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L.J. Frank, Image 4183, 2016

L.J. Frank Painting, Image 4183, 2016

The journal Narrative Paths just published an interview with Prof. Timm about iCulture therapy: http://www.ljfrank.com/archives/922.


About the journal and the interlocutor, L.J. Frank:

The journal offers an experimental platform for literary and artistic curiosity searching for innovative narrative and symbolic paths of engaging the market, technology and especially online blogging.

L.J. Frank’s novels explore the inner world through fictional characters placed in remote worlds and confronted with the inexplicable need to break through external, authoritarian barriers to communication that prevent them not only from expressing what they perceive as real, but from believing in the very existence of their subjective truth.

His artwork has developed an indigenous idiom that likewise communicates the inner experience of color. They represent the many facets of what appears to be the familiar, intimate setting of an unspeakable, breathless relationship to undefined objects through the medium that communicates their presence, color. These are not paintings in the traditional sense, but rather documents of a movement of color that speak the kind of groaning prayers the Bible teaches us to recognise when words fail to articulate our needs.

Romans 8:26: But if we hope for what we do not yet see, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know how we ought to pray, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans too deep for words.

Another interesting art sale, closing tomorrow, offers a collection of objects that address the same needs: https://www.artnet.com/auctions/all-artworks/

Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987) Grace Kelly, 1984 Lot ID: 118477

Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987)
Grace Kelly, 1984
Lot ID: 118477

Pop art is likewise distanced from the traditional media it engages, paint and sculpture, among others. Painting is not exactly painting when it doesn’t serve the function of representing a three-dimensional object on a two-dimensional medium. Rather, as in L.J. Frank’s paintings, it performs a relationship to something that is deeply personal, not necessarily unique, but dwelling between available objects. Pop art showcases internal objects.

Much like color in L.J. Frank’s paintings, the instantly recognisable pop object becomes a vehicle of a journey within. The familiar “icons” serve as railroads, flight trajectories or infrastructure facilitating the transport of the internal object to the market. The exercise of creating, curating, and consuming pop art becomes a living practice of birthing a new indigenous idiom that in the long run serves a more profound articulation of inner reality. Pop art is elaborate prayer. Yet, unless it is contained and included in the living language of Christian experience, it will remain inexplicable to the future, its meaning will perish like that of the Egyptian hieroglyphs.

What some prayers articulate through groans and splashes of color, others spell out in state-of-the-art communication practice. The prayers of humanity are vast, intensely beautiful, varied, and valuable for the languages and idioms of the future.

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