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Installation image of William J O'Brien's exhibition at Atlanta Contemporary

William J. O'Brien: Shame Spiral

Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA

May 9 – August 4, 2019

There is no dress code inside the tent. No choir, nor a bulletin. But the congregation is energetic and fully participatory. Presbyterian, Baptist and Methodist… this is a place to reach the lost, those with tender hearts. Under the big top is a transient group who have come to the revival to be filled with the spirit, to experience something beyond this immediate world. Chicago-based artist William J. O’Brien created this exuberant sanctuary for his other-worldly parishioners, fetishistic and ritualistic figures empowered by the glory.