23rd of June 2009
 
Vlogging’s not something you give up. It’s something that naps beside you, dreaming of being woken up. 
21st of June 2009
 
missbhavens:

yvynyl:

1 illegal download = 3+1/3 dead relatives.
(via artistspaid:inky)

missbhavens:

yvynyl:

1 illegal download = 3+1/3 dead relatives.

(via artistspaid:inky)

 
How “Lord of the Flies!”
wreckandsalvage:

W&S + Smudge (via Wreck and Salvage)
Our most recent company photo.

How “Lord of the Flies!”

wreckandsalvage:

W&S + Smudge (via Wreck and Salvage)

Our most recent company photo.

9th of May 2009
 
Everybody is looking with a mixture of confidence and apprehension to the “statesmen” of the various peoples, ready to heap all praise on them if they “succeed in avoiding a war,” and ignoring the fact that it is only these very statesmen who ever cause a war, usually not even through their bad intentions, but by their unreasonable mismanagement of the affairs entrusted to them. 
Erich Fromm, The Sane Society, 1955
15th of March 2009
 
I expect you not only to master music; I expect you to save the planet. If there is a future wave of wellness on this planet, of harmony, of peace, of an end to war, of mutual understanding, of equality, of fairness, I don’t expect it will come from a government, a military force or a corporation. I no longer even expect it to come from the religions of the world, which together seem to have brought us as much war as they have peace. If there is a future of peace for humankind, if there is to be an understanding of how these invisible, internal things should fit together, I expect it will come from the artists, because that’s what we do. 
26th of February 2009
 
"This, then, is the great humanistic and historical task of the oppressed; to liberate themselves and their oppressors as well. The oppressors, who oppress, exploit, and rape by virtue of their power, cannot find in this power the strength to liberate either the oppressed or themselves. Only power that springs from the weakness of the oppressed will be sufficiently strong to free both." ) 

- Friere (1972

My friend “the hummingbird” uses this after his email signature. He’s Diné (Navajo). It rings true. The people we oppress are the only ones who can liberate us.

25th of February 2009
 
Missbhavens wanted to know what the plants behind me are. They’re green / dry beans.

Missbhavens wanted to know what the plants behind me are. They’re green / dry beans.

 

When writing is forbidden or undervalued, it becomes invisible. When family and friends and society and even the law say that our writing does not matter, we compose in hiding.

We delete our MySpace pages. We hide our blogs. We create anonymous logins to post on Wikipedia. We write only in word processor files that we protect with passwords and in diaries that we hide in the sock drawer. We write letters that we can never send and poems that we’ll never share in class. We learn that that only certain writing counts and that only certain people are truly writers. Our texts disappear, and so do we.

 
14th of December 2008
 

Question 2’s Most Impassioned Answer

My photoshop students design their own final project. It’s a chance for them to pursue expertise in an area of interest, find their own tutorials, and explore the joyous business side of artistic pursuit: the articulation of a proposal, schedule and deliverables.

One of the questions they must answer is: Why and how is this work important to you personally and artistically?

And this semester’s most impassioned answer, from a student creating a self-portrait web page animation, is:

This semester has been indescribably rough, filled with tragedy and depression, which has led me anxiously astray. I urgently need the artistic therapy of the self-portraiture journey from self-expression to self-realization. An artistic drought has left me crawling the desert, mouth of disintegrating sandpaper, useless and desperately seeking to quench the thirst. For sanity’s sake, I vehemently crave this outlet.

All true and part B.S. at the same time. Who cares? The student took the time to craft a richly storied answer. If that’s not lying to tell the truth I don’t know what is. I’ll take it.

6th of December 2008
 
I consider the day I changed my major from Engineering to Fine Art to be the day I became an artist. Because I made a conscious decision that I would pursue questions over answers.
Tyson Crosbie
I consider the day I changed my major from Engineering to Fine Art to be the day I became an artist. Because I made a conscious decision that I would pursue questions over answers.
Tyson Crosbie
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