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May 4 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Yaku Arts welcomes Whit Forrester, a Chicago-based photographer and all around swell person, currently in fellowship at Bradley University, in exhibiting his work ‘Domesticating the Numinous’
“In 1917, the German theologian Rudolf Otto developed the concept of the “numinous” in order to capture the affective surplus of the “holy” that could not be limited to the realm of the ethical or rational. The numinous is a mental state “perfectly sui generis and irreducible to any other” and escapes any proscriptive definition as a result. Otto characterizes the spontaneous and objective experience of the numinous as a “creature-feeling,” an affect “of self-abasement into nothingness before an overpowering absolute might.” [Rudolf Otto, The Idea of the Holy: An Inquiry into the Non-Rational Factor in the Idea of the Divine and its Relation to the Rational (Oxford University Press, 1923), 10 ].
Forrester expands upon the photosynthetic translation of light into energy as a numinous act in this installation. He constructs an ephemeral environment to enfold the spectator in this divinely ordinary encounter. The gallery is a reflective space in which the accessible materiality of the everyday uses natural light to illuminate these sainted houseplants captured by the camera lens. It is a space to contemplate the queer animal-vegetal relations so often overlooked, ignored, or taken for granted as, in fact, deeply spiritual. Forrester’s photographic and installation works expand and queer Otto’s terms of the numinous by allowing us to dwell in sanctity of the plants we call home.”