FORMS OF DIVINITY
An exhibition exploring contemporary perceptions
the iconography of myth and religion
Opening Reception SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6TH, 2003 / 4:00 — 7:00 PM
DECEMBER 6 - 28, 2003
God is not merely all that exists, but the infinite actuality of all that is possible — Nicholas of Cusa
SACRED ART has a formidable history, weaving a vast and complex tapestry across the great architecture of the societal experience, and in modern times as in the ancient, living artists must make their contribution to the fabric.
FORMS OF DIVINITY is an exhibition which examines the dimensions of art in religion and sacred legend through a contemporary lens. Curated by James Pinney, the works of fifteen artists from studios in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and New Jersey, will demonstrate the sublimity of the sacred subject through the admonition stated by the 19th century French poet and critic, Charles Baudelaire, that spiritual art to be authentic must be imbued with a subtle 'euphoria in sacred time,' and can only be achieved by the creative process of "...extracting poetry from sacred history, and distilling the eternal from the transitory..." The iconography of these spiritual experiences promise to be creative and varietal; Buddhism, Hinduism, Santeria, Christianity, Norse paganism, and Goddess worship, are enthusiastically and uniquely explored.
Hochi Asiatico, C Bangs, Irene Christensen, Conradin, Troy C. Frantz, Robin Gaynes-Bachman, Peter Harvey, Richard W. Hatter, Miguel Hernandez, Ragnar Naess, James Seffens, Solin / Iacone, Teriananda, Miguel Tio'
These artists have
wrested thematic variations of spiritual and sacred motifs from the deep
reservoir of rich and expressive inspirations — lyrical,
compelling, and often disturbingly enigmatic. They are willing
to validate their personal
voices against the conservative rife of religious extremism which has become
the tone of our time. FORMS OF DIVINITY willingly brings this art work to
a crossroad where dogmatic
norms are questioned, opening a dialogue with it's viewers which
will rethink and broaden the aesthetics of sacred art, restoring its genuine
purpose to the therapeutic contemplation and ecstatic jubilation which
is its want.