I was honored to participate in the creation of Abigail Anne Newbold‘s collaborative installation, Borderlander’s Outfitter at PNCA’s Feldman Gallery. As a representative of Signal Fire, I led workshops with the graduate students who created objects for the exhibition. They were an inspiring and creative bunch, and the installation turned out impressively.
Among the many ideas floating around in my head as a result of the brilliant discussions and presentations is a new fascination with the radically non-anthropocentric ideas of Object Oriented Ontology. Thanks to Allison Cobb, Kaia Sand, Jen Coleman and Jen Hofer for their engaging, beautiful, emotionally charged presentation of these ideas.
Thanks, also to Ross Gay and Patrick Rosal for their presentation/performance on remix and reuse in poetry and its ability to disrupt mythologies of individual genius. These late Romantic notions are damaging not only to the individual, but are tied to a capitalist, anthropocentric world view in which the individual is the center of the earth. Embracing the polyvocality of remix can disrupt these “great person narratives,” increasing the artist’s contact with the fertile edge where time and ideas rub against each other, creating new ideas. Our ideas are not, and never were, our own.
The conference and the recent release of Leaf Litter #3, which contains some of my poems, have made me think that it really is time to publish some of my written work, starting with this site. I’m working on making that happen soon…
After the conference, I trekked up to the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden and caught sight of this magnolia, about to burst into bloom.
I’m a little choked up, really! I met this graduating class 4 years ago when I started teaching undergrads at PNCA… and now they’re leaving the nest, talented wings spread wide. Here’s a sampling of some of the amazing work produced by these recent graduates.
A hearty congratulations to Sally Jablonsky, one of my uber-talented students at PNCA. She created this poster for one of our class projects, and it was selected from thousands of entries as one of the winners of the Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition show. This is a definitive collection of the best student illustration work in the country.
The assignment was to “create an image for any organization whose mission you support” — and Sally created this poster for an organization she not only supports but directs. Yes, the Try Harder Society. I’m a proud card-carrying member, and Sally’s work is a testament to what can happen when you do so!