Abdi Farah, A Supplementary Biography

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Abdi Farah, Image via: Poptower.

ART WORLD CRED

 

I’m worried about Abdi Farah. His mildly amusing paintings seem like just the kind of mediocre fare that’s likely to win out in a competition like Bravo’s. In reality however, he’ll have trouble in the art world. For one thing, the scene is widely known to be staunchly agnostic,  a hurdle too large to clear for most artists making art about their belief in God.

Farah is 2009 graduate from University of Pennsylvania Farah and was a featured on this blog when he attended the casting call this fall.

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Abdi Farah, Intruder Alert, 2008, 84 x 132 inches, Oil on canvas

CHARACTER ASSESSMENT

On his website Farah writes of his art, “I hope to be seen, first, as a son of God, and everything else, including being an artist, is marginal. Art is however a beautiful gift that I have been given to share with the world.” These are not the tenets of the contemporary art world, a profession that asks artists to place their work before anything else. That said, Bravo isn’t recreating that world.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Son of God.

TYPECAST
The Christian

Surviving Death (Carl G. Hempel Lecture) is a rigorous philosophical account of how to survive death without supernatural explanations or God(s) of any kind? The only books really worth publishing are those that exude an air of impossibility.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/vanessa.knutsen Vanessa Lee Knutsen

    Quote from above…”… “In reality however, he’ll have trouble in the art world. For one thing, the scene is widely known to be staunchly agnostic, a hurdle too large to clear for most artists making art about their belief in God.,,”
    Interesting…Reading this in Summer 2012…I also looked up the first definition of “agnostic”
      
    “,,,somebody denying God’s existence is provable: somebody who believes that it is impossible to know whether or not God exists”    Hmmm…Maybe Abdi’s art (and the great response from many people) makes him an inner city Michelangelo…who might help a truly agnostic person…question closely…his/her unbelief.