“Art can vanquish lies!”
“The goal of my art is to get as close as I can”
“So vital is the part played by the art museum in our approach to works of art today that we find it difficult to realize that no museums exist, none has ever existed, in lands where the civilization of modern Europe is, or was, unknown; and that, even amongst us, the have existed for barely two hundred years. They bulked so large in the nineteenth century and are so much a part of our lives today that we forget they have imposed on the spectator a wholly new attitude towards the works of art. For they have tended to estrange the works they bring together from their original functions and to transform even portraits into ‘pictures’.” ~Andre Malraux p. 13-14.
Azotusarts.com is the creative wing. There is a long tradition of theologians also having a strong artistic and literary component to their work and I am no exception. Most of the work is literary I use poetry and fiction liberally in my teaching and persuasive argument. The visual arts factor in often as a way of either depicting the One True Story in fresh ways or by uncovering or unmasking social fictions (“naming the animals in humanity”) by use of the prophetic imagination.
Then there is simply play and the sheer joy of re-creating. Azotusart.com also presents other artists like J. Rod Swenson (from China who will be showing at The Abbey in September) and Andrew Abarbanel. The Azotus Arts philosophy of art is to help bring the highest quality original art pieces and make them available to regular people and therefore no longer the elite few.
As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch *said, “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?” And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” And he ordered the chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; and the eunuch no longer saw him but went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at Azotus… (Acts 8:36-40a)