Kentucky Art Speaks

PYRO Gallery’s Latest Show

In Kentucky Art Exhibits on October 20, 2010 at 10:17 pm

The Sacred Subject – Photography by John Fitzgerald

October 21 – November 28, 2010

Opening reception: Friday, October 22 ,2010 – 5 PM to 9PM

First Friday Trolley Hop: November 5, 2010 – 5 PM to 9PM

Throughout recorded history, civilizations have engaged in the practice of identifying the symbols, saints  and holy ground that remind the masses of the presence of deity.  How does a culture arrive at the decision of what is sacred? John Fitzgerald seeks to challenge the conventional definition of holiness in his exhibit of photographs: The Sacred Subject, which runs at PYRO Gallery from October 22 through November 28, 2010. Fitzgerald has invited three other artists to contribute works addressing The Sacred Subject: Bob Lockhart’s wood carvings, Al Nelson’s stone carvings and Elise Fazio’s oil paintings and charcoal drawings.

A reception for the artists will be held on Friday, October 22, 2010 from 5-9pm. A second reception will be held at the gallery on Friday, November 5, 2010 from 5-9pm, during the First Friday Trolley Hop. Admission to both events are free and open to the public.

John Fitzgerald’s career as a visual artist spans decades and, as he claims, has been both enhanced and impeded by his professional achievements as a commercial photographer, writer, creative director, web designer, and filmmaker.

Now, in The Sacred Subject, Fitzgerald continues to challenge his audience to more carefully consider the holiness present in every visual encounter, especially those encounters that we are prone to reject, overlook, or take for granted. The large majority of photographs are candid and unpolished portraits of individuals who were sought out by the artist because of their on-the-surface, perceived predisposition to be overlooked, on the fringes, ordinary, or an “outsider.” These portraits include subjects ranging from patrons of church picnics to Haitian children living in Cite Soleil, the largest slum in the Caribbean. Also among Fitzgerald’s work are a number of hypnotically ethereal, landscapes created with infrared photography.

When asked about the inspiration for this body of work, Fitzgerald says, “If God is everywhere, then it ought to be easy enough to take his or her picture. I’m surprised that the opportunity has been so often overlooked.”

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