Monthly Archives: September 2008
This work was shown in the 2008/2009 UW-Madison third year graduate group show, titled Third Gear. In a humorous and irreverent way, these images illustrate my frustration with Abrahamic religions and the central role they have played in the oppression of gays and lesbians, both historically and in the present day.
I am aware that many religious people support gay rights and believe that the Abrahamic monotheisms can be reconciled with the idea of gay equality, but I find such a position to be illogical; it requires a novel interpretation of the religious texts sacred to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, all of which contain anti-gay verses including passages such as Leviticus 20:13 which calls for the death penalty for men who commit homosexual acts. Anti-gay sentiment has been the norm for several centuries in societies dominated by Abrahamic religions; and contemporary theology that is affirming of sexual minorities and their rights is wholly modern and constitutes a break from tradition.
These were each 11″ x 8.5″ digital prints. The sudden difference in the aesthetic style of the middle image is meant to highlight the inherent tension between religion and civil rights. The title I gave to the group of three images was Reconcile Shmeconcile.
This piece was a commentary on the inherent tension between the Abrahamic religions and gay civil rights. I addressed the issue in an irreverent and humorous way.
Digital illustration, shown in Third Gear graduate art review, 7th Floor Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Madison.