Architecture of Devotion

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Architecture of Devotion
Curated by: Ursula Viglietta

55 Ninth Street
Brooklyn, New York 11215
June 24th, 2011 - July 3rd, 2011
Opening: June 24th, 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Please see website for exhibition information.
photography, mixed-media, installation, performance, conceptual, sculpture


The Architecture of Devotion features emerging Brooklyn artists working in styles and techniques that recall religious and devotional art of the past. The exhibition transforms the cathedral-like Gowanus Ballroom, a nineteenth century steel mill and current home of Serrett Metalworks,  to interrogate various representations of the sacred and profane.

Works including stained glass, paintings embellished with gilt adornment, modern reinventions of medieval retables, a cabinet of curiosities, and an enchanted grotto form an installation that explores themes of spirituality, mysticism and religion. Revisiting historic interpretations of divine presence through a contemporary lens allows artist and audience to reconsider what might at first glance appear mundane.

Featuring work by: Abby Hertz, Adrian Landon, Aimee Lutkin, Amy Consolo, Andrea Biagioni, Andy Smenos, Cristina Rose, Daniel K. Brown, David Aronson, Derek Gregory, Diane Roehm, Eric Gerhard Winzer, Erin Ikeler, Ernest Porcelli, Jennie Booth, Jessica Siemens, Joel Dugan, Johann Nortje, Julie janicek, Konstantin Sergeyev, Leonidas Chalepas, Maria Berrio, Matt Allison, Matthew James, Matthew Pisacano, Matthew William Robinson, Matthew Shelley, Michael Solomon, Naho Taruishi, Nancy Nicholson, Nicholas Chatfeild Taylor, Patricia Kelly, Peter Waite, Robert Rodriguez, Serra Victory Bothwell Fels, Sheena Rae Dowling, Ursula Viglietta, and a growing list of others.

Performances include Abby Hertz, Adrianna Mateo, Apocalypse Five and Dime, Crooks and Perverts, Jason Novak, Les Bicyclettes Blanches, Morgan O’Kane, Sullied Accolades, Toy Soldiers, Yula and the Extended Family, and many others.

A full list of artists and performers can be found on the Gowanus Ballroom website