- MOCRA Past Exhibitions
- Thresholds: Part One
- Jordan Eagles: BLOOD / SPIRIT
- Patrick Graham: Thirty Years
- A Tribute to Frederick J. Brown
- Archie Granot: The Papercut Haggadah
- Adrian Kellard: The Learned Art of Compassion
- James Rosen: The Artist and the Capable Observer
- Good Friday: The Suffering Christ in Contemporary Art
- Michael Byron: Cosmic Tears
- MOCRA at Fifteen: Good Friday
- MOCRA at Fifteen: Pursuit of the Spirit
- Miao Xiaochun: The Last Judgment in Cyberspace
- The Celluloid Bible
- Oskar Fischinger: Movement and Spirit
- Gorky: The Early Years, 1927-1937
- DoDo Jin Ming: Land and Sea
- Junko Chodos: The Breath of Consciousness
- Daniel Ramirez: Twenty Contemplations on the Infant Jesus
- Radiant Forms in Contemporary Sacred Architecture
- Rito, Espejo y Ojo / Ritual, Mirror and Eye
- Tobi Kahn: Avoda
- Tony Hooker: The Greater Good
- Andy Warhol: Silver Clouds
- Robert Farber: A Retrospective, 1985-1995
- Lewis deSoto: Paranirvana
- Bernard Maisner: Entrance to the Scriptorium
- MOCRA: The First Five Years
- Tobi Kahn: Metamorphoses
- Manfred Stumpf: Enter Jerusalem
- Utopia Body Paint: Australian Aboriginal Art
- Steven Heilmer: Pietre Sante | Holy Stones
- Edward Boccia: Eye of the Painter
- Frederick J. Brown: The Life of Christ Altarpiece
- Eleanor Dickinson: A Retrospective
- Ian Friend: The Edge of Belief
- Keith Haring: Altarpiece: The Life of Christ
- Consecrations: The Spiritual in Art in the Time of AIDS
- Post-Minimalism and the Spiritual
- Georges Rouault: Miserere et Guerre
- Body and Soul: Alvin Ailey
- Sanctuaries: Recovering the Holy in Contemporary Art
MOCRA exhibitions: Post-Minimalism and the Spiritual
|MOCRA presents the works of four major Chicago artists who express the religious and spiritual dimensions in the visual vocabulary of the Post-Minismalism movement|
|Post-Minimalism and the Spiritual: Four Chicago Artists
|May 3 - June 27, 1994
free public reception for the artists
Friday, May 20, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
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Thomas Skomski, Pietà, 1992. Wood, wax, steel, dried blood.
|The Minimalist movement, appearing in the mid-1960s and continuing well into the 1970s, is characterized by a reduction of forms to simple, basic geometric shapes, devoid of any ornamentation. Figuration was removed, and in some expressions of Minimalism, the artifacts look as though they were produced by machine, for all evidence of the human hand had been removed. Ultimately, Minimalism eliminated meaning beyond the actual object. What you saw is what you got.
The term "Post-Minimalism" was first used in 1971 by the art critic Robert Pincus-Winton, who distinguished between the prefabricated looking Minimalist works and those works that, while honoring the purity and simplicity of form in Minimalism, nonetheless revealed the presence of the human hand in the subtle manipulation of materials. Furthermore, the Post-Minimalist artworks contained a sense of metaphor, and pointed to meaning beyond themselves. For a number of artists, the meaning involved an experience of transcendence. Here, the Post-Minimalists have much in common with Northern European and Russian geometric abstraction in the early part of the century that evoked a sense of the spiritual.
|This exhibition brings together four mid-career contemporary artists, all in their 40s, who have spent much of their artistic careers in Chicago and who have received high regional and national critical praise for their work. Two are painters (Rodney Carswell and Daniel Smajo-Ramierz), and two are sculptors (Thomas Skomski and Stephen Luecking). Three of the artists have exhibited together.
All four artists, while producing distinctly different work, nevertheless demonstrate a similar sensibility in the shaping of their materials and in the metaphorical content of their work. At times the art evokes the sublime; at other times the tragic -- in all cases, the work is contemplative in tone. The paintings and sculptures of these four Chicago artists are not only inquiries into what we can know, but more importantly, into what we cannot.
Stephen Luecking, Triune, 1988. Cast iron.
|Daniel Smajo-Ramirez, Caelestis/Spatium/Res
(Celestial/Space/Object), 1988. Acrylic on canvas, aluminum. MOCRA collection.
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Post-Minimalism and the Spiritual in the media
Rodney Carswell, Tri-Color Cross, Encircled in 3 Gray Panels, 1988.