August 30, 2009

An American Koran: "We didn't start the fire..."

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Opening September 8 at the Koplin Del Rio Gallery at 6031 Washington Blvd Culver City, California , this art show could be a blast or a bomb. One way or another, it will test the limits of Muslim tolerance in our new age of "understanding" and "dialogue" with Islam....

Sandow Birk has spent the past four years creating a personal Qur’an. Following the traditions of ancient Arabic and Islamic manuscripts, the artist has been hand-transcribing the entire English-translated text of the Qur’an as was done in centuries past – following traditional guidelines as to the colors of inks, the formatting of the pages, the size of margins and the illuminations of page headings and medallions marking verses and passages. His hand-lettered calligraphy uses an American tradition of writing - that of the street letters of urban graffiti that he finds around his Los Angeles neighborhood. Once each chapter is transcribed, he then seeks to illuminate the text and its message with scenes from contemporary American life – investigating how the message relates to our lives in the United States today. -- Sandow Birk | Koplin Del Rio
An article on the background for the show can be read at Sandow Birk’s ‘Personal Meditations’ on the Koran -
“We’re very concerned about repercussions from the Muslim community,” said the Culver City gallery owner, Eleana Del Rio. “But it’s important to know that Sandow did this with the best intentions, no irony or satire intended.”
Here's hoping that her concern is misplaced.

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But just in case, it's good the remember:

And we're just getting warmed up!

Posted by Vanderleun at August 30, 2009 12:14 PM
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Thanks for the reprise of that You Tube video, Gerard; one of the best compilations of clips on the Web and the Joel backing is awesome! A depth charge in the context of your post. Whuuurumppp!

Posted by: Frank P at August 30, 2009 4:46 PM

If the Muslim faith wishes to be more accepted in the West, this seems like an ideal way of getting their word out directly.
It will be quite interseting how this work is viewed.

Posted by: Milwaukee Mike at August 30, 2009 5:54 PM

I was interested to see that the book cover for "Stranger in a Strange Land" shows the author as one Leonora Scholte, rather than Robert Heinlein. I think the Heinlein book is the one to which the song refers . . . I don't know anything at all about the Scholte book, it is apparently the story of "a Dutch pioneer settlement in Iowa." Perhaps Iowahawk knows about it . . .

Posted by: Punditarian at August 30, 2009 6:31 PM

Ah! The Punditarian caught it, too!

This artist is courageous or ignorant. They're going to be about 1 billion (give or take a couple dozen) very unhappy Muslims when word gets out about this sacrilege.


Posted by: cathy at August 31, 2009 10:56 AM

Last work I saw of Sandow Birk's was his contemporary update to Dante's Inferno, so I think we can safely say he's an equal-opportunity blasphemer.

(My comments on same here.)

Posted by: CGHill at September 1, 2009 7:39 AM

Here it is to poke nose into other's rights and expect that other will gaurantee its safety. we should condemn such freedom of thoughts otherwise God Himself will come on earth to mend our limits

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