Christians and Art

I wrote a post on “Seeking Perfect Art” at Intellectuelle. Today, finally a comment 🙂

So many times, in the Christian community, we get all sorts of guidelines for what is “acceptable” music, and to a lesser degree what constitutes “real art”. The usual take on it is that realism in art and specific beat and major key in music is preferable. Those who are really given to making their points come up with all sorts of tortured explanations. Yet, this isn’t to sidestep the fact that artistic expression has its spiritual component, maybe in source, but certainly somewhere in there.

I can tell intuitively what spirit is in the art or the music, but it becomes nearly impossible for me to analyze the whys and wherefores in it. But I found Julian Stanczak’s comments to an interviewer so telling. His abstract art is a decided direction against portrayal of realistic life which often has so much ugliness in it. In fact, the more an art movement went towards portraying “real life” the more crude it became in many ways: color, line, subject matter. When done by great artists it infused the recognition of life’s beauty into such things. But we have only to see much of what is considered art expression today to know that it gets downright ugly, to the point of degrading to the viewer.

I just don’t think this can be drawn in lines of realism versus abstraction.

6 thoughts on “Christians and Art”

  1. The link to your post is broken so I’m going to have to go to all the trouble of actually typing in the Intellectuelle address. But I’m sure that it’ll be worth it. 🙂

  2. I apologize Brian… When I’m able to finally login to my account I suppose I get over excited and forget to do the job right;)
    At least Firefox is taking care of showing up my typos for spelling improvement in the posts.

    I’ll add the url today- too late for you, but oh well. I hope it was worth it- I self doubt and second guess all the time lately….

  3. It may be that realistic art is bound by its realistic parameters to only portray what is merely evident by the five senses. The five senses then direct how one reasons through the art. By contrast, abstract art gives the mind priority, if only for a moment, to the rational interpretation of the five senses. As such, the abstract art forces the mind to think beyond the mere rationality of the five senses.

    Yet, one must still be on guard that the abstract approach is not corrupted.

    All of this is, of course, just my opinion…

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