Cheesus

Jaime Carrera is at it again. Cheesus, his new bit of satire, takes aim at the story of the Passion just in time for Easter Sunday. The piece is the latest in his body of work exploring "terribleness." The artist says that the series began when he started paying attention to things that he had "never given a shit about before. Like, what kind of art is actually getting grants? What television shows exist and are popular? What music is currently on top of the charts?" He discovered that what is popular is usually pretty terrible. "I thought that if I could expose my most ridiculous ideas, and be even more uninhibited about presenting them, I could experiment with how differently my work would be received. I wanted to see what kind of attention it would get," he says. He started seeing the difference almost immediately. His last performance piece, Terrible, included performers dressed as racial stereotypes. Cheesus boasts a highly unconventional way of presenting Jesus Christ. "The kind of attention these pieces have received — even in their promotion — has been completely different in a way I can't quite articulate yet. This is why I'm continuing to experiment with these ideas," he says. Cheesus is part of "AIS 123... 4: An exhibition celebrating Artists in Storefronts," and features actor Jason Wade. (Image by Jaime Carrera)
Sun., March 31, 7 p.m., 2013

 
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