Stories

We write and read and escape into stories to hide, even for just a few moments, from the trials of life.  The more dramatic the tale, the better our lives seem in comparison.

Art and fiction should be swelling right about now.  We are entering a period in which everything to free-thinking, open-minded, science accepting people is being called into question.  The very safety of our being.  The safety of our friends and the safety of those seeking refuge and a better life.

Our world is being twisted and wrung out.  We are being led to believe that things are very bad, while, really, it is just a lot of hype from people looking to direct the story.  But we know the story already.  We can see what is happening, while people are trying to tell us the complete opposite, and not only the complete opposite, but other stories at the same time, that are transgressive, but not seemingly as transgressive as the first story.  Side stories, like in a Tolstoy novel…  Jumping from narrative to narrative until they all seemingly slump together somewhere in the middle.  All to distract us from the grande plot… the twist in the end that leads to the desolate fall of the main character.  We are the main character.  They (Tolstoy) are out to destroy us, to make an example of us.  We are the American People.  They are some quasi-dictator, anarcho-fascist, power lusty mob.  They seek to stunt us into submission.  To quell our  anger and our resistance.  To subdue us into lassitude.

We must reject this.  We control our own story.

What is there to do but create.  What is there to do but write and make and wake every morning with fury in our hearts.  To rise and to fight the ridiculous narrative that they are trying to cram into our heads and hearts. Wear your darkness and speak your truths.  Be open about how this state of affairs makes you feel.  To your mother, to your father, all of your brothers and sisters.  Tell them you have Iraqi and Persian friends.  Tell them you believe America is the place where freedom lives.  Tell everyone you meet that hate and fear are at odds with a just and prosperous Nation.  And know it inside you.

 

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Some recent works

A Belt Buckle for my Texan Father in Law.  He asked for it “plain and connected in the back…MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

The start to my “engagement ring” (except we are already married, and have known each other for five years…its kind of just symbolic:)  Finished pics of the Rose gold version, coming soon…

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In Progress Wedding band set, still need finishing work…MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERASketches of ideas for the pieces above:

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Update on the Ipod Burn Barrel! It has found it’s forever home!

 

A magical house in the Catskill Mountains has adopted the burn barrel.   Thank you to everyone for sharing and helping to find it a place…  Everything is as it should be:)

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So much is happening. RIGHT Now.

 

 

Do you want to enliven your deck or patio parties this fall with a really magnificent piece of Art. Here you GO…
In Rural PA, many people burn their trash in steel drums like these because the trash collection services are few and far between– if they are available at all. In the Italian Market in Philadelphia, the same thing is done to keep vendors warm at their stalls in the winter. Steel Drums are nostalgic objects to many, as are Ipods. Its a ridiculous cultural phenomenon that a design — the Ipod Generation 2 is now so outdated that these once expensive hunks of plastic and metal are now nothing but the materials they are made of. They are for all intents and purposes, trash.

 

So, I glorified the image and recorded it in a sculptural object for all time immortal…or at least until the iron breaks down from the carbon and melts away in to the earth once more.
Its a lamp, its a sculpture, its a storage bin, its on wheels.
Its Art.

Purchase me here:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/200404626/ipod-burn-barrel-sculptural-lamp

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Purchase me here:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/200404626/ipod-burn-barrel-sculptural-lamp

No reasonable offers will be refused.  I am moving.  This piece should have a forever home.

 

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Just getting my stuff together for one of the only shows I’m going to do this year.  If you are in Philly this weekend and you want to invest in some art for under $200 come to the Art For The Cash Poor 2014.  Hope to see you there:)

Thank Yas!
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http://inliquid.org/happenings/inliquid-projects/aftcp15/

Aside

 

(a collection of pulled images, not my photos)

 

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…In The Dark crystal when Jen and Kira ‘dreamfast’ and see each other’s old pains and scars and joys and they know each other instantly as like minds….

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OOf! I thought these images were lost and gone forever!

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