RED MEAT THEATER: THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST, OUR MOTHER (featuring Cheryl Townsend as Christ, and Donald Trump, his Admin, and the Alt-Right as her murderers) opening October 14th, 2017 at Thunder-Sky Gallery

Thunder-Sky Inc Gallery

4573 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45223

Opens Oct 14, 6-10 pm

Alfred Eaker artist statement on Red Meat Theater

Christ, Our Mother, acrylic on canvas ©2017 Alfred Eaker

Christ, Our Mother is a reworking of the Good Shepherd theme and is best summarized by Andrew Harvey. “The Future of the world depends on the full restoration of the Sacred Feminine in all its tenderness, passion, divine ferocity, and surrendered persistence.”

Magnificat, acrylic on canvas ©2017 Alfred Eaker

Magnificat, of course is the Lukian discourse attributed to Our Lady. It’s a precursor to “The Beatitudes.” Historicity not being a concern, the character of the Beatitudes reads as coming from the womb of the Magnificat’s author (hence, I use Cheryl Townsend as model for both Christ and Mary). The titled proclamation is an entry point into a nativity setting with Bing, Bowie, and the Little Drummer Boy as wise men paying homage. Burl Ives’ snowman, a skinny misfit Santa, and Diana Ross as an angel further announce the Christmas setting while a threatened, Trumpian/Herodian Goblin of Banality fumes in the landscape.

The Baptism of Christ, Our Mother, acrylic on canvas ©2017 Alfred Eaker

The Temptation of Christ, Our Mother, acrylic on canvas ©2017 Alfred Eaker

After her baptism, Christ is tempted by Old Nick himself, Lord Trump (and his 4-million-dollar golden toilet) in The Temptation of Christ, Our Mother.

Christ, our Mother and the Wedding at Cana, acrylic on canvas ©2017 Alfred Eaker

Christ Our Mother celebrates the first SSM with Joe Biden in The Wedding at Cana. The Couple is based off men I knew who may not have ended as tragically as they did if laws had been more accepting at the time. This is my homage to Bud and Jeff (AKA Pee Wee).

Christ Our Mother and the adulteress, acrylic on canvas ©2017 Alfred Eaker

Christ, Our Mother casting the demons into the swine, acrylic on canvas ©2017 Alfred Eaker

Christ, Our Mother and the Samaritan woman, according to St. John acrylic on canvas ©2017 Alfred Eaker

Christ, Our Mother and the Samaritan woman, according to St. John depicts parallel myths. In the first, St. John (modeled after Antonio Adams) pens the narrative of Christ befriending an immigrant outsider. Meanwhile, three men are in hell, lamenting their state and questioning why they cannot leave this place. However, each wails loudly and in frustration complains that his neighbor is hell (this was a homily I heard in adolescence, told by Bishop Fulton Sheen).

Good Samaritan (A parable, as told by Christ, Our Mother), acrylic on canvas ©2017 Alfred Eaker

Good Samaritan (A parable, as told by Christ, Our Mother) is an overly familiar one, but composed here under the teaching of the Christ figure: “In addition to giving your cloak, give you tunic as well,” and like St. Francis, Christ strips down to model what she preaches: “When you welcome the stranger, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, tend to the ill, you do this to me.” The Mother of the Conquered, she puts her strength into those who have been deeply stunned and staggered, harmfully shocked and pulled down, painfully intruded and left for dead. Clarissa Pinkola Estes.

Lazarus & The Rich Man (A parable, as told by Christ, Our Mother), acrylic on canvas ©2017 Alfred Eaker

Lazarus & The Rich Man (A parable, as told by Christ, Our Mother) depicts Bernie Sanders as Father Abraham. Lazarus is modeled after the son of a friend, and Trump, as the rich man, throws a temper tantrum. Christ haughtily tells the tale to St. John, who will be inspired. David Ross and James Mannan are models for saints James and Peter.

Christ, our Mother healing the Leper, acrylic on canvas ©2017 Alfred Eaker

Lenny Bernstein breaks a sweat conducting the whirling dervish in an Ode To Freedom as Christ, our Mother healing the Leper. Adorned in a three-sided Hindu mask is the Trump demon mocking the less fortunate.

Christ, Our Mother heals the faithful Centurion’s pais, acrylic on canvas ©2017 Alfred Eaker

Christ, Our Mother heals the faithful Centurion’s pais is a well-known sacred narrative, which here pays tribute to a war hero and maverick who has the courage to stand against the Trump regime.

Christ, Our Mother and the Sermon On The Mount, acrylic on canvas ©2017 Alfred Eaker

Ted Nugent contemplates assassinating Our Mother during the Sermon On The Mount. The late Greg Brown as St. Thomas, Denny Stevens as St. Luke, and Jimmy Carter as St. Matthew are among the attendees.

Mary and Martha, acrylic on canvas ©2017 Alfred Eaker

Aja Rossman Gray models the complex Mary and Martha. It is Mary in the first narrative who sits at the feet of a teaching Christ while Martha complains, wanting help with the dinner (or whatever). Christ lets poor Martha know that Mary has the better priority. Later, it is Mary who complains when Christ arrives after her brother has died, but it is Martha who trusts Christ and has faith.

The Transfiguration of Christ, Our Mother, acrylic on canvas ©2017 Alfred Eaker

A Cher-like Christ leaps for joy with dancing Obamas as Yukon Cornelius celebrates their rainbow for misfits in The Transfiguration of Christ, Our Mother.

Vipers, acrylic on canvas ©2017 Alfred Eaker

Vipers depicts a fast food crowned, wife beater Trump stalking Hillary while Gingrich and Palin egg the misogynist on. True to form, Christ calls them out.

Christ, Our mother throwing out the Moneychangers, acrylic on canvas ©2017 Alfred Eaker

Karen Handel, Trump, and Mitch McConnell are The Moneychangers thrown out of the temple by Christ, Our Mother.

Red Meat Theater: Stations of the Cross  (Christ, Our Mother in the Garden of Agony), acrylic on canvas ©2017 Alfred Eaker

Red Meat Theater: Stations of the Cross (The betrayal and arrest of Christ, Our Mother), acrylic on canvas ©2017 Alfred Eaker

Betsy Devos, adorned in all her avarice as the Judas that she is, accompanied by alt-right thugs in The betrayal and arrest of Christ, Our Mother.

Red Meat Theater: Stations of the Cross (The trial of Christ, our Mother), acrylic on canvas ©2017 Alfred Eaker

Red Meat Theater: Stations of the Cross (The Passion of Christ, Our Mother), acrylic on canvas ©2017 Alfred Eaker

Mike Pence cheers his lord and master Trump on in The Passion of Christ, Our Mother.

Red Meat Theater: Stations of the Cross (Christ, our mother before Pilate), acrylic on canvas ©2017 Alfred Eaker

Paul Ryan as Pilate, washes his hands (with water given him by Steve Bannon) in Christ before Pilate.

Red Meat Theater: Stations of the Cross (Christ, Our Mother falls ), acrylic on canvas ©2017 Alfred Eaker

Jerry Falwell Jr and David Duke fly their true Trumpian colors in Stations: Christ falls.

Red Meat Theater: Stations of the Cross (Christ meets her Mother on the way to the cross), acrylic on canvas ©2017 Alfred Eaker

Red Meat Theater: Stations of the Cross (Christ, our Mother meets the women of Jerusalem), acrylic on canvas ©2017 Alfred Eaker

Red Meat Theater: Stations of the Cross (Mary and the beloved disciple at the foot of the cross), acrylic on canvas ©2017 Alfred Eaker

Red Meat Theater: Stations of the Cross (The Gospel of Contempt), acrylic on canvas ©2017 Alfred Eaker

Red Meat Theater: Stations of the Cross (The Murder of Christ, Our Mother), acrylic on canvas ©2017 Alfred Eaker

Kim Davis, Mike Huckabee, and Ted Cruz are among the bloody supporters of Trump in The Murder of Christ, Our Mother.

RED MEAT THEATER-Stations of the cross (Yellow Resurrection), acrylic on canvas ©2017 Alfred Eaker

BlueMahler, endless narrator that he always is, accompanies Mary and Martha for a Yellow Resurrection. “No demure little cabbage, that woman. No paltry, well-behaved carbon dot. No follower of world orders. She has dirty hands from growing earthly things, and from her day and night work alongside her hard-working sons and daughters. The thugs of the world try to erase her and erase her people, to un-mother them and while, yes, she is calm, but she is not without the will to rise again and again. She is pure, but not as in never going dark, never having doubt, never taking a wrong turn for a time. Holy Mother is not meant to be a fence. Holy Mother is a gate. All are mine, she says, whether they know me or not, whether they practice devotion or not.” Estes.

Peter and John racing to the tomb of Christ, Our Mother, acrylic on canvas ©2017 Alfred Eaker

The Ascension Of Christ, Our Mother, acrylic on canvas ©2017 Alfred Eaker

Poor Donald gets eclipsed again in The Ascension Of Christ, Our Mother. If he could only learn that changing from bad to good is as easy as Winter Warlock’s first step. Still, Pope Francis and St. John are having a good old time enjoying the show.

The Apocalypse of Christ our Mother, acrylic on canvas ©2017 Alfred Eaker

After the Trump boys appeared at The trial of Christ, Our Mother (with big daddy Ciaphas Trump) they show up again as black-hatted Voldemort and Lash Larue in The Apocalypse of Christ our Mother. Per the norm, Melania is ignored while Bunker Trump plays with Ivanka as the world falls apart. Still Christ, (Cheryl as a Dorothy Parker type) hitches a ride to something better with St. John and King Moonracer.

 A Woman clothed in the sun, acrylic on canvas ©2017 Alfred Eaker

The Trump administration shows up as The Beast in A Woman clothed in the sun. Ok yeah, it’s stating the obvious, but subtlety is kinda boring these days.

 

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THE CHURCH OF BROTHER COBWEB (at The House Of Shadows, Gresham Oregon)

“Brother Cobweb: A White Trash Opera,” 8 ft x 4ft house paint on wood panel ©2017 Alfred Eaker

THE CHURCH OF BROTHER COBWEB  (house paint on 8 ft x 4 ft wood panel) “Jonestown Massacre” ©2017 Alfred Eaker

Rehearsing Brother Cobweb with Rev. Harry (Garman Gibson)

THE CHURCH OF BROTHER COBWEB  (house paint on 8 ft x 4 ft wood panel) “Gotterdammerung (detail)” ©2017 Alfred Eaker

THE CHURCH OF BROTHER COBWEB  (house paint on 8 ft x 4 ft wood panel) “Gotterdammerung” ©2017 Alfred Eaker

Alfred Eaker as Brother Cobweb in the “The Church Of Brother Cobweb” @ the House of Shadows©2017 Alfred Eaker

THE CHURCH OF BROTHER COBWEB “Brother Cobweb’s Communion” ©2017 Alfred Eaker

THE CHURCH OF BROTHER COBWEB “Brother Cobweb’s Communion” ©2017 Alfred Eaker

THE CHURCH OF BROTHER COBWEB The Whore Of Babylon (Holly Day) ©2017 Alfred Eaker

THE CHURCH OF BROTHER COBWEB “Brother Cobweb’s Communion detail” ©2017 Alfred Eaker

THE CHURCH OF BROTHER COBWEB (house paint on 8 ft x 16 ft wood panel) “Brother Cobweb’s Last Supper” ©2017 Alfred Eaker

THE CHURCH OF BROTHER COBWEB “Brother Cobweb : Get Behind Me, Satan!” ©2017 Alfred Eaker

THE CHURCH OF BROTHER COBWEB “Brother Cobweb preparing the sacrifice.” ©2017 Alfred Eaker

THE CHURCH OF BROTHER COBWEB “Brother Cobweb & Rev. Harry preparing the sacrifice” ©2017 Alfred Eaker

THE CHURCH OF BROTHER COBWEB Brother Cobweb’s A GOOD FIGHT ©2017 Alfred Eaker

Alfred Eaker as Brother Cobweb in the “TheChurch Of Brother Cobweb” @ the House of Shadows©2017 Alfred Eaker

Alfred Eaker as Brother Cobweb in the “The Church Of Brother Cobweb” @ the House of Shadows©2017 Alfred Eaker

THE CHURCH OF BROTHER COBWEB . Old Nick (Kevin Klansnic). ©2017 Alfred Eaker

Alfred Eaker as Brother Cobweb in the “The Church Of Brother Cobweb” @ the House of Shadows©2017 Alfred Eaker

THE CHURCH OF BROTHER COBWEB Harlot for Christ ©2017 Alfred Eaker

Alfred Eaker as Brother Cobweb in the “The Church Of Brother Cobweb” @ the House of Shadows©2017 Alfred Eaker

“BROTHER COBWEB’S LAST SUPPER ” AND “BROTHER COBWEB’S TENT REVIVAL,” house paint on wood panels ©2017 Alfred Eaker

With my lifelong painting of idiosyncratic (or heterodox if one prefers) iconography, I suppose it was inevitable that I paint a last supper. This mural, titled “Brother Cobweb’s Last Supper” will be used for”The Church Of Brother Cobweb” haunt at the Gresham, Oregon HOUSE OF SHADOWS for the West Coast Haunter’s Convention this May and its October haunt.

The second mural, “Brother Cobweb’s Tent Revival” will be used as the entrance door into The Church Of Brother Cobweb.

Although, I drew numerous last suppers as a child (including several with a 600 pound Jesus), this is my first painting of the subject. Of course, it’s composed in my second language of blasphemy, which I speak fluently.

“Brother Cobweb’s Last Supper,” 8ft x 16 ft, house paint on wood panels (featuring the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Kim Davis, America’s Best Christian Betty Bowers as Magdalene, Jimmy Swaggart, Anita Bryant,Jerry Falwell, Jan & Phil Crouch, Benny Hinn, Rev. Jim Jones, Brother Cobweb, Ernest Angley, The Duggars, Phil Robertson, Ted Cruz, Pat Robertson, Michelle Bachman, Sarah Palin, Ben Carson, Jerry Falwell Jr wearing a Jesus/Trump shirt, Mike Huckabee, the junior Duggars, Matthew Myer Boulton, and Sister Sandpaper) ©2017 Alfred Eaker

“Brother Cobweb’s Tent Revival,”  8ft x 4 ft, house paint on wood panel ©2017 Alfred Eaker

ALFRED EAKER, SR. (1938-2016) A SON’S TRIBUTE TO HIS FATHER.

Alfred Eaker Sr. (March 3, 1938-Oct 14, 2016): A son’s tribute to his father.

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“Paternal Compassion: Alfred Eaker (SR.) Rescuing The Dog Starsky From The Blizzard Of 1978.” © 2016 Alfred Eaker

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“Alfred Eaker Sr’s Onion Of Paternal Compassion For His Son, Robert.”©  Alfred Eaker 2016

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Birthday Money For David- A portrait of young David Eaker and Alfred Eaker, Sr. © 2017 Alfred Eaker

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Extra, Extra, Extra Pickles. Christmas Sliders At Anita’s. A Portrait Of Alfred Eaker Sr. © Alfred Eaker 2017

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Goodbye Brave, Sweet Man ( A Tribute To Alfred Eaker, Sr. By His Son, Alfred Eaker, Jr.) © 2017 Alfred Eaker
Although the liver cancer that killed him was quick (he died three weeks after being diagnosed), Dad’s health struggles were a big part of his life for the last seventeen years. Ravaged by diabetes, having survived prostate cancer, a heart attack, quadruple bypass,  and a stroke (among other things, including the first stages of Alzheimers), Dad kept plugging along. I was one of his caretakers for three years. Often, I would find him asleep with his beloved dog Pixie, watching Spiderman, which oddly was one of his favorite movies. Dad was more a western guy and after asking him why he liked Spiderman, Dad said,”cuz, he’s nice.” It reminded me of something Dad said years ago. Dad would only rarely watch John Wayne movies and usually avoided them ( he preferred the one with the Duke at the circus). Instead, Dad often watched Gary Cooper, Randolph Scott, Jeff Chandler, and Johnny Mack Brown. I braved asking him why he didn’t like watching John Wayne movies. Dad’s answer was pure Dad, “Cuz, he’s mean Alfred. He’s a mean man… don’t wanna waste my time watching someone so full of hate.”

“BOWIE IN THE BASEMENT,” works for the Thunder-Sky Art Gallery showing, April 29th, 2016

Pardon Me When The Kingdom Comes, (oil pastel on canvas board) ©2016 Alfred EakerPardon Me When The Kingdom Comes, (oil pastel on canvas board) ©2016 Alfred Eaker

“The more horrifying the world becomes, the more art becomes abstract.” (Paul Klee)

The works here represent a pivotal time in my life (1980) when I discovered both the music of David Bowie (Scary Monsters And Super Creeps) and Pierre Boulez (Fold Upon Fold) in 1980. Both were aesthetic channels out of what then was a kind of hell. They both represented the outsider, rising up to so-ciety. Through their approach to art and the status quo, each spoke a cool, brutal language that, at 16, powerfully resonated.

Alfred Eaker easel 1981-2016

Paint easel 1981-2016

Of course, it’s more complex than that and, oddly enough, both died in January 2106-in the pulse of winter. When news of Boulez’ death came, I was literally working on a canvas, from a series of drawings I thought I had lost, but had recently discovered in one of many boxes I was getting round to unpack ( a year after the move). The drawings were first made at concerts I attended of Boulez conducting avant-garde music (including his own) in Chicago. His death was expected. He was 90 and had vanished from the music scene two years before. Only a week prior, I had lamented to my wife that Boulez was fading.

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RIP PIERRE BOULEZ

Very sad news of Pierre Boulez’ death came today as I was in the middle of revisiting, reinterpreting, and working on a series of paintings from action sketches I made during his concerts. I attended more Boulez concerts than any other musician. The last time I saw him was in 2009, conducting Edgar Varèse and Elliott Carter.The first paintings I did (from literally hundreds of sketches) came from two concerts: His Chicago Mahler 7th in 1994 and another Chicago concert (1999), which included his own “Sur Incises,” and the music of Luciano Berio and Arnold Schoenberg. In between, I saw him conduct the music of Bela Bartok, Gustav Mahler, Augusta Read Thomas, Claude Debussy, Alban Berg, Richard Wagner, Anton Bruckner, and Maurice Ravel, but I was never more excited than when he performed his own music. I will never forget the performance of his own “12 Notations.” Boulez introduced me to Hugues Dufourt, Brian Ferneyhough, Xenakis, Luigi Nono, Messiaen, Ligeti, Birtwistle, Stockhausen, Frank Zaappa, and countless others. I have long took to heart something he said during a talk I attended: “We must be cultural omnivores and raid all the art forms to enhance our own medium.” Boulez talked as much about painting (Kandisnky) and literature (Joyce, Kafka, and Artaud) as he did music. Listening to him talk and make music was an electric experience. He made avant-garde music fun and, yes, sexy. When his Ring Cycle (with the late Patrice Chereau) was released on TV (in the 80s) the traditionalists were up in arms. Now, it has rightly become the yardstick, bringing to mind something Boulez said (after he was ‘released” from the NYP) about his role in promoting twentieth century music; “Like a trace of poison in the food, it will take hold.” Breaking my own rule of not posting a work-in-progress, here is a detail of my 2016 oil on canvas “Varese In Chicago, 2009 (Boulez Conducting). RIP Mr. Boulez

Varese In Chicago, 2009 (Boulez conducting). Oil on canvas (in progress) @2016 Alfred Eaker

BROTHER COBWEB: A VISUAL SNEAK PEEK

Todd M. Coe's art for Brother Cobweb ©2015 Todd M Coe & Alfred Eaker

Todd M. Coe’s art for my upcoming novel: “Brother Cobweb.”

Brother Cobweb is a character I created at the age of seven, in a comic book, which I titled “The Brother Cobweb Chronicles.” Brother Cobweb was a response/revolt/private protest to what I considered my own personal horror of being forced to attend a Pentecostal church, along with growing up in a dumbed down and oppressive fundamentalist environment. I created that comic from volumes of sketchbooks I produced during endless church services (for eighteen years,  I literally taught myself how to draw during those charismatic anti-ritual rituals).It’s interesting then to see him become an actual horror exhibit in a huanted house attraction. As I used to say (spewing sarcasm) “Amen Brother Cobweb.”

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ALFRED EAKER PAINTINGS (UPDATED WITH ADDITIONAL WORKS AND SIZING INFO, per inquiries)

2. Alfred Eaker Hay que caminar„ soñando ©Alfred Eaker 2013 “Hay que caminar, soñando “is a 40 x 60, 2013 oil on canvas, named after a musical composition by Italian avant-gardist Luigi Nono, translated (roughly) as “Wanderer, there is no destination, but you must travel the road.” This is the first of several works inspired by this spiritually restless artist.

1. Alfred Eaker Risonanze erranti (Resonances wandering) ©Alfred Eaker 2013 “Risonanze errant” (Resonances wandering) is a  x 33 x 52, oil on canvas from 2013, named after a musical composition by Luigi Nono.

4. Alfred Eaker Io, Frammento da Prometeo ©Alfred Eaker 2013 “Io, Frammento da Prometeo” is a 48 x 48, 2013 oil on canvas, named after a musical composition by Luigi Nono.

5. Alfred Eaker Omaggio a Luigi Nono. ©Alfred Eaker 2013“Omaggio a Luigi Nono” is a 3 ft x 3 ft oil on canvas, and homage to Luigi Nono.

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“Fragments From a Crepuscular World” is a 30 x 48 oil on canvas from 2009.

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“Without World” is a 4ft x 4 ft oil on canvas from 2009.

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“Self Portrait of the artist as a middle aged man” is a 3ft x 4 ft oil on canvas, from 2009.

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“Shifting Sanctuaries” is a 2009, 30 x 48 oil on canvas of the BlueMahler character.

Alfred Eaker %22STATIONS I%22 Christ is Condemend To Death. Oil on Canvas. 5ft x 5 ft. © 2010 Alfred Eaker

“Stations I. Christ is condemned to death” is a 2010 5 ft x 5 ft oil on canvas.

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“Stations II. Christ Carries His Cross” is a 5 ft x 5 ft oil on canvas.

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“Stations III. Christ falls for the first time” is a 2010, 5 ft x 5 ft oil on canvas.

Alfred Eaker %22Stations IV%22 Christ Meets His Mother On The Way To The Cross. oil on canvas 5 ft x 5 ft. ©2011 Alfred Eaker

“Stations IV. Christ meets His Mother On The Way To The Cross” is a 2011 oil on canvas and on of six Station paintings. All are 5 ft x 5 ft. Again, I dispense of a narrative per se and channel the event through a purely emotional, almost musically mystical filter. This is a homage to the teachings of Fr. Justin Belitz.

Alfred Eaker %22Stations V%22 Simon of Cyrene Helps Christ Carry His Cross. oil opn cnavas. 5 ft x 5 ft. © 2011 Alfred Eaker

“Stations V. Simon helps Christ carry his cross” is a 5 ft x 5 ft oil on canvas from 2011.

Alfred Eaker %22Stations VI%22 Veronica Wipes The Face Of Christ. oil on canvas . 5 ft x 5 ft. ©2011. Alfred Eaker

“Stations VI. Veronica wipes the face of Christ” is a 2011 5 ft x 5 ft oil on canvas.

Alfred Eaker Barenboim conducts the Bruckner 7th . oil on canvas ©2014 Alfred Eaker

“Barenboim conducts the Bruckner 7th” is a 2014, 3 ft x 4 ft oil on canvas. It is a reinterpretation from a sketch I made during a Chicago concert of that symphony, conducted by Daniel Barenboim in the 1990s. The 7th is the most personally mystical of Bruckner’s symphonic output. Barenboim is a pronounced romanticist and a visceral Brucknerian, shaping the composer’s intimate sanctuary.

Alfred Eaker %22Pieta%22 oil on canvas © 2014 Alfred Eaker

“Pieta” is a 58 x 48 oil on canvas from 2014. Revisiting the subject, I concentrated on the relationship between the Madonna and Her slain Son in a celestial, communal setting.

ALFRED EAKER Prelude To A Day Of Wonder. Oil on canvas. © 2010 Alfred Eaker.

“Prelude To A Day Of Wonder” is a 2010, 36 x 48 oil on canvas. That it is a prelude is key. Pure,  emotional reaching… upward. A day of wonder is a day of attainment.

ALFRED EAKER %22Annunication%22 oil on canvas © 2011 Alfred Eaker

“Annunciation” is a 2011, 3 ft x 5 ft oil on canvas, painted while I was in grad school seminary. It is the prologue to the Magnificat. The Marian figure is young, ethnic, sensually caught up in her mystical hour, manifested through the celestial visitor.

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“Pieta” is one of numerous oil on canvases (3 ft x 5 ft) I have painted on the traditional subject. This interpretation is from 2011, and directly followed the above “Annunciation.” The same figure is aged approximately thirty years. Again, she is endowed in her Hour. Her Son, reduced to Corpus Christie, is being lifted to Her by John the beloved and Joseph of Arimathea.The author of the Beatitudes is clearly the son of the Magnificat’s author. In the gospel narrative, Christ cried out to His Father: “Why have you forsaken me?”  Father turned His face from Son. Yet, Mother faced Her son directly. As painful as it was, She did not look away. She did not forsake Him and wears a shirt of arrows for Him.

Alfred Eaker 'Aja%22 oil on canvas. © 2014 Alfred Eaker

“Aja” is a 2014, 30 x 40 oil on canvas, which is born of Elizabeth Johnson’s meditation on the Marian image: “Truly, Our Sister.” Yes, She is Mother, but also Sister, twin, companion.

Alfred Eaker %22Annhilation%22 (Sufism. Meditation on Christ casting the money changers out of the temple) oil on canvas. ©2014 Alfred Eaker

“Annihilation” is a 2014,  40 x 48 oil on canvas. It stems from Sufi meditation. “Christ casting the money changers out of the temple” is that figure’s moth to the flame moment. It is the only time we see the gospel figure losing his temper and it is this act, which gets him killed and inevitably transforms him. It is lack of love that Christ is responding to. Rather than the traditional depicted action narrative, usually attached to the subject, “Annihilation” is filtered through Le Pointe Vierge; the innermost secret heart.

Alfred EAKER 'Our Lady Of The Mermaids%22 oil on canvas © 2011 Alfred Eaker

“Our Lady Of The Mermaids”©2011 is a 3 ft x 4 ft oil on canvas. Over the years, I have painted numerous Madonnas, born full grown from a painter’s brow, yet I feel it is this one alone, from 2011, in which my very personal tradition and theological tenets crystallized most lucidly. I have attempted, since then, to paint her again as I did here. Predictably, it has proven futile. Although, Our Lady wears a thousand different skin tones, a thousand names, and a thousand costumes, she stands uniquely untamed in this canvas. This is no Madonna, subjected to patriarchal erasure, no demure, chaste cabbage. Our Lady is imbued with wild sensuality, diaphanous compassion, and revolutionary divinity. She is our lush, boundlessly expansive sanctuary of fearless truth-telling; the fiery daughter of primal white goddesses and Sophianic Mother of the brown mermaids.

Our Lady was chosen for the 2014 cover of Aurora Literary Magazine.

Alfred Eaker Yellow Resurrection. oil on canvas. © 2008 Alfred Eaker

“Yellow Resurrection” is a 30 x 48 oil on canvas from 2008 and an entirely different variation of previous Pieta-like themes. My BlueMahler character serves as a narrator, composing an exotic interpretation of the Easter theme.

Alfred Eaker %22Christ and the Woman at the well.%22 oil on canvas. © 2014 Alfred Eaker

“Christ and the Woman at the Well” is a 2014, 3 ft x 4 ft oil on canvas. It is painted in monochromatic hues. No water well is depicted. I forgo a narrative in favor of an emotional interaction. Although Christ is recognized as prophet, He learns from her. She teaches him her humanity and it is a vulnerable sharing.

Alfred Eaker Escape to a Mysterious Freedom. oil on canvas. © 2007 alfred eaker

“Escape To A Mysterious Freedom” is one of several paintings inspired by my time in New Mexico. It is a 2007 oil on canvas and depicts a lone, female rider. It is a surreal variation of Gauguin’s Riders On The Beach. The woman is on a tension-filled promenade and the freedom which awaits her is an unknown one. I had read St. John of the Cross’ “Dark Night Of The Soul’ shortly before painting this and that certainly factored in.

Alfred Eaker Prayer for a perilous descent. oil on canvas © 2007 alfred eaker

“Prayer For A Perilous Descent” is a 45 x 60, 2007 oil on canvas and companion piece to the previous painting. A family is depicted: A mother and father, shielding their children, through a perilous descent while Holy Mother prays for their safety.

Alfred EAKER Blue Fugue oil on canvas © 2007 alfred eaker

“Blue Fugue” is another 2007 companion to “Escape To A Mysterious Freedom”  and is 3 ft x 4 ft. St. John Of the Cross and Gauguin inform the painting’s theme and milieu. A lone, male figure rides into a terrain of infinite shadows.

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“Passion of Perpetua and Felicity” is a  30 x 40, 2008 oil on canvas, taken from a gnostic text of martyrdom. It is a literal, narrative interpretation, but one saturated with paradoxical emotions, including divine eroticism.

Alfred Eaker Married in the Faucet. oil on canvas. © 2007 alfred eaker

“Married In the Faucet” is a 3 ft x 4 ft 2007 canvas, named after a line from a poem by John M. Bennett (who acted in two of my films. He was Satan in “Jesus and her Gospel of Yes” and George H. Bush in “W.”) The BlueMahler character is depicted in an unconsummated marriage.

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“Finger Paint Viscosity” is a 3 ft x 4 ft, 2007 oil on canvas, named after  Cheryl Townsend poem (Cheryl played Jesus in my “Jesus and her Gospel of Yes” film). BlueMahler conducts the non-narrative narrative (as he did in the film). Cheryl herself is depicted. Her form echoes the eroticism inherent in her words. There is an Alexander Scriabin-like insect quality to her sexed-up figure.

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“Barenboim conducts Pierre Boulez in Chicago” is a 2004 , 3 ft x 4 ft oil on canvas.

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“A Diaphanous Rage” is a 3 ft x 4 ft, 2009 oil on canvas from the western series

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” A Laconic Descent” is a 2009 , 3 ft x 4 ft oil on canvas from the western series.

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“Before the Tragedy” is a 2008 oil on canvas from the western series.

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“BITTER PAUSE” is a 4 ft x 4 ft oil on canvas from 2009.

ALFRED EAKER JUSTIFIABLE ARMAGEDDON 2009

“Justifiable Armageddon” is a 4 ft x 4 ft oil on canvas, 2009.

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‘Spinal Speech” is a 3 ft x 4 ft oil on canvas, 2010.

* All paintings are for sale. For pricing, serious inquiries may contact us at: pinkfreudbluemahler@msn.com

** A portion of all sales will go to the Franciscan Hermitage.