Epictetus – the Art of Living

‘First, say to yourself what you would be; then do what you have to do.’

‘Know What You Can control, and what you Can’t. ‘Trying to control or to change what we can’t only results in torment’.

‘See things for what they are. When something happens, the only thing in your power is your attitude toward it; you can either accept it or resent it.’

‘Things and people are not what we wish them to be nor what they seem to be.  They are what they are.’

‘Small-minded people habitually reproach others for their misfortunes. Average people reproach themselves. Those who are dedicated to a life of wisdom understand that the impulse to blame something or someone is foolishness, that there is nothing to be gained in blaming, whether is be others or oneself.’

Accept events at they occur. Don’t demand or expect that events happen as you would wish them to. Accept events as they actually happen. That way peace is possible.’

‘We are like actors in a play. The divine will has assigned us our roles in life without consulting us. Some of us will act in a short drama, others in a long one. We might be assigned the part of a poor person, a cripple, a distinguished celebrity, or public leader, or an ordinary private citizen. Although we can’t control which roles are assigned to us, it must be our business to act out our given role as best as we possibly can and to refrain from complaining about it. Wherever you find yourself and in whatever circumstances, give an impeccable performance. If you are supposed to be a reader, read; if you are supposed to be a writer; write.’



Productive afternoon/evening. Three more emoticons almost done. Adoration, Soothe, and Clean. Lots of new ingredients.
Two more works in progress here as well. Intimacy the cover of Bloc Party last album. Broken and burnt canvas with chocolate powder. still need to figure out the rest but its a large size emoticon.
Also another in the nude figure series – I’m calling it Transfusion for now. I want  a horizontal image although it has a tendency to try and be vertical. Interesting how my default is vertical. Horizontal is an effort.

Intimacy (merci Bloc Party)

Transfusion - oil


Fresh paints

Some works in progress.. or hopefully closer to done. last one is for a friend but Im sure her boyfriend will not be looking on my site so I think its ok to post.

Torn canvas, coffee grounds, ash, oil

Torn canvas, caymen pepper, eyeshadow, lipstick, oil, ash

Torn canvas, tarragon leaves, oil, ash

oil, canvas, coffee grounds

Oil, canvas, sugar


Calvin and Hobbes

This morning I linked through on my Tweetdeck to a Calvin and Hobbes posting. I typically dismiss most cartoons and animations and for many years have done so with C&H, but I think I may be wrong here – or my humor has changed – because I am really appreciating this stuff now.

Calvin: “Getting is better than having. When you get something, it’s new and exciting. When you have something, you take it for granted and it’s boring.”
Hobbes: “But everything you get turns into something you have.”
Calvin: “That’s why you always need to get new things!”
Hobbes: “I feel like I’m in some stockholder’s dream.”
Calvin: “‘Waste and want,’ that’s my motto!”

Calvin: “My watch tells the time, the day, and the date. It doesn’t tell what month it is, though. I need a watch that tells the month.”
Hobbes: “I suppose they figure if you don’t know what month it is, you’re not the type who’d wear a watch.”


Less faith in Words

Early this morning an older man said to me you need to pay less attention to words and more to actions. What people say is not as important as what they do. I admit that I am a sucker for words, big lofty ideals and crafty expressions. However he is right. Case in point this evening I went to Chelsea for Thursday night art openings.

The first exhibition opening was at the Aperture Gallery for ‘ReGeneration 2′ – it was a crowded opening with about 50 different photography works from students around the world. I was disappointed – maybe 2 works were interesting or comical and curious, but everything else did not regenerate me. The most exciting aspect was reading the country of origin of the photographer.

But even more disappointing was the second exhibition down the street titled ‘I don’t give a damn, every moment counts.’ I was intrigued by the title and looking forward to some provocative ideas- and one of the works even had a title ‘The Dead Ride Hard: Yellow Hammers’.  But the work on view did not resonate with me, I found it cold and a mismatch of colors and shapes and styles.

I was planning on going to a third opening titled the LʼInsoutenable Légèreté de lʼêtre (Unbearable Lightness of Being), but because I was so disinterested in the others, I decided not to walk the extra five blocks and check it out.  Now, as I read the description again I think it sounds fantastic. but once again – is it just words or does the work actually justify these concepts?  ‘LʼInsoutenable Légèreté de lʼêtre explores the intellectual, emotional, and artistic experiences one faces throughout life, which are all part of an individualʼs incessant quest for harmony and balance. . .the artists featured in this exhibition explore different aspects of the human condition, such as love, happiness, desire, loneliness and despair. ..this exhibition presents oneʼs search for meaning as frightening and bizarre, as well as contemplative and spiritually sublime.


Abstract Expressionism @ MOMA

The current abstract expressionist exhibition at the MOMA is filled with lots of wonderful iconic works from the period. DeKooning, Kline, Pollock, Rothko, Gorky and most notably Motherwall. It’s also always funny / predictable as walking through the galleries you can hear people mumbling. why is that art.. i don’t get it – I mean Pollock – any one can do that. Not my opinion, however I will admit there are certain works that dont always appeal to me. The right balance of organic and structure will make the work brilliant. Too much on either side and it becomes generic. Here are some great Motherwall works from the show.

There was also another exhibition ‘Online Drawing’ which I did not see, except for the dance performance of Trisha Brown Company. It was too crowded to see much, but a few times a week there is a performance that pertains to this exhibition.  I love the idea of bringing performance art back into the museums, such as with Marina Abramovic a few months back.

There is also a great piece to see in the center lobby with two fans and magnetic tape. Its a beautiful vision that is dance-like – yet difficult to describe so here is a link to the video.