Koine just released their single, "Sacrifice With Shouts of Joy (A Meditative On Psalm 27)" and my artwork accompanies this song! Get it on iTunes. This is their awesome new song developed especially for the 2014 WELS Youth Rally. (Check out their lyric video below)
For those who want to explore...here's a special treat! I'm re-posting a link to a prezi presentation that uses the same artwork. Fly through the artwork to discover Biblical foundations for artists, some current WELS/ELS artists, and a review of my body of work. The making of the artwork for "Sacrifice with Shouts of Joy" is included!
Click here to explore!
Be patient as the flythrough loads...You can navigate the whole step by step presentation with the arrows. Or if you like, click and drag in the window to wander and zoom around the canvas. If you get lost you can always resume the order by clicking an arrow.
Our family recently toured the boyhood home of Charles Lindbergh. As usual, there was so much more to a man's life than that one famous moment. It was a pleasant surprise to see a bronze study by my former teacher, Paul Granlund, in the collection.
My weekend is booked. I'll be at St. John in Northeast Minneapolis participating in the "Art-A-Whirl festivities. I'll have original Christian artwork for sale and perform some sand animation with Joey Shumann of the Lutheran Ceili Orchestra.
Presented by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), Art-A-Whirl is the largest open studio tour in the country. It’s a great opportunity to tour private artist studios and galleries, connect with the artists, and purchase original artwork.
2014 Dates and Hours:
Where is St. John's?
|St. John's is dedicated to hosting Christian Artists for Art-A-Whirl!|
I'm excited to perform with the multi-talented Joey Shumann at St. John's this weekend. Learn more about Joey and the Lutheran Ceili Orchestra at www.joeyschumann.com. An excerpt:
The Lutheran Ceili Orchestra is a group of accomplished Celtic Christian musicians from Wisconsin that have travelled the country playing their unique blend of hymns and traditional Irish music. Their "Celtic Service" series combines the verses, prayers, and legends of the ancient Celtic Christians with traditional music and hymns from Ireland and the British Isles played on authentic instruments including the Uilleann bagpipes, tinwhistle, fiddle, harp, bodhran, and more. The group is led by Joey Schumann, who is an annual featured Celtic musician at Carnegie Hall in New York City and has recorded and toured with American composer Tim Janis.
A bit about Joey:
"Joseph (Joey) grew up in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and is excited to return to the area. His family has roots in Appleton and grandmother had a long and happy nursing career at one of the Appleton hospitals where he will be doing some of his residency training. The idea of “family” is very important to him, which is one of the many reasons he chose the field of “family” medicine. He began college with an interest in becoming a children’s book illustrator and was awarded various art scholarships. Along the way he was surprised by how much he loved science courses and switched to medicine. He graduated from Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina having achieved honors in science, fine art and athletics and was also the starting fullback on a Division 2 football team. Joey’s illustrations have appeared in an orthopedics textbook, as well as public exhibitions. He plays a number of ethnic instruments including the Irish bagpipes, tin whistle, and duduk; has toured with American composer Tim Janis; has been a featured performer twice at Carnegie Hall in New York City; and has recorded on various albums, including a project by Janis which was dedicated to people suffering with ALS. He attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee where he was recognized by his class for being a standout in ethics. In the future, he hopes to have a sports medicine focused practice in Wisconsin. Joey is an avid backpacker, values a well-rounded life and spending time with his wife and son."
This is kiln predates automatic digital readouts and even gravity-based kiln-sitters. It does have the awesome dial readout connected to a "thermocouple" temperature probe. That all means that I need to turn up the heat according to "best practices" and get a feel for the pace of firing. I was never a super ceramic nerd so this will take some experience. I've been looking up "ramping" schedules to get an idea of the speed recommended between temperatures.
I heard a frightening POP at around 1300 degrees. I was sure a piece blew up, but when everything was fine. It was surprising how little heat emanated from the kiln. At temperatures approaching 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, the kiln seemed to be insulating well. Looking in the peephole, I noticed one of the coils doesn't seem to be working. I do have an extra set, so I should be able to fix that.
I think I love this kiln. It's got the sturdy charm of a classic pickup, refreshingly low-tech, and just the right internal space to fire 1/4 scale terra cotta figures or life-sized busts.
The picture on the left came in the mail for me. Written on the back, in my sister's handwriting, "To Jason From Jacksen". Jacksen is my 4-year old nephew. I was pretty sure I was looking at Spiderman. The picture on the right is going in the mail for him. Could be the start of something...
What if the same artwork showed one image to those entering the church and a different image to those leaving? I'm considering a lenticular image for New Life Evangelical Lutheran in Shoreview, MN. A lenticular image intersperses several images in vertical strips and aims them in corresponding directions. Each image only works from a particular vantage point.
Sample of lenticular art
Forward in Christ ran a nice story about theclapr.com and my St. Mark's triptych project. Check out the November 2013 digital edition. Also take a gander over at theclapr.com for info on liturgical art and some artists who can make it for you!