Artist and photographer Kate Iverson returns to exhibition after 2+ years with Baptize, Chastise, Laugh, Die, a mixed-media photo series that offers an unapologetic glimpse into the IDGAF post-lockdown, post-Trump experience as seen through the artist’s lens. Hedonistic, uncomfortable and maybe even offensive to some, Iverson’s candid photos are equal parts moody and manic. Call it “freedom” ™, call it a dark time in history, call it spiritual or societal belligerence.
The title “Baptize, Chastise, Laugh, Die” is taken from an Aesop Rock lyric from 2001 that speaks to the point that life is fleeting, generally irrelevant and at times, cruel. Featuring large black and white photographic prints embellished with abstract, hand-painted elements, Iverson’s work refuses to take itself completely seriously, combining humor, companionship and a bit of shamelessness along the way.
Trigger warning: butts, religious iconography and mild drug use.