Art Opens Our Eyes

The city is like poetry: it compresses all life, all races and breeds, into a small island and adds music and the accompaniment of internal engines.” ~ E.B.White (source)

The Poetry of the City
The Poetry of the City

The Most Wonderful Invention

The most wonderful invention of the last quarter century was the phone with a built-in camera. It encourages us to open our eyes with a discernment that has never been truly available to the public.

In short, it allows everyone an opportunity to see the world with its various manifestations and see the poetry that surrounds us. For the artist, it makes the world a palette of imagery.

Bill Hendricks (Shadowmason)

An Expedition—
Bringing the Past into the Present

Memory holds together past and present, gives continuity and dignity to human life… the companion… the tutor, the poet, the library, with which you travel.”      ~ Mark van Doren, an American writer (souroe)

North Dakota, Along the 94 Interstate
Art—To Some Stitching Past and Present Together

Since my diagnoses with HIV (AIDS), I literally sobered up. I’m about twenty-years sober and I feel blessed that I have found my way to sobriety. Sobriety has allowed me to go places and do things that I never dreamed possible. It’s been far more exciting than those haze filled days. I’m lucky I didn’t have to lose anything to find my way to sobriety. Never lost a job, never a DWI, and still have my partner.

For me, art is stitching time and place together…. Finding a way to connect the past and future together in some fashion. Whether it that is using a narrative or metaphor.

As I live with HIV, taking multiple medications a day, I think of how the present is connected with the past and how we experience the world. Our senses that we relay on to explain our surroundings and interpret the world are faulty at best. In a way, we all live in Plato’s Cave staring at the shadows on the wall.

Inspirational Artist and Designer

The real issue is not talent as an independent element, but talent in relationship to will, desire, and persistence.”
   ~ Milton Glaser

Morning hours on Lake Harriet
Morning Hours... A Day's New Color

One of the most profound and inspirational artist I enjoy listening to and reading is Milton Glaser. At eighty-some, he is still creating, teaching, and being inspired by life and his surroundings. Here is a noted illustrator, graphic designer, and artist that keeps blurring the lines between that of artist and designer. His work is smart and direct. His words are that of a mentor and of a grandfather. His life and mark will influence graphic design for a longtime to come.

A video I love showing my students when they first step into my classroom was produced by Hillman Curtis, Milton Glaser: Art is Work. Here Milton Glaser highlights the role of the artist. The role of the artist is to provide a gift to the culture, so we have something in common with one another.” Words that I feel underscore what a gift the artist and designer has, no matter what their status in the marketplace.

Seeing—Where the Process Begins

The best part of us is not what we see, it’s what we feel. We are what we feel. We are not what we look at… . We’re not our eyeballs, we’re our mind. People believe their eyeballs and they’re totally wrong…”
   ~ Duane Michals (1932– )

Seeing, where the process begins.
Seeing... Is the Start... Feeling is the Next Step or Not.

I love reading Daune Michals’s words and viewing his works. I ran across his work as a grad student and he moves beyond seeing and each work evokes a feeling. He takes the viewer pass the mere obvious and causes the viewer to feel the work and carry it beyond the gallery’s wall or outside a book’s cover.

Ansel Adams or any great photographer has this gift to record what the eyes don’t see or record what we miss.