November 17, 2018 – February 24, 2019
Member Preview Night – Friday, November 16, 2018
Having traveled the nation, Al Farrow: Divine Ammunition comes home to San Francisco as Bay Area sculptor Al Farrow (American, b.1943) completes his most recent piece, The White House (2018). The White House, weighing almost a ton, will debut at the exhibition alongside the public premiere of Farrow’s privately commissioned work, Temple Emanuel (2017). Al Farrow: Divine Ammunition casts a striking visual commentary on the contemporary political climate, religion, war, history, culture and faith. Through the display of twenty-four of Farrow’s ornately rendered sculptures of churches, synagogues, mosques, mausolea, ritual objects and reliquaries created from munitions, the exhibition examines the relationships between religion and violence, peace and brutality, the sacred and the unholy.
The sculptures—miniatures in surprisingly ornate detail—have been described as haunting, beautiful, disturbing, powerful, mesmerizing, visceral, exquisite and jarring. Crafted with guns and gun parts, bullets, lead shot, shell casings, steel, bone, glass and cluster bomb, the defining contradictory words aptly portray the majesty of the arched clerestories, complexly illustrated geometric patterns, magnificently constructed flying buttresses, gables, spires and minarets that characterize the sculptures and the materials used to craft them.
Exhibition in partnership with Catharine Clark Gallery.
Support for Al Farrow: Divine Ammunition is provided by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Dorothy Saxe, Susan and Lee David, Kathleen Grant and Thomas Jackson, Richard Grossman and Elly Chen and Beverly and Peter Lipman.