On view through August 4, 2019 is Shay Bredimus' "Seni Horoscopes" at the Mesa Arts Center in his native Phoenix, Arizona. The Seni Horoscopes were a 17th century German fortune-telling card system. This astrological picture card deck was created by Giovanni Battista Seni—an Italian oracle who served Albrecht Wenzel Eusebius von Wallenstein, a major figure in the Thirty Year’s War. The deck was used for divination, and served as a guide to spiritual pathways.
For this body of work, Bredimus transformed those historic cards into a large visual mixture of pictographs and portraits with iconic and mystic symbolism. The artist has created 72 unique works that reference each individual card – not only to be viewed as artwork, but also to be seen as an interactive conduit to understanding man’s position in the universe. Each piece is encased in a wood pediment fenestration, which complements the parallel visual conversation in the reading of the cards. Bredimus is a 2018 proposal winner at the Mesa Arts Center.