Opening in the new Hidden Light Gallery in the Coconino Center for the Arts!
David Christiana’s exhibit is a series of egg tempera paintings, all on 16” x 20” panels, titled “Ecstasies and Homilies.” Though each piece carries a title referencing ecstatic events, holy days or rituals from Christian traditions, the artist is looking for a more earthbound spiritualism than what is found in predominately anthropocentric Judeo-Christian systems. “I’m concerned with the current of bliss and sorrow through which we all wade, trying to find things — a foothold to stand, security, advantage, ownership, while science shoots holes in our mysteries and technocrats scheme to make our physical world obsolete.”
“More than 15 years ago, I heard Richard Seed’s voice, thick and dark as tar, seep out of my radio, while driving from Flagstaff to Tucson. He said, “God intended for man to become one with God. Cloning, is the first serious step in becoming one with God.” So, my “Nativity” includes the inevitability of genetic engineering.”
From a technical standpoint, these pieces started, with lines wiggled onto a surface that take on meaning and form as they slither about under the pencil. Marks connect with the physical world and connect to the metaphysical world.
The Coconino Center for the Arts’ Hidden Light Gallery is located at 2300 N. Fort Valley Rd. The gallery is open on Tue-Sat. 11 am- 5 pm, Ecstasies and Homilies will be on display from January 26 – April 15. The exhibit reception takes place on Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 6 pm- 8 pm, and is free and open to the public.
This exhibition is hosted in the Hidden Light gallery, sponsored by: