spiritualdimension

“Spiritual Dimension”

featuring the works of

Helga Hohn-Heiberg, Roxolanna Armstrong and Reed Armstrong

This trio of contemporary artists has collaborated on the theme of spirituality and religion from their own personal perspective and present to you in an array of painting and sculpture forms. Join us for the Opening Reception on Saturday, April 12, from 5pm-7pm, at our Main Street Gallery. The gallery located at 305 East Main Street is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm. The exhibit runs through May 30, 2014.

 

Click here for Spiritual Dimension Exhibit Catalogue

 

Artist Statement “Spiritual Dimension”

The standard reference to the of “Fine arts,” as presented in Webster’s dictionary,  is either the making of  objects of beauty produced by skill and creative imagination, or the contemplation thereof.  This is, of course , the classical and a time honored approach, as is the adage that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

 This view, however, was challenged in the early twentieth century. Pablo Picasso flatly stated in 1905, after visiting an exhibition of primitive art,  that: “Art has nothing to do with aesthetics.  It is a form of magic, a means of seizing power by giving form to our dreads and our desires.”

 What is generally presented in the most prestigious galleries today does not involve the quest for beauty, but expressions of individual or collective alienation,  desire for empowerment, social criticism, and the breaking of “taboos.”

Recently, as revealed in acclaimed British author, Sarah Thornton’s incisive Seven Days in the [contemporary] Art world,  a competitor for the coveted Tate Museum prize explained the intentionality of her submission, a blood soaked bed, as: ” to rip open the mindset of the viewer.”

There is, however, a third alternative as proposed by the late curator of Oriental Art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Ananda Coomaraswamy. To quote from his book Oriental and Medieval Art, “We must stop telling people about “Art” and begin telling them what “Art” is about,  and “Art” is mostly about God whom we rarely mention in polite society.”

At the end of acclaimed author, Donna Tartt’s book The Goldfinch (still # 2 on the New York Times Best Seller list), the sensitive woe-begotten protagonist, Theo, comes to the sad conclusion that, “Even the pursuit of beauty is a trap ….a fast track to bitterness and sorrow.” In order for art to be restorative, he explains, it has to be “wedded to something more meaningful.”

Thus the content of this exhibit. Three contemporary artists

Roxolana Luczacowsky Armstrong

Helga Hohn-Heiberg

Hamilton Reed Armstrong

engage traditional religious themes from their own personal perspective.