Neal Fox‘s ‘Beware of God’ series of stained glass windows are now showing in Berlin at his latest exhibition ‘Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride’. Unlike your average church window celebrating the wonder of God Fox plays with the cult of personality in contemporary pop culture using the same traditional techniques.
However, instead of Mary, Joseph, Jesus and a litany of religious saints he depicts modern gods of pop culture such as Hunter S Thompson who he depicts posing with a gunned down Republican elephant, William Burroughs shooting up junk while being pleasured by a giant cockroach, Screamin Jay Hawkins rising from a coffin surrounded by his 57 love children, Albert Hoffman taking a psychedelic bike ride above the LSD molecule, J G Ballard dissecting the world surrounded by 20th Century imagery and Johnny Cash holding his inner demon in chains after a religious experience in Nickerjack cave.
What holds the images together, the personalities rendered in glass, is their refusal to conform to society, their conviction to live by their principles.
Fox will also be exhibting a new drawing called ‘The Wild Frontier of the Mind’, an epic landscape with Freud, Jung and Captain Haddock battling the Monster of the Id, Charlie Sheen attempting to escape the prison of the Super Ego while riding a tiger and Picasso and Francis Bacon being attacked by nightmarish semiotic phantoms.
The exhibition is currently on at the Galerie Michael Schultz, Mommsenstraße 34, 10629 Berlin until the 22nd September so if you’re in that wonderful city between now and then you should check it out.
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