I enjoy quips, quotes, one-liners and nuggets that I can store in my mental rolodex to retrieve as circumstances warrant. Whether I need to gather myself to complete a task ("In for a penny, in for a pound"), inspiration to hit the gym ("you'll be glad you went"), or just an attitude adjustment if I'm having an off day ("where focus goes, energy flows"), these little gems come in handy. I saw one the other day that I jotted down in my phone's notebook app - "Time is not a renewable resource". It caught my eye because it seems that we are surrounded by marketing messages assuring us that we can re-purpose, recycle, redesign, redecorate, renew, revamp, revitalize and basically rework our entire lives and that with "a healthy diet and exercise" we will live forever to re-do all that we have done. My God I'm exhausted just thinking about it! In our society finite anything is deemed to be problematic when it should be considered a gift. I like reminders that "this is not a dress rehearsal", to keep a level of awareness that this very moment will be a memory in the next few moments and that as long as I am taking steps that bring about good results for myself and those around me, the day has been worthwhile. I don't always succeed in my efforts, but when I don't, I try to find the learning opportunity so that if a similar circumstance presents itself, I will have a higher likelihood of a better outcome...not quite a re-do, but certainly a forward looking will-do!
I grew up in an era when graffiti was considered artistic anarchy - I loved it and still do! (At one time I wrote a paper on the question of art vs. vandalism - a challenging subject!) Recently I was very excited to be able to visit the Beyond The Streets exhibit in Brooklyn (after following this organization on Instagram and enjoying the Los Angeles exhibit from a distance) and it was fantastic. The art form has evolved from the days of my youth from simple tags to the current mega-murals that beautifully occupy the sides of buildings, among other locations. This exhibit does a wonderful job of putting into context the evolution of the art form and the artists who risked life, limb, and police action to produce their pieces. Social commentary and artistic expression are not strange bedfellows, but this art was immediate in an era when mobile communication meant yelling out a window, carrying protest signs, or using a walkie-talkie (but only within range). The political and social environment was challenging and these artists took to the streets to share their opinions and in the process participated in creating legacies that have stood the test of time and helped bring amazingly creative art into the mainstream.
The three pieces above by Dan Witz.
I just released 4 new photo collections that have one common theme - Gothic Architecture. Even as a child I was fascinated by the art and architecture of the the church we attended. As an adult, even after reading Pillars Of The Earth by Ken Follett, I still struggle to comprehend the engineering and manpower brought to bear in the construction of these amazing structures (and don't get me started on the Great Pyramids of Egypt!). According to some historians, these Gothic wonders date back to 1100s! I come from a community founded in the 1600s and even with preservation, some of those buildings are showing their age, yet these amazing Gothic structures seem impervious. Even the beautiful Notre Dame in Paris, although damaged, remains structurally sound after the tragic fire! Perhaps it is this sense of beautiful permanence that also intrigues me....we seem to live in a world where many things are deemed disposable and temporary. In truth, every action taken or not taken and words spoken or withheld have repercussions into the future. We all have but one legacy that cannot be changed after we depart this life and my hope is that through my art, including the photo collections, you may be gently reminded that a legacy of love, compassion, and gratitude are within your grasp, every day in every aspect of your life, one step at a time...it may not be easy, but neither is building Gothic cathedrals and look at how they endure!
These collections include five 4” x 6” black and white glossy photographs, portrait and landscape orientation, matted, and ready to frame or hang in your home or office.