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An opening at the Chapel of Jimmy Ray


By Sheridan Sansegundo

“The Good, the Bad and the Visionary”
Joseph Arthur, Spencer Tunick, Anado McLauchlin
Sat, Aug 3, 1pm
The Chapel of Jimmy Ray
La Cieneguita

“The Good, the Bad and the Visionary” is the next show at the Chapel of Jimmy Ray in La Cieneguita on Saturday, August 3, at 1pm.

As always, you can guarantee that the art—work by Joseph Arthur, Spencer Tunick and Anado McLauchlin—will be lively and thought-provoking and the opening itself will be a riotous party, full of surprises and color, (and an opportunity to visit this world-renowned artistic enclave).

“The idea for this show began percolating last August when Joseph and Spencer came out to visit the compound,” says McLauchlin. “We hit it off with a shared alternative viewpoint based in what I would call Wu Wei—the still point within the Center of the Cyclone—that pure quiet spot surrounded by energy and the motion of life…rock and roll….”

Spencer Tunick, an artist who is famous for his work showing multiple nude bodies photographed in public places, has collaborated on this occasion with Joseph Arthur, a New York City artist perhaps better known as an outlaw singer-songwriter in the world of contemporary music. Combining poetic lyrics with a layered sonic palette, Arthur has built his reputation over the years through critically acclaimed releases and constant touring; his unique solo live performances incorporate the use of a number of distortion and loop pedals, and his shows are recorded live at the soundboard and made available to concertgoers immediately following the show on recordable media.

Arthur was discovered by Peter Gabriel in the mid-‘90s, and signed to Gabriel’s Real World label as the first North American artist on the label’s roster. Numerous albums have followed his debut release, “Big City Secrets,” the latest being “The Ballad of Boogie Christ,” released last month. But he is also an acclaimed painter and designer whose artwork has graced the sleeves of his entire discography; the sleeve design for his 1999 “Vacancy” was nominated for a Grammy Award. He set up his personal art gallery, The Museum of Modern Arthur, in June 2007 at a brick and mortar location in Brooklyn’s DUMBO district (although by now it has morphed into an online gallery).

Tunick, whose work is exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide, continues to surprise the eye with his involvement with the human form and its place in nature and the material world — in this case a rooftop in Brooklyn and in and around the Chapel of Jimmy Ray.

McLauchlin, an artist who has lived in Mexico for the past 13 years along with his partner Richard Schultz, created the Casa de Las Ranas compound. They broke ground for the Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery and its accompanying buildings seven years ago. McLauchlin’s work has been noted in the world press from New York to Ukraine to Tel Aviv and back again. He will be presenting his mixed media assemblages, jewelry and furnishings.

Be prepared for surprises—including an exploding mojiganga made by Hermes Arroyo and Cindi Olsman—along with some installations and a video collaboration with Julio Carlos Ramos Zapata of Mexico City.

Everyone is warmly invited to join in the festivities (and the Hierbabuena Cocina Gourmet Foodtruck will be on hand when you get hungry). Drive to the church in La Cieneguita, park, and walk up the hill on the right of the church. See for further directions and information.

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