Religion and Sight - Louise Child

Religion and Sight - Louise Child

1. Darkness Visible: The Art of Sam Winston

Religion and Sight - Louise Child

Aaron Rosen [+-]
Wesley Theological Seminary
Dr. Aaron Rosen is Professor of Religion and Visual Culture and Director of the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC. He was previously Senior Lecturer of Sacred Traditions and the Arts at King’s College London, where he remains a visiting professor. Rosen began his career teaching at Yale, Oxford, and Columbia Universities, after receiving his doctorate from the University of Cambridge. He is the author of Art & Religion in the 21st Century, Imagining Jewish Art, and Brushes with Faith, and is at work on a monograph entitled The Hospitality of Images. His edited books include: Religion and Art in the Heart of Modern Manhattan; Visualising a Sacred City: London, Art, and Religion; and Encounters: The Art of Interfaith Dialogue. He regularly curates exhibitions and is the co-founder of the public arts project Stations of the Cross, which has been staged in London, New York, Washington, D.C., and Amsterdam.


In this interview, Rosen speaks with London-based artist Sam Winston about his artistic practice, which emphasizes duration, experimentation and process. His previous works include Drawing Breath, in which he drew a line for every single breath he took during an uninterrupted fifteen-hour period. Here, he speaks about his recent works for the exhibition Darkness Visible, which invited audiences into a specially installed ‘dark room’ in the Southbank Centre, London in 2017–18. Drawing upon his experience creating works of art while blindfolded, and subsequently during days spent in complete darkness, the artist challenges viewers to ‘see’ darkness in new ways, disrupting traditional hierarchies of the senses, binaries of light and dark, and what it means to be a ‘viewer.’

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Rosen, Aaron. 1. Darkness Visible: The Art of Sam Winston. Religion and Sight. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 17-25 Jul 2020. ISBN 9781781797495. Date accessed: 19 Jun 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.35744. Jul 2020

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