Love: The First of the Seven Virtues
Love, The First of the Seven VIrtues
The defining elements of ‘Virtue’ and ‘Sin’ emerge from atheological exploration of impulses to good and evil that drive human behavior. Love, when it is the operative and dominant emotion, can mute those drives which lead human beings to be greedy, gluttonous, avaricious and lustful. Though chastity is technically the foil for lust, chastity implies specific sexual infractions, whereas love is much broader in scope.
Though love takes many forms and has always been well-represented in the arts, different expressions of love are moreovert in presentation and more recently openly discussed. Love involves heterosexual, homosexual and transsexual relationships; it speaks to inter-family relationships; love can involve an adoration and anthropomorphic view of nature; love of God and religious devotion can carry an intensity of emotion comparable to the strongest of human relation-ships, and love of animals may go beyond those of an inter-human nature.
From Robert Indiana’s iconic sculpture that manifests the power of the word ‘LOVE’ to the poignant red roses and Jackie O. pink sculptures of Keith Edmier, from the bucolic scenes of Hernan Bas and the empathic painting of Richard Wathen to the religiously charged work of Djordje Ozbolt, HVCCA invites the viewer to walk through the power of LOVE and to build bridges that lead to understanding, compassion and awe for the diversity of human nature.