Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Felix Culpa: More Images of Bien's "Colorful Satan"

The Filipino artist Bienvenido Bones Banez, Jr. has sent me more photos of his lost "Colorful Satan" masterwork offering more images of a Satan who adds color to the world, Bien's variant on a felix culpa soteriology. Here they are, starting with the entire installation:

I'm not sure what the body lying flat on its back signifies . . . perhaps fallen mankind? Or fallen woe-mankind? I don't know (though I speculate more below). Anyway, here's a focus upon the Colorful Satan alone:

Here, in a darker version of much the same focus, Satan appears to be feeling a little blue:

Or, given this detail of the head (note the obvious grimace), very blue:

And now a detail of the groin (an unpleasant-looking nether region of a nether-regional):

Hmmm . . . as I peer ever closer, Satan appears to be of ambiguous gender. Be that as it may, Bien titled this now-lost installation "666 Man's Heroes," and I notice the plural, "Heroes," so both Satan and the body beside him are being described, apparently. I've suggested above that the body might symbolize fallen mankind, but I've also, tongue-in-cheek, suggested woe-mankind, as the body itself appears feminine, given those large breasts, so perhaps we're intended to think of Eve, who would seem to be in Hell, for fiery, wiry flames writhe upward around her fallen body, also around Satan. But Eve is traditionally considered saved, so the female figure is possibly the Book of Revelation's Whore of Babylon, an eschatological image in Christianity.

Perhaps some bold reader could investigate at Bien's website and clarify this point . . .

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At 5:35 AM, Blogger ilTassista Marino said...

the female figure is possibly the Book of Revelation's Whore of Babylon

. . . or, maybe, Woman/Generation, biological Life subjected to Death as the condition of fallen humanity, as 'those who studied Gnosticism' may teach us ;-)

At 5:44 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Good suggestion, Dario . . .

Jeffery Hodges

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At 8:53 AM, Anonymous Bienvenido Bones Banez, Jr. said...

My Hermeneutical/Surrealist proclamation that Satan's gives color to the World!!! And my Masterpiece: Our 666 Man's Heroes {Sitting Figure:Colorful Satan), on that floor: Lifeless Bloody- Mother of the Harlot-as a Babylon the Great {in High Relief), and the Left side the body lying flat signify the world religions fallen woe-mankind!= ''666 Pyramid Inverted Harlot''-{Bass Relief & others Installation)

Sculpture: Medium-Cement,Acrylic,Enamel,Colored Beads, Silk,Latex Color,Collages, Chicken-Wire & Glue
that was Dated:1995

Its all about 666 Art World Prophecy!


Thanks Jeffery and dhr

At 8:59 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Thanks, Bien, for the explanation.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 9:49 AM, Anonymous bienvenido bones banez, jr. said...

That's the reason we have seen in recent history the potential for such a turning against Babylonish religion-hypocrisy involved in worldly political system, and the world official government opposition has tremendously reduced the influence of false religion in lands such as the Soviet Union and China. Some religious like Protestant sectors of Europe, widespread apathy and doubt have emptied the churches, so the religion is practically dead! Therefore its a prophecy in the ''DEVASTATING THE HARLOT'' According to REVELATION 17:15,16 : ''And he say to me: The waters that you saw, where the harlot is sitting, mean peoples and crowds and nations and tongues. And the ten horns that you saw, and the wild beast, these will hate the harlot and will make her devastated and naked, and will eat up her fleshy parts and completely burn her with fire.-''-Revelation17:15,16

That's what I believed!


At 10:46 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Sounds quite horrific, but it clarifies (somewhat) the meaning of the female figure in your masterpiece.

Jeffery Hodges

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