Father Dan Donovan
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Father Dan Donovan discusses how the harmony between his
preaching, teaching and collecting reflects who he is. Works
display in his office include pieces by Tim Whiten, Dwelling
#5, Cynthia Short Hurley, Whirlpool, and John Brown,
Attempts to Imagine the Inside of My Body #8. Next,
we begin the collection tour with John McEwen's
sculpture of an
angel, Rock and Body, then examine Luis Mallo's
Reinhard Reitzenstein's, The Flowering Tree,
and John Clark's,
Untitled, (Red Tree and Figure).
running time: 07:15
From choosing single artworks to grouping and placing appropriate
pieces together, as it grows the "collection takes a certain identity,
then it makes demands". Father
Dan Donovan talks about creative
challenges, his hopes for the future of the collection, and the
he derives from engaging with art that, "makes a
statement about life and death and hope and suffering
and about beauty".
running time: 04:04
Father Dan Donovan continues the tour of, "Signs of the Spirit" by
taking us through the "coffee room". Artwork includes pieces
by Harold Klunder, Portrait Study, Ted Rettig, Contemplative
Figure, John Brown, A Delicate Family (Twelve Attempts
to Paint a Human Face) #4, John Hall, Untitled Still Life:
M1, and Leopold Plotek, Akedah (The Sacrifice of Isaac).
running time: 04:05
The tour continues in the "meeting room" where the first two
pieces purchased by Father Donovan in 1967 hang. They are
souvenirs of four years of study in Rome and northern Germany.
Both woodcuts, Job, and Habakkuk by Jakob Steinhardt
reflect the Holocaust.
In counterpoint to these, Father Donovan
has placed two pieces
about the Resurrection. A fine bronze
sculpture, The Door and
a mixed media piece on wood titled,
are both by Tony Urquhart.
running time: 03:07
The "waiting room" is really a small gallery area set aside off a
corridor housing a number of pieces which celebrate the theme
of "life overcoming death".
Here we find two sculptural works in carved limestone by Ted
Rettig, Untitled #1 and Cave of the Heart, an oil on canvas
by Leopold Plotek, Christ Lay in the Bonds of Death, Regan
Morris's, Page 8, Roland Poulin's etching, Source noire,
and Ron Shuebrook's sculpture, Object (Black).
running time: 04:39
At the heart of his collecting is a love for art and a feeling that
work, "speaks to me" and "affirms me". Sharing the collection
others is the ultimate charge though, bringing renewed energy
and a feeling that the process is all worthwhile.
running time: 02:07