Dazzle Gradually opening remarks January 31st, 2014

Kirk on opening night of Dazzle Gradually, January 2014

Kirk on opening night of Dazzle Gradually, January 2014

These were my opening remarks at our Arts Forum, Dazzle Gradually: The allure of Poetic Truth-Bearing, on January 31st through February 1st, 2014. The video at the end is a short summary of what happened.

Tell all the truth but tell it slant,
Success in circuit lies,
Too bright for our infirm delight
The truth’s superb surprise;

As lightning to the children eased
With explanation kind,
The truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind.
Tell all the Truth by Emily Dickinson

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Artist 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.

The immanence and transcendence of food and relationship

This is an essay based on an introductory talk Kirk gave at A Place at the Table: Creativity in Food and Togetherness on January 18th 2013. This has been edited from the audio version (which will be made available as soon as it has been properly prepared for posting).

Postcards and pins on registration table

I remember in the days following 9/11 when I lived in Manhattan there was a desire to seek out some level of personal and communal healing. The arts group I was a part of sought that out in Tribeca—a half a dozen blocks from Ground Zero. We began to meet weekly in a bakery behind Robert De Niro’s “Tribeca Grill” called the “Tribakery”—we named our group “The Tribakery Group” in honor of that place. We met there for many reasons. One, was for communal healing through friendship and conversation. Two, was to stir our creative juices together as artists, and three we wanted to bring our meager “art income” earnings down to one of the neighborhoods hit hard economically after the attack. That being said, the unstated but very evident reason we met at Tribakery was the great baked goods and variety of strong coffees that we would consume every week. We knew the food and drink would be good because they resourced Mr. De Niro’s grill right next door. I was never disappointed…they had great coffee and croissants. These seemingly minor starches and hot liquids sped our healing, enhanced the creative juices, and satisfied the investment of our monies.

This same group influenced a few visiting college students who later started the Friday Arts Project (FAP) at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

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A Place at the Table forum: Local News Spot

A Place at the Table | CN2 News

The local news station CN2 in Rock Hill picked up the story about our upcoming event next weekend! Kirk had an opportunity to represent Friday Arts Project for this spot. This ran last night on their local news channel and will continue to run throughout the week leading up to the forum. (Registration actually closes at midnight tonight, Saturday, Jan. 12)

From the CN2 website:

January 10, 2013: Rock Hill, S.C. – Breaking bread together at the family dinner table is one way for people to connect and now some local artists want to use that experience as a way to meet their community.

Some behind the scenes pics:

A Place at the Table | Creativity in Food and Togetherness

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CREATIVITY IN FOOD AND TOGETHERNESS

January 18-19, 2013

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Friday Arts Project presents a 2-day forum focusing on community, goodness and the mysterious bond that occurs around the table through art, film, discussion and shared meals.

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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.

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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.


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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.

God 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.

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

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