chashama is pleased to announce Shrine, a site-specific installation at chashama 266 by Kate Gavriel and Katie Shelly. Shelly and Gavriel transform the 37th street gallery space into a glittering storefront shrine. An unexpected inlet of texture, light and color in the highly commercialized, frenetic zone of midtown Manhattan, Shrine invites all forms of visitation.
The symbols are generic, pointing to no deity or tradition; an exercise in condensing thousands of years of ritual into a contemporary spin-off. Visitors may draw as much or as little spiritual meaning as they choose from the installation’s aesthetically deliberate, but iconographically empty arrangement of colors, shapes, textures and sounds. There is no wrong way to worship, un-worship, respect or rebel.