if you have a gift, give it

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Friday, October 29, 2010

A New Kind of Classroom Poster

It starts with a journal entry. One with a light bulb.

"Inspirational posters are broken at the hips." 

Draw it out and stretch it out. Add Color.

Why are they broken? Because they fail in every way to inspire. I thought that was their purpose? What inspires me? I like looking at a process. I want to understand how it all works. In some roundabout way it helps me understand how i work. I want to be able to design my own. And I also want to show somebody. I think they will teach themselves what it is for. They are sure to see a different purpose and a new beauty. They will then become the new teachers.








Monday, October 18, 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

1st Short Story Published!

Cory Story Inside 

This was a wonderful add on to my trip back home. Glad to hop in at the last minute and be small part of the Oneida Arts Programs 2010 issue of Yukhika-latuhse?. Please track this book down if you are in Oneida and read it aloud! Looking forward to more collaboration in the future. Thank you Oneida for giving me a great place to call home! 


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Work Ethics 101

Its usually a parting phrase. "Alright. See you later, don't work too hard." My new response is: "Yeah, don't work too soft!"You've figured out what your going to do of course. Now, that you all grown up. Things are starting to run together. Where you work. Who your with. What you do for fun. The people around you are learning helpful ways to support you. They start broadcasting good things to come.  The ideas are pouring out of both of you. You scramble to keep your balance pointing at the horizon. Say to yourself in the voice he said it in "Don't work too hard." It is suggested that the most universal human characteristic is laziness. Visualization is a technique that combines time, effort, and imagination which draw a map to your future. Foresight is unique to the human race. Use your gift if thats all you think it is. You are working your way towards something even if you don't like it or want to admit it. Be as honest as you know how to be with yourself. Finish the job you were put here to do. The small tasks that are building your mosaic. They are easy to identify because they are half done. Your best ideas that slipped way. They are the books that look too thick. The kids that look too tough. The dishes that look too dirty. The phone tag. The unopened box of paints. The rotting food in the fridge or the garbage. The argument you do not want to have. The rain that is stopping your free throws. The envelope you don't want to open or the letter you do not want to write. It will hurt too much to sit down and dig some moments out of your chest with a claw-hammer. This is not a life in which we are evaluated by our pain tolerance. Finish that degree.  Invent that thesis. Stare it down at three thirty in the morning. Wake up to your loved one walking in at an odd hour and greet them. Don't fake sleep it might lead to fake dream. Our job as artists is to convince others that they are also artists. It is kind of like our job as humans which is to remind others that we are human. Lets not be soft about that.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Elevator Music

Often times all I want is everybody or everything to meet up in one place for a short moment. I imagine them all taking the time to look around and make a mental note of the feeling. This is why my mother taught me to collage. So i could fit you in from over here . Hello Bird .

Here is a link to the video i made back in March, trying to keep things in a safe place, thought this might be a better door to get there rather than the youtube search engine :)  Lotni and JuJu - Elevator Music Enjoy!