Friday, April 28, 2006

A face in the crowd...

3rd row down, 5th from the left (next to the hand)

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Human Pixel #10

Human Pixel #9

Human Pixel #8

Human Pixel #7

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Human Pixel #6

Human Pixel #5

Human Pixel #4

Human Pixel #3

Human Pixel #2

Human Pixel #1

Monday, April 10, 2006

Do Artists Speak In Tongues?

One of our challenges in creating art is to make something that speaks to the viewer in a tangible way. It's one thing to make a pretty picture, and it's another to move the viewer into understanding, empathy, or action.

Artist's are often asked, "So what does it mean?" This is a great jumping off point for dialogue, but what about when the artist isn't there to interpret? Is the piece so cryptic that it might as well be speaking to an empty room?

I've been considering the idea of emotive vs. prophetic art after reading 1 Corinthians 14. The apostle Paul encourages the reader to put more value in prophecy than speaking in tongues. "For prophecy is a greater and more useful gift than speaking in tongues, unless someone interprets what you are saying so that the whole church can get some good out of it." Immediately before this passage, Paul writes his famous love chapter, saying that if you have any spiritual gifts, but don't have love, you're just fooling yourself.

I'm more interested in finding a way for art to be used to love my neighbor than being a prophet. In a culture that breeds disconnection, does our art bridge the expanse and start dialogues about relationships and eternity?

Is what we're making serving to sharpen my fellow believers? Or is the piece so coded that it is meaningless babble?

I believe this idea of cut and dry prophetic art can be carried too far. We can swing too far on one side of the pendulum, and shut ourselves off from the Spirit, not allowing Him to move mysteriously.

Speaking in tongues can be a confusing, divisive issue for believers, but there is a place for it according to Paul. I believe that God reaches some people through the strange and bizarre. Head knowledge and logic don't always trickle down to the heart.

Can you think of any pieces you've made that fall into either category--prophetic and overbearing or unsatisfying and obtuse?

When Artists Say We

Here's an article I ran across in the NY Times about collaborative work, When Artists Say We".

My question is, can we move on past the self-referential themes? Nobody outside of the art world they?

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Human Pixel update

Work by Saint Anonymous Collective will be on view along with hundreds of other artists participating in the Human Pixel Project on April 14th at the Three Columns Gallery at Harvard University.