Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
All of this got me thinking. What effect did Rodin hope to cultivate by placing his work on the level of its viewers? What is the effect of raising a statue above the people? We must also know that the sculpture is marking defeat during the Hundred Years War and not victory…itself an odd thing to commemorate.
As I read these curious lines I started thinking about the incarnation and the many
Can we see in Rodin’s struggle to implant a memorial among the townspeople of
So too with the
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Returning to this series of photos, the windows and the doors are subtly suggestive of an openness to these realities. And yet, the astute observer will no doubt have noticed that in many of the shots the thresholds have been covered over or filled in with brick or wood. They become a rupture in the pattern of building.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
One of the things I love about this series is that it is an honest look at our surroundings. I make no attempt to hide the blemishes of the building...rust, paint chips, cracks, broken glass, mismatched siding and other things which tend to bring alternative movements into the architectural flow of the building.
I encourage you to take time to view the images but pay attention to the vertical and horizontal structures and color fields. Perhaps even take the time to scour the image for the variety of shapes and their direction.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
This semester I am pursuing an independent study in photography on the idea of the threshold. Essentially this means that I am shooting a lot of pictures of doors and windows.
Philosophically the idea of threshold is an interesting one intimately related to place, ritual and o/Otherness. These are my driving ideas behind this series. (I also find it fitting that this class is in essence the threshold to this new pursuit of a MFA).
Visually I am learning to articulate what I am seeing through the lens. I am finding that my attempts are to reduce or abstract elements from the larger architectural whole into austere geometry, line, rhythm, and color fields. I find ruptures in pattern especially interesting.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
“Bellah also comments on the American phenomenon of revivalism saying, “the emphasis on personal experience would eventually override all efforts at church discipline. Already in the eighteenth century, it was possible for individuals to find the form of religion that best suited their inclination. By the nineteenth century, religious bodies had to compete in a consumers’ market and grew or declined in terms of changing patterns of individual religious tastes” (233).
It is the last sentence I want to consider today. If you are a frequent visitor you may know that Karina and I have recently relocated to Grand Forks North Dakota. We are in the process of searching for a new church. Bellah’s statement though has troubled me for a while. How does one search for a new church without the consumer mentality of “church shopping.” What factors should we consider? Do our hopes for what we want in a church constitute us as consumers? When I have recently shopped for a new vehicle I want something that has good gas mileage, safety, roof rack for our bikes. And we have a “want list” for our church too…people in our age range, medium to high liturgy, and small groups top our list.
Is my want list any different than anyone else with say a preference for “good worship music and band”? Are aesthetics ok to consider?
Should the question be considered in relation to the purpose of the church and what ones role is within it?