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"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Makoto Fujimura and the Four Holy Gospels

Fascinating stuff. It's been a long while since I had any interest in the contemporary art scene but Makoto Fujimura is a well-known mixed media, abstract artist based in New York. What's even more unexpected and intriguing is that he is an evangelical Christian. After becoming a Christ follower, Fujimura found himself rather alienated by the strange new position he'd found himself in, straddling between the secular artistic world and artistically illiterate Christian world. This led him to start the International Arts Movement. 
It's probably no accident that they call themselves "I-AM"... a very Judeo-Christian concept.

I love their vision statement:
International Arts Movement is a non-profit 501(c)(3) arts organization acting as a catalyst to inspire people to engage culture’s spheres of influence. IAM presents lectures, performances, exhibitions, screenings, projects, and workshops. Our programming and resources equip the creative community to generate good, true, and beautiful cultural artifacts: sign-posts pointing toward the “world that ought to be.” Through understanding the culture that is and looking toward what could be, we hope to rehumanize our world. 

We are guided by the belief that the Judeo-Christian story of creation and restoration is a narrative in which all humanity participates and is the foundation by which we flourish. We look to these scriptures as our framework for wrestling with the questions "why art?” and "what does it mean to truly be human?" 

Their mission statement:
IAM gathers artists and creative catalysts to wrestle with the deep questions of art, faith, and humanity in order to inspire the creative community to engage the culture that is and create the world that "ought to be."

Fujimura was commissioned by Crossway Books  to "illuminate" the 4 gospels of the New Testament to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the KJV of the Bible.

The video below shows Fujimura being interviewed by his publisher on his artistic journey and his encounter with the Saviour of the world. It's worth a look if you have a spare half hour.

Justin Taylor Interview: Mako Fujimura, Artist of "The Four Holy Gospels" from Crossway on Vimeo.

1 comment:

  1. I've been trying to figure out how to do something like this with music, even as a 'non-artist'. Trying to bridge the congregations/language/ culture within our church.


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