Artist Al Farrow’s latest show “Reliquaries” at the Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco opened recently to large groups of patrons and fans.  Farrow renders religious sanctuaries (such as churches, mosques and synagogues) out of munitions (gun parts, bullets, casings, steel,etc.).

Each sculpture is an amazing piece of miniature architecture, perfectly replicated and exquisitely detailed. Emotionally compelling to behold, the work explores the juxtaposition between organized religion and violence.

Al Farrow’s work is literally on the museum level, and it has been displayed within the walls of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the De Young Museum; and the private collection of the State of Israel.

His largest piece in the show “Bombed Mosque” depicts a war ravaged mosque – an icon of modern warfare. “Through deceptively meticulous demolition, the artist exposes a deep chasm in the dome covered in scorch marks and riddled with shrapnel – one can only assume the structure has been bombed. The monumental sculpture, which took more than a year to create, is made with over 50,000 bullets and shell casings and weighs 780 lbs.”

It is rare to see such meaningful work on display in a gallery setting, and refreshing to see work that is literally art history in the making. There is no doubt that “Reliquaries” is by far one of our most favorite shows this year.

This exhibition is on display until May 28th at The Catharine Clark Gallery, 150 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA 94105.

Lyrica Glory For

Photos by Michael Cuffe for Warholian