Kevin Thayer will give a free talk about his exhibit, “Passion Retold,” starting at 6 p.m. May 4 in the Business of Art Center’s Hagnauer Gallery.
Thayer toured European art museums in 2010, and that trip sparked his interest in the Italian Renaissance and how the religious community could fund art. He began building large panels, modeled after security barriers, to hold his work in November.
The panels, which are plaster on wood, are about 96 inches tall, 48 inches wide and 14 inches thick at the top, tapering out to 28 inches at the base. The images on the panels are 48 inches tall by 36 inches wide.
In December, Thayer began photographing his 30 models, many of whom appear in multiple roles; that stage of the process took about six weeks.
“The actual photos were taken against a chroma-green background, then the film was scanned where they make up part of a composite. Each image in this body of work has a minimum of 24 composite layers,” Thayer says.
The exhibit ends June 20. Thayer hopes to then display the panels in local churches; he says he has made inquiries and the reaction has been positive.
“I hope the Christian community will feel that the stories of Christ follow Western iconography but are from a challenging perspective, and that the art community will consider its concept and aesthetics.”
The Business of Art Center is at 513 and 515 Manitou Ave. in Manitou Springs; hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays.