NEW YORK, NY- chashama is pleased to announce Shrine, a site-specific installation at chashama 266 by Kate Gavriel and Katie Shelly. Shelly and Gavriel transform the 37th street gallery space into a glittering storefront shrine. An unexpected inlet of texture, light and color in the highly commercialized, frenetic zone of midtown Manhattan, Shrine invites all forms of visitation.
The symbols are generic, pointing to no deity or tradition; an exercise in condensing thousands of years of ritual into a contemporary spin-off. Visitors may draw as much or as little spiritual meaning as they choose from the installation’s aesthetically deliberate, but iconographically empty arrangement of colors, shapes, textures and sounds. There is no wrong way to worship, un-worship, respect or rebel.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Kate Gavriel received a degree in Studio Arts from Wesleyan University, and now lives and works in Brooklyn. Her paintings, sculptures, and installations assert their identity as objects in space to be encountered by the viewer. By juxtaposing modes of presentation traditionally associated with different types of media, Gavriel asks the viewer to reengage with the work and meet each piece with a refreshed gaze, specifically seeking to incorporate the viewer’s body and their relationship to the artwork in their consideration of the piece.
Katie Shelly is a visual artist whose multimedia approach incorporates everything from theater arts to video to installation, always capitalizing on the resources that become available at the time. Her imagery depicts fictional worlds and belief systems that are fantastical or ethereal in nature. She was raised in Queens, holds a degree in American Studies from Wesleyan University, and works a day job in Manhattan as a computer technician.
Since 1995, chashama has championed the movement to repurpose vacant properties in New York City; recycling them into temporary artist studios and gallery spaces, while simultaneously invigorating the surrounding community landscape with an influx of culture, creativity and business.
When: Installation on View: September 13th-26th, 9am -5pm; Open for Visitation: Thursday & Friday 9am – 5pm; Saturday & Sunday, 12pm – 6pm; Opening Reception September 16th, 7pm – 9pm
Directions: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3 to 34th Street or to 42nd Street (use 40th Street exit); M16, M34 to 8th Ave; M10, M20 to 36th Street
For more information visit www.chashama.org