Performance art will be presented by DIRTY CHURCHES

William Norton features four artists whose works are skilfully aware of the current reality, which they claim is similar to that shown in Orwell’s 1984. gallery at 131 Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002. It will run from Thursday, February 10, 2022 through Sunday, March 13, 2022. The gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1-6 p.m. and by appointment. The official opening will take place on Thursday February 10, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Live performance will be scheduled as covid restrictions allow. For more information on SFA projects, click here. For more information on the artists whose work will be present, click here or here.

“Promote Peace”, “Left Curve”, “Do Not Enter”, “Dead End”, “South and North”, “Blind Drive” are just some of the recent series of Road Sign paintings by Tom Burckhardt created during the covid containment. Seen in today’s acrimonious political climate, these seemingly innocuous everyday signs develop new interpretations. They turn to the realm of the sinister and become an ironic look at the world we pass through on a daily basis. Does the “left curve” suggest a political orientation or is it really a sign that we see so often that we no longer think about its other potentials? Art critic John Yau described Burckhardt’s goal as “unsettling the great tradition of painting and sculpture while simultaneously finding non-nostalgic ways to honor them”. Tom also achieves this with these images.

As Phillips told Etty Yanev in ArtSpiel, January 22, 2021, her “paintings represent the ‘wrong’ aspect of our collective choices, and pose a central question: what can be done?” His last painting was started 6 years ago and is inspired by Albert Pinkham Ryder’s “Race Track (Death on a Pale Horse)” and Bruegel’s “The Triumph of Death” but felt too harsh at the time there, but now due to the accelerated deterioration of the state of our country and our world, it has become a good time to talk about these images.

William Norton is an independent artist and curator who, over the past 7 years, has mounted 35 exhibitions of contemporary artists. As an artist, he has exhibited extensively in the United States, Japan and Europe. has been reviewed in Vasari21, featured in ArtCritical for his solo show at M David & Co., and was even generously featured by Hyperallergic’s Hrag Vartanian in a TikTok review. From January 2020 to November 2021, during the pandemic, he ran -the LTD gallery- in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, giving voice to his community when it needed it most. These monthly exhibitions have been reviewed several times by Etty Yanev for ArtSpiel, William Corwin in Gallery & Studio Arts Journal, and others.

Regarding his work, in a recent interview with the Galleria Balmain in London, he said: “My work has long been involved in researching the effects of politicized thought on religious indoctrination and the societal rites of passage of manliness. the testosterone overdrive that fuels the anonymity and weaponization of police-state myths of manhood. of America’s racist history, I’m casting these demons in pictures.”

Dirty Churches is a New York-based collaborative performance art collective that explores the intersections of myth, ritual, and music through theatrical performance. The group is made up of musical director and founder Jesse Gelaznik, artistic director Rachel Blackwell, choreography/dance duo Alexandra Jacob and Constantine Alexis and musician H.Leon Harris. The MaMa Galleria had this to say about Dirty Churches and their opera ‘Era of Good Feelings’ – “Dirty Churches manipulates the boundaries of theatre, installation and sculpture, orchestrating characters as they journey through layered compositions that use mysticism and speculative fiction to articulate the conditions of our time and our current ways of being.”

Jesse Gelaznik’s music was also recently exhibited as the multi-channel audio component of Andrea Stanislav’s “Surmatants-Mars Rising” immersive installation at the Mattress Factory Museum in 2021. The video for this installation was recently premiered in the WQED-PBS TV show Film Maker’s Corner – Season 13. His illustrations have been called “Stunning and Eye Catching” by The New York Times for his work on Theater in Quarantine’s “Footnote for the End of Time” and his music for the film H. screened at Sundance and MoMA. Dirty Churches will feature both a live performance and video selections from past works.

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