Art has no boundaries?


I happened to be in Fort Collins, CO earlier today (and yesterday) and I grabbed my camera when I saw this bumper sticker in front of me on a van… “ART has no boundaries” it said.

Is it just me, or does that sticker seem to contradict itself? It is trying to express the freedome available in ART to break the boundaries and be free from restraint and to express whatever in new and liberating ways… all while being crammed into standard bumper sticker dimensions.

I just thought it was kinda ironic. I would think “ART has no boundaries” would be splashed across the side of the car, or on an odd shaped sticker, at at least with a crazy fun colorful font… whereas that sticker was loaded with boundaries: the edges of the sticker were crammed, the dark area was tight, and it was placed where all stickers go, on the back of a car.

How many times do we try to express a message – in fact, THE Message, and our very form or method of communication contradicts the very thing we are trying to express? Are we ever guilty of reducing Christianity to a bumper sticker that claims to be so much more, but in the end is sadly disappointing?

What is the message you are trying to convey? How are you communicating it? Does your delivery contradict the message? Just some thoughts from a bumper sticker that failed…………. or did it? I’m blogging about it, aren’t I?

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  1. Maybe they’re talking about a candidate for Congress…..?

    I think you’re right, though. As a wise man once observed, “People sing about the joy of the Lord…but nobody thought to inform their faces.” We tell new believers that Christianity is a relationship and not a bunch of do’s and don’ts and then proceed to inundate them with what is and is not acceptable, all the while discouraging them in their expressions of zeal.
    Wow…maybe Art was right :-)

    P.S. On a side note, you’re blogging from Ft. Collins? I’m originally from the southern end of Colorado (Pueblo and Florence). The heavy sigh you hear at this moment is me . (but I shall refrain from singing “There’s no place like home for the holidays”, lest computer screens everywhere crack.)

  2. so that’s why my laptop cracked! I’m back home now, it was a short 2 day trip.

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