For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth…” Job 19:25
The cross is the single most important image in Christianity because it represents the single most important event in all of human history. From a Christian perspective, every person’s identity and destiny is related to the cross in some way. Just as powerful is the resurrection, for with a dead Christ, there would be no Christianity. We share in these events because defining every Christian’s life is a death and second birth. With this exhibition the goal of Christos Collective is to personally behold the cross and empty tomb as well as to help viewers fix their attention upon Christ’s crucifiction and resurrection. May our hearts not follow anything that would distract from the beautiful sacrifice of Christ’s Cross and the powerful truth of his Resurrection.
The original nine artists who worked on the show each had an opportunity to reflect on and add their artistic contribution to each of the nine Fruit of the Spirit. The nine pieces are a result of that collaboration. Each piece is dedicated to exploring one Fruit of the Spirit, including: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Each artist had the opportunity to add to the visual unfolding of each work. As the artwork was passed around the group each month, the artist spent time in prayer and wrote their personal reflections in journals that accompany the work. For Christos Collective, the opportunity to intentionally reflect upon and engage in what the Fruit of the Spirit means to each of us and to more deeply relate to each other through journal reflections and artistic collaboration was a truly meaningful and enlightening experience.
The exhibition, Current, addresses a broad range of social issues in our local, national, and worldwide communities. People are not always satisfied with the general current of things but in our own ways we strive to scatter light, appreciate beauty, encourage worthiness and promote peace. In the midst of the strong muddy flow, the members of Christos Collective peer through a unique lens in attempts to seek a hopeful path to a redemptive future.
Choice and chance dance the tango within our lives: we blame one, praise the other; cling to one, push the other; worship one, reject the other. But where does trust fit into the equation? The artists of Christos Collective believe trust anchors the paradox of what we can control and what we cannot. This exhibition explores their attempt to make the choice, take the chance, and trust God.
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.”