update: On Beauty | Lecture & Art Exhibit

event update:

We were excited to participate this past Friday night in a combination art show and lecture on the topic of Beauty at Kirk’s childhood church, Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Newark, Delaware. About 80 people came to the event where six local artists, including Kirk’s mother and brother painted 3 canvas panels based on a quote from Catholic theologian, Hans Urs von Balthasar. The artists created some great pieces based on three ideals—the True, the Good, and the Beautiful—which according to Balthasar, form a dance where all three are important.

Read More»

Quote | Hans Urs von Balthasar

We no longer dare to believe in beauty and we make of it a mere appearance in order the more easily to dispose of it. Our situation today shows that beauty demands for itself at least as much courage and decision as do truth and goodness, and she will not allow herself to be separated and banned from her two sisters without taking them along with herself in an act of mysterious vengeance. We can be sure that whoever sneers at her name as if she were the ornament of a bourgeois past — whether he admits it or not — can no longer pray and soon will no longer be able to love.”

Hans Urs von Balthasar, Seeing the Form, published in 1982.

On Beauty | Lecture & Art Exhibit

upcoming event!

A subject that has been discussed for millennia, “Beauty” is still important today…maybe more so. But WHAT is it? Why is it important? And how is it related to the Art community and the non-artist community? Is it mere “window dressing”—confined to that which we see in the visible world, or is it perhaps a deeper thing? What is the source of Beauty? Is it a brute power—in and of itself—like “the Force” in Star Wars? Is it even valuable to simple everyday life?

Join us for an evening of art and a lecture on beauty.

At EVANGELICAL PRESBYTERIAN
CHURCH OF NEWARK
308 POSSUM PARK ROAD, NEWARK, DE

FRIDAY, 19th OCTOBER, 2012,
Art Exhibit opens at Six o’clock in the Evening, Lecture begins at Seven o’clock.


Attending?

* button is linked to Facebook Event


Read More»

Man and Revelation | Kirk Irwin

From the Series: Theology & the Arts

Kirk presented these ideas on theology and the arts to the college students and staff who participated in the Tribeca Arts Summer Project 2012* in New York City.

KIRK IRWIN
Arts Advocate & theologian

 

* Kirk & Sarah directed this event. You can read more about it in our July-August 2012 Newsletter.

When Kirk met Sarah – in honor of Norah

I thought she was a babe. She thought I was intense. I don’t even remember if she introduced herself. I just knew I wanted to know who the red-headed, freckle-faced, blue-eyed babe was standing behind her friend who was in my way. That was in 2003. I was so enamored in that moment that it took me a whole 3 years to screw up the courage to approach her, and even then it wasn’t all my initiative. I mean at heart all men are cowards, we just aren’t willing to admit that sometimes.

Part of the problem was distance. I lived in NYC she lived in Orlando. Distances tend to hamper intimacy, and this was definitely in my mind. But I came across a rumor in the Fall of 2005 that the babe-alicious  red-head was interested in the arts project I helped direct for college students during the summer. This was awesome – I had my opportunity. Or at least I thought I did. That winter on a providential trip to Florida I contacted Sarah and made myself available for a “business meeting”; after all there were obviously questions to be answered. What better person to do that for the red-headed, freckle-faced, blue-eyed babe than a director of the project, right?

Read More»

The submission of Poetry

The world does not need words. It articulates itself

in sunlight, leaves, and shadows. The stones on the path

are no less real for lying uncatalogued and uncounted.

The fluent leaves speak only the dialect of pure being.

The kiss is still itself though no words were spoken.”

From “Words” in Interrogations at Noon, by Dana Gioia

Whereas admission is about what we know, submission is about what we don’t know.

Read More»

Beneath the Surface | FORUM ON BEAUTY | Joseph Henderson

Friday Arts Project* & Bird and Key collaborated on a weekend-long gathering dedicated to an exploration of beauty. Kirk moderated several engagements with artists, musicians, writers and participants. Participants had opportunities to experience various forms of art and engaged with artists through interviews and dialogue.

 

Here is the fourth of several audio recordings of that weekend.

ACADEMIC PRESENTATION
by Joseph Henderson
WRITER & WINTHROP UNIVERSITY M.A. CANDIDATE

Mr. Henderson presented a paper: “Large and Startling Figures’: The Shock of Mystery in Barry Hannah, Annie Dillard, and Cormac McCarthy,” a conversation between Southern authors.

 

* For more information about Friday Arts Project, visit their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Friday-Arts-Project/103217787769

The Flavor of God – part 2

This is part two of a two part series I gave as a meditative reflection at two recent events. Part one was posted last week.

Kirk speaking at Grace and Peace Church in St Louis

Last week I began to answer a question asked in Daniel Siedell’s book, God in the Gallery where he asked, “Can one experience Truth aesthetically without knowing Truth cognitively?” I believe a confident “Yes” and “No” can be the answer for this question. I posited that Psalm 19 was a place to start in seeing aesthetic Truth validly experienced by every human being.

Psalm 19 isn’t the only place in the Jewish Bible where a “speaking creation” is mentioned:

Read More»

Beneath the Surface | FORUM ON BEAUTY | Casey Mink (2 of 2)

Friday Arts Project* & Bird and Key collaborated on a weekend-long gathering dedicated to an exploration of beauty. Kirk moderated several engagements with artists, musicians, writers and participants. Participants had opportunities to experience various forms of art and engaged with artists through interviews and dialogue.

 

Here is the third of several audio recordings of that weekend.

INTERVIEW
with Casey Mink
VIOLINIST

In Casey Mink’s 15 years of playing the violin, he has performed with the Florida Youth Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, served as string teacher at the University of Miami’s Young Musician’s camp, won an undergraduate research grant from the University of North Florida to study at the International Academy of Music, St. Petersburg, Russia, and received an invitation to be guest violinist with the North Florida Chorale’s concert tour to Portugal. In May-June 2010, he organized and participated in a concert series of solo and chamber music in Beijing and Fujian, China.

Casey recently earned a Master of Music in Performance from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

 

* For more information about Friday Arts Project, visit their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Friday-Arts-Project/103217787769

Beneath the Surface | FORUM ON BEAUTY | Casey Mink (1 of 2)

Friday Arts Project* & Bird and Key collaborated on a weekend-long gathering dedicated to an exploration of beauty. Kirk moderated several engagements with artists, musicians, writers and participants. Participants had opportunities to experience various forms of art and engaged with artists through interviews and dialogue.

 

Here is the second of several audio recordings of that weekend.

PERFORMANCE
by Casey Mink
VIOLINIST

In Casey Mink’s 15 years of playing the violin, he has performed with the Florida Youth Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, served as string teacher at the University of Miami’s Young Musician’s camp, won an undergraduate research grant from the University of North Florida to study at the International Academy of Music, St. Petersburg, Russia, and received an invitation to be guest violinist with the North Florida Chorale’s concert tour to Portugal. In May-June 2010, he organized and participated in a concert series of solo and chamber music in Beijing and Fujian, China.

Casey recently earned a Master of Music in Performance from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

 

* For more information about Friday Arts Project, visit their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Friday-Arts-Project/103217787769

Page 3 of 41234
© Copyright birdandkey - Theme by Pexeto