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Stations in the Street

The Stations of the Cross began as a practice that pilgrims would have when they were retracing Jesus’ finals steps in Jerusalem up to the hill where he was crucified. Wanting to share that practice and experience with people who couldn’t make the trip to the Holy City, they created these stations of meditation that became in itself a tradition. Today, you can find this tradition on the inside of many churches.

This journey to the cross is not only a meditation of Jesus accomplishing what he came to do –  the redemption of  humanity through his own willful sacrifice – but it’s also a contemplation of Jesus silently participating in some of the worst aspects of being human.  We see him being tempted. Betrayed by a friend. Convicted in an unjust system. Pain.  Mockery.  Public humiliation.  Broken family relationships.

He was one who was not separate from our own pain.

I don’t think our deepest question is “Is there a God?”

I think our deepest question is “Is there a God that’s with us in all this?”  That is a human question… not a church question.  My church in Portland, OR is located downtown on a commuter bike path. Hundreds walk and bike past our church everday.  I wanted to offer this meditation of God’s “with-us-ness” to our neighbors… without the prerequisite of entering into our building.

Not only did I wheat paste 13 posters to the outside walls of my church, but I made the artwork available online to anyone who wanted to do the same. The work has been printed and hung in churches from Calgary to Brisbane. Wheat pasted on walls from rural Iowa to Queens, NY. Viewed on the inside of hundred year old churches to outdoor screens in New Orleans for Fox Television’s The Passion Live event. You can see all the places this show ended up by searching the hastag #stationsinthestreet on Instagram.

If you would like to do this in your community, scroll down to the bottom to find out more!

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Left – Western Washington University | Right – Awaken Church, St. Paul, MN

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Fox Television’s “Passion Event Live”, 2016

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PUT ON THIS SHOW

This show was intended to be shown during this Lenten season. Whether you hang it up all forty days, or just do it during holy week, I know the imagery will spark much contemplation and conversation in your community.

I want to make this available to everyone! But I also worked really hard to make a series of work that I think is really excellent. I would like to keep doing such work… and your support will allow me to do that. There are four options listed below.

 

1. GET THE ARTWORK

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Click here for thirteen digital posters and one instruction pdf. Everything you need at a price you can decide.

 

2. EVERYTHING YOU’LL NEED FOR YOUR COMMUNITY

 

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Click here for the entire show plus slides, a font package, and various informational pdfs.

 

 

3. EVERYTHING YOU’LL NEED FOR YOUR COMMUNITY PLUS MORE

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Click here for #2 plus I’ll print, sign, and mail you the show.

 

4. LET’S WORK TOGETHER

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Basically I’ll come out, hang the show, and speak with your community. Click here to email me to discuss options and details.

 

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FAQ’S

How should I print these?

I used Fedex Office to print out the images at 36 inches by 48 inches. I’m told you can do this Staples or any other large format corporate printer.

You want them to print on paper that is used for blueprints. It’s called bond paper. It’s very lightweight and fairly inexpensive.

At Fedex Office, they print in black and white for around 87 cents a square foot. That makes each one of these prints around $9… and you have 12 stations plus the description… so that makes printing out this show a cost of around $120.

You can always print the show smaller if you like. I have formatted all these images to print out at 36”x48” at the largest… and anything smaller is possible.

 

What if I’ve never wheat pasted before?

I watched this video of Sheperd Fairey walking through his whole process of putting art up. I found it extremely helpful when wheat pasting myself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJfeAvP8xTo

Included in the package is a recipe to make your own wheat paste… but I also found that this was a great product to use.

 

Can we hang this show inside?

Absolutely. You should make this fit best with whatever is best for your community.

 

 

 

Okay. Best of luck everyone. Let me know how I can help!

Stations in the Street

Alliance Is Rebellion

 

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I’m excited to release the images for my new show ALLIANCE IS REBELLION.  Everything you need to know about the show is at allianceisrebellion.com…. but I wanted to list the images for you here.

IMAGES

Death Mask

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Alliance Is Rebellion

Thrift Store Art Remix

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I was recently written up on Country Living’s Blog on this thrift store painting (pictured above) that I did for some friends. I’m fully aware of the work of  Wayne White who’s humorous approach to remix thrift store paintings is such a delight. And I guess… in this season of life… I just needed to work on some projects that just make me giggle.

With the landscape paintings, I mostly want to image the scene being a place where a party just happened… and you’re coming across the left souvenirs from that gathering. Tree houses were built. Banners were hung. A fire was started. It was a fantastic time for all. And of course…. killer beez on the flowers.

Apparently Portland is a treasure trove of thrift store paintings. So as I continue to find them… I’ll just keep making them. You can find them for sale on my Etsy site:

Etsy Store for Thrift Store Paintings

 

Here’s a sample of some of the work…..

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Thrift Store Art Remix

2013

It’s going to be a good year….

 

 

 

 

 

2013

2012

An assortment of paintings I did throughout 2012

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2011

Here is some of the studio work I did during the year of 2011… along with the Jerusalem Stations and the Orphan Art Project paintings.

 

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Jerusalem Stations of the Cross

In 2011, I made all 15 Stations of the Cross paintings for Ecclesia Church. All paintings are 36″x24″ acrylic on wood.

Artist Statement

I don’t know what to tell you.

When I sat down to paint these paintings, this is what came out. Something much different than what I had planned.

All 15 in 3 days.

I had planned on doing something very figurative. Then our friend got sick and we contemplated heaven together. Then she died and went there. Then my grandfather died and joined her. Then I went to Jerusalem and walked the path Jesus walked when he was crucified and died. Then I came home and I sat at my easel with these surfaces in front of me. Something was ready to come out.

A lot of this is influenced by the visual aesthetics of Jerusalem. The ancient stone. The graffiti. The bright deep layered colors. The multiple languages adorning every souvenir shop and roadway sign. The historical routes and stopping points of Holy Forefathers. Sectioned religious groups all packed together in one little city. It’s a pretty amazing place and I can see all the little details of that trip surfacing in this work.

Usually Stations of the Cross paintings are figurative. The purpose is to help us imagine Jesus’ journey to death. These paintings are obviously abstract by nature (despite the titles being translated into Hebrew and Arabic).  So let me offer a way to walk through these works:

-Please engage them emotionally more than logically.

-Remember that Jesus lived among the colors, textures, and layers of this world.

-Remember He did not speak English.

-Remember He did not walk to His death in the U.S., but Jerusalem.

-Ask the Holy Spirit to walk with you through these works.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Often art making is an unemotional process of aligning aesthetical elements. Sometimes its about listening to what wants to exist. This was definitely a listening journey and I feel the great benefactor of bringing these images to reality.

Jerusalem Stations of the Cross

Feedback Project

{2010} These paintings are part of a musical worship project by Derek Webb called FEEDBACK. The album is an instrumental electronic album based on the Lord’s Prayer. Derek invited Jeremy Cowart (photographer) and myself to create 9 corresponding images to the songs he had created. These are the paintings I made.

Watch Making Of The Paintings Video

For me, the layers of these paintings represent the history of the Lord’s prayer itself. Just as we continue to build up and layer over the foundations of our society, so has the journey of entering into the prayer of God. It’s written throughout our history. Though it may at times seem covered up, it’s still amidst all the glitter and decay… speaking to us, telling us about something ancient yet resonating with our life today. The graffiti is less about words (although there are meanings to all of them) and more about the emotions and textures we find throughout our modern society.Just as we see traces of creative life throughout our cities, so too we see symbols and signs of the Lord’s prayer throughout our world. To me the music and the images forged together in this project are a modern urban meditation on an ancient contemplative pathway to the Almighty.

Feedback Project

Vespa Paintings

I love scooters. Here’s a collection of Vespa paintings I’ve done over the years….

Vespa Paintings

Early Works

Early Works

Saints of LOST

{2009} These are paintings I did for the book The Gospel According to Lost by Chris Seay.

Saints of LOST

New Icons

Periodically I’ve been creating pieces that I call new icons. I want the pieces to feel like old objects, as if you came across them in a temple that looked like it was right out of Indiana Jones. These are all based out of Scriptural ideas but are intentionally lacking any kind of American religious iconography.

New Icons