Feb 1, 2012 sucah7 commented on Church or Cult?.
Just to clarify some things for you, Brendan. The sermon preached on Sunday was recorded before the article came out on Matthew Paul Turner's blog. Hence, why Mark didn't address it in the sermon Sunday.

I agree with Pastor Jeff's quote. Also, Mark encourages attendees to educate themselves outside of MH church as well. The articles circulating in the last week have led to a lot of discussion & interpretation inside the community groups at the church, so please don't assume we are mindless followers. The MH people I know still weigh everything the leaders say against the word of God & the discerning leadership of the Holy Spirit. It's realizing that every quote, verse, statistic, etc. needs to be analyzed against the context to which it came from, otherwise, yes, it's very easy to slip into ignorance.

It's understanding that I call myself a follower of Christ & a Christian before I call myself a Mars Hill member.
May 31, 2011 sucah7 commented on Tacoma Art Museum, "Hide/Seek," and YOU.
Definitely agree that everyone has a right to self-expression. Working in a museum can be very disheartening sometimes because instead of some people just accepting that some work doesn't float their boat, they instead act out against it. It's not art's job to make everyone feel comfortable all the time. It's meant to challenge. I know this exhibit would challenge me in my opinions about art, regardless of whether I agree with it completely. That's one of the reasons I appreciate it so much.
Apr 21, 2011 sucah7 commented on Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs.
I had the chance to see this piece towards the end of March on my way back from a trip. I'm sure the people who were riding in my car could vouch for how much I freaked out because of my excitement. I wish I had documented my reaction to relay it to everyone now. The work is poetic, its delicate nature somehow makes a bold statement. It also reads much like drafting, with short sketch lines, it manifests itself in a way that I thought only 2D drawings could do. I especially like the break in the "billboard" at the top, it allows the negative space to have movement, as if the sky were pouring into the frame. What I appreciate most about this piece is that lack of stagnation.
As we rolled up to the border patrol I did have the intention of asking the guard about the work, but in the same theme of the above article, my awe of the piece was interrupted by the brass & cacophonous presence of a sassy guard. It really relays to the politics of the work I'm sure. The opinion revolving from government towards the art now almost seems one of annoyance...looking towards reactions about cutbacks especially. No respect. Especially the dynamics involved in border patrol, it's necessary but it's like getting a tooth pulled...painful.

The work should be delved into, a feel as though it is a refuge of calmness that border crossers can go into, much like the arch that you see when crossing into Canada. If people would ignore their first inclinations towards annoyance, they might find something much more. The border paranoia might find some settling in the work, some peace of mind.
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Apr 14, 2011 sucah7 commented on The Sound of Indifference.
After reading this article & many, it only deepens my dismay about support for the arts in Seattle in general. Many people have such a false sense of what's better to support than others. For someone to state that the arts are a superfluous part of funding is not only inaccurate, but also ignorant. The arts stimulate a great return for every dollar they receive. Think of the people who go out to see art everyday, while out looking at the art they go to the nearby restaurants, stores & stimulate the economy.
It pains me to think that people opposed to these bills think the arts are receiving a type of welfare, even more that it's "undeserved". The point is that you cannot judge the importance of the arts in a community by the same standards as other parts of the economy. Art is vital to the cultivation of a well-rounded & educated person. Its a universal form of communication & important for tourists coming to Seattle because of this. 4Culture supports emerging artists like myself & local artists in Seattle in a great way. The destruction of support for this organization will lessen the voice of Seattle, & its ability to speak to tourists visiting Seattle in a universal sense.

It's always disheartening to see that the government doesn't consider the repercussions of their actions more fully. The funding gives artists more breathing room, room that allows them to speak in a better way than if they were restrained to a small budget.
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Apr 7, 2011 sucah7 commented on Let Your Life Be a Counter-Friction.
The connection between the artist & what she's focusing her artwork around is a bit mysterious. It's difficult to determine the strength of the correlation is. Whether or not that legitimizes the art or not I'm not sure.

Within fashion now details in pieces have become very important, much like the details in the works, both the sweaters and paintings. She's connecting her work back to feminine history, although again it's difficult to find the correlation between the women, if there even is one other than their womanhood. The folds of the sweaters & the paintings mirror each other. Their lines are very similar, as are their attention to the small details. I think this is the reason I have a desire for more details about the correlation between the artist & the women of history, because the two mediums share so many details in common.
Mar 31, 2011 sucah7 commented on In Reason Nothing—Something Then in Rhyme.
Seeing this show on the opening night, I definitely had a very strong experience. The Western Bridge does a great job of creating a space separated from the outside world (in a good way). Meaning, they make work that needs to be talked about, your opinion cannot just stay nestled ugly solitude in your head.

Luckily I went with many friends, & had the opportunity of talking about plenty of the pieces in great length. (Not to mention eating amazingly addicting food). As for the article, gaining that extra information definitely sheds more light (haha) on the intentions of the artists themselves. Sometimes I appreciate this, other times I don't. As for the "Darkness Falls on..." piece, it definitely helps me understand it more, & appreciate it more, seeing how I only gave the piece a small bit of time during the opening.

The theme Light In Darkness brings in so many starters for conversation, it's amazing. YOU MUST SEE THIS EXHIBIT IN PERSON, it will make a huge difference, especially because the architecture of the space adds immensely to the piece. Exhibits in Western Bridge are not just set in, they fit.
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Mar 31, 2011 sucah7 commented on In Reason Nothing—Something Then in Rhyme.
Seeing this show on the opening night, I definitely had a very strong experience. The Western Bridge does a great job of creating a space separated from the outside world (in a good way). Meaning, they make work that needs to be talked about, your opinion cannot just stay nestled ugly solitude in your head.

Luckily I went with many friends, & had the opportunity of talking about plenty of the pieces in great length. (Not to mention eating amazingly addicting food). As for the article, gaining that extra information definitely sheds more light (haha) on the intentions of the artists themselves. Sometimes I appreciate this, other times I don't. As for the "Darkness Falls on..." piece, it definitely helps me understand it more, & appreciate it more, seeing how I only gave the piece a small bit of time during the opening.

The theme Light In Darkness brings in so many starters for conversation, it's amazing. YOU MUST SEE THIS EXHIBIT IN PERSON, it will make a huge difference, especially because the architecture of the space adds immensely to the piece. Exhibits in Western Bridge are not just set in, they fit.
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