Mac welcomes artist Greg Billingsley for a gallery talk
December 4, 2019 | 8:49 AM
MacMurray College welcomes artist Greg Billingsley to campus for a reception and gallery talk to discuss his art showcase, “Nigredo,” on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Applebee Gallery in the Putnam/Springer Center. Billingsley will begin talking at 6:15.
One of Billingsley’s inspirations comes from Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, who once said, “Right at the beginning you meet the dragon, the chthonic spirit, the devil or, as the alchemists called it, the blackness, the nigredo, and the encounter produces suffering …”
Billingsley took the term nigredo, which is considered the first step in alchemy, and created a showcase, which will be in the Applebee Gallery through December.
“I try to paint using instinct. Let the work lead me. Sometimes my work becomes deeply idiosyncratic in meaning. Sometimes it’s just ‘cloud reading divination,’ apophenia- the inherent human propensity to seek patterns in random information.”
Billingsley grew up on a farm in west central Illinois and graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a BFA in 1994. After graduation, he became a farmer/rancher and EMT-Paramedic.