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January 20


Erie Art Museum exhibit: Gary Spinosa - Divine Instinct

Gary Spinosa: Divine Instinct - McCain Family Gallery- January 20, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Gary Spinosa’s sculptures, drawings, and shrines invite contemplation of the universal human search to understand and connect to the power and beauty of the divine. The vaulted, intimate space of the McCain Gallery tends to inspire explorations of mystery, spirituality, and multi-sensory experience. Spinosa’s sculptures and installations will transform the gallery into a space for meditation and wonder, and a place to contemplate the divine. Spinosa absorbs inspiration from the broad history of sacred art: fertility figures, icons, altars, paintings, sculptures, and roadside shrines. Spinosa believes there is an “innate communicating power contained and emitted through the object itself [that] …reflects man’s sacred capacity to merge spirit into matter and make seemingly intangible tangible.”

Spinosa’s sculptures hearken back to the figures and fetishes of pre-historic peoples, yet they are of our moment. The smooth porcelain fits the hand like a polished stone. Neither, and yet both, human and animal, with eyes like medieval saints, dolphins, and cowrie shells, they quietly unfurl, emerge, and transform. Spinosa constructs shrines that evoke elaborate Catholic reliquaries to surround the porcelain “stones” as well as his collections of meaningful objects. His works invite contemplation of the universal human search to understand and connect to the power and beauty of the divine.


The Erie Art Museum and gift shop is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. The Frame Shop is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional visitor information, visit online at or call 814-459-5477.

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