The Lectern

The Gnosis of Art with Jason Mehmel

Shaun McCann published on

Long time AJC member and artist, Jason Mehmel ( discusses the interaction between Gnosticism, Gnosis and Art.

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  • Hawthorn

    I'd love a part 2 for this talk sometime. I hardly ever hear people seriously & joyfully discuss devotional art, or art as devotion, and this was such a breath of fresh air.

  • Hawthorn

    forgot to add: I'm not sure what pages, and take or leave her work based on its rigor of research-- but I'm certain that somewhere in The Gnostic Gospels Elaine Pagels considers it basic gnostic tradition to play an artistic game of reinterpretation of Biblical canon, and that was most of the burr in the side of early, orthodox church leadership they posed. A creative one. I feel like I remember Talk Gnosis calling it Bible fanfic at some point. but since reading that I've considered artistic co-optation & reinterpretation a sort of basic gnostic skill and holy practice. so yeah a resounding agreement with you both!

  • Shaun McCann

    Really glad you enjoyed it and we just might do that sometime.