"PROCESSIONAL" presented by the MAK Center of Art & Architecture @ the Santa Maria della Pieta Chapel on the Grand Canal.
I received the official letter of congratulations from the Venice Biennale and its been a crazy ride! The idea for the exhibition came up originally in the summer of 2018. I asked Jennifer Chi, a well-respected curator and good friend to write the curatorial statement and began discussing how we could create an exhibition that was exciting and beautiful while also current and impactful. Professor Greg Walter from the UNC School of the Arts is working with me to compose music that reflects the ideas behind the art and to create an auditory experience as you move through the exhibition. The MAK Center of Art & Architecture came on as my presenting sponsor and Priscialla Fraser will be the curator on record for the exhibition. We decided the exhibition would center around "Modern Apostles" or people that have enormous influence and power based on their intelligence, money, position, or celebrity. T he idea of how a "tweet" could create an international best seller or destroy a company. How a person's wealth could be used to create good for the world or lead everyone to ruin. The idea is still developing as I paint and as the music is created. I have 3 of 8 planned grand-scale paintings for the space while at the same time I am working to fund-raise and deal with my everyday art and its needs! I am working with an important NY art foundation (more details to come!) that will be my major sponsor for the event as I finalize the budget. Its been an arduous journey to get a detailed budget and to plan for a 7-month long exhibition in another country! "PROCESSIONAL" will open May 8th and run through November 2019 @ the Pieta Church on the Grand Canal a few hundreds yards from the Grand Canal and the Arsenale.