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

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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