mixed media

Koine Album cover

Koine asked me to develop a visual for their album of Martin Luther hymns.  The title, "Cross, Heart, Rose, Sky, Ring" refers to the parts of Martin Luther's Seal.  Benj Lawrenz explained that the band wanted to deal with Luther as a fellow artist.  The album cover alludes to a materiality and an unresolved concept.  It presents the parts of the seal before they had converged in his mind.  Luther may not have always been so sure of himself.  I can relate to ideas part-formed.  While our salvation is sure and finished, the direction of our temporal lives remains mysterious.

There was something meta happening during the making of this piece.  Benj said he wanted to get at the idea of Luther trying hard to get something right.  He wanted a very tactile quality to the artwork.  As I searched for a solution I found myself engaged in exactly that kind of "trying hard to get something right."

MVL Simeon process

This post should have happened months ago.  However it makes a nice companion to the MVL Easter installation. More on that at this link. Process photos and interpretation from the 2014 MVL Christmas installation.

 

About the artwork:

 

Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him.  It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.  Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required,  Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:  

“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace.  For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”       -Luke 2:25-32 NIV

 

Simeon’s joyous encounter with Jesus can teach us about our own relationship.  The event highlighted that God’s ancient promises have been fulfilled. By faith we can also see God’s salvation of all nations.  The Gospel message has been revealed to us by grace and we too can look ahead in peace.  As we prepare our hearts for the celebration of Jesus’ birth, may Simeon’s Spirit-filled song help us consider our tremendous blessings.

 

Students in the MVL Art Factory have been working diligently for most of the semester to produce the “Song of Simeon” image hanging behind the choirs. Along the way students painted the masonite panels with light paint, added masking tape precisely, rolled dark paint over the tape, and peeled tape off.  Their time and efforts are a grateful gift to the MVL family and to the glory of God.  Merry Christmas!

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MVL Agnus Dei Process

  A few process photos from MVL's Agnus Dei installation.  I'll also copy the interpretation from the program:

“Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” -John 1:29

A little lamb is shown from a low vantage point.  The cute little creature refers to Jesus, “the Lamb of God” as well as the old testament sacrifices that prefigured Him for centuries.  The low “camera angle” used in this image and the stable posture gives the young figure a heroic feel.  Thus we see Jesus’ vulnerability and dominance in one image.

 

The lamb overlays a field of colors.  This field of color is dominated by blood red signifying the grave price of sin.  However, the red gives way to hints of blue, purple and white.  After death, there is resurrection.  After the cross comes glory.  Jesus’ majesty and purity exist simultaneously with his suffering.  He is glorious in His humility.  Jesus is both victim and victor, lowly and glorious, punished for all and judge of all.

 

Students in the MVL Art Club have prepared the artwork hanging behind the choirs.  It is made with latex paint, plexiglass, and dyed fabric.  It is adapted from artwork originally developed for the 2014 WELS Worship Conference.    Poster and program cover layout by Jason Jaspersen.  “Agnus Dei” images used for mailings, online promotion, programs, posters, and installation artwork copyright Jason Jaspersen 2014 jjjaspersen.com.

 

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