Indeterminacy means, literally: not fixed, not settled, uncertain,
indefinite. It means that you don’t know where you are. How can it be
otherwise, say the Buddhist teachings, since you have no fixed or
inherent identity and are ceaselessly in process?
…Life is filled with uncertainty. Chance events happen to us all. Each
of us must take responsibility and make decisions. None of us should be
imposing our ego image on others.
…there’s another way to live. Accept indeterminacy as a principle, and
you see your life in a new light, as a series of seemingly unrelated
jewel-like stories within a dazzling setting of change and
transformation. Recognize that you don’t know where you stand, and you
will begin to watch where you put your feet. That’s when the path
"Our creativity comes from without, not from within. We are not
self-made. We are dependent on one another, and admitting this to
ourselves isn’t an embrace of mediocrity and derivativeness. It’s a
liberation from our misconceptions, and it’s an incentive to not expect
so much from ourselves and to simply begin."
It was nice to wake up this morning to an email from my poet friend Luisa mentioning that she was reading Carrie Yury's (pic) Huffington Post article on How To Keep Making Art After Grad School and saw my name mentioned. If you happen to be an artist or even an aspiring artist I recommend taking a look at Carrie's article. Lots of solid advice for those involved in the creative pursuits, which is everyone really.
Next up. Carrie wants to photograph me in my underwear for a series of work she's doing. She was recently added to the permanent collection at LACMA for work in this particular series. I agreed. This should be interesting. And no, they will not be posted here, but hopefully you'll see them in a museum some day.
"If there is any irreverence in my own work, I hope it is the irreverence I bear in mistrusting my own sincere self, which then sincerely mistrusts the irreverent me. If there is a bottom to this, I think it is a life's work." - Mary Ruefle
The conventional wisdom here is that while “craft” can be taught, “art” remains a magical gift bestowed only by the gods. Not so. In large measure becoming an artist consists of learning to accept yourself, which makes your work personal, and in following your own voice, which makes your work distinctive. Clearly these qualities can be nurtured by others…. Even talent is rarely distinguishable, over the long run, from perseverance and lots of hard work.
I had the opportunity to meet and have a conversation with Trevor Paglen a couple of years ago in New York during the Armory Fair. He's really a fascinating guy and I think one of our more interesting contemporary artists. In this video Paglen explains his process of trying to capture "black sites" — places that intelligence agencies and the military claim do not exist. If you have a chance take a look at his spy satellite series. Hauntingly beautiful..
Since I'm attending a punk show tonight, the first in many years, I thought I'd share a video of Henry Rollins, former singer of Black Flag describing the one decision that changed his life forever. I've had more than one..
Today I found out that I offically have my first teaching gig. In the fall I will be teaching human sexuality to psychology undergrads. I'm pretty excited about the first of what I hope will be other teaching opportunities.
After I got the good news my friend Sarah and I went to visit my friend Mark Dutcher who is a LA based painter. We did a little studio visit and got to talk art and catch-up. Mark is one of the most generous artists I know and I wanted Sarah to meet him for a little inspiration. It was a great day.
I look forward to more news coming. Some pics from Marks' studio follow. Enjoy: