Catechism · CR626





Oil on canvas

120 x 60 inches

King's College Cambridge Spike Gallery, NYC

Catechism - Instruction by question and answer, especially on religious doctrine. In the bottom third of the canvas the grieving women of Beslan bury their children. The graves are marked by white wooden posts. Further up the canvas the figures dissolve into pixels, which introduce their own officious, arbitrary and busy version of reality. The white posts are echoed by the reflections in the river of violent explosions as the glowing city of Bagdad is bombed. Above the people float the hooded torture victims from Abu Ghraib, in a manner suggestive of the Crucifixion. They are standing on Andy Warhol Brillo Box sculptures, which substitute banality for intellectual rigour.