I really like these "broadsides" printed on very thin wood from Christine Tarkowski's exhibition, titled Whale Oil, Slave Ships and Burning Martyrs, at Priska C. Juschka Fine Art. Here is an excerpt from the press release:
... Tarkowski explores the manner in which systems of belief pervade all aspects of our lives, through the construction of her very own faith-based order.
Rather than first articulating the parameters of her new religion and then assembling a congregation, Tarkowski works in a reverse method and begins the process with designing a place of worship, of which a fragment is on display in this exhibition. Referencing R. Buckminister Fuller's geodesic structures and his utopian vision, as well as concepts of sacred geometry-she constructs a cast-concrete dome formation, composed of geometrically patterned triangles and embedded lights. The overall structure evokes at once the mystic aura of Christian cathedrals and the grandeur of the Roman Pantheon.
Accompanying the dome are additional elements that makeup Tarkowski's fabricated belief system-propaganda in the form of broadsides, hymns in the vernacular of alt punk-country, and a photographic (essay-monologue) that serves as a visual legend by way of screen prints and a pamphlet.
For the music fans out there, there will be a performance by John Langford (of the Mekons!) and Record Party October 25, at 7pm. He collaborated with the artist on "hymns" for the show.
While you're at the gallery, don't miss Bryan Zanisnik's awesome videos made with his grandmother when he was in his early teens.
P.S. Priska loves having photos of her shows all over the web -- MySpace, Flickr, whatever.