September 9-15 - "Be Ye Reconciled to God"
Wayne Brungard (American, born 1946)
Opus 11 (2018)
Bronze and Red Oak, 111.5 x 69 x 57 inches
Collection of the artist
Used with permission of the artist
Wayne Brungard had spent more than 40 years designing and fabricating unique wood and metal items for residential and commercial customers, but he had never shown his work in a fine art exhibition. That changed this year, at the age of 72, when his first art exhibition took place at the Emmanuel Art Gallery in Denver, Colorado. Reorienting himself as a fine artist, he took courage from Luke 5:4 and felt the need to “Launch out into the deep, and let down [his] nets for a draught.”
After Brungard was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer and was recovering from surgeries and radiation, he lost his voice. He communicated by “paper, pencil, and hugs.” As he began feeling better, he returned to his studio and continued working on non-commissioned sculptures that deal with relationships: abstraction and reality; emotions and connectedness; light and shadow; time and space. In that way, they are abstract evocations of subconscious feelings, not unlike Paul’s statement that in life we walk by faith. The artist writes, “The more I worked on these pieces, the more my voice returned. Getting to this point and continuing on has not been without struggles. The excitement of starting the journey is often tempered by the realities of the journey—of days filled with monotonous work requiring faith in every footstep. I have had to learn to persevere, to endure, and too truly trust in the Lord, especially when the journey requires facing rocky ridges and the way forward seems impossible. As I do so, I am learning more of ‘the greatness of God; and [that] he [will] consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain’” 2 Nephi 2:2.
Gospel concepts such as the atonement, godly sorrow, and tribulation can be difficult to understand. How can we find our way on a path that is sometimes obscured? As Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight)” (2 Corinthians 5:6-7).
Paul explains that once we have been comforted in our troubles by the mercy of Jesus, we can provide this same comfort to another (see 1 Corinthians 1:3-4). How does this relate to our baptismal covenant to "comfort those that stand in need of comfort" (Mosiah 18:9)? How does providing comfort result in unity?
What have you recently done that demonstrates an exercise of faith? Was your faith strengthened in the choice? In what way? How does an exercise of faith result in an increase of confidence as described by Paul?
Our Come, Follow Me (Art Companion) values finding artists who are new or under-known. Wayne Brungard is on example. Are there any artists that you think should be on our radar? Write to us.