Religious Art: Judas’ Kiss

Paul Lisak (1967-present), ‘Judas’ Kiss’, Oil on Linen.

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Movies, Mormonism, and Meaning

I’m going to start this off with a couple of Nike commercials that I watch on Youtube when I am trying to motivate myself. No endorsement of Nike (or YouTube) is implied. [Read more…]

Religious Art: ‘Have Pity!’

Ernst Barlach (1870-1938), ‘Have Pity!’, 1919; private collection.

Ernst Barlach’s small wood-carving struck me deeply when I first saw a photo-print of the statue in Gombrich’s ‘The Story of Art’.  The old, bony hands of this woman extended beneath a seemingly coarse and debasing covering intensely expresses the suffering and pain of the lives of too many people on this earth.  [Read more…]

Arnold Friberg (December 21, 1913 – July 1, 2010)

American illustrator and beloved LDS painter Arnold Friberg passed away early this morning, July 1, 2010 in Salt Lake City. [Read more…]

The Illuminated Matsby, Special World Cup Edition

Another Image of Faith and Devotion

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Religious Art: ‘The Ascent’

David Linn, ‘The Ascent’, 1993, oil on canvas; Museum of Church History and Art.

Another installment in the series, in which David Linn’s award-winning painting ‘The Ascent’ is considered. [Read more…]

Religious Art: ‘Saint Francis Standing in Ecstasy’

Francisco Zurburan (1598-1664), ‘Saint Francis Standing in Ecstasy’, c. 1640, oil on canvas; Museo Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona.

A few years ago another blogger started (but never continued) a series of posts on Religious Art.  As someone with an uninformed, amateur interest in Art I thought that it might be interesting to give it another go.  The first painting I have selected, though feel free to make suggestions for future posts, is a painting by Zurbaran entitled ‘Saint Francis Standing in Ecstasy’. [Read more…]

Sunday PM General Conference Photos

More photos from around the Conference Center during the last session of General Conference.

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Sunday AM General Conference Photos

More photos from around the Conference Center before and during the Sunday Morning Session.

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Saturday PM General Conference Photos

Photography from around the Conference Center on Saturday afternoon.

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Saturday AM General Conference Photos

The feeling of excitement is up through the roof here at the Conference Center. Some met up with their friends and family, and quickly found their seats. Some where passing the wait time by strolling around and looking at the art work on display. There are smiling patrons everywhere checking tickets and directing people to the correct areas. It’s General Conference.

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The Illuminated Matsby, Vol. 6

Another Image of Faith and Devotion
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The Illuminated Matsby, Vol. 5

Another Image of Faith and Devotion
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The Illuminated Matsby, Vol. 4

Another Image of Faith and Devotion
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The Illuminated Matsby, Vol. 3

This piece was inspired by the hard work and ingenuity that went in to creating the first printed Bible and the events which followed when suddenly everyone could have access to the holy written word of God – not just the learned monks and clergymen, but all men could read it and know for themselves.
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The Illuminated Matsby, Vol. 2

By Common Consent is pleased to present this week’s graven image, by the beloved craftsman, that master artist, that Painter of -itesTM, Matthew Page (or Brother Matsby). As always, please respect the reverence for which BCC is known and keep an appropriate tone, even that of quiet dignity, in your comments. [Read more…]

The Illuminated Matsby, Vol. 1

As a special new feature, we are pleased to present to you each Wednesday an graven image, an icon if you will, reflecting some of the most important Mormon issues of all time. The craftsman, Matthew Page (or Brother Matsby), is a master artist and Painter of LightTM. Please respect the reverence for which BCC is known and keep an appropriate tone in your comments. [Read more…]

Caption This MormonAd

The following was submitted by regular BCC commenter blt, whom the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has retained in its membership solely on the merits of his willingness to teach eleven year-olds knots. He currently (p)resides with his wife in Korea where he teaches middle school.

Dear BCC readers,
I recently came across a cache of old MormonAds (they were probably called something else back in the day) while going through some of my Mom’s old things. I thought this might be a comedy gold mine, and I offer this first image (with the original text from the back of the ad beneath) for your captioning: [Read more…]

Ultimate Church Fighting, or, Ol’ Shiz Lost His Head in the Heat of Battle

by Matt Page

by Matt Page

In any Sunday school class, in a typical LDS ward, it is common to hear members of the Church share their feelings about certain passages of scripture that have helped them on their spiritual paths, strengthened them in times of need, and given them comfort or peace when life was stormy all around them. It is also common to hear comments about various quotes from past and current prophets which have had similar effects on the lives on members of the Church. What is less common is a careful analysis of who, among all the ancient prophets and righteous men and women in the scriptures, would be most likely to emerge victorious in a no-holds-barred fighting competition. I hope to rectify the dearth of attention given to the octagon right now.
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So I watched Twilight last night…

Introduction/disclaimer: I haven’t read the books and had no desire to, so I thought I’d check out the movie once came out on DVD, just to see what the big fuss is about. I threw it in my Netflix queue, couldn’t have had lower expectations. Here’s my first reaction: UPDATE: here’s a video “summary” of Twilight for those who haven’t seen it. Heh.

First off, I can definitely, definitely understand Natalie’s reaction in calling it porn for women. The women-porn force is strong in Twilight. Except for the -ahem- very rare moments when I got a little sucked in by it, I was just laughing and marveling at the absurd levels to which the blatancy of its women-porniness rose.
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My Standard Plan Tabernacle (1986)

When I was a teenager in the early 1980s, I was a member of a choir that toured the churches of many other Christian denominations — Lutherans, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Catholics, and more Lutherans (I lived in Minnesota). This culminated in touring the cathedrals of Germany and Austria. What glorious and uplifting edifices these believers had built for God!

Coming home to our ward’s meetinghouse with its painted cinderblock chapel and orange industrial-grade carpeting (that clashed with the slightly-different-shade-of-orange pew cushions) left me unimpressed. My mother always reminded me that the LDS Church built temples as houses of the Lord that were monumental (an argument that was already losing potency as smaller, less unique, less impressive temples had begun to dot the earth) and that meetinghouses and stake centers were supposed to be utilitarian. [Read more…]

Richard Dutcher, Vehicle of God’s Grace

I was talking to Jay yesterday about Keith Merrill’s response to this talk from Richard Dutcher, and for the millionth time, I noted how utterly incomprehensible it is to me that people could see Dutcher’s work as unsupportive of faith or religious devotion, or in any way detrimental to the church or its members. In my experience, Dutcher’s films are so very supportive of both our community and its faith that I find Merrill’s response to Dutcher’s work utterly mystifying. [Read more…]

Mormon artists: Daniel Bartholomew

Daniel Bartholomew lives in New York. He works at Yeshiva University. [Read more…]

Religious Art: “Jacob and the Angel”

rosawresThe strange state of Mormon art has recently been discussed here by Matt. Sometimes, to please our spiritual aesthetics, we have to go beyond the borders of the kingdom. I would like to start a “religious art” series here at BCC. Please share your favourite religious art (it doesn’t have to be Mormon) in the comments with a link to the picture, a description of the piece, and an explanation as to why you like it. I will then post them from time to time. It’ll make nice, light, weekend blogging.

The painting here is from Wayne Forte (1996) and is called “Jacob and the Angel.” [Read more…]