I had not intended to take a hiatus from this blog during the fall semester. It just worked out that way. I started this blog over two years ago to serve as a platform to reflect on the theological, philosophical, and aesthetic implications of my book, God in the Gallery, which had just been released by Baker Academic. But it has begun to shift. Although my hiatus was unintended, it was necessary. My work this fall posed a significant challenge for interpreting it within the existing scope of the blog.
This challenge has forced me to recognize that my work with the Miami-based artist Enrique Martínez Celaya has become the hub through which all my work passes, including my classroom teaching at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, God in the Gallery, and this blog. It is thus not simply one of several iterations of my interest in art and religion. It is the project that defines and tests all others, including my interest in art and religion. And so this blog must reflect that shift in focus and priority. From this perspective, "art and religion" as a discourse that is "applied" to Martínez Celaya's work is irrelevant. What will be of relevance will emerge only through my concrete engagement with his work, and that includes my religious commitments.