Sacrum et profanum
NEW YORK 04.05.2011 – GATE 535, the collaboration between ContestaRockHair and the boutique creative agency Contaminate NYC, arrived this time to a theme that has always been part of our world, influencing our style greatly: the mixture of sacred and profane, that the Italian-born artist Manu Hell shows off with an exhibition curated by Virginia Villari in our salon in Hudson Street. The opening is on May 4 2011 at 7pm, featuring a Spunkspurter dj-set. “Sacrum et Profanum” is a collection of holy icons reworked and revisited with clear references to different cultures: Japanese, pop and rockabilly among the others that had been matched with the influences of the “giants” of Arts like Michelangelo , El Greco and Giger. The statues of the Virgin Mary and other Catholic saints on whose Manu Hell pours his creativity come to a new life in a mixture of clothes, decorations and make-up that turn them into real contemporary sculptures. A connection between the human and the divine , that the artist started accidentally in Miami 10 years ago, that has now become a true vehicle of artistic expression for Manu Hell, to discuss aspects of the world she is attracted from but also to denounce the hypocrisy of the religion nowadays.