Abdi Farah, A Supplementary Biography
POST BY PADDY JOHNSON
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.
Abdi Farah, Intruder Alert, 2008, 84 x 132 inches, Oil on canvas
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.
Son of God.
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.