Reception and Reflections with the Artist Friday, March 17, 7:00 pm
Sanctuary UCC, 458 High St, Medford
All are invited to experience the provocative and compelling work of Medford’s own painter, designer, and tattoo artist, Adam LoRusso—currently installed in the Gallery at Sanctuary UCC and on display through March. A BYOB reception and conversation with the artist will be held Friday, March 17 at 7 pm.
LoRusso, who is a native of Medford, finds balance in art and design–whether in his emotive, powerful paintings; his intricate, wry work with pen-and-ink or his much sought after tattoo designs. LoRusso is considered one of the top tattoo artists in the Boston area (appointments via Redemption Tattoo, Cambridge). A portfolio of Adam’s work can be found on his web site at www.LastLightArt.com.
Adam’s talent comes naturally as the son of the late artist, Daniel LoRusso, also of Medford. Daniel LoRusson dedicated his life’s work to the creation and augmentation of high-quality dinosaur sculpture and crated the life-sized T-Rex at the Science Museum in Boston.
“As we find ourselves, here in the beginning of the 21st century, we have grown comfortable. Content. On the whole, we haven’t much worry over finding our next meal or where to spend the night. These basic needs of human survival no longer plague us the same way they did our ancient ancestors thousands of years ago.
As a result, our relationship with Death has become one of fear; instead of representing a transition, or change, as it has to many cultures throughout the ages, it has become symbolic of ‘the end.’ On the contrary, Joan of Arc, Dr. Martin Luther King, Christ, and many other great Beings have all recognized the necessity of Death, the final step, the final transition, before something new, a transformation could occur. Socrates, in his final dying moments, ironically has been said to be the one consoling his friends concerning his own passing—reminding them that his entire life as a philosopher had been spent preparing for this very moment. How disappointing it would be to spend your entire life climbing the mountain without ever acknowledging reaching the summit. How unresolved Mozart’s beautiful symphonies be without the stunning and breathtaking final crescendos. We have no butterfly without first the death of the caterpillar.”
Sanctuary’s lead pastor, Rev. Wendy Miller Olapade notes that “Adam’s art is stunning, in part because of the technique and artistry, but mostly because of the subject matter. His imagery disturbs the status quo and therefore the spirit. It causes one to stop, raise an eyebrow and really consider what one is seeing. This series of Adam’s paintings is explicitly about transformation and transformation is exactly why we are so invested in art at Sanctuary UCC – because art changes things! We selected Adam’s work for the season of Lent because of the parallel themes of life, death and resurrection inherent to this spiritual season – but as Adam has observed, the themes of his work are universal to the human experience. And I would add universally important. We cannot arrive at renewal until we face the end of that which need to die in us.”
LoRusso further writes, “…I want my artwork to make people feel uncomfortable by recognizing the whole of this: the dark and the light, the yin and the yang, the beautiful and the grotesque. By learning to accept the whole of nature, we learn to accept the whole of ourselves, and only then is there a chance of learning to love ourselves fully, and then, with God’s help, truly love one another.”
To discover more about Adam’s powerful, inspiring and uncomfortable work, you are invited to come down and spend some time with the artist during the reception on March 17. Adam will share more of his inspiration and an opportunity to ask questions of the artist. Please join us for this one-of-a-kind event.
Gallery at Sanctuary showcases a new artist each month. Food and drink are available. Hear from the artists about their inspiration and process – and join the conversation about your own experience of their creativity.