LOS ANGELES – (BUSINESS WIRE) – August 28, 2021–

Jesus is coming back. The iconic symbol is once again roaming the streets of West Hollywood with a new art project by award-winning artist K. Ryan Henisey. The artist’s Jesus 3.0 project reinterprets the figure of Christ with nods to pop art, queer culture and other performative works. Henisey is currently appearing in a series of performances walking the streets of West Hollywood as WeHo Jesus. A climactic art exhibition is scheduled for April 2022 at the TAG Gallery in Los Angeles.

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Award-winning artist and City of West Hollywood arts recipient K. Ryan Henisey presents Rainbow Jesus from ‘Jesus 3.0’, a series of public pop art performances. [Photo Credit K. Ryan Henisey & Socks Whitmore]

Jesus 3.0 is a strange read of Christ that focuses on the joy of summer while incorporating today’s topics through pop and performative art, ”says Henisey. “Each Jesus costume has its own unique personality, reflecting the beauty of West Hollywood, the Creative City, and the core values ​​we share as a community. Whether it’s encouraging others to be “good” or tackling serious topics such as mental health, there is a nod to this art that inspires joy and hope. “

Appearing in kaftans and ornate dresses, WeHo Jesus by Henisey is a colorful take on the legendary figure. His Pina colada and La Bamba Jesus costumes, for example, use brightly colored prints to invoke summer, while Black lives matter and Jesus Mental Health Awareness each strikes lower tones.

“Much love and care has been invested in each Jesus,” continues Henisey. Katie Bright designed each separate panel of her custom kaftan to Jesus Mental Health Awareness, for example, and I hand painted the names on Black lives matter Jesus, recording unarmed black and brown people killed by police in the United States from 2021 to 2013. ”

The Henisey-led public art performances are a semi-collaborative art project, working closely with resident clients, LGBTQIA + and West Hollywood photographers and artisans such as Katie Bright.

“There is so much joy behind Jesus 3.0Says Bright, an accomplished artist and designer. “Ryan’s vision bridges the history of the city with what we are today. Jesus Mental Health Awareness, our collaboration for the project, use my Crazy world designs to reinterpret the classic “look” of Jesus with a bit of rock and roll.

Jesus 3.0 is inspired by the works of the late artist Kevin Lee Light, who roamed West Hollywood and the surrounding area dressed as Rainbow Jesus for about a decade before his death in 2017. Light is remembered for playing Jesus in music videos and for films. and television.

Henisey (@kryanhenisey) is one of five City of West Hollywood Performing Arts Grant recipients in 2021. He is President of TAG Gallery in Los Angeles, Founder of Pattern & Matrix, which provides creative, public relations and management services to artists and organizations; and editor and founder of Queer Quarterly Magazine. Henisey’s works of art have been exhibited in galleries and institutions across California, at the Garrotxa Museum in Spain, and recently made their debut in China.

Jesus 3.0 appeared throughout August in the city of West Hollywood. Each performance included Henisey in disguise as Jesus walking the streets of the Creative City for at least two hours. Sightings in local shops and restaurants were common. Photos with Jesus 3.0 continue to be encouraged. An exhibition dedicated to the art of Jesus 3.0 will be exhibited at the TAG Gallery, April 2022.

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