SCUM ALL YE FAITHFUL
A now-10-year-old church in Denver ministers to (as contemplated by 1 Corinthians 4:11-13) the homeless, the reviled and the persecuted, and formally named itself after the actual words in verse 13: the “Scum of the Earth” Church. The congregation touts nonjudgmental Christianity, owns an elegant, aging building (but holds services elsewhere because of fire code violations) and is a rough mix of anarchists, punk rockers, environmentalists and disaffected teens perhaps mainly keen on angering their parents. “Scum” (as church members matter-of-factly call themselves) tilt mildly philosophically conservative (though not nearly evangelical), connected only by the common belief that “God is love,” according to a December report in Denver’s Westword.
Among the recent works funded by Arts Council England was a “painting” consisting of a blank canvas, for which artist Agnieszka Kurant was paid the equivalent of about $2,300 and on which she intends to paint something in the future. Rounding out her exhibition were a “sculpture” that was not really present and a “movie” that had been shot with no film in the camera.
OUT OF HIS ORB
Robert Hurst, 47, was charged after an incident at the cemetery in Picayune, Mississippi, pursuing his hobby of “orb photography”—capturing the images of circles of light at night, especially the ones that appear to him as faces. Hurst was spotted one night in December, naked, setting up his camera, thus giving rise to a charge of indecent exposure. He explained that he thought bare skin would be the “best canvas” for orb photography.
Brandi Jo Winkelman, 17, was charged in September in Juneau, Wisconsin, with violating the state’s child abuse law after a schoolyard fight and risks a maximum of six years in prison. Authorities charged Winkelman even though her “victim” was a classmate older than Winkelman.