Paul Fryer is an artist based in London. He is best known for these creepy installations, but not as much as this Lucifer sculpture which makes part of the Morning Star installation.
His works unsettle the cultural imagination by coupling mortality with religious imagery, depicting human figures on the verge of destruction and death.
The sculpture of Lucifer, thrashing amidst a net of telegraph cords that suspend him above the altar steps of the Holy Trinity Church, Marylebone. This piece was part of a solo exhibition called Let There Be More Light.
The dramatic lighting casts Lucifer in dramatic shadows, and his tarnished, corpse-like skin gleams with antiquity and the torture of life-within-death. This work signifies the fallible human and the chaos and terror of one’s own making. The venue—with its stained glass windows and domed ceiling—provides the perfect space for this dramatic, allegorical scene to unfold.
The piece, titled “Lucifer (Morningstar)” is a wax sculpture depicting the devil snared in a set of power lines. The statue is equal parts grotesque and beautiful, showing Lucifer as an oily, black creature with immense white wings (created from real feathers). Even creepier is the fact that it’s lit via the church’s stained glass windows, an ironic juxtaposition that won’t be lost on many.
Feyer hasn’t come out and said exactly what kind of statement he was trying to make at the Holy Trinity Church, but he certainly wasn’t the first. Earlier in 2008, the building hosted an art display that featured a crucified ape as the centerpiece.