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A high impact installation in St. Sepulchre's Church that challenges the notion that "good" art and religious sincerity cannot coexist.
A high impact installation in St. Sepulchre's Church that challenges the notion that "good" art and religious sincerity cannot coexist.
146 backers pledged $7,410 to help bring this project to life.

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My name is Casey MacKenzie Johnson, and I have big dreams. Please help me make them a reality.

My dreams

Since I was a little girl in California, I dreamed of moving to London to be a photographer. I am now finishing my MA in photography at London College of Fashion, and it’s time to make a splash.

Art and religion

During my studies, I have been looking at the relationship between art and religion. I am disappointed by the lack of contemporary artwork – photography in particular – that deals with Christian themes either critically, sincerely, or otherwise.

Please support me to create a high-impact art installation in a beautiful 15th Century London church. Help me challenge the idea that “good” art and religious sincerity cannot coexist. With your help, this goal can become a reality.

The exhibition

On Thursday November 27th 2014 (Thanksgiving Day!) I will be installing Baptised by Blood in St. Sepulchre’s church in the City of London. The show – a pop up for one night only – explores the concept of dying to oneself within the context of the relationship between the institutions of religion and art.

Exhibiting at St Sepulchre's is an important step in my practice. As a Christian and an artist, I make work that deals directly with overtly Christian themes, ideals and iconography. And although an exhibition is not required of my master’s project, I feel strongly that art should be immersive and that this is the best way to present my work, communicate my ideas and make it accessible to the community.

The church

St Sepulchre’s is the perfect place for this to happen. Not only does ‘sepulchre’ mean tomb, which is super-appropriate to the content of Baptised by Blood, but the church also reflects the history of Christianity in London, and is ridiculously cool. It was built in 1450, gutted in the great fire of 1666, then rebuilt and renovated in the 1800s. Captain John Smith, founder of the state of Virginia and famed Disney character is buried there.

For one evening, I want to fill this space with art.

Why I need your support

I am asking for your support because I am a dreamer.

I want to do big things, and this is the beginning.

On November 27th I want people to walk into this space and FEEL something. I want to challenge preconceived notions about art and Christianity... and I want you to walk into this space and feel like you’re a part of something bigger than yourself.

Please help me do this by pressing the green button next to your pledge amount on the right and backing this project.

Rewards

Everyone who contributes, at whatever level, will get a thank you on the Wall of Fame that I'll feature in the exhibition somehow.

Here are images of some of the other rewards available for backers (full list on the right of the page): 

Last minute canvas test piece:

How I will spend the money

This is a big deal. Sure, I can probably pull something off on my own, but it will not live up to my ambitious ideals. With your support I will be able to:

• Create pieces on a larger scale to do justice to this incredible space

• Build a complete installation with sound, lighting, and fixtures to transform the space

• Document the show properly to widen the impact of the exhibition

• Put on an amazing event for all the people who have loved and supported me along the way

• Impress the people I am going to need help from in the future!

Thank you

Thank you so much for supporting the vision and taking the time to look at my campaign. Your time, consideration and support are hugely appreciated. I am SO excited to be undertaking such a project and deeply thankful for the support of such an awesome community all over the world.

If you'd like to spread the word and help me reach my goal, you can find me on social media:

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Facebook and Facebook Event Page

My Website

Risks and challenges

I am prepared for the challenge of completing my work and committed to making the exhibition the absolute best I can. I know this won't be easy, but I am lucky to have amazing friends and family to help and support me along the way. Plus, the more I raise, the more I can put towards the exhibition which will save time by getting more help and faster solutions!

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    (£6) EXHIBITION POSTCARD A specially made, signed thank you postcard, featuring an image of the exhibition.

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    (£15) LITHOGRAPHIC PRINT POSTER Old school, beautifully printed, limited-edition signed print show poster featuring one of my images.

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    (£25) MINIATURE ART PIECE A one-of-a-kind, signed, painted (maybe glittered) CMJ miniature art piece made on a razor blade (I will file them down so they're not so sharp, but don't, like, give it to a kid or put it in your mouth).

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    (£40) LITHOGRAPHIC PRINT POSTER and MINIATURE ART PIECE You don't have to choose! get your hands on both the show poster and a CMJ miniature art piece made on a razor blade.

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    (£62) CMJ GLASSES, SHOW POSTER AND MINI ART PIECE Get the complete works – very limited pair of my awesometown hand-painted opaque (possibly sparkly!) glasses, plus a printed show poster, and a mini art work on a razor blade.

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    (£86) CANVAS SHOW TEST PIECE Totally unique 30 x 40cm canvas test piece made before this exhibition. Only one of these exists... lucky you!

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    (£155) MIXED MEDIA SHOW TEST PIECE I'm making three 20 x 30cm mixed media test pieces for the show. Giclée prints, spray paint, gouache, and more on wood. Totally unique, featuring images shot specifically for this exhibition.

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    (£172) LAST MINUTE MIXED MEDIA CANVAS SHOW TEST PIECE 35 x 25 cm canvas test piece made with a Giclée print of an image to be used in the show, spray paint, gouache, and varnish on canvas. (Pictured to the left, black canvas with hooded figure in red)

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    (£185) PORTRAIT: LONDON Your portrait in a pair of Casey MacKenzie opaque glasses. I will take your portrait in London and you will receive the selected image as an A3+ print.

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    (£185) PORTRAIT: SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA Your portrait in a pair of Casey MacKenzie opaque glasses. I will take your portrait in the Bay Area and you will receive the selected image as a 13 x 19 inch print.

    **Please note: I will only be in the Bay Area for 10 days around Christmas so will need to arrange this to take place then.

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    (£493) ART PIECE MADE FOR YOU Hero status!! I will make a wood-mounted photo based art piece up to A2 (16.5 x 23.4 inch) especially for you inspired by your favourite piece from the Baptised by Blood exhibition.

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    (£987) VIP SUPPORTER EXPERIENCE AND ART PIECE I want to show what an important part of this you are. You and a friend will be the first guests through the door on Nov 27th, and I'll show you the exhibition before anyone else, with a glass of something sparkly to celebrate (not glitter... probably). After the exhibition, I will make you a unique art piece, up to A1 (23.4 x 33.1 inch), inspired by your favourite piece from Baptised by Blood. Thank you!

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- (20 days)