Brad Will Memorial in NYC Art Show

An altar to Brad Will, created by artist Tanyth Berkeley, whose work has been featured at the Museum of Modern Art will be on display at the world renowned BELLWETHER gallery.

July 10th – August 8th, 2008 Opening Reception: Thursday, July 10th, 6-8PM

Vanessa Albury, Tanyth Berkeley & Todd Chandler, Tammy Rae Carland,
Patricia Cronin, Amrita Das, Leela Devi, Rob Hauschild, Paa Joe,
Joss paper effigies, Roy Kortick, Lisa Ross, Victorian hair
wreaths, Marc Swanson & Joe Mama-Nitzberg

Curated by Becky Smith

If Love Could Have Saved You, You Would Have Lived Forever is an
exhibition of art and objects that reference the aesthetics, material
culture, and traditional gestures surrounding death and remembrance.

On view is Vanessa Albury’s Funeral (Projection), in which a darkened
room is filled with a single-slide projection of a still image taken
by Albury at her grandmother’s funeral. Tanyth Berkeley and Todd
Chandler will present a video made in memory of their friend Brad
Will, an anarchist and documentary filmmaker who was shot and killed
during a teacher’s strike in Oaxaca, Mexico in 2006.

Tammy Rae Carland has photographed a range of idiosyncratic items
taken from her childhood home after the death of her mother, creating
a poignant portrait through quotidian objects. Patricia Cronin will
exhibit a bronze sculpture from her Memorial to a Marriage Series, in
which she created a grave marker for the Woodlawn Cemetery plot she
has reserved for herself and her partner Deborah Kass.

Ghanaian fantasy coffins are constructed in shapes that reflect the
lives, careers, and aspirations of their inhabitants – cocoa beans,
pineapples, airplanes, boats, and Bibles are common forms. We are
pleased to present a coffin replica of a slave castle by Paa Joe, the
foremost maker of figural coffins. The anonymous nature of mourning
will be addressed through disposable-camera snapshots of impromptu
roadside memorials, taken and collected by Rob Hauschild.

Joss paper effigies are burned at Chinese Taoist funerals as a way of
sending gifts and comforts to loved ones who have crossed over to the
spirit realm. This age-old tradition has become heavily influenced by
Western pop culture, creating a new market for paper replicas of
luxury objects like LV wallets, Rolex watches, credit cards, sneakers,
and beer. Rob Hauschild and Becky Smith accumulated this collection
for a forthcoming book, Funny to Burn.

Roy Kortick, an artist working in ceramic and mixed media, has made a
memorial for his beloved dogs K and Sammy, which also addresses the
communal trauma of living in New York during 9/11. Paintings by Leela
Devi and Amrita Das, from the Mithila region of Southern
Nepal/Northern India, will be exhibited in New York for the first
time. The paintings depict the devastating effects of the tsunami in
Sri Lanka, and a long-distance tribute to the victims of 9/11. Lisa
Ross photographs the adorned burial mounds of the Uyghur people from
the Xinjiang area of Western China, a tradition of ornamenting twigs
and branches in the desert to venerate local saints and mystics.

Victorian hair wreaths, a memento mori tradition that became popular
after the death of Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert, makes use
of the hair of a loved one to create intricately woven floral
tableaus. Marc Swanson and Joe Mama-Nitzberg have collaborated on a
series of photographs of floral arrangements designed in memory of gay
icons Darby Crash, Anna Nicole Smith, Sam Wagstaff, and Halston.

Finally, Becky Smith will exhibit her personal collection of
photographs of blank grave markers, which are used to sell headstones
– a macabre reminder of the inevitability of everyone’s future demise.

BELLWETHER is located at 134 Tenth Avenue, between 18th and 19th Street.
Summer hours are Monday – Friday, 11 AM – 6 PM.

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