July 17th Klimt Homage

Last Sunday Jankura Artspace hosted a special three hour drawing session honoring Guatav Klimt. The stage was set up with gold curves and the model adorned herself with some as well. 


I spent most of my time working on developing one drawing, but did get s second quick drawing in. As per my current modus operandi I am using simple ball point pens, black red and blue, with extra color provided by inktense colored pencils or conté pencils. 


In other news I’ve started oils again! I’ll add some shots of those in a future post. 

Keep arting my friends!

Augie Art Tour – 1e – Faith, Hope and Love

Our last stop at Our Savior’s Lutheran brings us to the north face of the building and a familiar mural to anyone driving by on 33rd Street on the south end of the Augustana Campus:

Faith, Hope, and Love

Title: Faith, Hope and Love

Artist: Palmer Eide

Medium: Mosaic

Palmer Eide was a giant in the Sioux Falls art scene. His work tended toward the simple and tectonic, letting the simplicity and weight of the work speak for itself.  We’ll be seeing more of his work as we continue the Art Tour. The idea of ‘Faith, Hope and Love’, is taken from 1 Corinthians 13:1-13.

The anchor is faith, which grounds our lives when life is rough.

The cross (which is also the cross bar of the anchor) is hope.

The heart is love. The greatest of the three because without it, life is meaningless.

Anchor The colors are the colors of the liturgical year.

Purple/Violet is the color of expectant waiting and preparation. Used in Lent and Advent, it is  associated with sorrow and repentance as we anticipate the joys of Easter and Christmas.

White is the color of purity and joy. Used for Christmas and Easter, it represents God being with us in joy and love.

Red is the color of passion and suffering, courage and sacrifice. Used during Pentecost, Holy Week and for celebration of thy martyrs, we hope our hearts burn with passion and courage to do what is right.

Black is the color of death and dying. Ironically it also represents life through death. It is  used on Good Friday, All Saint’s Day and funerals.

Green is the color of life and growing. It is the color of the harmony of community and living together. It is used on ‘regular’ sundays as we grow together and break bread.

A Deeper Look

The traditional meanings are great and all, but this mural is across the street from my alma mater and I’m going to put my own meanings to the images and ideas.

Purple is the time of anticipation and preparation. In one sense, this can be the entire time at college as we prepare for and anticipate our future selves and communities. Some of us have specific goals, many of us don’t, but regardless this is a time of questioning what we really want to do and who we really want to be. In another sense it is the time before a big exam, the long nights typing papers and preparing presentations. For me, the nights dancing with brushes in the studio while listening to Beethoven and Yellow Card. The preparation is long, the anticipation aching, but the struggle is what makes our little victories sweeter.

White is the time of joy and completion. It is partying with friends after a difficult test, it is the words of encouragement and approval written on your thesis. It is the elation of graduation and emerging victorious after the trials. We celebrate together because we succeed together. We share our joy.

But we also share our sorrow. Black is the time of failure and death. It is our lowest points when our hard work seems wasted. When a friend or loved one dies and we can’t get up to go to class or work. When our nation mourns.  Black is do or die in a cold world that doesn’t care. It is the people who will mourn with us and let us cry on their shoulders. Black is the time we overcome to make ourselves stronger and learn who we are and how we fit in. Black is for remembering those who went before us, whose shoulders we stand on, whose presence will be missed.

Red is the struggle for our passion and finding the courage to do what needs to be done. It is the long hours in stage design to get it ready for the performance, it is volunteering at the Ronald McDonald house. It’s helping others with their projects late at night before you get to work on your own.  It’s sacrificing your time and energy for ideas bigger than yourself.

Green is growth and growing into the people we are. It’s us in the vast community, not just of our little garden at Augustana, but in the wild forest that is the world. It’s breaking bread with friends and profs, it’s walking to class and stopping to chat with a friend going the other way. Green is the life that we make.

The Anchor is faith. But not in the dogmatic sense, but in the colloquial sense of our faith in others. It’s about community, friends and family. We give each other an anchoring and a place to belong.

The Cross is hope. Hope that the sacrifices we make, great or small, are not in vain. Hope that we’ll be brave enough to face a demon-haunted world to make it better, not for just for us, but for all who come after us. It’s hope that others continue after we pass on.

The Heart is love. Faith, Hope and Love abide, but the greatest of these is love.

 

Next Stop:

Gilbert Science Center!

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The Chancel Ascension Mural can be found at:

Our Saviors Lutheran Church
909 W. 33rd Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Augie Art Tour 1d – Our Savior’s Lutheran – Chancel Ascension Mural

The Sanctuary of Our Savior’s Lutheran is important for Augustana College as we usually use it for the Opening Convocation ceremony. It is well worth a visit during the day because, when not in use, the sanctuary is kept dim, with natural light flooding in from the chancel and trickling in through the walls, invoking the mysterious and sacred.
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The chancel is a tall white brick wall, invoking holiness and purity. The chancel mural depicts the resurrection of Christ:
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Chancel Ascension Mural
Designed by Bob Aldern
assisted by R. P. Child,
lettering by Herm Griller

Christ is the central figure, with two ‘spiritual beings’ proclaiming to the thirteen people below:

MEN  OF  GALILEE  WHY  DO YOU
STAND LOOKING  INTO HEAVEN
THIS  JESUS  WHO  WAS  TAKEN
UP   FROM   YOU  INTO   HEAVEN
WILL  COME  IN  THE  SAME  WAY
YOU SAW HIM GO INTO HEAVEN
(Acts 1:11)

The thirteen include the eleven remaining disciples plus Jesus’ mother Mary and Mary Magdeline. When you are finished taking in mural, turn around and appreciate the organ. The balcony is usually decorated with banners from the appropriate part of the church year.

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After you’re finished here, we’ll be crossing the street the Gilbert Science Center. As we cross 33rd, we’ll be taking a quick look back at the last entry for Our Savior’s Lutheran.

Next Stop:
Our Savior’s Lutheran – Faith, Hope and Love

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The Chancel Ascension Mural can be found at:

Our Saviors Lutheran Church
909 W. 33rd Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Augie Art Tour 1c – Our Savior’s Lutheran – Fellowship Hall

After saying hi to the wood panel triptych in the foyer, move on to the other side to see the fellowship hall.

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The raised roof of this section allows for a flood of light, giving it a welcoming feel. Holding up the ceiling are twelve pillars designed as trees. The number twelve is important, as it represents both the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve disciples, both representing fellowship. The trees represent the gentiles who have been ‘grafted’ onto the tree of Israel, as is written in Romans:

Romans 11:17,18 (ESV)
17 Now if some of the branches have been broken off, and you, a wild olive branch, have been grafted in their place to share the rich root of the olive tree, 18 do not boast about being better than the other branches. If you boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.

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The Fellowship Hall was designed by Jeff Hazard of Koch Hazard Architects

 

Next Stop:

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church – Chancel Ascension Mural

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This fellowship hall can be found at:

Our Saviors Lutheran Church
909 W. 33rd Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Augie Art Tour 1b – Our Savior’s Lutheran – God of Grace and God of Glory

After viewing the mural on the South East side of Our Savior’s Lutheran, waltz to the main entrance. Right in the foyer is a triptych greeting all who enter the complex.

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Design and execution by
Bob Aldern and Noreen Groethe

Many triptychs will play with the theme of two similar one different. This begins with the shapes, two smaller panels flank the larger central panel. The right two panels show Christ interacting with people directly, the third shows the people sharing the body and blood of Christ in communion. The left two show Christ and the people in community, the right panel is Christ healing the sick. The central panel is Christ as teacher, the surrounding panels Christ in power. This last one is emphasised with the gold halo with the red cross representing his death and suffering, whereas the the others do not have the red cross, but only pure gold.

Bob Aldern was a professor at Augustana from 1980-1991 and was an artist-in-residence, doing commissions for churches in the area. He died in 2011. His subdued sense of color is made with multiple layers on the wood panel, which must been seen in person to appreciate the rich depth achieved.

Next stop:
Our Savior’s Lutheran – Fellowship Hall

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God of Grace and God of Glory can be found at:

Our Saviors Lutheran Church
909 W. 33rd Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Augie Art Tour 1a – Our Savior’s Lutheran – Seven Days of Creation

On the south east corner of the church just south of the south east corner of campus is an eight part mural on the seven days of creation based on the account from Genesis 1:1-2:3.

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Seven Days of Creation on the South-East corner of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church

The Seven Days of Creation was created by Eyob Mergia, an Ethiopian immigrant who lived in Sioux Falls for 11 years. I think he’s off to bigger art markets and hopefully better prospects.

In the mural, the six receding panels cover the six days of creation, with the closest two representing the seventh day, the day of rest. Let’s look a little closer!

Day 1 – God Creates Light and Separates Light from Darkness

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 Genesis 1:1-5 (ESV)
1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

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Day 2 – God Separates Waters Above from Waters Below

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Genesis 1:6-8
6 And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7 And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. 8 And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.

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Day 3 – God Separates Water rom Land and Fills the Earth

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Genesis 1:9-13
9 And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.

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Day 4 – God Creates the Sun, Moon, and Stars

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Genesis 1:14-19
14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. 16 And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17 And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 to  rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.

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Day 5 – God Creates Birds and Creatures of the Sea

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Genesis 1:20-23
20 And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” 21 So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

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Day 6 – God Creates Animals and Human Beings

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Genesis 1:24-31
24 And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. 25 And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

27  So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.

28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Day 7 – God Rests and Creation Sings Praises

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1Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.

Worth noting is Eyob’s use of hands and birds throughout the piece. The hands can be seen as the creative force of God, the birds the spirit of God. On the Seventh Day, the hands and birds can be seen as our creative force and nature’s spirit reflecting and celebrating the creative force and spirit of God.

Next stop:

Our Savior’s Lutheran – God of Grace and God of Glory

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Seven Days of Creation can be found at:

Our Saviors Lutheran Church
909 W. 33rd Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57105