David Stephens: Auguries of Idolatry
February 7 – April 19, 2014
About David Stephens: Auguries of Idolatry
Explaining the title of the show, Stephens says “The word ‘auguries’ as used by William Blake (1757–1827) means prophecy or divination.” The visionary British poet, painter, and printmaker, Blake, wrote about the sorcery and enchantment of idolatry in his poem “Auguries of Innocence.” Working in wood, Stephens uses hugely oversized Braille “bumps” to address issues relating to communication. The shift in scale and consequent illegibility to both the sighted and the blind precipitates a shift in perception from one sensory focus to another. Stephens believes, “Writing is symbols and many times I think that those symbols in and of themselves can become idols.” This work illuminates the power and mutability of symbols.