Sunday, June 15, 2008

Session Four: Richard Allen Farmer

OMG... again worth the price of admission, Richard Allen Farmer.

Dr Farmer is "scary smart" (multiple degrees), an artist, a grand communicator, exhorter, encourager.

He unpacked the artists brain and what goes on in there... As someone who loves the arts but is not wired as an artist this was a very important session to sit through. Side note- this doesn't mean that I am not creative...

As I sat in a room full of thousands of artists, who were so affirming of what he was teaching, I was challenged at the value and the responsibility of creating a place where artists want to be. This was a recurring theme of the conference.

In the head of an artist you will find:

a question mark- artists are insatiably curious, and they like questions more than answers, "if curiousity is a disease, they are not interested in being healed" I like answers, I'm most comfortable with resolution

pieces of metal rubbing together- artists welcome friction, miximg medium, friction is not merely tolerated, it is encouraged.
For artists to thrive we must actively encourage and welcome diversity.
I am not comfortable with friction, i fight for understanding and resolution.

a pen wrapped in lips- he challenged the artists to write and to speak, to be able to articulate the meaning of their art. You have a thought in your head, share it. Work hard at being articulate.

a cloud- this symbolizes the mystery. Artists should labor to be articulate, to communicate, while being speechless at the mystery at the same time.
We want to be overwhelmed by the mystery of our faith,lost in wonder, love and praise

We must engage, welcome and manage te wonder of it all.

The personality of the artist, at first a cry or a cadence or a mood and then a fluid, and lambent narrative, finally refines itself out of existence, impersonalises itself, so to speak. The aesthetic image in the dramatic form is life purified in and reprojected from the human imagination. The mystery of aesthetic like that of material creation is accomplished. The artist, like the God of the creation, remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent, paring his fingernails.
- James Joyce

a Bible- we are lovers of God & Christ. Theological truth and ideas informs our art. God, who speaks, who called me and whose I am... WE should never apologize for this, we should be different.

God- He lives in us, he commissions our art and provides what is needed to create it.

God spoke to Moses: "See what I've done; I've personally chosen Bezalel son of Uri, son of Hur of the tribe of Judah. I've filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him skill and know-how and expertise in every kind of craft to create designs and work in gold, silver, and bronze; to cut and set gemstones; to carve wood—he's an all-around craftsman. "Not only that, but I've given him Oholiab, son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan, to work with him. And to all who have an aptitude for crafts I've given the skills to make all the things I've commanded you - Exodus 31:1-6

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