Saturday, April 11, 2009

art show - knoxville event photography

shawn and i were able to go to a friend's art show last night, which was interesting to say the least. of course when you have a diverse group of artists contributing, it can become quite eclectic.

what i love about my friend, sara's art is the thought and prayer she really puts into the preparation and creation of what she is making. if you know sara or ever have the chance to meet her, i highly encourage you to talk to her about her work...

she has two pieces displayed at the show. her first, sheep, is a reflection of a dream sara once had. i won't ruin her story, but i will ask you this... who do you consider to be your truly great, meaningful, and close friends?.. what would you do and not do for them?.. do you hurt for them when they are hurting?.. would you take care of them if something happened to them?.. do you reach out to them when they fall off the path?.. would you go look for them if they were lost?..

sara's 2nd piece is bridal portraits. what i think is so meaningful about this is that no matter what you believe you'll probably agree with sara's purpose. i'll quote sara in a note she posted on facebook...
i am really broken-hearted about how we defile Jesus' name everyday. i am so sad how the church (the body, the bride) as a whole miscommunicates the message of the gospel right now. and i have to stop right now and say, this is not a church-bashing message...i am sick and tired of those. this is my frustration with those of us who chose our own version of the gospel instead of the one that is written right there in the Book. i am one of the lucky ones who attends an amazing church, but i realize alot of people havent been that fortunate. some of my best friends have been beaten and kicked in the pants by claiming members of the body - Leaders actually - who just need to save their face. some friends, non-believers, have been completely confused and dont know what-the-crap Christianity is about, except that they want no part of it...all b/c we believers live life like we've never opened a Bible before. we live lives that cant be picked out in a crowd of non-believers. and there is a reason why i use the word "we".

so my art is about the beautiful, pure, holy message we think we are sending to these people who are parrishing IN CONTRAST with the twisted message that we are actually sending. with that said, i imagined myself and other fellow Christians looking at the images created and thinking..."man this is so true - if only those "bad" Christians would clean up their act then we could make more embarrassing that those other people make us good ones look like fools." then i realized we cant think of it like that. it doesn't work like that. we are all one body. that is what they mean by "the body"...made up of arms and legs and a head and feet, etc. operating as one unit. that means if one goes down, we all go down. it is ABSOLUTELY imperative that we approach each other with the dreaded task of pointing out things that do not match up with the Word. if not, go find another religion b/c that's what Jesus did. go be a Buddhist. seriously. this is so huge and so important. it is not up to us to criticize and separate ourselves from the "bad ones". i found myself thinking this earlier today, that i hope i stand out among Christians, before realizing i need to desire to be unified to a truthful body. a beautiful, stunning Bride dressed in glowing white with sparkling jewels and shiny hair. but it is up to us to care enough to work as a body. we are not individuals.
i just can't say much more than that. sara pretty much sums up her own work here.

so i must ask you this... what is your way of creative expression? obviously i find mine in my photography and sometimes a deep conversation with a friend... but i think everyone should find some way to express the things you think about and find important... even if it's simply a blog!

the art show is going on now thru next friday... here is the info should you want to visit:

Jerry's Artarama Staff Show
"Last Name & Zip Code"
A-1 Lab Arts Gallery
201 Randolph Street
Knoxville, TN
closing reception: friday april 17th, 7-10pm

thanks sara!!!... for being the artist you are!

1 comment:

Ryan said...

hey...this is sara incase that doesnt show up. i just had to say thank you so much for supporting me and being there shooting everything. i felt so honored when i read this and the photos make me look like a real artist. ha! i would love to see more if you get a chance...