I'm pleased to share that several of my collages have been featured in the 18th issue of the ASU Literary Magazine "Superstition Review" with an array of talented artists and writers including fellow collage artist Vakseen. This is such a treat! Special thanks is due to Cody Wade for sharing this opportunity with me.
Creating conceptual graphics for publications is always a mixed bag...
But here's the final design for a recent issue of Investor's Business Weekly.
Several months ago I had the pleasure of getting to know one of Los Angeles' lesser known (but supremely talented) artists Soren Grau. We spoke about why he makes art, what his process is like, and how he defines success as a creative working for himself. As a deeply passionate individual motivated as much by joy as by despair, Grau's work and outlook on life are inspirational -- for artists and art-lovers alike. You can read my full interview with Grau online at Amadeus Magazine.
As a creative whose views lean far more sharply toward the anti-establishment mindset, I was surprised to receive an offer to create cover art for Investor's Business Weekly. While the voice and viewpoint of the publication are certainly not my own I appreciate work, especially jobs that allows me to do the things I love.
The cliche "distance makes the heart grow fonder" is only partly true. Because all too often distance will seed and sprout disinterest. And unlike hate, which is never separate from love, indifference is its truest adversary and antithesis.
Apathy allows for selfishness. Whereas love requires we put aside common sense and instincts for survival, to value the well-being of another as paramount. I would say that many of us never love without condition. So we spend lengthy portions of our existence too timid to love as we should. And then some of us will forever mistake infatuation and lust for weightier connections.
We are held back by paranoiac whispers from internal Iago-esque voices, which spin fear-laden fictions and warn us against lifting that last bracing foot from the ground, lest we be irrevocably swept up by a tempest of adoration, and lose ourselves completely.
Loss is all the more frightening to us (particularly we "post-modern" Americans) who have only ever coasted along the downward slope of radical individualism. Those of us who make the assumption we are self-determined and free are all too often the least liberated...especially in love.
PS - I reserve the right to change my feelings and/or opinions about this subject matter and anything else I may say (or not say) without apology.