John Slavin Art

Portfolio: Lockdown Paintings March-June 2020

Myth and Wonder tale


A contemporary version of the Easter crucifixion. The setting is the cineplex at Edinburgh Viewforth in Fountainbridge on the canal. The electricity pylon contains many yantras or geometrical frames within frames. The architecture of the cineplex is expanded and deepend to contain the railway station, where figures treated blankly, as if migrating souls, are present; and also an elevator. The couple playing dice are my treatments of the Roman soldiers at the foot of the Cross; one player is Congolese and smokes a short pipe of grass. His opponent is a white woman film star. Since lockdown the cineplex has been, like the skies, deserted. Who could have foreseen such a fall of the dice, and whose presence is seen in sixteen empty Edinburgh cinemas? I have chosen the Christ Child's. An image which plays with more traditional crucifixion.

Acrylic on canvas
80cm x 100cm
Can be seen at The Dundas Street Gallery