GODS OF SUBURBIA
Elohim (God Of The Father), 2014
Elohim or Yahweh is the name for God that is found in the Hebrew Bible. By early post-biblical times, the name Yahweh had ceased to be pronounced aloud, except once a year by the High Priest in the Holy of Holies; on all other occasions it was replaced by ‘Adonai’, meaning "my Lord". In my narrative his aspirations and dreams are unfulfilled. He is living in a flophouse, taking odd jobs to survive. Is his failure mankind itself? Or is the concept of God as omnipotent flawed? If man was made in God’s image, it makes sense that he can fail too— Why is goodness and peace so rare while war, cruelty, suffering and environmental degradation so prevalent?
Mounted Transparency with LED LIGHT PANEL
Archival top mounted transparency on acrylic with LED light panel / Framed : add matte inches
Large Edition 1 - 7 Medium Edition 1 - 10 Small Edition 1-20
3”M 39”X52” Panel 33”X 42.9” 2”M 29.3”X 39” Panel 25.3X 32” 1”M 18”X24” Panel 16”X 20.8”
Gods of Suburbia
This is Dina Goldstein’s third large-scale project 2013-2014. The work is a visual analysis of religious faith within the context of the modern forces of technology, science and secularism. The series plays with narrative and religious iconography in order to communicate how organized belief has become twisted within a global framework driven by consumerism and greed. The project challenges the viewer — religious or secular — to embark on a journey of self-reflection as they contemplate the relevance of dogma in modernity.