Thursday, July 8, 2010

Thursday, July 8, 2010: 6 Days and Counting. Ah!

The Savior, Andrei Rublev

The Yellow Christ, Paul Gauguin

Jesus Washing Peter's Feet, Ford Madox Brown

Tonight was our last Stripped study of the series and it was Uncovering the Person: Jesus. The topic had a lot of questions with images of Jesus Christ depicted by different painters by Andrei Rublev (The Savior), Ford Madox Brown (Jesus Washing Peter's Feet), Michael Sittow (Madonna and Child), Paul Gauguin (The Yellow Christ), Francesco Boneri (Christ Driving Moneylenders out of the Temple) and Rembrandt van Rijn (Head of Christ). We asked several questions what words we use to describe the images as well as questions about how important it is to portray someone accurately. Our group was the four of us on project but other tables had those who are not on project like the Christian women who is a writer came back for the last session of Stripped. When my group was done Daniel group was still talking to the lady and I believe it was an indepth conversing conversation.

Theologyand Art: Art as Communicant Notes

Part 2

Synthesis in Space:

How and what does the art and architecture of worship space communicate?

What did you notice about the places of worship you visited?

What did the architecture and art focus your attention on? How?

What did it communicate about God?

What did it communicate about the worshipper’s relationship to God?

How does your home church compare? What’s being communicated?

Quotes from Students

St. John Divine was big space imposing upon us from the outside but more so from the inside with high ceiling and cross arches. The comparison of the church compare to your smallest make you think how big God is. Jonathan

The place makes you feel like a kid where you can play and have room to roam. Joseph

I was in awe of God because I could not see the other end of the building. There were so many intricate details. Huge space where you cannot phantom how long it will take to walk through it. Sarah A

Jewish temple was quiet and able to contemplate and got a since of my smallest compare to God. Catholic makes me call out my other senses of smell and laying flowers. Sarah E

Synagogue of the Arts

The architecture looks like a bowl, which bulge into the space. Inviting architecture yet signs where you cannot go in. Emily D

The ceiling is high and a lot of sculptural statues inside with stain glass. Churches like that feel intimidating. Piper

Causal temporarily space set modern and decorate the building for reason of comfortable family environment. Elisabeth’s home church

Trinity church is like my church casual and that it is carpeted with the worship band. At trinity church God I this higher power, which watches you. Lauren K

Think of one of the people you’ve meet in the City. What, if any, experience have they had with places of worship?

Imagine them coming to faith and beginning to come to your home church, what might be points of connection or disconnection for them? How would they feel in the space? Why? What theological shifts in their thinking and experience would be “forced” by the new space and its architecture and art?

Everyone has an opinion. Many try to ground them theologically (morally).

Ruskin (Victorian) Catholic 20th century theologian

Pugin (Victorian) Protestant 20th century theologian


Theology shapes space.

Primacy of Word vs. Scarament

St. Salvadors

Theology shapes space:

Protestant church shapes their churches around the reading of the word so the space change into the center of the stage.

Catholic churches where the reading of the word is not as important put toward the side.

If worship band important than instrument would be in front.

“Architecture is the art which so disposes and adorns the edifices raised by man, for whatsoever uses, that the sight of them may contribute to his mental health, power, and pleasure.” Ruskin

7 Lamps of Sacrifice, Truth, Power, Beauty, Life, Memory, Obedience

“…the tendency o the Gothic to the expreion of vegetative life is to be admired. The sentence of Genesis, “I have given thee every green herb for meat,” like all the rest o the book, has a profound symbolical as well as a literal meaning. It is not merely the nourishment of the body, but the food of the soul, that is intended. The green herb is, of all nature, that which is most essential to the healthy spiritual life of man. Most of us do not need fine scenery…mountain peak not intended to be seen by all…” Ruskin

On painting on glass: “It denies, and endeavors as far as possible to conceal, the transparency, which is not only its great virtue in a merely utilitarian point of view, but its great spiritual character”

A. W. Pugin: The True Principles of Pointed or Christian Architecture

“The two great rules for design are these: 1t, that there should be no features about a building which are not necessary for convenience, construction, or propriety; 2nd, that all ornament should consists of enrichment of essential construction of the building.”

Paul Tillich: On Art and Architecture

“The request that new buildings be stylistically contemporary is rooted in the nature of creativity and in the ethical principle of honesty. A creative act is normally born out of a cognitive and emotional participation in may or few creations with the past. But when creative power of the artist or architect goes to work, it breaks through to the new, expressing the creator and through him his period…If on the other hand, the architect is asked to imitate the style of a period which is not his own, his creativity…”

“..there are two fundamental elements that distinguish a Protestant Church service:

  1. The predominance of the Word over the sacrament
  2. The predominance of the congregation over the liturgical leader…

A plan adequate the Protestant purpose would be … a central one in which the members of the congregation look at each other, and in which the minister is among the congregation…

On art and images in churches:

“Murals would be far more appropriate to a Protestant ideology than individual canvases. They are elements of architecture rather than objects of veneration… In the same way, single pieces of sculpture would probably have no place in the church, but a sculptural organization of wall or door might be highly desirable.”

Issues with the use of clear glass:

“one recent designs have used clear glss in a new way…”

t. Salvadors: Dundee, Scotland

Nave looking toward entrance

Nave looking toward altar
Rood screen – elaborate reds, gold, greens

Reredos behind altar- images of Jesus, Mary, Disciples made up of golds, reds, greens

Reredos detail

Chancel area near altar

“Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. Mae this tabernacle and all its furnishing exactly like the pattern I will show you.” Exodus 25:9

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own,” 1 Corinthians 6:19.

“I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.” Revelation 21:22 NIV

Updates on Group Collaborative
Anthony's Group (Intimacy)
Anthony's group received their Home Depot 8' x 2' wood panels and started making a wall frame structure attaching the old door they found at the "JUNK" a store in Brooklyn and started painting their structure white. The original idea for their project had been reduce and simplify greatly to make it manageable and doable for project deadlines.

Amy's Group (Sacrifice)
Blocked the windows completely with black paint as well received Home Depot supplies of 7 bags of sand which is too much for their project so I won't be surprise if they return some of them. They are not sure if they will even use the sand unless they can get wood from Caleb group which is using plywood to build something.

Brian's Group (Betrayal)
Our group was going to attach the fluorescent fixture to the boxes but found out we bought the wrong type of lights instead we bought ones that need to be connect with the jump box which connect to live wires. This was a problem because we can not connect it to the jump box attached to the already existing gallery lights. We need to get plug able fixtures so we head back to Home Depot to return the items. There the return lady recognized us and as we leave check off our receipt. We exchange the lights for 18" fluorescent lights with plugs and attached the screws to our 3 light table afterwards we decide to break to work on our individual images as Sunny went to shoot her friend for her image of "betrayal". Please pray that I will be able to finish my layers of imagery of "betrayal" on time before the showing and deadline for group project progress is this Sunday and completion of project should be by Wednesday.
My D-group went to Baoguette for Vietnamese Subs which are great. I had the spicy curry beef to go to get back for Theology and Arts. But before we ate we sat at a cafe on Lexington and 24th Street, there we discuss the growth model design by the book Changes that Heal. The equation we went over is (Grace + Truth)/Time = Growth.

In the model it explain how we as Christian should walk daily with the Truth of God's word so we can grow in our character over time with mistakes in the process. We covered the 4 important categories of growth discussed in the model:
Bonding (Matt. 22:37-39)
Becoming vulnerable
Becoming others-centered
Embracing love as God's highest value

Good/Bad Split (Philippians 3:12-15)
Accepting our strengths and weaknesses
Admitting our strengths and weaknesses
Adopting a "progress" mentality

Boundaries (1 Corinthians 12:14-16)
Defining ourselves
Defining our responsibilities
Defining our limits

Adulthood (1 Corinthians 13:11).
Embracing responsibility
Embracing authority
Living free under God's rule

We read through the growth Model and what mature character look like in the following areas:
A mature person is attached to and giving to others.
A mature person is able to give without expectation of return.
A mature person is able to empathize with others.

A mature person bears fruit.

A mature person speaks the truth.
A mature person discerns right from wrong.
A mature person receives the truth.

Deals with problems.
A mature person faces problems

A mature person continues to grow.

A mature person adapts to God, rather than insisting that God adapts to him.

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