Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Vladamir Kush, a Contemporary Religious Art Master in Las Vegas

By Ernest O. Britton
"Last Supper" 28 X 44 Inches
I'm wearing the new t-shirt, "I went to Vegas, and found Contemporary Religious Art" or at least I am wearing this t-shirt on the inside. Yes, I was mesmerized by the dynamic work of Dale Chihuly at The Gallery at Aria-Crystal, as well as the wilderness photography of Peter Lik at Lik Forum and Rodney Lough at RLO Gallery. There was also the completely rapturous stained glass work and murals of the Isabel and Edith Piczek, sister-artists who transformed the Saint Guardian Cathedral, but it was Vladamir Kush who took my breath away with his "Last Supper" painting.
Gathering of Angels: Catholic clergymen, including bishops and a cardinal,
meet with casino executives related to a donation of Desert Inn Land for a new church
on the Strip, The Guardian Angel Shrine, ca. 1962 (Image courtesy of Mob Museum)
While we are all familiar with Leonardo da Vinci's version of "The Last Supper" which has become the story's archetype for formatting. This Russian-born, now American surrealist took the usual interpretation and translated it through the eyes of a Master Gardener (Eden, Gethsemane, etc). Vladamir Kush tells the Passion of Christ story using the "language of the flowers" and sheds new light on the subject in the process. It's realism through a metaphorical lens which ensures your ability to spot the 12 apostles, as well as Judas hiding his face into the "hood" in one of the most provocative ways experienced in contemporary religious art.

I was so thrilled, I asked for the price, but sadly I had to leave it there for someone else to take home.