Friday, July 19, 2013

to aug 1 | stefan brunhoff | nature never spent

I met Stefan backstage when Pacific Theatre performed "First Christmas: An Entertainment" in a music theatre on the UBC campus late in 1984. If I remember right, Stefan was new to the faith, and being an artist, he was really drawn to the artistry of that first PT production. I've stayed in one of the cottages he designed on Galiano Island. Gorgeous. I think he should have a show consisting of his buildings. Though it would take a rather large gallery, and would entail other logistical challenges.

NATURE NEVER SPENT by Stefan Brunhoff
closes 5pm, August 1
Lookout Gallery, Regent College

"The mystery of what God places before us in the world is infinite in its impenetrability and is ultimately uncontainable. One seeks to see, touch, and elicit the profundity, the beauty, and the strangeness of what is before one's eyes and to distill and amplify this into the painting to some measure. One never really succeeds, but rarely is failure so rewarding and the search to continue the attempt so compelling."

Stefan Brunhoff is an architect and watercolour painter who draws inspiration from the unique qualities of the British Columbia landscape, as well as the particular characteristics of his media; both buildings and paint.

God's Grandeur
by Gerard Manley Hopkins

THE WORLD is charged with the grandeur of God.
  It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
  It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;        
  And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
  And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.
And for all this, nature is never spent;
  There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;        
And though the last lights off the black West went
  Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs—
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
  World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

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