Category: My Work in the Arts

Print Giveaway!

Print Giveaway! Comment here or on Facebook with a link or quote of your favorite poem by Friday. Winner receives a print of “Lovin’ the Big Easy” in color, varied edition 3/30; with matte. I’ll be starting a new series of pastel/conte drawings this Summer to celebrate music, love, movement and the almighty above.

How to slow down time

How to slow down time? Go jogging outside on a rainy day by the lake. Push, harder, pull, higher. Strengthen your body, strengthen your soul.

How to slow down time

How to slow down time? Go jogging outside on a rainy day by the lake. Push, harder, pull, higher. Strengthen your body, strengthen your soul.

“Hidden Images” open this Saturday, April 30th from 1pm-5pm

We’re open this Saturday, April 30th from 1pm-5pm – This could be your LAST CHANCE to see “Hidden Images” before it closes on the 7th!

Please come out and say hi to Justin, he can tell you about the exhibit, our plans, and some of the cool things going on in the Gateway Arts District!

–And again, a big THANK YOU to everyone who came to our opening reception last Saturday!

We hope you join us THIS SATURDAY anytime from 1pm to 5pm!

Art Must Activate! (Working Manifesto)

I originally wrote this for my Performance Art class’and am exploring mission statements for my work’

Here’s a Manifesto I wrote’

It is not enough to create for one’s own discovery; artists must challenge their viewer to promote change in their community. It is 2010; we are living in a world of eternal war, privacy invading government and internet, big business and government intervention, idealized and forgotten families, and a battle between conventional living and a pull towards the modern unknown. The artist has the power to acknowledge and bring these battles to the forefront of the peoples’ minds but the concept that the artist can ignore these real-life triggers so that he may take his time and just explore his own mind cannot be allowed! Artwork should inspire or promote change because of its existence, should it not? The artist must keep the community in mind when he creates and exhibits, the PEOPLE must be in his mind.

The artist’s job is to inspire others to act by doing so in his own way; thus, the artist MUST BE BRAVE and approach the dangerous if change is ever to occur. He need not arm himself when he speaks about terrorism or take off his clothes when defending nudism, he need not take such extreme acts to be an example for others to act. Unless he himself happens to be an activist, as well as an artist, he must acknowledge his place and unless he desires to change that place, perform his role in society. At its root, art is a method of expression and skill that allows an individual or group of individuals to channel their feelings and thoughts into a creative statement. To be an activist, however, is to do something in the community more than just bravely creating a situation where something can be said and performed; it is to place oneself in the fire of the cause one is fighting for. To risk one’s body and rights to speak one’s mind, if even given the chance. The artist need not be passive and unable to act: he needs to know what the best way is for him to act. After all, to act foolishly is to help no one; but, to be empathetic and sympathetic, and speak and create with concern and knowledge, is to arm oneself with a cause and aid in that cause’s victory. Above all else, the artist is allowed to naturally be fearful and timid in his own space, but when there is an evident need for actors, the artist must go out and act in his community! He must not stay behind his pad or behind his eyes. The artist must not only explore himself but also allow that exploration to channel motivation into others by creating art!

The process of creating artwork should be a cultivation of an artist’s creativity, intent, and hard work, in no linear fashion. He must recognize that others may not need him or want him, and that others may not understand him, and that others may not even think or feel in the way he does. But there may be those out there who do. Nonetheless, we as artists must call our viewers to act by actively telling each individual ‘this is something you can act upon, be daring and prudent, and act!’ Even if they do not want to hear such things. We must address the viewer with the knowledge that even they can allow others to act through mere insinuation of thought. That though we all may fear things, we must be courageous and promote wise dialogue and action. As artists, we create and/or manipulate form and thought by giving it an unforeseen thought. We take normal objects or the image of such and transform them; we create marks on canvas and present them to others to interpret; we say things and move in such ways that force others to see and interpret both our statement and ourselves. As such, these form-bending creations must vigorously promote a difference in lifestyle: It is only through active exploration that any conclusions are ever reached.

The artist must not sit passive and allow his local or national community to pass him by while he thinks of a way to act. He should speak with strangers, with friends, with family, and actively work to address that which appeals to him. He must not sit back while ‘work’ or ‘school’ or ‘paperwork’ builds on him: He must move around or with it and be artistic nonetheless. In performance art or visual art, the artist has many tools at his disposal to motivate change: In his work, he may imbue or use images and sounds that contain normative imagery (the everyday), controversial imagery (the things most would like not to acknowledge), or even images and sounds with powerful peaceful or anarchist themes, if he desires to promote change in others. Through his own model, these themes can reach out to the viewer and activate discussion where before it had only lingered. The artist must, in all cases, be careful with what he forms, for he knows not who will take it or what will be done with the topics he raises. He must be responsible for his own actions and the delivery of his words. The artist, must work and act in a manner that promotes vigilance and tolerance: For it is only through a mixture of respect and tolerance that any change can ever truly become accepted and become the norm.

-Justin Fair

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This blog was originally posted on soulstrongartsblog.wordpress.com/2010/12/17/art-must-activate-working-manifesto/ at’Dec 17, 2010 @ 16:54