Well, Rob’s Doxology Exhibition opens in Houston next week with an opening reception and a ‘Day of Dialog’, which is I assume a technical name for sitting around chatting about things. Various bloggers, such as Mr TallSkinnyKiwi, Maggi Dawn and Si Johnston are either going to be there, enthusiastic, or both.
I’d also like to be there. I’d love to see the pictures as I do like some of Rob’s work, though secretly I do have to say I don’t understand a lot of what is written about the project in question. This is not an unusual state of affairs for me even with art I really really like. Take this for example:
Doxology reinterprets the figure of Jesus for post-christian culture, not with the reductionism of the late modernist “historical Jesus” concept, but seen through the richness of artistic tradition within the church, in order to express the reality of peoples encounter with this Jesus through the centuries. Rob’s work is much more than observation; his method, which emphasises not subject or outcome but rather the experience of the artist in a given context leads us beyond the purely aesthetic to the conjunction of material and spiritual, it intends to draw us beyond the object into the encounter which it describes. (Mark Fletcher 2005)
I think this means ‘It’s not just what it looks like, it’s the taking part that counts’. Or it might mean something else entirely, I’m not sure. Perhaps I should go and study art somewhere so that I can decipher art commentary wherever and whenever I encounter it.