The Tweed Museum of Art is proud to announce an exhibition of drawings that reveal an extraordinary mystical vision by devotional Texas artist, Hanson Ling. The artist introduces cross-cultural, worldly references in combination with biblical imagery to construct an allegorical work of extraordinary complexity and stark beauty. In Hansen Ling’s interpretation, a complex visual structure of numbers, patterns and forms represent key artifacts and events of the Book of Revelation, also known as the book of the Apocalypse, the last book of the New Testament written by St. John the Divine.
Revelation begins as a spiritual journey into the future while John the Apostle was imprisoned on the Island of Patmos. His experience was physical, spiritual and awe inspired, having believed he’d been shown into the throne room of heaven, and had received a supernatural unveiling of the Almighty’s end time plan. Thus Revelation is written in symbols; what was shown to John in his visions constitute the supernatural references throughout his account. Revelation means the unveiling of Divine mysteries.
Hanson Ling’s series of forty-eight drawings depict scenes and messages as recorded in the Book of Revelation (based on the King James Version of the Bible). Accompanying each drawing is an explanation and summary of the applicable biblical verses. The artist Hanson Ling started this series of drawings to integrate his formal knowledge of art with his own spiritual encounters, a merging of the artist’s background in the Bible, mathematics, psychology, art, and personal experience.
This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Free and open to the public, the Tweed Museum of Art is located in Ordean Court on the campus of the University of Minnesota Duluth.
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