Sunday, June 11, 2006

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Theological Illustration #4: (leaves, curry powder and ink)
image copyright: phil nellis, 2006

13 comments:

chuck said...

the overall catharsis of this series really makes them enjoyable. you're putting a finger on what so many of us have audibly expressed in recent history. the interpretation of these themes seems so well captured. i'd like to see something on how fundamentalist culture presents art/music/marketing.

Aaron said...

phil, i love it man.
keep em coming. i agree with chuck, this series has the ability to immediately bring focus to the thoughts i've had and expressed over the past couple of years. i absolutely love your ability to do this.

Anonymous said...

Phil... your art in general and especially this series carries a certain poignancy that speaks to many of my own misgivings about evangelical christianity. I appreciate your ability to expose some of ugliness which sits at the heart of our traditions and actions as christians. I am convicted, compelled, and inspired... good art man. peace.

Nick Kinnier

NathanColquhoun said...

I've really enjoyed this art.
I just linked to all of them in this series on my blog.

www.nathancolquhoun.com

Emily said...

this series is a such a biting critique on protestant church tradition. how do we balance grace and works, and how do we teach this to others? really good, smart stuff. amen and ouch.

Uncle Tom said...

Phil,
Same thots and drawings that I've read in The Door (Magazine) some 20 years ago. Loved it then. Can you come up with some fresh and new creative thots... Loved the Danish cartoons about Islam! Great stuff! That was creativity at it's finest!

elnellis said...

obviously there is nothing new under the sun, i guess great ideas have to be reborn for each generation. i'd love to see the drawings you are referencing in the door mag.
as for the danish cartoons... i like to raise hell, but not that much.

Anonymous said...

the danish cartoons are a total shame on the danish culture and should not be emulated!

Lian said...

this is probably my favorite in the series in the series, Phil. My only criticism of these is that you called them "theological cartoons" but I think they're not so much theological as religious.

Anyway, that face b gone is awesome.
Also, I don't remember ever seeing or reading anything in the Door that had the same seriousness about the "victims" of evangelical thoughtlessness.

elnellis said...

thankyou chad...
how are you using "religious"? i guess i see these as theological/deconstructionist takes on fundamentalist religiosity.

Lian said...

yeah, we're splitting silly hairs. sorry

erk said...

it breaks my heart that these things are so true of human believers sometimes. there was a time when i would have lumped all christians in groups like this, fortunately god has allowed me to witness true genuine-ness. do you think maybe there is more "christianeze" spoken and followed in christian schools and colleges? i know that these ideas seemed much more real while i was at moody...

elnellis said...

i think the reality is indeed more pronounced when the density is increased. christian colleges, churches, etc... all show varying degrees of this stuff. but it shows up subtly too, even in my own heart. this is definitly not a point-the-finger-and-criticize-from-an-enlightened-highground series. it is not about "them" the fundamentalists, but about the "us" and more specifically, the me who so redily exchanges one form of exclusivity/legalism/hypocrisy for another...