Monday, March 21, 2016

Day #35 - Lent Art: Mark Wallinger's "Ecce Homo" #Lent2016

By Aaron Rosen
"Ecce Homo" (1999) by Mark Wallinger | UK. Sculpture, white marbleized resin and gold plated barbed wire, life size
The Latin title, 'Behold The Man', refers to Pontius Pilate's words when presenting Jesus to the hostile crowd. Wallinger comments: "I was interested in how much of our thinking and morality in a secular society is a residue of Christianity, even among avowed atheists. As a spiritual focus it was intended as an antidote to the empty celebration of the millennium that the Dome represented in Greenwich. It also came not long after the Bosnian war, in which your religion was a matter of life and death. Democracy is about the rights of the minorities to have free expression, not the majority to browbeat, marginalize, make a subject of pillory.' [page 66]

Lent is the annual Christian preparation for Easter. "Today's Art for Lent2016" features artworks that illustrate the Christian "Battle between Carnival and Lent."