Edward Walton Wilcox and Todd Carptener celebrated double openings on Saturday at Merry Karnowsky Gallery. “Sacred Intention” by Wilcox was his 6th solo exhibition with the gallery featuring his dark, hand-carved gothic style pieces starring nature’s predators. Watching over the show is his totem “Abraham Stilten in de Nederlands”, a solid sequoia tree carved entirely with a chainsaw that stands 9 feet tall. New oil on panel pieces such as “Predator” and “Candy Mountain” were created on handmade wood frames, then, placed on hand carved shelves. His presentation is just as important as the paintings themselves, often removing the subject from its 2-dimensional world entirely to extend the narrative. Figures such as a rowing Grim Reaper-esque character and hovering owls appear throughout, while circling birds overhead imply something is amiss. Read more after the jump.