Sermon Series Artwork • The Heights Church • June 2017
The Psalms are emotionally deep and wide. They feel like “despair” as often as they feel like “victory.” They teach us to bring the full range of human emotions before God in our worship, regardless if we feel more Psalm 22 than Psalm 118.
To illustrate that for the first year of Summer in the Psalms, an annual series at The Heights that will work psalm-by-psalm, week-by-week through the whole book over many years, we liked the idea of a messy expression, something inky, unique and nonlinear. The incredible Joel Filipe of Madrid has shared some really excellent work of his via Unsplash (thank you!), and his abstract series is mind-blowing. Although we added/edited much to fit the application, these images paved the way.
In another attempt to illustrate the diversity of the Psalms and what they teach us about our relationship to God, we made a different version of the artwork for each of the three weeks. You can see all of them below.
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Sermon Series Artwork • Park Church • November
This is one of those projects where we point to our creative community and brag. Jeremy Grant is one of those artists that has a remarkable vision, incredible patience and work ethic, and out-of-his-mind talent. For Advent 2015, he created these collages for Park Church by hand—the purple background and the lighter filling of the crown. That year we took his artwork and simply added typography. For 2016, we re-mixed the artwork just a little for The Coming of the King, shaping the crown and again doing the typography.
We’re proud to share a project for which we supplied maybe only the last 10% of the work. Why? First, because collaborative artwork is powerful, and we seek to be able to carry any project to completion and implement it well across a church’s platforms. Second, because our creative community gives us incredible tools for creating unique, excellent artwork, and that’s something special we can offer (rather, I should say that’s something special about the people God has placed around us).
Rhetorically speaking, Jeremy designed these collages with intense symbolism. In all of his work, Jeremy is considering each strand he lays and what it’s communicating. We adore that about his work. In this peice,The purple, besides being a traditional color for Advent, is representative of the chaos and disorder into which Jesus was born—a disordered world He came to set straight by His love and His good rule. The collage that makes up the lighter filling of the crown is composed of images of sky and earth (the real world into which Jesus came), with streaks of red (representing His own blood that He would let men spill to accomplish His work) and streaks of purple (representing His cosmic royalty as true Son of God).
Sermon Series Artwork • Park Church • April 2016
Painting by Lane Geurkink (Native Rambler).
Working with Lane is something we have always wanted to do. When we met up do discuss ideas for artwork for the book of Acts, we had the basic goal of illustrating the infiltration of the gospel into our world. Over the course of a week as we received pictures from her studio, it became clear that what she had created was amongst the most amazing art projects we’ve ever “directed.” The tension of the message of the gospel hitting our cities is so vividly illustrated. Art /Rhetor provided the oversight and typography, but really this piece is 99% Lane. This is one of those portfolio items that we share because we want to brag about our incredible creative community.
Sermon Series Artwork • Park Church • February 2016
Calligraphy and hand art by Bethany Siekmeier.