< meta name="DC.Date.Valid.End" content="20050825"> Amendment Nine: Poor Art?

Monday, April 09, 2007

Poor Art?

If art inspires wouldn't we agree that non-art, or perhaps the more politically sensitive "poor" art does not inspire? I would. In fact, I would go so far as to say that poor art leads people to poor conversation, poor conclusions, and poor ideas. It all sounds so snobby. I will not apologize though.

Were we surrounded by inspiration, surrounded by greatness, surrounded by true art, our lives, our education, and our spirits would be filled with the joy of eternal beauty. Instead, in so many of our sanctuaries today, and in so many museums and concert halls, we are surrounded by ugly, ill fitting, mockingly conceited attempts by vain men to challenge mortality.

Dan, the author of the blog TDAXP, was a favorite of Federalist X's. I have no idea why. I've visited Dan's blog often. The vast majority of what he has to say is completely incomprehensible, though there is a good deal of the Catholic guilt thrown in so it isn't all incomprehensible to me I suppose.

He gives us a perfect case in point of the costs of poor art. Dan quotes Corinthians 15:12-20. A passage that any Christian knows well. What good is it, the Apostle reasons, if the dead aren't raised to preach of Christ then?

Underneath the quote Dan places this horrible painting.

Like some sort of juvenile Chagall imitation, this "holy" relic seems to poke fun at the very serious statements made by the Apostle. What good is it if Christ is not risen? Followed by a cray-pas drawing of a comic, faceless and footless christ floating above the indistinct ground.

The drawing is in fact a mockery of Christ. It is laughing in the face of the resurrection. The artist undoubtedly was amused, like most easterners so cynically are, at the notion that the dead were raised. The Buddha-like hand gestures again show disdain for Christianity and certainly for the Orthodox faith. The whole thing is an abomination. One must wonder whether Dan posted the picture as an insult to Christians intentionally or just naively?

You can't read the Corinthians quote and then see the drawing without experiencing a good degree of uneasiness. Imagine though if that quote were followed by this:

Here is no faceless godhead, but a man. A strong man victoriously lifting the dead from their tombs. He has conqured death and is unblemished. Everyone is beneath him as he lefts the dead from their eternal slumber. This is Jesus, son of Man, winning the fight. Something tells me this is more like what the Apostle had in mind when he said:

If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.

Nothing could be more true.

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