Chosen by curator Jonathan Frederick Walz because of his “immersive, site-specific installations”, PIPA Prize 2010 nominee Gê Orthof participates in the show “Pasaquoyanism”. Dedicated to exploring the work of Eddie Owens Martin, the exhibition opened earlier this month at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
Martin (or St. EOM, as he would call himself) was the inventor and sole practitioner of a religion called “Pasaquan”, which mixed African, pre-Columbian Mexico and Native American cultural and religious symbols and designs, along with motifs inspired by the lost continents of Mu and Atlantis. In his twenties, the artist—who committed suicide in 1986—was instructed by voices to depict a peaceful future for humanity. He did as he was told, building one of the most significant art environments in the US.
For “Pasaquoyanism”, which showcases some of Martin’s works recently added to the Arts Center’s collection, Walz (who is Director of Curatorial Affairs & Curator of American Art at The Columbus Museum, Columbus, Georgia) decided to add new meanings and questions to the artist’s work by displaying it side by side with the creations of Brazilian contemporary artist Gê Orthof. With installations also “based on place and the sensorial reactions a place evokes”, the unexpected juxtaposition welcomes new avenues of inquiry into ideas of spirituality and utopias.
“Pasaquoyanism”, group show featuring Eddie Owens Martin and Gê Orthoff
Curated by Jonathan Frederick Walz
On view from January 22nd to May 17th
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
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