Shin Gallery is pleased to present HEAL THYSELF!, a solo exhibition featuring the work of emerging Brooklyn based artist Peyton Freiman. At such a divisive time in America, Peyton’s work grapples with the current American political landscape, as well as the self and one’s own place within it. HEAL THYSELF! explores Freiman’s struggle with survival, both in the face of internal and external crisis. From his upbringing as a confused Southern Baptist into his current self-medicated state, these concepts and identities intertwine in a complex, emotional frenzy which are birthed in his energetic, even disquieting work.
According to most major news outlets, exit polls indicate that over eighty percent of evangelical Christians voted in favor of the current President. Freiman, who was raised in the Southern Baptist Convention in Tennessee, witnessed firsthand the political importance of evangelicals as a neoconservative base. Now, considering the current President’s apparent favoritism towards the evangelical population, the lines between church and state have become increasingly blurred.
Freiman will be turning the gallery into an American suburban backyard, inviting the viewer into the bosom of archetypal America, with flags waving and patriotism aggressively on display. With over a dozen new mixed media pieces, Freiman confronts his relationship with American history, the political precedents of his childhood (i.e. the war on drugs), and his time around the mega churches of Tennessee and Texas. At once incendiary and sarcastic, the new pieces approach the changing political tides through Freiman’s anxieties, nihilism, as well as hopes in this new world.
Although the current political climate has separated the right and the left, father and son, division is no panacea. It is, rather, a time to search ourselves, our relationship with this country and the nature of forgiveness and redemption. Repent. Resist. HEAL THYSELF! is an exhibition that questions the relationship between religion and politics, and particularly how both can be manipulated and bastardized. Freiman believes that, through forgiveness, both sides can heal, unite, and “stop the whole damn thing from going up in flames”.
DO YOU EVER THINK ABOUT HEAVEN?