Bio:

Dirty Churches is a performance-based collaboration with music composed by Jesse Gelaznik, performance art by Rachel Blackwell and auto-harp and 4track samples by H. Leon Harris. Dirty Churches presents altered environments exploring the intersection of myth, ritual and contemporary urban life. Together, Dirty Churches has presented music compositions and installations at such NYC venues as Westbeth, White Box, The Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Picasso machinery, Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, 92Y Tribeca, Brooklyn Fire Proof, the Tarot Society and Art Helix.

Members:

Dirty Churches performance artist and art director Rachel Blackwell studied under Sharon Grace at the San Francisco Art Institute. Professionally she works on theatrical and commercial productions as a set dresser and prop stylist, and Blackwell co-founded The Ouroboros Play Company, and was the Design Director until 2014. She has shown independently and in collaboration at White Box, the 92Y Tribeca, Theater Lab, The Chelsea Hotel and many other galleries, festivals, clubs, theaters and music venues.

Dirty Churches founder and composer Jesse Gelaznik specializes in film soundtracks, as well as music for art performances and dance. He has been nominated for best score by the American Independent Film Awards for his work on the feature film H., which screened at Sundance, MoMA and the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2012 Gelaznik’s collaborative project with the film maker Daniel Garcia, PWR&$$$, received a commission from the Sharjah Art Foundation for their Biennial X and was displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. In 2008 Jesse performed alto guitar in Glenn Branca’s 13th Symphony Hallucination City. 

 

Performances

2018     

Bad Genie, Picasso Machinery, Brooklyn, NY

2017     

Eater of Hearts, 100 Bogart Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

The Feast! Picasso Machinery, Brooklyn, NY

Silver Suite, (with Alexandra Jacob) Main Drag Music, Brooklyn, NY

Silver Suite, (with Alexandra Jacob) Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY 

The Visitation, Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY

2016  

Modern Clouds, Park Church Co-op, Brooklyn, NY

Imaginary Friend, Park Church Co-op,  Brooklyn, NY

Night Diviner, Out To See, New York, NY

Something Cosmic, The Tarot Society, Brooklyn, NY

2015 

Vox Novus Festival, MC Gallery, New York, NY

Behind the White Walls, Brooklyn Fire Proof Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Bacchus' Skeleton, Kunsthalle Projects Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Tonal Vision, White Box Art Center, New York, NY

Trans-World Holiday, Art Helix Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2014     

Bacchus’ Skeleton, Northside Town Hall Arts Happening Series, Brooklyn, NY

Why You Gotta Be So Evil?, Kunsthalle Galapagos Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Hearts are Dust: Eulogy for Sarah Winchester, The Spectrum, Brooklyn, NY

2013   

An Orchard of Echoes, Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, New York, NY

A Guest in the Cavern, Northside Town Hall Arts Happening Series, Brooklyn, NY

2011    

Alive in Texas, Diverse Works, Houston, TX

While I Was In A Sleeping State, Theater Lab, New York, NY

Las Medias Delicioso, Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn, NY

2010    

SPUN 3, The Convent of Saint Cecilia, Brooklyn, NY

Majickally Delicious::Sight & Sound::New Times, Party Expo, Brooklyn, NY

2009    

Eye and Ear Fest II, 92Y Tribeca, New York, NY