Opening Reception, February 4, 6pm to 8pm
“As a consequence , I stand in fear that I might not be able to burn idols. I would fear the devils’s block of wood would do me injury…Although on the one hand I have Scripture and know that images have not power and also not life, no blood, no spirit, yet on the other hand, fear holds me and makes me stand in awe of the image of the devil, a shadow, the notice of a small falling leaf”
-Ian Whitmore, Artist
This show, three years in the making, allowed the artist to expand the typical process. Whitmore’s is an elaborate back and forth journey. The title refers to the iconoclastic theologian Andreas Karlstadt, who endorsed the destruction and removal of all paintings and statuary from churches, he deemed them idolatrous. Karlstadt encouraged his followers to summon their courage for the task at hand by vividly describing the image-breakers dilemma as he stands with hammer poised before the altar, paralyzed by the fear of supernatural retribution.
Show runs February 4 – March 10
G Fine Art is located at 1350 Florida Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002. Visit them online at gfineartdc.com