Sometimes the path through life is winding and offers up untrodden twists and turns that hint at adventure and spark curiosity. It also asks for a willingness to surrender to the unknown, to trust the turns without being able to see the path laid out, and to delight in the myriad of discoveries that are within reach with each step. An explorer’s path.
And quite often, it seems, in life, right next to this wooded path of the unknown is a concrete highway laid bare, a multitude of cars whizzing by in a well-defined straight line. Because this path is well-traversed and quite delineated, the drivers need not pay attention to the immediate surroundings nor even to which way to head their racing vehicles. Highways lend themselves to speed and arriving at a mirage at the end of the road.
As I stand between freeway and wooded glen, it is the winding path that seems to be beckoning. I glance over my shoulder at the concrete road and feel a seed of doubt. A bird chirps on the trail and flutters a few steps ahead. It is the winding path I will take, with hands open and a receptive spirit.
I’m part of this upcoming holiday show with lots of other LA artists, put on by my friends over at 11:11 ACC gallery. The opening is this Friday! All artwork priced at $250 and under.
The farther you go along an artistic career path, the more you start to realize that it is very easy to lose sight of the origins of creativity…the impetus to create for creating’s sake. There is something very pure about this form of creating, and the kind of artists who operate from this place make the kind of work that I find most interesting. There is something about adding commerce to the mix that dilutes this potent creativity (think of a giant Hollywood blockbuster that rakes in money but is basically terrible, special effects replacing plot and substance, vs. an excellent independent film that barely makes anything, but is outside the box, engaging, witty, smart, and offers something you’ve never seen before).
So anyway, I am drawn to artists where this purity of creativity is evident, and I wanted to share the instagram page of one I discovered recently, Gustavo Fuentes. I was drawn to many things in his art…the geometric patterns, the fact that he uses tape, which is easily removable and doesn’t destroy the surfaces he creates on, his use of an old wall by the LA River as a canvas, and designs that are both simple and complex at the same time.
Amongst the offerings at Grand Central Market in downtown LA…
New wall sculpture forming out of torn pieces of paper. Layering, peeling back, painting in some parts….seeing what shape it will take.