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.