George Carlin once said that in his opinion, the only good thing Christianity had given the world was the music. While the veracity of that belief is up for debate, this much is true: religion does absorb -and redistribute- cultural and aesthetic flavors from every corner of the world, acting as a sort of sociological greatest-hits album. The Catholic Church, in particular, has inspired -or acquired- artistic leanings from nearly every discipline, helping to accelerate the co-mingling of seemingly-disparate forms.
So it is wholly appropriate that this week’s guests were brought together in collaboration by a collection of…Patron Saints.
KC Cowan (Portland media veteran and longtime host/producer of Oregon Art Beat) and Chris Haberman (painter, musician, poet, and gallery operator) are the writer and illustrator, respectively, of the new book They Ain’t Called Saints for Nothing, which looks at the lives of 20 notable patron saints.
We’ll talk about the genesis -so to speak- of the book, as well as the appeal of saints as artistic subjects. We’ll also discuss the creative process, especially the transition from solo artist to co-creator.
The show will also feature another “Outlook Portland Editorial Reply”, brought to you by our marquee sponsor, Things From Another World. This week’s guest editorialist: a small lump of ginger root from the tea drawer in the company breakroom.