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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
June 27 - August 15, 2009
St. Louis, MO

phd
presents:

Please God, Make Me Not Queer:
Modern Prayers Painted on Aluminum

Artwork by David Lancaster

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 27th at 7 PM
No admission fee.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION...

Give me chastity, but not yet. St. Augustine (354-430), Bishop of Hippo and one of the major figures of early Christianity, uttered this famous prayer in his struggle to gain mastery over his earthly desires. In the spirit of brazen honesty with which Augustine addressed his deity, David Lancaster proposes a collection of modern prayers, painted in oil on aluminum, designed to explore and question the nature of communication with the divine.

Sad, bold, frank and funny, the prayers challenge our collective notions of supplication and gratitude, what we should ask of an omnipotent God and for what we should give thanks and the very idea that prayer is a catalyst for divine action.

Ten of Lancaster's studded aluminum paintings and sculpture will be on view in PHD's Portfolio Gallery. The text of each prayer, rendered without vowels or word breaks (in the manner of early biblical manuscripts), surrounds the nude supplicant, painted in oil on aluminum, the whole nailed to a plywood substrate with brass escutcheon pins, reminiscent of Christian icon paintings and stained glass windows.

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Gallery Hours: Thursday - Sunday, Noon to 4:00 PM or by appointment.
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“I know my little ‘dirty drawings’ are never going to hang in the main salons of the Louvre, but it would be nice if — I would like to say ‘when,’ but I better say ‘if’ — our world learns to accept all the different ways of loving. Then maybe I could have a place in one of the smaller side rooms.” (1991)
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