Alexander Melamid: Heaven/Hell
(Art) Amalgamated and Art Healing Ministry LLC - 1.10.13
Packed! The crowd spilling onto the sidewalks in front of (Art) AMALGAMATED and ART HEALING MINISTRY LLC had forced their way into Alexander Melamid’s latest exhibition: Heaven/Hell.
Hell–located at 317 10th Avenue–combines photography with performance art by destroying the iconic images of dictatorial leaders into a deep frier. Video monitors throughout the gallery features portraits of noted 20th century icons–including Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud and Andy Warhol–kerosene drenched and set ablaze. Melamid’s images are metaphoric; their destruction is a cleansing ritual which removes the viewer from the burden of historical ideology.
The road to Heaven by way of a white horse-drawn carriage, which travels from one gallery to the next.
Heaven–located at 130 W 29th St–features a series of plated, 14-karat goals paintings on white enamel. His approach to power dynamics, revolution, idolatry and iconoclasm re-engages history within a contemporary context.
Heaven/Hell runs through February 23, 2013.