Sunday, April 8, 2018

RELIGIOUS ART | NEWS OF WEEK

ALPHA OMEGA ARTS
By Gregory & Ernest Disney-Britton
"Revelation" by Jessica Springman
Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”

Kaleidoscope thinking is the theme this week, and Jessica Springman is the master of rearranging pieces to create new realities. In kaleidoscope thinking, the idea is to view a situation or set of facts from a different angle to help improve flexible thinking and to form a latticework of a theory that places these patterns in a usable form. In her practice, the Indianapolis-based artist creates a set of fragments to form a usable pattern that while literally inked into place, it feels as if you can shake it, twist it, change the angle, change perspective, and form an entirely new pattern. 

Using this same process of repeated reflection on a regular pattern, the artist also explores Christian themes such as in her 2015 work, “Cain & Able.” As our A&O Artist of the Month for April 2018, Jessica Springman’s selection also marks the end of 40-days of our kaleidoscope thinking about our weekly e-newsletter. While today’s weekly blog-post will remain the same, we are announcing that tomorrow's e-news weekly will be the last issue. In its place, beginning May 1, we will launch a new monthly e-newsletter focused on collecting art versus weekly art news.
"The Offering: Cain and Abel" by Jessica Springman
NEWS OF WEEK from across the USA, and around the world, see below:
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Buddhist Art of Week: Large Gandharan schist Buddha head of young Prince Siddharta dressed in elaborate turban of a rajah, circa 1st century CE, 19.8 inches high [inclusive of custom stand], est. $6,000-$9,000.
Christian Art of Week: "Fifty Shades of Decay" by Jim Carrey
Hindu Art of Week: Monnaie de Paris opens first retrospective in France of Subodh Gupta's work
Islamic Art of Week: New Saudi Arabian cultural institution to open with collection from Los Angeles Museum
Jewish Art of Week: Ruth Schreiber's forthcoming exhibition on family Shoa story