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  Christopher Miner
Jan 10 - Feb 10
Opening: Friday January 10th   
from 8-10pm
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335 Grand Street
Brooklyn NY 11211

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BELLWETHER is proud to presentCHRISTOPHER MINER This Creature, I Am

When Elvis sings the words of "Peace in the Valley", though tired and weary, he says, "I will be changed from this creature that I am." But that¹s after death, when God brings his children home to a pain-free after-life in heaven. Until then, there is now, and Christopher Miner¹s videos are about the anguished life of the convicted still on earth.

In "Led By the Child", Miner cries his heart out to Elvis¹ version of the old spiritual. Though emotionally difficult to watch the outpouring of emotion, the viewer may not know whether to cry along with the artist or laugh at the over-dramatic performance. The dual nature of this conflicted heart, at once longing for transcendence while living with the desires of the flesh, is central to Miner¹s work. In "Child of the King", he reveals himself earnestly singing along to the same 25 year old Christian record he had as a child, while casually flipping through a Playboy magazine of the same era. He embodies the apparent discrepancy of the presence of faith in a heart prone to wander, making the coexistence seem natural.

In "Burning Bush" the artist stands in front a continually burning fire in the wilderness, just as Moses in the desert found the voice of God. But while Moses literally heard God speak, Miner is transfixed in continual silence, still waiting for his own revelation. "Making God Happy" shows Miner taking a more literal approach to figuring out the relationship between his girlfriend, breaking out in hives, and why God saved Israel before they ever obeyed his laws. In "As I Wonder", a car ride is symbolic of Miner¹s own pilgrim journey, though his eyes aren¹t wholly fixed on the prize of the faithful. Even a drive through the countryside at dusk is not without it¹s sexual meanderings. In "Virgin" the preoccupation with sex is more intensely portrayed. While David Lee Roth is waiting anxiously for sex with a magazine¹s centerfold, Miner makes a softer porno of himself ­ his waiting not resulting in purity alone, but the confusion of his own body becoming the object of affection. In "Dream", Miner revisits a movie from high school that is integral to the roots of his obsessions, bringing back memories of his mother¹s admonitions along with the wonder of lost chances."Me, God and Sandra" serves as a paraphrase of the struggle, as Miner takes time to pray for just a moment before returning to confront his own process of change, which unlike Sandra Dee¹s conversion, is full of pain and anguish.

Christopher Miner holds a BA from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and an MFA from Yale School of Art. Three of Miner¹s videos were recently shown at the New Museum as part of Videodrome II curated by Anne Ellegood. Miner grew up in Jackson Mississippi and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

.BELLWETHER is an artist-run space in support of emerging artists.