Patience, by its very definition, has an end. Patience is: the good natured tolerance and delay in agitation for delay or incompetence. No where in there does it say it is indefinite. But where do you draw the line? Especially when you know there is a good person behind the offending behavior. How much time do you give to the want of change, without that change actually manifesting? I don't have the answers to these questions, perhaps no one does. Or, more likely, it is individually based on the person and relative situation. What I present is only an analysis of what a patient person, one patient person goes through. Loss. Sorrowful, gut wrenching loss. And that loss is recurring. Not a singular event. It happens over and over again. Hope, love, then loss. After all, patience is not eternal. It becomes necessary, over time, to withdraw. To minimize the wounding. Patience can be a good thing, but it also wounds. Maybe if others knew of the wounds they might be a little more careful. Take a little more care in how they treat themselves as well as others. Perhaps, to most it is a foreign concept, that how you treat yourself effects others. The thought that when you mistreat yourself, others are the ones who are pained and harmed is something that most have not come to terms with. We are all interconnected and that is something we can not stop. We are tied by our own humanity, or inhumanity as the case may be. But we are still all interconnected. When one develops a bond to another, there is joy. The shared reality that develops can either be nurturing or harmful. And when one within that shared reality acts detrimentally, it effects the whole of the shared reality. In this way, how we treat ourselves is how we treat others. Too many of us don't treat ourselves with respect, then we expect to gain that necessary respect from others. That can not happen. We all need to respect ourselves. Treat ourselves gently and with reverence. In this way we can then treat others gently and with reverence. Patience needs to be rewarded, or it disappears. Wounds will eventually overtake it, if it isn't.
Part of what makes being an artist so unique is the basic necessity to challenge preconceived notions. Be them blatant or subtle, the notions themselves. One notion that I find myself fighting consistently is that of the diminished capacity in those with a mental illness, just because they have a mental illness. Mental illness is no different than any other illness, there are those that have a diminished capacity and those that are highly intelligent. Just because the illness is mental does not make it and intellectual deficiency. Nor does it make the illness imaginary. It simply means that the illness is mental. Those with depression or PTSD are not intellectually defective, many have higher than average IQs. In fact, it is believed that depression is more prevalent in those with a higher than average IQ. Making those with mental illness the more intelligent of the bunch. So those with a mental illness process the world differently, isn’t different a good thing? Aren’t we, especially as an artist, dependent on the different? Aren’t we all in search of something “different”? Something new? Perhaps we should put preconceived notions aside and stop assuming that there is only one right way. Perhaps I, as an artist, can shine some light on those preconceived notions and dispel the falsehoods abound in them. So I put forth, for your edification, this: As with any illness there are those that are ignorant and of diminished intelligence, but not all of them are. It is not a condition of the illness. It is, however, indicative of above average intelligence to be depressed, which is a form of mental illness. Do not judge. Instead, research, educate and edify.
The holidays are here and it's time to enjoy good friends and family. To reflect on where we have been and what we plan to do. To take stock of the things we like and dislike about ourselves. So reflect thoroughly and devise a better you. Then the better you can help to create a better world in which to live. Perhaps if we all do this we can make the greatest wish that humanity has come true, peace on earth. If not peace on Earth then at least peace within ourselves. (That could lead to peace on Earth, it's just a longer route. Perhaps the more permanent one) So while you are enjoying the company of your family and friends, take the time to enjoy your own company as well. It might be enlightening and it will definitely be beneficial.
It never ceases to amaze me.. words that often leave my fingers but they are true. It never ceases to amaze me the rapidity with which the world changes. Or how hard it is to preserve a moment in time. They all seem to pass so quickly, the moments. Capturing a feeling is even harder. But that is my job, as an artist. To distill the amazing thing that is our human existence and render it into a concise visual medium. Each experience as unique as the distillation process. As unique as each viewer. And as amazing as these things are, they change too quickly to truly capture. Art can only take a glancing view of a particular point in time and hope that the artist can fill in the rest.
Fortunately, the process of distillation gives back to the artist as well. Providing catharsis and therapy. Bringing a sense of expression, of being heard. Communication is imperative to humanity. Understanding and empathy necessary for a productive, contributory life. Art brings emotion to light. Allowing growth and empathy even among the most stunted of human beings. Art is the expression of the equation that is life.
Open Studios was a success! Thank you to everyone who came. Remember, the gallery is open Mondays from 5pm to 8pm, Thursdays 3pm to 7pm and Saturdays 3pm to 7pm. Our next event is at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, November 12th at 3pm. A reception for the art of the disenfranchised. A unique take on the world around us and San Francisco in particular.
I've applied for a grant studio. I'm not sure what I'm doing when it comes to the application but I tried. I also put in a submission for the up coming show at Arc Gallery, Resolutions. I find out December 7th weather or not they liked my submission. Until then the show continues at the courthouse and my photography remains on display at the 6th on 7th Gallery. I'm also working on meeting with the curator of the newest low income gallery Space 236, located in the Tenderloin here in San Francisco. I'll let you know as soon as my spot is assured.
I'm continuing to work on my tarot deck, even redoing some of the cards I was not as happy with. I'm hoping to have the completed art work out soon. When I do pre-orders will be taken. I had forgotten what an undertaking the deck can be. I want the deck to be beautiful and meaningful, relevant and unique. Even amongst my own work. But it is difficult, having lost the momentum I had going before my fall art shows.
My next large project will be working with my photography. I will be collaborating with three other wonderful artists that I have come to know. A look at a possibly distopian future to our society,and the ramifications of our actions today.
For now, I say toodles and will write at you later.
The Artlaunch has happened and the tasting is complete, the studios are now open. For four glorious weekends the artists of San Francisco have opened their studios doors for your pleasure. A unique opportunity to observe the artist in his or her natural habitat. After the Artlaunch and Art tasting started the 40th year of Open Studios we are all hard at work entertaining the masses. From the Shipyards to SOMA we are open for public consumption. Studios brimming with the top talents of San Francisco. Enjoy each weekend of the next month with any variety of art designed to please any palette. A special invitation from 6th Street Photography located at 105 7th St in San Francisco's SOMA district on October 31st and November 1st, our weekend in Open Studios.
Amid the glory of the 9th circuit court of appeals court house stands a show, of San Francisco art and artists, a glimpse into the reality of the city, both the grit and the beauty. Upon entering the courthouse it is something of Alice enamored as falling down the rabbit hole, the court house is amazing in and of itself, a stunning structure worth an admiring tour. Multimedia arts from the disenfranchised. A unique take on our city's artists and ourselves. Though the reception is not yet scheduled it is possible to enjoy the exhibit now, and I highly recommend it.