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Isaac and I have been talking about what it is that stops us from becoming successful artists in a way that is meaningful to us. We come at it from different stances. Being older, I have a greater hold on the concepts of high art and the pitfalls of being a modern man – struggling financially, but maintaining some separate sense of honor. He just thinks he basically gets in his own way.
Well, the paradigm is unlikely to change much in the near future. So unless we can shift how it is that we see ourselves in the ‘real’ world, and become more conversant in the language of commerce, then the more likely we are to languish in frustration and borderline poverty. That is not a good thing, because it hinders us from pursuing our calling in an effective way. And that stops the world from benefiting from our contributions.
In Isaac’s case, we are beginning to look at his stockpile of paintings as his inventory. At the Center, the inventory could be energetic and committed personnel, vibrant and forward thinking visions, plans to implement those visions, and established publications.
If there is no other lesson to learn in today’s economic malaise, it is that diversification is paramount to success. An artist may need to focus on several series to indicate a depth to an investigation. But there must also be ‘side ventures’ that indicate a broader field of interests, involvement in experimentation, and an ability to risk failure in the pursuit of a new idea.
I am convinced that art is not a solitary pursuit. An individuals ‘expression’ is only actualized in community. A great painting, a great novel, a great curriculum are disempowered without involvement within the context of viewer, reader, student. A tree may fall in the unpopulated woods and still make a sound. But that sound is not experienced without a human present. That sound is not open to discussion and evaluation without a community present.
Historically, as an economic or cultural wave has collapsed, a new wave has already formed and started its steady march towards shore. Every social movement, every painting, every poem and every business finds egress in the collapse. In the completion. This is how we grow. This is how we lean into the experience of success.
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yo big mike
tokyo to big mike
i don't know how to do this yet - wassup!!!!
its easy just type
are you japanese yet?
i hope not
are you an iguana yet
i look at your art and like it and nobody knows . . .
nobody knows what?
my iguana is still alive somehow . . .
that one cool as one who lived with you
that you are a freaking genius
yeah same one
mike are you trying to make me cry
only if you have a webcam ready . . .yeah!!
are you on skype?
is that some new asian drug?
you still in tokyo
tokyo is awesome
you would love it
do you have any of our old songs?
it's not too congested?
its really cool like that
i might have E. Oliver/Joya on tape . . .
cause you can be in the most busy place in the world
go one block
dip down an alley
and end up in a bar that is cool
just like blade runner
but more real
don't you need some trees?
the flying cars
trees...? i live in the heart and there are trees right outside my window
what is the heart?, can i go there?
of the city . . .duh
does it get cold out there?
man hell ya you can come here..i do not understand why more people do not come to visit me...and yes the weather is kinda like NYC and it is cold here now....but the girls wear more mimi skirts in the winter it is the fashion
not mimi skirts mini
i am so stoked that the man who always would come and meet me and be down for anything thinks my new works are good.... not to sound lame but that makes me really stoked
you are still too funny . . . most people cant spend $8000 just to hang out with you, player!
I'm not like an art critic or anything, but when i see realness, i accept it happily!!!
newsflash: Isaac is cool!
what ever stop making fun
i was in SF
was telling me jaguar stories about brett
i'm not making fun, i'm just happy to talk to you
that guy broke my heart numerous times
word.....i saw mark smith rub his head in dog shit...always thought he was fucked after that
i also heard mark stabbed a dude for crack...
what a motivating group we know
i am laughing so hard
mark smith rules!!!
i dunno @ the crack thing, though
haha if he rules it makes for a good story
before that he parked his car in the woods before it broke down and lived in it and smoked crack
or so i have heard
hey used to smoke weed w/ me at AHS
he went to AHS?
i thought he dropped out on middle
i thought so?
did any of us actually go to that school
i can not remember one thing i learned at that school
i did for a year
besides to not wear the same thing as brad conner
i learned aubrey philips
she just copied marshall
where do you live these days
that fool moved into the house across the street from me
i take care of disabled people and also serve coffee
i thought so
SF was just as crazy
as i remembered it
and man it is like being hooked up to a weed machine
it is so hard for me to hang out with people i like these days
i am trying to get a show in LA right now
why?, you da bomb!
cause people i like live all over the freakin world
I'll be your driver -- $200/hour
i like that you think i have money
well you went to hawaii and japan! how do you not have money?
you're like howard stern
i take thst back
i went to hawaii and japan the same way... broke
all your photos look like you're livin' the high life