St. Philip’s Episcopal Church is pleased to present the work of Internationally exhibited and collected American artist, Ernesto Pujol from Palm Sunday, April 13th-Tuesday April 29th, 2014. Religious garments have always been the outward sign of the interior reality of the priest, brother, monk, nun, and missionary who wore them, if not the outward skin of the inner self. This project, whose umbrella title was Body of Faith, was enacted in two parts: first, as Hagiography, and secondly, as Conversion of Manners. It consisted of performative photographs and vintage religious garments with objects and furniture.
Here in these two exhibited works in front of the Children’s chapel and the Chapel of St. Veronica Pujol holds two of God’s beloved’s, a Border Collie and Terrier. Pujol, not only makes us think about these ancient religious uniforms that render the bodies underneath them loving, compassionate and showing mercy but his portraiture makes us wonder what it must be like to don one of these austere garments. Would we automatically change? Become more Christ-like? How would we react to how others view us? In addition, Pujol here seems to be asking us to think of St. Francis (b.1181 or 1182) a friar who lived in Assisi , Italy he is the patron Saint of ecology and animals. St. Francis is said to have had heard in prayer :”Francis! Everything you have loved and desired in the flesh it is your duty to despise and hate, if you wish to know my will.” Pujol’s works from this series have been purchased by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles among other major fine art museums.
On view April 13th PALM Sunday 9AM Service & 11:15AM Service, April 16th Wednesday Tenebrae Service 6:30PM, April 17th, Maundy Thursday & Holy FootWashing & Agape Meal, April 17th Good Friday 12 Noon Service, April 19th Holy Saturday 6:30PM and April 20th Easter Service 10AM
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