Thursday, May 22, 2008

Sacred Surveillance

Yesterday evening, I went to the opening reception for a new art exhibit called "Sacred Surveillance" on display in the side chapels at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle on Manhattan's West Side.

The exhibit is by Openings, a ministry of the Paulist Fathers for young visual artists aged 18 to 35.

Here is their description of the show:

In Sacred Surveillance, each artist questions existence under the auspices of something greater: a quiet, conscious, presence in one's daily movements or the artist in the role of flaneur, watching the world solemnly from a distance. The selected works discuss how this presence of the transcendent is disclosed through both the hidden and discursive elements of human experience. The exhibit responds to a variety of mediums including sculpture, painting, poetry and mixed-media.

One of the artists included in "Sacred Surveillance" is my old college friend, Anthony Santella. One of his three featured pieces is this framed work entitled "Picture of Jesus":

This coming weekend and next, Anthony also will be part of the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit.

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