Opening reception: Thursday 6 June 2019 | 6:30-8:30 pm
rosenfeld porcini is delighted to present ‘Contemplating the Spiritual in Contemporary Art’ which was born out of wishing to look at the distinction between Western and Oriental approaches to spirituality and what it can tell us about the different ways we try to find meaning in our lives. The exhibition will feature works by: Mark Alexander, Roberto Almagno, Teodora Axente, Zsolt Bodoni, Lu Chao, Shen Chen, Ndidi Emefiele, Riccardo Guarneri, Matteo Montani, Shuster + Moseley, Luis González Palma, Bongsu Park, Benitha Perciyal, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Levi van Veluw and Ruozhe Xue.
Although progressive Western thought appears to view religion as an outdated superstition rendered irrelevant by scientific progress, this does seem to be an erroneous idea if one casts one’s net wider and takes a look at the power that the Pope still wields for a multitude of Christians world-wide, the enormous pull of the Muslim religion on its many proselytes and the importance of the Jewish religion not just in Israel but also in the various diasporas around the world. The attendees may be dwindling particularly in Churches, in many western countries but there appears to be no dwindling at all in the search for a spiritual meaning to existence. Where, in some places, the state religion is falling away there has been a marked increase in interest in oriental religions and the mystical in general. Buddhism in particular has increased greatly in many Western societies. Most alternative medical disciplines are steeped in an essentially spiritual, holistic understanding of the world.