Alumnus’s ‘religious’ artwork depicts message in ordinary scenes
“Religious” artwork by Josh Iguchi, AU Class of 1987, is currently on view at Niagara University’s Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, Niagara Falls, NY, through Sunday, July 21, in “Western New York Collects: Josh Iguchi.”
Dr. Amelia Gallagher, associate professor of religious studies at Niagara University, notes Josh’s iconic scenes are “familiar” yet “they are shocking to us nonetheless because of their placement in the ordinary. Iguchi’s saints haunt unpretentious places; his Jesus hangs in a Buffalo nightclub eating pizza and wings, drinking OV from a can. His martyrs are plucked from the corner bar, some adorned with the requisite drapery, some draped in the drabness of mid-nineties fashion. You can even imagine Nirvana blaring in the background of these scenes, beckoning to an audience that had already seen crucifixes profaned in the most original ways—it had all been done before—here we are now, entertain us.”
The Castellani Art Museum is open Tuesdays-Saturdays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays from 1-5 p.m.
An article reviewing Josh’s exhibit can be found at: http://www.buffalospree.com/Buffalo-Spree/July-2013/Religious-conversions-the-art-of-Josh-Iguchi/
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