RECLAIM: an exploration of orientation, disorientation and reorientation at the Bridge Gallery at Denver Seminary

In the view of contemporary culture Christians don’t make good, or relevant, art. Christos Collective, a group of Colorado artists established in 2013, shatters this misconception, bringing not only advanced artistic skill but also conceptual, culturally significant depth to their work. These artists approach art authentically, showing humanity, brokenness, struggle, joy, love, and, ultimately, what it means to have an identity in Christ. God was never a conventional artist, and neither are Christos members; therefore, if you come expecting standard crucifixes and icons, you’ll be sorely disappointed. 
 
Reclaim examines different aspects of the word via diverse media, but all works cohesively claim Christ’s reclamation of our lives and world. Some artists delve into personal journeys while others address the Christian community, calling for action, calling for changes in perception. Additionally, a few members rework traditional icons, utilizing new forms of visual language, thus making biblical stories and themes more accessible to a contemporary audience. However, some also make connections to the reclaiming process taking place in the natural world. Christos artists are comfortable in paradox, and they work beautifully toward developing audience understanding of what it means when we say “on earth as it is in heaven”. 
 
According to Carl Raschke, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Denver and internationally known author as well as arts promoter,“Reclaim reactivates in a new and powerful way the original impulses of modern art, the revelation of the spiritual—in this case the mystery of the Christ event itself—as a whole new way of seeing.”

Featured Artists:

Jennifer Bunge
Melissa Carmon
Sandra Jean Ceas
Sandra Hopkins
J.I. Karner
Garrett Larson

Katina Lowe
Tara Lynnsmith McConnell
Jonathan Myers
Levi Nelson
Harriet Maggi Olds
Karin Soderholm

Exhibition Program and Publication

The Bridge Gallery will host an open house on October 27, which will include dialogue with the artists, refreshments, and a short lecture.

Details

  • Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2015
  • Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Location: Harold and Virginia Simpson Leadership Center
    Denver Seminary Campus
    6399 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton, Colorado, 80120
  • Ongoing Exhibition will run from August 24 - December 8, 2015 with an official opening on Thursday, September 17, 2015 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm