Thursday, March 19, 2009

there are just some things you can't escape. they follow you across an ocean and into the shower - relentlessly - like an obedient dog. fear is one of those things.

(it's such a funny little thing)

it doesn't exist without recognition. none of us want it, and yet we feed it and grow it anyway. our little companion, always there when we call it.

why do we fear the greatness in ourselves? why do we avoid it, bury it, sink into the mundane holding on to that stasis with all we've got, hating those who are doing what we secretly wish we 'could'?

fear rots us. we could be so much more.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

even oragutans thrive on creative output

by 'towan' - the orangutan

last night i read an article in 'city arts' magazine about how, "artistic talent is not uncommon among primates in captivity, as it's a healthy way to keep them active and engaged." the particular one they write about here has been painting on canvas for 41 years. the writer also recently encountered an orangutan who, "immensely enjoyed working in crayon," and says that they all show different artistic talents. for instance, "most of the females are more interested in weaving activities. one female made a swing by stringing up a milk crate with some denim. another would rather paint on the wall or on a barrel (graffiti artist)." amazing.

can we start recognizing how vital creative output is for humans...?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

no more grants!!

for now...

last night i met with paurl, amanda, and jamie to start filling in the details for the 1st work-in-progress showing (to be held at the henry art gallery as part of their open floor series on april 21, 7pm). we've got a movement study, more animation, new music (to be played live by alex guy (viola), beth fleenor (clarinet), sam boshnack (trumpet), and maybe others), a prototype of a projection screen, and a collection of activities in the works.

today, i'm working on movement. after so many years of not dancing, i'm having to retrain my body to do what my mind is telling it to do - an interesting process that feels really great, but certainly comes with its frustrations.

jamie just sent me a 3D rendition of new screen ideas - it's super cool and will be composed of string. lots of string.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Sunday, March 1, 2009