A Joyful Sound of Noise

Every so often you see a movie that you wish desperately to happen in reality. Sound of Noise (2010) is definitely one. At least for us weird artist types. Sound of Noise is basically a film about a group of musical Banksies. The best, concise description of it is a musical, crime caper with a touch of magical realism thrown in.  It follows six drummers around an anonymous European city as they (very disruptively) perform four movements of their avant-garde symphony on . . . uh, meticulously improvised . . . instruments. True to life, their acts are noticed by the police, who are desperately trying to track them down led by a tone-deaf, music-hating detective.  Read More


Chaos Theory.

A lot has happened since my last post—which was forever ago. Our family moved out of our three-bedroom apartment into a five-bedroom house (with studio space for BOTH my wife and I!), the kids went back to school, and my wife started a new job. We also had a miscarriage. That was tough. Thankfully, God is faithful and has given us friends and family who have prayed with us and for us and we have experienced so much healing. Read More

The Weight of History: The Art of Anselm Kiefer

I was introduced to the work of German painter, sculptor and installation artist, Anselm Kiefer in college, but when I first saw Burning Rods several years later at the St. Louis Art Museum, I was completely and utterly awestruck. Awestruck and enamored. Kiefer instantly became my favorite artist, and I spent the rest of my time there grinning stupidly at it. In fact, the nice guard had to ask me, firmly, to leave at closing time. Since then, I’ve come to see him as one of the most innovative artists of our time. It’s difficult to comprehend Kiefer’s work without standing before it. Even film fails to capture the full scope of it. First of all, there is the sheer monolithic scale, but it also has a quality of such visceral earthiness that resonates with our most primal attributes. Read More

Faith and Fatherhood and the Father

The title of the above painting is Separation Anxiety. I painted it during one of the darkest times of my life. My wife, pregnant with our second child, and I no longer wanted to be married. After a year and a half of one-sidedly trying to work things out, I had given up and we decided to divorce. There is much, much to be said about how poorly I “tried to work things out,” but that’s a discussion for another time. The term “separation anxiety” is most often applied to a phase in a child’s life when he or she becomes distressed any time they are separated from their parents. This painting, however, attacks the term from the opposite angle. It is a painting of fear. My fear. Read More

The Brother Wild Interview

Last month, my wife, Becca, and I had the privilege to sit down and share some drinks, laughs, and conversation with Seth and Crystal Dady and Tyler Shaw, otherwise known as Brother Wild, at the Dady’s home. After some initial recording difficulties, we got into some really great conversation about music, life, and what it means to use art as a Christian. On a side note, I have to say that Seth makes the best Old Fashioned I’ve ever had.  Read More

A Perfectly Imperfect History: Eddy Stevens.

Yeah, I’m a sucker for some assemblage. And hyper-realism. Belgian artist Eddy Stevens delivers on both. He claims to have been inspired by Belgian surrealism from youth, and his use of mashed-up, realist imagery, found material, and expressive brush work belie that inspiration. I’m not sure how he comes about his imagery—whether it’s referenced from old photos, or from in-studio models—but the combination of his costumed figures and animals with the surfaces on which he paints or draws evokes the magic of the past without falling into nostalgia or sentimentality. These figures are wilder and weirder and larger than any actual, historical person they may resemble. Read More

A Macabre Mirror: The Art of Kris Kuksi

As an artist, I am often inspired and drawn to art that, as a Christian, I find morally repulsive. This internal conflict begs the question: How do we as Christians respond to art that conflicts with our values? Looking at art is looking at the world through the eyes of that particular artist—and often artists see and portray more than they realize.  Read More

God’s Grace in the Muse, and a Coaster.

I am not a good man. Sure, I appear to love my family, love God, obey the law, and do my work well. But I am not good. I am inherently incapable of doing any of these things well, let alone perfectly. In fact, it seems that the harder I try to exert control over myself and to live rightly, the more I screw everything up. It’s like holding a blob of radioactive-green GAK from Nickelodeon: the tighter your grip on it, the more it squeezes through your fingers. I have anger problems. I have lust problems. Motivation problems, faith problems, and ninety-four other problems. Am I even a Christian? Read More

Surrender: Brother Wild’s “White Flag” Reviewed.

White Flag


Ok, full disclosure here: Brother Wild’s frontman and founder, Seth Dady, is not only the music pastor at The Well, my home church in Boulder, he’s also a good friend. In fact, all the members of the band are pretty good friends.

Now that that’s out of the way, White Flag is an impressive first album (first release of any kind for Dady, in fact) for the Boulder, CO based indie-rock band. On their debut album, Brother Wild has recorded ten great, stand-alone songs that come together like the walls and rooms of a solidly built house. Read More

Make It Like You Stole It. A Review of “Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative,” by Austin Kleon.

If we’re free from the burden of trying to be completely original, we can stop trying to make something out of nothing, and we can embrace influence instead of running away from

– Austin Kleon

On my last birthday wish list was Steal Like an Artist, by Austin Kleon. I was looking for a creative kick in my artistic butt. As many artists do, my productivity comes in waves–usually immediately prior to a deadline. By the time I’m done working every spare moment on my project right up to (and sometimes a bit beyond) the deadline, I’m so burnt out I don’t want to see my studio for at least a couple weeks. Then, it’s a guilt-laden battle to get back into the creative groove. That’s where a good book about making stuff comes in handy.  Read More