“I think one of the main reasons I’m so drawn to photography is the incapacity to resolve a narrative- a picture always remains a kind of question mark.”
– Gregory Crewdson
Gregory Crewdson is a renowned American photographer from New York known for his elaborate photographic scenes of American homes and neighborhoods. His shots involve a large crew and are elaborately staged and lit. He is featured in the documentary film Brief Encounters. I got see some of his work at the “The Big Picture” exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum today. I’m enjoying learning about different photographers and their style of shooting. I was amazing at the large-scale of his photography.
Tonight I went down to downtown Phoenix for the First Friday Artwalk. Now the weather is cooling off, it’s the perfect time to go. I stopped at the Phoenix Art Museum first to check out a photo exhibit. Then I stopped at one of my favorite Starbucks locations to get a hot Pumpkin Spice Latte – one of my favorite Fall drinks. With my hot drink in hand, I headed down to Roosevelt Row to look at some art. Then it was on to New City Studio with my friends Juliana and Marco to see some artwork by Isaac Caruso and Noelle Martinez. I also ran into some old friends of mine – Kenisa, Amy and Jenna and spent time catching up with them. But the real treat was seeing my good buddy Mat Weddle play some of his folk tunes. I had a blast chatting with him and listening to his sweet tunes.
The process of creating renews my spirit, and I find myself attuned to the details of life rather than being stressed by being overwhelmed. I find myself listening rather than shouting into the void. (“A Second Wind,” Refractions, p. 15). – Makoto Fujimura
I am really enjoying the work of Makoto Fujimura. He’s an amazing artist out of New York and his artwork is featured all around the world. His abstract paintings and his journey through faith and art have been an inspiration to me. I was able to help fund his newest project Golden Sea. It’s an amazing piece of art and I look forward to reading his retrospective monograph of his approach to painting it.
I love how God created us to be creative human beings. I love it when Christians use their creativity for the Kingdom. I was down at the First Friday artwalk at New City Studio looking at art and being inspired by some creative artists. Makoto Fujimura is an artist in New York that will be coming to New City church on Good Friday next year (which also happens to be the same night as the First Friday artwalk here in Phoenix). His work on the Four Holy Gospels has really inspired me. Check out this video about his work and how God is using him in the art world.