joe Vollan
"The Witch Who Ate The Wolf" (2019)
epoxy clay, acrylic on wooden nesting doll set
tallest ~8"
$2000 USD
Joe Vollan
"The Inheritance Was Gone Within Hours" (2019)
oil on birch in custom painted vintage frame with artist sculpted elements
10 x 12" framed to 13 x 15"
$1200 USD
Joe Vollan
"The Devil's Gift" (2019)
oil on birch in a vintage frame with custom artist sculpted elements
8 x 10" framed to 10 x 16"
$800 USD
Joe Vollan
"It Seemed That The 8 Fingered Butcher Was Losing On Purpose" (2019)
oil on birch in vintage frame with artist sculpted elements
8 x 14" framed to 11.5 x 15"
$1100 USD
Joe Vollan
"Ruckus on Brockfield Lane" (2019)
oil on birch panel in vintage frame with custom artist sculpted elements
12 x 16" framed to 17 x 20"
$1900 USD
Joe Vollan
"Death Card" (2019)
ink on antique paper in antique frame
2.5 x 3.5" framed to 4 x 5"
$150 USD
Joe Vollan
"Six Blind Pallbearers and the Tone Deaf Funeral Singers" (2018)
oil on birch panel
10 x 8" framed to 14 x 12"
$800 USD
Joe Vollan
"The Gate to Hell Was the Most Beautiful Thing I Had Ever Seen, For I Knew That Everyone I Had Ever Loved Was Waiting For Me On the Other Side" (2018)
oil on birch panel
10 x 7" framed to 14" x 10.5"
$700 USD
Joe Vollan
"Let Your Dagger Light the Way" (2018)
oil on masonite
5 x 7" framed to 8 x 10"
$500 USD
Joe Vollan
"And Goodbye to The Coal Heaver's Daughter" (2018)
oil on birch panel
10 x 8" (13 x 11") framed
$800 USD
Joe Vollan
"Someday When You Tiptoe Over The Pale Poppies" (2018)
oil on birch panel
5 x 7" framed to 6.5 x 9"
$500 USD
Joe Vollan
"Agnes Dreams of Falling Flowers" (2018)
oil on birch panel
10 x 12" framed to 12 x 14"
$1000 USD
Joe Vollan
"The Gray Eyed Foxes of Summer Have All Gone Away" (2018)
oil and graphite on birch panel
5 x 7" framed to 7.75 x 9.5"
$500 USD
Joe Vollan
"The Arsonists Left Town and the Swindlers Moved In" (2018)
oil on birch panel
12 x 7.5" framed to 14.5 x 10.5"
$800 USD
Joe Vollan
"All My Riches To Perch As Proudly As You For A Day" (2017)
acrylic on birch panel
6.5 x 8.75" framed to 10 x 12"
$600 USD
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Joe Vollan

"The grim procession crossed graveyard ridge" (2020) oil on masonite 11”x14” (15”x18” framed) $1500 USD