For thousands of years iconography has been an integral element of the human quest for spiritual fulfillment. It is historically associated with the eastern tradition of Orthodox Christianity. Icons formed a universal intersection where the vision of the artist and the mind of the viewer came together to reflect on the experiences of life and to contemplate future direction.
While icon making in its original form continues, what constitutes iconography today is open to interpretation. As we seek our individual paths through life, the incalculable visual language of our cultural landscape provides many possibilities for what the ‘iconic’ can mean. This offers us an infinite quantity of avenues to convey our beliefs and values. Those motifs and signs are what we often turn to in defining ourselves, just as we are also defined by them.
The works in this exhibition span the mediums of sculpture, painting, photography, film and text. Jordan Eagle's incandescent work is a mesmerizing evocation of the iconic; Matthew Dayler's embracing fighters challenge the perception of intimacy and highlight the figure as a timeless cultural motif; while Jeffrey Mongrain's subtle expressions of human frailty and spiritual symbolism captivate with an understated, emotive power. In addition, works by Pavel Antonov, Karen Azoulay, Alex Frost, Moses Hoskins, Darren Jones, Kara L. Rooney, and Aida Sehovic are included.
Sole Seekers: Interpreting the Icon, provides an opportunity to reconsider the form, status and relevance of iconography. There is an aesthetic expansiveness and fluidity to human experience as never before. Multitudinous choices in terms of both public and private examples of the iconic, run the gamut from traditional emblems to ubiquitous pop culture branding; how we relate to them and ourselves is an ongoing process. Our rapidly evolving society and the artists who respond to it, have produced unexpected and revelatory works of art that can be seen as contemporary manifestations of this ancient form of human expression.