'Sanctuary' Performance for 'Flower Offerings' Opening September 1st
For immediate release:
Courtney McKenna is an artist and creative producer living between NYC and Hawaii. She created an uplifting musical piece and costume for ‘Flower Offerings’ inspired by Sirikul Pattachote’s work, which she named ‘Sanctuary’. McKenna will perform her work live during the opening of ‘Flower Offerings’ on September 1st and tickets are available for two additional shows on September 9th and September 23rd at AG Gallery.
‘Sanctuary’ was recorded in Brooklyn with producer Will McNair, The 83rd, and will play for the duration of ‘Flower Offerings’. McKenna wrote ‘Sanctuary’ using a nylon string acoustic guitar and then later switched to electric so she could utilize pedals and blended nature sound samples to create an ambient, and meditative effect. She uses minimal lyrics and soulful jazz notes to enhance the five personal affirmations she sings throughout the piece. McKenna created her costume from white textured cotton, silver plated copper wire and various stones to enhance positive energy including citrine, mother of pearl and quartz.
McKenna is a trained marketer and outsider artist. In the 8 years that she has been in New York, she taught herself guitar and studied costume design under her mentor Ami Goodheart until she saw the opportunity to pursue her dream of playing music and making art full time. She recently recorded her first full length, folk-rock album of 9 songs called ‘Afterglow’ with The 83rd and continues to explore different mediums and means by which to make art such as laser cutting dichroic acrylic and wire wrapping stones to create her own merchandise. Her first single off her debut album ‘Afterglow’ is called “In the Garden” and will be released in October 2018.
Pattachote is a Thai artist living and working in New York City. In May 2016, Pattachote had her solo exhibition ‘Things Are Actually Not Falling Apart’ with AG Gallery featuring her flower and female portrait paintings. In ‘Flower Offerings’, we focus on finding peaceful unity within the laws of living a life. This is artist’s second solo exhibition at AG Gallery showcasing her original watercolor paintings and drawings.
Symbolic offerings are common practice made in Buddhism. Such material offerings typically involve objects such as food, fruit, water or drinks, incense, candles, and flowers. Although visible material is offered, the fundamental importance of such practice is the mental state of and the action of offering itself, which tends to be something simple and often from nature. In this exhibition Pattachote and gallery attempt to create the whole experience of offering, utilizing visual art and sound. It is possible to send out positive energy from one to others; an energy that receivers can convert to an encouragement for anything that they might need.
Pattachote utilizes painting as a part of her own meditative practice. From the materials and medium she chooses to the flower subjects of her work, she prepares her offerings to the Buddha and her beloved people. In this exhibition, the artist also focuses on the specific meanings of each flower she selects and paints
Please join in the ‘Flower Offerings’ and unite the installation as a receiver. You are all cordially invited to experience the positive energy of unconditional offerings. The exhibition opens on September 1, 2018 at AG Gallery - 310 Grand Street.