The object of every covenant is a type of redemption, real or perceived. However, the word almost instantly brings to mind popular cult activity and its associated harm: cryptic rites, kidnappings, abuse, and suicides. While the images in Covenant are at home among these grim results of belief, Covenant refers to the wager that these images make: that a subject morbid, absurd, and cartoonish in its drama can be felt as illumination or truth. Covenant’s pictures seek to make the senseless sense-able.
The magical implications of the word Covenant highlight the precarious nature of these tasks. To title the exhibition Covenant is to make a citation, to abuse the power of suggestion, and above all to extend an invitation.