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September 14, 2005

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Bad art or genuine expression? New book explores kitsch art

Join the launch of Betty Spackman's new book, “A Profound Weakness: Christians and Kitsch" on Thursday, September 15, at 8:00 p.m. in Alumni Hall.

Contemporary artist and Trinity Western University professor Betty Spackman invites the public to the launch of her new book, “A Profound Weakness: Christians and Kitsch,” on Thursday, September 15, at 8:00 p.m. at TWU. The book is an image journal in which Spackman gives a guided tour of her collection of images and objects that represent the Christian faith in popular culture. Spackman develops a love-hate relationship with the clichés that express what are for many, genuine longings for meaning and belonging. Her book helps readers make sense of the pictures that unwittingly may have shaped faith or unfaith.

The book launch is the first event in the new Verge Arts Series—a collection of interdisciplinary artistic events sponsored by the Faculty of Professional Studies and Performing Arts. The focus of the series is on artistic performance and scholarly interaction with the arts. Events for 2005/06 include an installation art exhibit, lectures, a new media performance, a new music performance, and a conference in May 2006. Please see the Verge website for more information

For those interested in kitsch and art, the public is also invited to attend the opening lecture for the art course, Christians and Kitsch (Art 490) on Friday, Sept 16 at 5:00 p.m. in Freedom Hall (Robert N. Thompson building) on the TWU campus.

Event: Book launch: “A Profound Weakness: Christians and Kitsch”
Date: Thursday, September 15, 2005
Time: 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Alumni Hall, Reimer Student Centre, TWU campus

About the author: Betty Spackman holds a master's degree in fine arts from York University. She has worked professionally as an animator, storyboard artist and video editor. As a multimedia installation artist she has held solo exhibitions and taken part in collaborative events in Europe and North America. She currently teaches art part-time at TWU.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,500 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 38 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 14 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

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