Freaky good, that is. Artist David Foote’s “Madonna and Child” series is on display starting October 27th through November 27th at St. John’s Lutheran Church in NYC.
Yes, a church! And yes, there are topless images of the Holy Mother rendered by a current artist. Unsettling? Maybe. Even to me. A raised Catholic, now all encompassing religious person. (I’m not sure what that means, either.)
But I love religious imagery. And I’m not really that unsettled. I’m thrilled by it. Foote’s work is so gorgeous, it makes me want to reenact the setting with my son. If only I could get my hair to do that (or my breasts to look that good). It would also make a most excellent tattoo.
Foote isn’t some altar boy (though who knows, he did grow up in Venezuela), he has lent his artist skills to the book Modern Fairies, Dwarves Goblins and Other Nasties written Lesley M.M. Blume. He also is down with the rock scene and directed a video for A.R.E. Weapons. Chloe Sevigny’s brother, Paul Sevigny is one of the hosts at the opening event at the church.
They don’t exactly seem the church-going type, but then again, this is a church in the West Village. And yes, it’s an active church — that hosts Lutheran, Catholic, and Jewish services … and now a provocative and beautiful art display based on religious images by Foote.
My faith in religion and inter-faith tolerance suddenly got stronger.
All of Foote’s paintings are incredible …
Aside from the Holy Mother, Foote’s gorgeous paintings include Mary Magdalene, Saint Elizabeth and the infant of Prague.
I think I want to buy a print.
A cutting edge artist at a cutting edge NYC church. Love!
What do you think of modern renditions of religious icons? How fantastic is it that a church open their doors to this?
Check out David Foote’s website for more details.