For this exhibition, Hamilton Street Gallery has collaborated with Christy E. O’Connor, artist and director of Art Hustle, as guest curator for a deeply prevalent topic that has affected all of us. We are honored and thrilled to work with her.
“From religious fanaticism, to celebrity and hero worship, to personal relationships, what will some do to prove their faith and belief system to an individual or a cause? What drives one’s devotion to the point of violence? Is it love? A need for power? Fear? Anger? Hatred? Manipulation? Violent Devotion seeks to uncover what drives one to extreme acts to prove their love or devotion to a person or a cause? Who has influenced acts of extremism? What institutions have nourished and cultivated these excessive belief systems, and why? How many acts of violence have been committed in the name of love or hate?” Christy E. O’Connor
Twenty five artists were chosen for this exhibit. Thirty nine outstanding works exemplify the theme, ranging from illustrations, collage and paintings to mixed media and sculpture to a digitally enhanced illumination.
Luis Alves: Collage, Ellen Avigliano, Edward Jean Baptiste, Anastasiya Baron, Aileen Bassis, Nanette Reynolds Beachner, Virginia Carroll, Renzo Florez, Katie Hovencamp, Robert Kosinski, Kathleen Hurley Liao, Wayne Lucina, John Marron, Larry McCandlish, Laurie Pettine, Stacey AS Pritchard, Dina Robinson, Bill Ross, Morgan Thomas Shankweiler, Mechele Shoneman, Renee Simon, Derek Thomson, Sue Eldridge Ward, Kristen T. Woodward