Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A&O Prize (2011): INSPIRE ME! Banksy & LA Students

"...the ability to spark constructive dialogue
(as well as inevitable controversy) across multiple communities including believers..., and folks otherwise not tuned into art...."
~ DR. TONYA MATTHEWS
"Stained Window" (2011) by LA Student Artists & Banksy
By Tahlib

The readers of Alpha Omega Arts have spoken, and overwhelmingly picked "Stained Glass" as the winner of the 4th annual Alpha & Omega Prize for Contemporary Religious Art. Created by Banksy and a group of 54 California high school students, the 2011 work depicts a lone figure at prayer surrounded by a church window of graffiti, and offers a rare and privileged insight into the creation of street art as well as Christian worship in urban America.

Dr. Tonya Matthews, of the Cincinnati Museum Center credited this work for "the ability to spark constructive dialogue (as well as inevitable controversy) across multiple communities including believers, art lovers, random teenagers, and folks otherwise not tuned into art or religion...." While obviously the vote was not unanimous, and who would expect that? It was overwhelming weighted towards Stained Glass. On behalf of the readers, the board members and supporters of Alpha Omega Arts, we thank Banksy and his legion of 54 high school art students for creating the 2011 Religious Art: Talk of the Year. [link]

2 comments:

Gerda said...

Strikingly beautiful, the frame reminds me of the church of Jesus Christ having been solid for centuries, while the grafity stain glass points to the vibrancy of the contemporary church.

Ernest Britton said...

I am glad that you see the vibrancy in the grafity stain glass, just as I do Gerda. Someone else emailed describing it as blasphemous. I tend to share the belief that you bring to Art what seeds are already in your heart. I see beauty where someone else sees brokeness. It was a lesson reinforced by your cross project. Thank you for that.