11 Commandments of the cHURCH OF MONIKA

What is the cHURCH? | 11 Commandments of the cHURCH

The cHURCH OF MONIKA was established in 2010 with the intention of communicating and demonstrating the role art can and should have on community. The origin of our concept stems from our mutual admiration of the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas. This profound monument to the freedom and pursuit of self-reflection is a model of art as a surrogate for religion. We take a non-denominational and tolerant attitude in our journey through life and our hope is to build an alliance with people of all faiths and world-views. We suffer no delusions of grandeur, we only seek to inspire and be inspired by the art of life and community.

In keeping with a space inspired by the communities fostered around churches, our cHURCH has 11 commandments, which deal with universal themes that Open Source staff, board members and supporters view as important in art and programming at Open Source. Rather than having our commandments set in stone, these can (and have) changed over the years–and are always open to suggestions from our community.


1. Everyone is born an artist.
2. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
3. Art-making requires community.
4. Diversity is integral to progressive art.
5. Freedom of speech is paramount.
6. Be true to yourself.
7. Art is a social instrument.
8. No man is an island.
9. Exclusive art limits growth.
10. Ideas spread by osmosis.
11. Art is open source.



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Andrew Snyder: 9 Meditations

Andrew Snyder: 9 Meditations | Press Release | Installation View | Video June 3-July 15, 2017 Opening Reception: June 3, 7-9pm Artist Talk: June 17, 7pm Performances: June 2 (1-3pm, 4-6pm, 7-9pm), June 3 (9-11am, 1-3pm, 5-7pm), June 17 (3-5pm) The gallery will be closed on Saturday, July 1st. Andrew Snyder presents 9 Meditations, a […]

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2017 Exhibitions
Sana Obaid
Omar López-Chahoud
Reimagining Tradition
Kimberly Mayhorn

past

Francesco Simeti: Swell
Liinu Grönlund: It could have been
The Middle Passage
Soup Kitchen 2016
2016 Exhibitions
Another Space: Permanent Construction
i Collective: Once Upon Unfolding Times
Dimensions Variable: Multidisciplinary
South Slope Derby 2016
Boa Mistura: Spread Love, It’s The Brooklyn Way
SiTE:LAB: Nothing Is Destroyed
guerilla-art.mx: Transgression
Rawiya: In Her Absence I Created Her Image
HAI: Sole Exchange
Videokaffe: Para-sites & Proto-types
Prosjektrom Normanns: Transcendental Tactility
/rive: Anamorphosis
Soup Kitchen 2015
Mira Gaberova: Statue of Everything
Savas Boyraz: Back Drop
Cristian Bors & Marius Ritiu: Venus von Hamburg
Soap Box Derby 2015
Sara Morawetz: How the Stars Stand
Whitney Lynn: Rummage
Yun-Woo Choi: Endless, Seamless
Jasmine Murrell: Some Impossibility Without A Name
Tirtzah Bassel: I Want To Hold You Close
B. David Walsh: Extracted Bedroom Project
Lena Lapschina: Yes/No
Soup Kitchen 2014
Sofia Szamosi: Eat Me
Corina Reynolds: Northwestern Expansion
Emanuele Cacciatore: A Conversation with Consequence
Box Car Workshops and Derby 2014
Mark Stilwell: The Super Defense Force vs The Tittanno Beast (The Power of the Constructonauts)
Hubert Dobler: Roundabout
Arne Schreiber: Your Stripes
Katerina Marcelja: Fragment Series
Fuse-Works: Some Assembly Required
Anja Matthes: Out-Sight-In In-Sight-Out