Silences

“The sound of music is not, like the sound of words, opposed, but rather parallel to silence. It is as though the sounds of music were being driven over the surface of silence. Music is silence, which in dreaming begins to sound. Silence is never more audible than when the last sound of music has…

Artifacts

Andrew Ryan Shepherd has an ongoing photographic series (Artifacts) consisting of images of plant material, mostly leaves. A recent stay at Laity Lodge gave him the opportunity to pursue the project in the Frio River Canyon. What he discovered was an elemental approach to documenting the experience of a specific place. The collected images display a…

The Outsider: The Art of Robert Feuge

Robert Feuge plays with junk. When we visited him in his Fredericksburg, Texas, studio, he pulled out piece after piece of salvaged material, roadside kill (one of his artworks features dove’s wings), and plenty of wood, mostly wilted local oak. “[With] virtually everything I look at,” Robert explained, “I ask the question: ‘What else can…

Kelley McRae: Stay Close to Me

When we met Kelley McRae and Matt Castelein at the Box Canyon entrance, we realized that perhaps we had not sufficiently described the hike ahead. Kelley’s shoes weren’t exactly designed for trails. Both were wearing guitars. We knew that slick rocks and rope-enabled climbs (however modest) awaited our crew—maybe filming Kelley and Matt in the…

The High Five

On two different days last year, we entered The Box Canyon with philosopher James K. A. Smith and musicians Andy Gullahorn and Gabe Scott. On each occasion, the weather was different, the mood was different, the purpose of our coming together was different, but ultimately we arrived at the same topic: the spiritual power of…