Category Art

Christian Artists?

Change “Christian artists” in the tweet below for “American Evangelical artists since 1970” and he might be right. Most “secular” artists have a better grasp on why we make art than many Christian artists. Christians get hung up on trying to use art in some utilitarian way to preach. Plenty of seculars preach, but most […]

Godless Utopia

A new book titled Godless Utopia describes Soviet anti-religious propaganda, some of which The Guardian shares. The theme of religious belief being an obstacle to progress is a common one. Below, a boy entranced by the vision of the future struggles to get away from his grandmother as she drags him to a shadowy church. […]

This must be some kind of metaphor

When Richard Meier built the "Millennium Church" in Rome it was hailed as a perfect church, brilliant white and geometric, the architectural press ate it up and heaped praise on it. Today it's a drab, waterstained mess that is a blight on an already unattractive suburb.1/ — Erik Bootsma (@ErikBootsma) October 15, 2019 I […]

So I Used to Draw, Part 3: Swords and Sorcery!

I am reviewing an old sketchbook of mine that I found at my mom’s house. It dates from before my senior year of high school through my freshman year of college. At that time had been thinking about writing a sword-and-sorcery fantasy novel. I enjoyed fantasy novels from about 5th to 9th grades. By the […]

So, I Used to Draw, Part 2: Greco-Roman edition

Still going through an old sketchbook of mine which I found at my mother’s house, dating roughly my from senior year of high school through my freshman year of college. I seemed to have had a taste for Greco-Roman art. Apparently I disliked this Athena, given the red lines cutting off her head. Notice the […]

So I used to draw…

Visiting my mother this weekend I found an old sketchbook of mine in the back of a closet. Most of the pieces are from summer of ’96 to some time in ’98, corresponding to my senior year of high school and freshman year of college. The drawings are not bad. Much better than I could […]

Seen on the Internet

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I need literary advice

A commenter reminded me of a short story I posted here in 2014 and which was first written in 2010 or so. I remember posting it with some embarrassment since I felt that it was a) sentimental and b) somewhat sprawling. It is basically a nostalgia piece based on my own recollections of Irish funerals […]

The Customer is Always Wrong: a pop culture triptych

After early success with The Force Awakens Disney is now risking losing money on its newly acquired Star Wars franchise. Fans say they don’t like how Disney killed off the old characters and complain that the new characters are either boring or outright irritating. Disney reacts by saying the fans just don’t like ethnically diverse […]

Is all art political?

  Some people don’t like politics in their entertainment, and some entertainers answer that all art is political, so suck it up and buy our politicized art. Well, are they right? Is all art political? I don’t know. One could argue that all art takes place in a social context and all social contexts have […]