Thursday, March 19, 2015

California art exhibit puts new spin on religious objects

By Donald H. Harrison
"Flemish Tara" by brothers Einar and Jamex De La Torre. Tara (mother of all Buddhas) holds a seed pod, flower and bud, representing the past, present and future, and she is juxtaposed within the work with a miniature reproduction of Rogier van der Weyden’s painting of Jesus being removed from the cross. As crucifying Jesus was a defilement of his body, so too is the image of Tara defiled with graffiti.
CALIFORNIA---Curators Larry and Debby Kline have pulled together a multi-religious, multi-media exhibition in which religious symbols are conflated with symbols from other human arenas to produce an exhibition which may inspire some, anger others, but get everyone to think. Titled “Seeing is Believing: A Reinvention of Articles of Faith,” the free exhibit at the Gotthelf Art Gallery at the Lawrence Family JCC opened on Wednesday, March 11, and will run through Wednesday, May 27. [link]