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

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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