umbo Arts Center announces a new show, “Holy Holes: Absolute Stalls” curated by Denise Carvalho, June 14-August 3 with an opening reception June 14 from 6-9 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6 p.m.
“Holy Holes: Absolute Stalls” is a multimedia exhibition exploring different viewpoints on the relationship between religion, power and economics. This show looks at religion from a humorous, poetic and critical perspective, subverting traditional expectations and inviting the viewer to interact, transform, or reflect on the relationship between religious rituals and consumerist everyday practices.
According to the show organizers, “Among the more general ideas gathered in this show is how religious rituals and dogmas are used to sustain gender and ethnic differences, and to claim absolute power through propagandistic consumerist strategies. The other end of the spectrum is how believers react: whether individually or collectively, intimately or overtly, believing or disbelieving, most of us are caught in the web of religious imagining as receptacles of divine inspiration or intervention, or as messengers of absolute power.
“Another aspect of how believers react is in the flux of social change through language and culture assimilation, the re-contextualizing and reshaping of language structures which leads to competing and shifting positions of power. Some dogmatic languages remain untouched, while others result from the mixing of sub-cultural trends into the mainstream via the many cultural industries of a free market society.”