WHO’S YR SHAMAN?
1561 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
13 August 2010, 7:00pm–11:00pm
Art, religion, and spirituality are deeply intertwined. For thousands of years artistic production was concentrated in manufacturing houses of worship and objects for religious devotion. In the mid-nineteenth century, artists began exploring non-religious themes and, eventually, the importance of religion in art waned. Although art from the last two hundred years appears to lack a strong religious viewpoint, it would be incorrect to assume that it no longer possesses any spiritual significance. As we enter into the second decade of the twenty-first century, Westerners have become more accepting of alternative spiritual customs. WHO’S YR SHAMAN? is a group exhibition featuring artists who take inspiration from unorthodox belief systems. Their production is a continuation in the history of mystical practice in art and, like their predecessors, they are responding to the climate of their contemporary world. The common thread which binds these seven individuals is their deep admiration and engagement in magic. It is a vital part of each of their creative processes and, as a result, transfers a numinous power into their final conceptions.