Robert Waters: Malefactor

September 8 - October 1, 2011

Statement

Malefactor is inspired by Robert Waters’ experiences living and working in Mexico and Spain, the exhibition revolves around depictions of Christ and Christian martyrs. Exploring the development and influence of Christian art and iconography Waters’ sculptures, drawings, and video document a protest of the authority of organized religion by highlighting the subjectivity of individual understanding and the inherent doubt in structures of belief. This body of work also  investigates masculinity and the male body in relation to ideas of fear, seduction, violence and control. The Incarnation – becoming and being a man – is explored in a sensual and psychological way, explored through various media and relations between projects. In considering the fraught relationship between Christianity and Science, Waters’ questions our collective history of persecuting difference.