While Russell Crowe is petitioning the Pope to schedule a Noah screening at the Vatican, director Darren Aronofksy is gathering a tidal wave of artists for his Noah inspired art show “Fountains of the Deep” taken from Genesis 7:1, “… on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.” The fountains of the Deep are depicted as great geyser streams that rise towards the heaven in the latest Noah trailer. The effect is both startling and awe-inspiring which is the same emotional response these art pieces try to strive for.
Aronofsky in an interview about the show explains its genesis:
“While writing the script for ‘Noah,’ I wondered how my favorite artists would interpret the iconic text. So I decided to ask a few of them to return to Genesis and create an image of their own… This exhibit is the collection of their work: in painting, in drawing, in photography, in sculpture and in music.”
Over fifty artists have contributed works. As requested by Aronofsky each artist will present their flood visions in their preferred medium.
Artist included are contemporary illustrators Ugo Rondinone, Sue Williams, Karen Kilimnik, Mike Nelson, and Nan Goldin. Comic book legends like Jim Lee, Jim Woodring and Simon Bisley, a leading contributor to Heavy Metal magazine and graffiti duo Faile are also displaying their own Deluge inspirations. The show will also feature work from recently deceased artist Reverend Howard Finster known for his albums covers for REM and The Talking Heads.
Dominic Teja Sidhu also collaborated with Aronofsky for the show. Sidhu created some of the nightmarish set pieces for Aronofsky’s Black Swan which starred Natalie Portman.
“Fountains of the Deep: Visions of Noah and the Flood” takes place March 7-29 at 462 West Broadway in New York City.
The sneak peeks are from Aronofsky’s Twitter feed.
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