Martin Wittfooth with artist Jason Yarmosky
Our Vol. 19 cover artist, Martin Wittfooth, opened his newest body of work, ‘The Passions’ (previewed here) last week at NYC’s Lyons Weir Gallery. Drawing from his past work of incorporating animals as metaphorical portraits for the decay and unrest of the world, his new works bare the same world-weary animals set amidst unsettling landscapes. Yet here, Wittfooth tackles the notion of religion and spirituality, posing his figures in the shapes of antiquated religious art, referencing such famous works as ‘The Pietà’ and ‘The Ectasy of Saint Teresa.’ This spiritual fervor, illuminated by terrible yet beautiful sacrifice is seen within the brilliance of the fire, often haloing the animals, martyred by their bleak surroundings. View more images of the work and opening night photos below.
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