A Time For Faith

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A Time For Faith by David Bell, Colin Gibson, Prue Bell and Lyndie Leviston.

All about a good time, a right time, an always time - for faith, and the paradox of the best time being timeless. This is a video exhibition of Mixed Media Monoprints. Celebrating the 60th anniversary of Trinity-at-Waiake Methodist Church, Auckland, David Bell created two parallel sequences, consisting of forty-five mixed media Risograph/screen monoprints.

The two sequences are a personal exploration through colour and form, of how the contours of church faith and life are a paradox: both constant and constantly changing.

Colin Gibson, internationally acclaimed hymn writer, Prue Bell a lifetime piano teacher and musician, and Lyndie Leviston, Secretary of the National Flute Players Association of Australia, have provided the score and the performance for the video. It's got hints of Stravinsky and feeling groovy from Simon and Garfunkel's hit 59th Street Bridge Song.

A Time For Faith reflects the need for every Christian congregation to express a theology that can connect with the everyday world in which people express their faith, and the wider community sees, reacts and interacts with it.

Each print occurs in a video sequence with an associated idea or perception about our church community and what it is has in common with wider communities and global trends, as well as our
theological sense of place-space and time-faith.

The first sequence starts from the time of building the hall called Trinity Methodist Church in mid 1958.

The First Phase | 1958-1994
It was back in the 1960s.
It sang of a timeless moment.
The 59th Street Bridge Song,
a masterclass, with the lightest touch.
A world away from New York,
a small group of enthusiasts had built a church hall.
Waiake was a sleepy backwater in rural Auckland,
Tamaki Makaurau, Tamaki of a hundred lovers.
They too wanted to live in the moment,
on Sundays at least and if not forever,
and have some fun doing it – feeling in the groove.
No, they weren’t on a quest to find America.
It was claimed that where they lived was,
“last, loneliest, loveliest, exquisite, apart.”
And the faith they were keeping was deep and clear.
It took soundings that hinted at universal values.
From one corner of the earth to the other:
an intense search for meaning, post world war two.
Space-time flies fast as an arrow,
and the sacred sense of timeless space-place is
undone. Brittle shattered time, undone.
The only now is the insane rush forward.

The second sequence begins with the opening of the church auditorium, renamed by common usage as Trinity-at-Waiake from late 1994 and ends with the 60th celebration mid 2018.

The Second Phase | 1994-2018
And the windows in the walls of time
permit only the backward view,
the abyss of the unknown always in front.
36 years later the church auditorium was built:
a different small group yet, equally, enthusiasts.
They were, of course, singing new songs.
The world had changed;
the community they served felt different expectations.
Then, the unexpected:
dogma weakened, faith grew stronger.
The colours of church and community are like that.
Moonrise and sunset are like that.
Life and faith are like that.
A little church on the rim of a valley,
close by the beach, with its doors open.
You can see through to all the tears and laughter.
All life’s pain and gnawing ache of disappointment
and all its potential and overarching joy.
St. Augustine - God made the Creation with time.
He painted the universe as an artist,
and the brush strokes were time.
These Riso/screen prints celebrate 60 years.
the space-place-faith-time paradox of being church.

Writing Church History
Academics and professional historians will work assiduously on what to leave in and what to leave out, when writing a church history, be it large or small. They will strive for accuracy and consider it a matter of pride to be accountable for the interpretations of the data they produce in all its myriad forms.
In the final analysis, however, writing history is an art rather than a science. This is even more pronounced when dealing with the history of religious forms, signs, symbols and institutions.

The Print Making Process
Riso and hand screen printing are very similar, in so far as they both use stencils.
The Risograph palette was limited to three soy based inks: medium blue, process red, and dark green. Depth and vibrancy were achieved through multiple over-printings.
Screen printing inks were limited to acrylic yellow iron oxide and benzimidazolone yellow light. These were applied only to a small part of each Riso print.
The challenge is to generate new colours from the given palette.

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