Archive for the ‘Art’ Category
Fantastic! – Ira Glass (This American Life) on the secret of success in creative work (video)
LOVE! New York Times slideshow of Gerhard Richter’s art on display at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin.
Random, but interesting… – Photos of Congolese wrestlers.
I’m a nerd, but I like this. The Best Picture Nominees….as Infographics.
Love this. Jay-Z, Ed Ruscha and Thom Yorke to Design Water Tanks in New York.
Looks pretty good! Trailer for Donald Miller’s new film, Blue Like Jazz.
Michael Hyatt had a great post this week, How To Change Organizational Culture.
Needed: New York Times on How To Wear A Tux.
That’s a vague title for this post, I know. The truth is, art matters for more reasons than I could ever attempt to capture in a single post. So let me start with just one.
One of the reason art matters is because of its ability to take us places. Or to
invite us – no disrupt us (often regardless of whether we want to be or not) into places and spaces that the majority of us would probably never otherwise explore. Think about street artists like Banksy, Princess Hijab, or Shepard Fairey. Or even pieces like Picasso’s Guernica - which opened the world’s eyes to the devastation of the Spanish Civil War in the 1930’s.
Art lands us smack dab in the middle of paradox. It angers us. Soothes us. Frustrates us. Calms us. Infuriates us. Inspires us. Pisses us off. Sometimes all of that at once.
And yet, it’s in the middle of those artful paradoxes that we are often given the most beautiful gift imaginable – the gift of fresh lenses…unique perspectives….new narratives that tell stories in ways that impact how we perceive….and ultimately engage the world around us.
Why does art matter to you?
Here’s a few projects from some friends. Definitely worth throwing on your radar if you haven’t already.
A NEW LITURGY - My friend Aaron Niequist’s latest project. These are 25 minute journeys of music, prayer, scripture, and space. His plan is to release a new one each quarter. Aaron debuted the first one (God is Love) at The Orchard this past summer. Our community loved it!
IR-REV-REND – Greg Surratt just released his new book: Ir-rev-rend: Christianity without the pretense, faith without the facade. Greg has a lot of great stuff to say. He’s honest and full of wisdom. I love this guy. Buy it here.
UNTITLED – WAY overdue mention… It’s Blaine Hogan’s summer release, UNTITLED: Thoughts On The Creative Process. Blaine Hogan is full of great art and ideas. He’s the Creative Director at Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington. He’s a great writer who always inspires me. Check out his blog too.