From a distance, the paintings appear to be satellite images of landscape, or a rain-spattered surface. Barely visible is a yellow kernel or two, or is it a person? Move closer and what you thought was landscape is now an abstract wash of color, and the tiny object still defies easy identification. These are Michael Byrons Cosmic Tears paintings, a series of works that explore the idea of macrocosmos and microcosmos, and the relationship between the universal and the individual. Inspired by a text Byron composed about the act of creation and the range of emotions it engenders, the series addresses the loneliness of the artist, even as his work brings him closer to the world at large. Some part of the artist is imbued in the canvas, and then the canvas (ideally) leaves forever -- and so does that portion of the artist. Michael Byrons Cosmic Tears opens with a free public reception from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, September 13, at the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (3700 West Pine Mall Boulevard; 314-977-7170 or mocra.slu.edu). Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday, and the show remains up through Sunday, December 13.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Sept. 13. Continues through Dec. 13, 2009