The manifestation of faith or rather, its performance as evidence of the unknowable is the starting point for Damaso Reyes & Diane Sylvester’s exhibition “The Evidence of Things Not Seen.” The show explores belief as an individual and group dynamics in The United States and Europe, calling into question the dialectic between its intimate nature and the more expansive community that faith builds through the external projection of internal experiences.
Diane Sylvester’s video installation “Jesus Man” documents the steps of an individual who has become over the course of twenty years both a local institution and a street evangelist. Through his daily routine “Jesus Man” is a catalyst of community for what would otherwise be a disconnected and isolated collection of individuals in New York’s Manhattan Valley neighborhood. Through this visual and aural experience Diane shares the ritual nature of a religious “performance” that over time exceeds its spiritual starting point.
Damaso Reyes presents an audio and photographic work “Speaking in Tongues” which is based on two years of documentary research examining the rites of Pentecostal churches in Catalonia, England and Ukraine. The images and sound explored how faith is manifested in public expressions. His still images are juxtaposed with the recorded sounds of Pentecostal worship services in Catalonia to allow the audience to temporarily witness the mechanisms of these “performances”.