Thursday, December 10, 2009

"Our Father" by G, Lawrence, KS, marker on gray paper

The church has always been a common target in the art world. The creative mind has little trouble negotiating around the curtain of blind faith. But in recent years, a more personal target has come into the “cross” hairs, so to speak. G’s decision to playfully depict the temptation of the Catholic priest comes as no surprise given the scandalous headlines. But by reducing the Father to child size, he has -- in shockingly simple terms – posed a question for the ages: do we need the middleman to reach our God(s)? But don’t reach for that first stone just yet, G reminds us. While the figure on the left sports a snarky, holier-than-thou grin, her Bono-style glasses, hipster beard and saddle shoes smack of idol worship and materialism. Will none of us be saved?

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