From Energy to Iconography (June 14 - September 17, 2013)

From Energy to Iconography

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Exhibit runs
June 14 - September 17, 2013

Free admission to exhibit & Opening & Closing Receptions

Gallery hours:
Mondays & Thursdays 1:30 - 6:30 pm & by appointment

Info: or 773-327-7224


Goddess (c) Sujata Tibrewala

Experience the many ways Spirit manifests at From Energy to Iconography: The Art-Spirituality Connection, an art exhibit and multiarts show running June 14 - September 17, 2013 at Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W Belmont, Chicago IL 60657. Opening Reception is Friday, June 14, 2013 from 6:30 - 10 PM. Closing Reception is Tuesday, September 17, 2013 from 7 - 9 PM. Gallery hours are Mondays and Thursdays 1:30 - 6:30 PM, and by appointment. Admission is free to the exhibit and Opening and Closing Receptions. Workshops, performances and other events related to the theme of energy and iconography will also be held as part of the show.

From Energy to Iconography explores the continuum of artistic expression from spirit as energy, to spirit embodied in the iconography of various religions. "Spirit" may be defined simply as energy: the realm of the non-physical and vibrational.  For an artist who views life this way, the purpose of his or her art may be to create or depict positive energy, or to help the viewer shift negative energy into positive energy. For other artists, "Spirit" means expressing a specific religion or deity, including the teachings, history, legends and symbols that embody and represent that belief system. In addition to showing examples of both these perspectives, From Energy to Iconography will also explore the transformational energy within the symbols or the story of strongly iconographic art. Viewers of the exhibit will be fascinated by seeing how they are affected by the energy of a particular artwork, even when they have a greater or lesser understanding of its iconography. Artists featured in the exhibit are:

Ganesh (c) Wendy Allen
Life Force Arts Center focused on the arts as a common ground of human expression, where artists and audiences of diverse spiritual traditions can honor each other, and share their personal and collective experiences of the spiritual aspect of life through the arts. The artwork in From Energy to Iconography demonstrates this diversity.

Artist Shauna Aura Knight says, "Many images found in religions and myth come up over and over again, and are still relevant to our modern experience of what is sacred, transformational, and evocative. The Grail is an image that comes to us through Christianity, but is also quite ancient, found in neolithic artwork as carved stone bowls.The World Tree is a symbol found in many shamanic and tribal cultures reflecting the three worlds, and has become ever more relevant as our environment groans under the weight of unsustainable practices. All of these images were just energy once, and through repeated carving into stone and onto walls, and sketches into manuscripts, and stories being told, they became icons that tell a story by their very presence."
The Grail (c) Shauna Aura
Jerry Tiscareno, another artist featured in the exhibit, says, “Since the beginning of time, symbolism has been the primary means of expression, whether it was from one being to another, or one world to another, across time and space. My purpose as a Divine being is to communicate the Universal language of Art from the non-physical realm to the physical 3-dimnesional plane. Art is an extremely important aspect of one's life, for we all have emotions and an imagination. We just need to find the courage to look within, to find it All, and the willingness to share it."

The Hierophant (c) Jerry Tiscareno

Artist Britt Posmer states, "Having been baptized and raised in the Episcopal Church, the symbols and metaphors of the Christian faith and life have a richly pervasive influence on my art. "Mary At the Crucifixion" is an example of how the arts can allow us to engage a particular spiritual iconography with the freshness and energetic immediacy that recaptures its original transformative power. Images invite us into contemplation, meditation, and communion, all alchemical acts that plunge us into direct contact with the ways in which Mystery communicates with the Soul."
Mary at the Crucifixion (c) Britt Posmer

While some artists created the images of specific religions, others depicted their personal experiences. Fabiola Roquena explains, "Dissolved is a painting without lines. The colors depicted are more like gases and shapes. It is different from all my previous work because it does not depict anything material. This painting is a breaking away from the 'visual, solid, and physical world' and the beginning of my interest in a spiritual life."

Dissolved (c) Fabiola Roquena
Events related to the exhibit include:

The mission of Life Force Arts Foundation (LFA) is to advance the field of spiritual art through artistically excellent exhibits, events and publications that explore the art-spirituality connection. We define spiritual art as visual, literary or performing art that flows from spiritual practice, strives to connect the audience with Spirit, and creates spiritual awakening, healing, or evolution. We focus on the arts as a common ground of human expression, where artists and audiences of diverse spiritual traditions can honor each other, and share their personal and collective experiences of the spiritual aspect of life through the arts. LFA's goals are to develop spiritual artists, the spiritual arts audience, and the spiritual arts community. The Foundation operates Life Force Arts Center (LFAC), Chicago's spiritual art gallery and performance space, which presents artistically excellent, spiritually based visual art exhibits, dance, theater and music performances, author book signings and workshops with artists who are experts in spiritual artmaking.

Heart Chakra (c) Michelle Corpus

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