October 22 - December 10, 2022
From Box 13 Artspace:
“*This exhibition contains sexual imagery not suitable for viewers under 18. Viewer discretion advised.*
God Bless America tackles the hypocritical camp display of American patriotism and Christianity. Many people see American and Christian iconography as “untouchable” and I find it important to defy that. A notable amount of Americans already fetishize these symbols, so I asked, “Why not take it even further?” God Bless America uses queer art and drag to push political, religious, and sexual boundaries to force viewers to deal with Christian American culture.
The work in this exhibition comes from my experience with Christianity in America. Long story short, I have gone from growing up in an agnostic home environment to joining the leadership team in an evangelical Christian group in college to now an outspoken agnostic queer non-binary artist. I have had many points in my life where I questioned my beliefs from all sides. I hope this exhibition prompts the audience to question their own and others’ beliefs.
Urethra Burns is an emerging multidisciplinary drag artist born and raised in Houston Texas. Their work is by nature political, uncomfortable for many, aggressive, sexual, and unapologetic. Urethra fully believes in the power of drag and art to change the structure of society and wields it responsibly. Urethra has had their work shown throughout Texas including Icosa Gallery, Austin International Drag Festival, Blaffer Gallery, Match Theatre, and BOX 13 Artspace.
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