Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Do not shop on Thanksgiving Day

Support the over-worked and under-paid retail employees
by not shopping from normal closing time tonight
until 8 am on Friday.

The giant retailers have had "black friday" sales all month.  Do you really believe that one day is going to make any difference to you?  It will only make a difference to their profits for the month.  If history is any indicator, the sales actually get better AFTER Friday, the closer we get to Christmas.  

"Do to others what you want them to do to you.  This is the meaning of the law of Moses and the teaching of the prophets"
-Jesus  (Matthew 7:12)

"Recognize that your neighbor feels as you do, and keep in mind your own dislikes"
-Sirach 31:15

"None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself"
-An-Nanawi's Forty Hadith 13 

"Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself"

"What you do not want to happen to you, do not do it yourself either"
-Sextus (the Pythagorean)

Friday, November 20, 2015

Keith Richard Griffiths

A former student of mine continues to grow as an artist.  This post was prompted by his participation in a two-person show at Fairleigh Dickinson Univeristy, in which his recent sculptural work signifies his clear transition from art student to artist.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Stand Up Paddleboards, T-shirts, E-Commerce web design, CAD, welding, and teaching

Someone asked me what I've been doing this Fall, I responded with the list in the title above.  They followed up with another question that asked what "art" I was doing this Fall.  I responded by asking why that person did not see the art in all of the things listed above.  

Any object can be isolated, hung on a gallery wall, and called art.  It's a valid work of art because someone decided to change the context, bring attention to the artifact, and cause discussion within the framework of the Art World.  I am not going to judge if the discussion is worth having or not.  That conversation can be left for another day.  

A point to which I would like to draw attention, is that art exists outside the gallery/museum space.  Unfortunately, most people have to be hit over the head with the obvious signifier of the white cube, and fail to recognize the art the exists around us every day.  I am not talking of the mundane, banal, ironic boring hipster privileged stuff.  I am talking about those things which cause wonder; which cause artists to express themselves in visual, spacial, tonal, rhythmic, aesthetic languages.  

Over the past few months, I was invited to participate in many different projects, by many different people.  I had the great privilege to collaborate with several artisans.  Some had formal training, others had none.  In retrospect, the most flattering part of the past few months is that so many people trusted me to bring my creative skills to their project, balanced by my ability to complement and augment the project.  From a selfish perspective, while I may have sacrificed some of my own voice over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to learn some CAD, expand my skill set within the Adobe suite (beyond my ACE Photoshop and cursory knowledge of Illustrator), start to understand the organization (and some jargon) with e-commerce web design, and do some good old labor while listening to music streamed via bluetooth to the headphones attached to the hard hat.  

I feel blessed to have worked on so many unique projects over the past several months.  I hope that the learning and creativity continues.


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Reluctant to buy from Blick

I have noticed that, since the death of Pearl Paint, Dick Blick has eliminated their student discount, and raised their prices on most things that they carry.  Basic economic theory: drop the price until the competition goes out of business, then hike it back up again.  I am again a fan of looking for the local distributor and increasingly less inclined to even look at the Blick site when shopping for art supplies.  Better yet, I am a BIG fan of the hardware store and buying directly from ink/paint makers instead of the box retailers like Blick.