crisis, catharsis and contemplation

Off to the men’s prison in Sale today, tomorrow i’m going to this at St Pat’s…

UNTIL 18 MAY
CRISIS, CATHARSIS AND CONTEMPLATION
St Patricks Cathedral, 449 Albert Street, East Melbourne

A landmark exhibition of contemporary art installed in the gothic revival side chapels, confessionals and sacred space of the largest Church in the Southern Hemisphere. Crisis, Catharsis, and Contemplation places challenging art in the quiet space of the Cathedral as a gentle reminder of our need to constantly re-discover, renew and revive our spirit. Artists include Patrick Bernard, Godwin Bradbeer, James Clayden, Francis Denton, Clayton Diack, Robert Drummond, Angela Di Fronzo, Melissa Hawkless, Gerhardt Hoffman, Queenie McKenzie, Michael Needham, David Rastas, Patricia Semmler, Claudia Terstappen, and James Waller. Video projections, light & sound installations, stained glass, sculptures, drawings and paintings sensitively engage with the Cathedral space and enter into an artistic dialogue with the gothic architecture.

The catalogue, which someone gave me last week, includes a transcribed conversation between some of the artists named above. this is an excerpt:

DR:We’re talking about movements of the heart…

JW: … secret spiritual missions…

DR: … beating harder and faster and to a very different drum…

LP: It is just a little glimpse of the spiritual…

DR: Yes… just a launching place –

JW: The word is ‘just’ – because you only just open the faintest, brightest glimmer… it’s monumental just to get to that. A glimpse of something so wondrous… beyond that faintest glimmer.

RKB: It’s reassurance gives great hope.