Professor’s New Work Probes Conflict Between Science and Religion, Featured in Juried Art Book
“Anti-Icons,” a new series of paintings from Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) Professor Jay Constantine, aims to explore the enduring conflict between science and religion.
With each piece, Constantine, who teaches in both the Painting and MFA programs, evokes traditional religious aesthetics in a decidedly non-traditional way: to recall those who were persecuted for views and actions considered unorthodox and even heretical by the religious standards of their day.
Religious motifs such as mandalas, rose windows, and sun stones are painted alongside images of heretical events and portraits of religiously-embattled individuals from various time periods, framing the need for humans to think critically about religion and other social institutions.
Constantine's “Anti-Icons" series includes "The Crusader's Misadventures" (above) and "Luther's Lapse: The German Peasant Revolt" (below) (images courtesy of the artist)
One piece in particular, “Heretical History: The Cathar Massacre,” caught the attention of the juried art book “Studio Visit.” The piece was selected for inclusion in the recently released 38th volume of the publication, found here. Each volume showcases approximately 150 artists, and is distributed to more than 2,000 curators and gallerists throughout the United States.
(above): “Heretical History: The Cathar Massacre” by Jay Constantine; (below): "Heretical History: The Munster Revolt" by Jay Constantine (images courtesy of the artist)
See more of Jay Constantine’s work at jayconstantineart.com.
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