This week we are excited to present a new work by calligraphy-influenced artist, David Chang. David is responding to Romans 12:9-13 focusing especially on the last verse:

 

9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one
another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.11 Never be lacking in zeal, but
keep 
your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction,
faithful in prayer. 
13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”

 

 

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David Chang, Romans 12:9-13, 2012, Ruling pen, Ink and Gouache, 17″ x 22″

 

From the Artist: Based on the topic of friend and community, I found that Romans 12:9-13 really spoke to me; verse 13 in particular. For the creation of the piece, I took impressions from a community center where I was having a show. This served as my foundation. The calligraphy is derived from the textures that appear from the impression. I gradually build up the layers, weaving letter forms and paying attention to composition.

 

The art of David Chang is a sustained exploration into the significance
and meaning of words and texts as embodied through physical
gestures.  Centuries-old eastern techniques in calligraphy find new
form in the western alphabet as the artist shapes his own hermeneutics
of the hand. The artist’s brushwork, vacillating between traditional scripts
and contemporary abstraction, issues statements of personal, cultural,
and spiritual awareness, while it also retains an autonomous formal
beauty full of urgency and grace.

 

Photography: Randall Leazer

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