Dirty Churches presents SHE is near... multi-media installation and performance • Kunsthalle Projects - Brooklyn, NY 2014
SHE is near by Dirty Churches is a multi-media installation and performance was exhibited at Kunsthalle Projects in DUMBO in 2014 as part of their group show Why You Gotta Be So Evil?. This installation presents a hallucinatory grotto devoted to the Greek goddess of witchcraft Hecate. The installation was constructed by tying tree branches together and attaching them to the wall then covering them with torn black fabric and chimes. The floor was covered in mirrors and reflective paper then projected onto with a video loop of light on water, this achieved the effect of moon light reflecting on water and created abstract patterns of light on the back wall. The mirrors were surrounded with rocks to give the impression of a grotto like environment. This environment created the setting for our twenty minute performance were Rachel Blackwell portrayed the three faced goddess and whispered ominous mantras to the viewers. Her performance was set to a three movement string trio composition by Jesse Gelaznik that included prerecorded samples of wolves howling through effects.
Dirty Churches presents Bacchus' Skeleton multi-media installation and performance • Northside Town Hall Arts Happening Series - Brooklyn NY 2014
Bacchus’ Skeleton explores the theme of a lone wanderer trying to find his way home. The narrative of the installation was inspired loosely by Bacchus’s walk on the beach searching for a ship to take him home, as featured in Ovid’s Metamorphosis and also by the recent theory of Caravaggio’s death on the beach as featured in Andrew Graham Dixon’s A Life Sacred and Profane. Prerecorded music for string trio composed by Jesse Gelaznik and engineered by Eric Elterman. PWR&$$$ (Daniel Garcia and Jesse Gelaznik) will provide live musical accompaniment. The video was shoot by Daniel Garcia and Rachel Blackwell with Jesse Gelaznik acting as Bacchus' Skeleton. Edited by Jesse Gelaznik.
Dedicated in loving memory to original Dirty Churches member Joe Robinson.
Dirty Churches presents An Orchard of Echoes multi-media installation and performance • Soho20 Chelsea Gallery Savoir Faire Performance Series - New York, NY 2014
This collaborative multi-media performance explores dramatic rituals performed against hypnotic video projections in an altered environment with a live score. The suggestion of being in an apple orchard during a storm is created by presenting objects from the orchard on pedestals, first person video projections of exploring the orchard, and audio samples such as footsteps, rain and thunder. This in effect creates the setting for the performance of the harvest ritual. The costume for this ritual portrays a masked old woman in farming clothes carrying bar chimes. Her hair is bound up in cornhusks and her mask is painted with the alchemical symbols of nature, fire, earth, water and air. The harvest ritual is performed in three parts, introducing the orchard, the storm, and the smearing of the mask with colored pigment as a conclusion. These three parts all have individual musical scores performed live, which establish a sonic environment that completes the illusion of the orchard. The insinuated theme of this piece is the performers relationship to their surroundings as they encounter a storm of percussion and prepare a harvest of dark emotional thoughts.
Dirty Churches presents A Guest in the Cavern multi media installation and performance • The Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center, Inc.’s Arts Happening Series - Brooklyn, NY 2013
The cavern provides a typical analogy of the projecting individual. It provides the repetition of light and shadow as a backdrop to the woman in the pyramid. Inside the pyramid she reflects up from the terrestrial world to the celestial and cosmic world. The infinite becomes newly created/birthed/banged. The woman, the light, the constellation and the point. The woman's thoughts are reflected below the water's surface, glowing down to this world. Her exploration of the loneliness and the isolation fill the cavern with echoes of the yin/yang universe, the infinite, the contained, the container. Her pyramid is distribution of mental and emotional weight. Her dress becomes a river of light that emanates out from her core past the walls of the pyramid. Once combined the elements of the video art projections, pyramid installation, performer and dress with a live soundtrack, the space will be completely transformed into a fantastical landscape of thought, sound and vision.
Dirty Churches presents The Dome site specific installation by Jesse Gelaznik • Outpost residency program - Otis, MA 2012
The Dome is a 8' by 13' freestanding structure designed and constructed by Jesse Gelaznik. This installation took place over a month long residency created by the film organization Outpost in Otis, MA during the month of August in 2012. During this month Jesse lived, in a tent on the grounds of the residency program alone in the woods. He was visited periodically by his friends and brought food daily by the organizers of the program. After constructing the dome in three parts in his father's garage, Jesse was able to transport the three parts and assemble them in the woods. The lathing and mortaring of the dome took place onsite as well as the painting of the interior mural in oils. This structure became the center piece to Jesse's daily life while he lived on the grounds of the program. During his stay he published a blog describing his experience on Vice and filmed a short spiritually based film with Pablo Narvaese and Butcher Walsh.
DIRTY CHURCHES presents The Mother, a site specific sculpture and sound installation. Shown on Canal Street and Sixth Avenue as a part of the Xtreme Xteriors show, and as a set piece for the play The Spade's Ten at the 28th Street Theater, NYC. Sculpture by Rachel Blackwell. Music by Jesse Gelaznik 2009.