Friday, December 12, 2008

Sacrificial Love Society

Stephen J & M Palmer (the J & M stand for Jesus and Mary) spent the last years of his life in the 1950's creating devotional works portraying Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, and illustrations of Christian symbols and saints.

From the gallery's site: Stephen Palmer produced a massive record of Christian faith in the guise of roughly 400 known and recently discovered gouache paintings on paper. As private devotional works, the demonstrate the layered complexity and subversive potential of religious imager. As artifacts uncovered, they speak about an era. As a collective effort, they hold clues to reconstructing the psychology and motivations of an individual driven by an obsessive-compulsive mysticism.

You can see images of the other pieces here.

There'll be an opening reception tonight Friday, December 12, 2008 from 5:30 to 8pm at
Carl Hammer Gallery
740 N Wells
Chicago, IL

The exhibition runs through January 31st, 2009

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