Thursday, April 3, 2014

Dr. Goodweather's Dreaming Attic: A Neo-Surrealist Show at Mayo Street Arts in Portland Maine

Gathering
mixed media on paper
42" x 60"
 Hey kids.  I will be part of a really amazing show opening on Friday April 4, 2014.  Visual artists, musical artists, performing artists, artists artists artists...all working within the realm of the dream world.

Art by Andrew Abbott, Seth Dussault, John "Sighless" Supinski, Kevin Gallagher, William Hessian, Baxter Koziol, Gabrielle McGuire, Abbeth Russell and me...

Live music by Wes Covey (The Ten Thousand Things) and Laughing Animal. 



Mayo Street Arts is at 10 Mayo Street in Portland, Maine...permformance starts at 5 and ends at 8.  An artist talk will take place on Saturday, April 5 at 11 am.  You should go... it will be fun.

More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/545443118887765/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming


Honey Dreaming
watercolor on paper
15" x 22"

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Patti Smith (March 30, 2014) (Feminist Paper Doll Project 2014)

March 30, 2014
Patti Smith 

Patti Smith is fierce and fragile, tender and aggressive, humble and arrogant. She birthed punk rock and she was the midwife and it's mortician.

As a child, Patti Smith offered me an alternative to the glammed up pretty pretty rock star. She is not the most beautiful person in the room, but her intelligence and wit and ability to tell stories makes us see her beauty for what it is: a person trying to understand humanity and longing for connection. And thus, she is more beautiful than any in the room.

She was the unlikely cheerleader for those of us who felt like no one understood, for those of us who were alone, were brokenhearted, for those of us hoping that there were others out there like us somewhere who were just waiting to say "you are home and we love you." Patti Smith gave us something through her songs to hold onto until...

Patti Smith, thank you for enduring.

more here: http://www.pattismith.net/

and here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoGdx3I3dPE

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (March 29, 2014) (Feminist Paper Doll Project 2014)

March 29, 2014
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an awarding winning (really lots of awards and acclaim) author. Her books get to the essence of story telling. She tells stories- stories of little boys, little girls, old women, powerful men- that have numerous perspectives regarding a single point in time. This dancing around the story would I believe make Simone de Beauvoir happy as truly there is no such thing as objectivity in humanity- just a whole lot of stories.

In her Ted Talk, "The Danger of a Single Story," Chimamanda Adichie emphasizes this fact. As a feminist she goes on, we need to hear ALL the stories that were left out of the "victors'" stories. These official histories of the victors leave out the little facts that helped to build up. And no one can bear the full weight-or should bear- of telling the whole story of everybody.

More here: http://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story/transcript

Friday, March 28, 2014

Sweetie (March 28, 2014) (Feminist Paper Doll Project 2014)

March 28, 2014
Sweetie (Terre Des Hommes) 

Sweetie is not a real person. She is a virtual construct created by the organization Terre Des Hommes designed to capture the identities of "webcam child sex tourists". Webcam child sex tourists are largely more affluent, Western men who log on to sites operated out of more impoverished countries. In these poorer countries, children often become commodities. Children are parked in front of webcams and forced to perform sexual activities for viewer who pay to chat with the children. This activity is illegal according to international law, but these laws are largely unenforced for a variety of reasons.

Terre Des Hommes designed Sweetie to look and act like a 10 year old girl. She is "operated" and her program then tracks and collects the identities of the people who engage with the program. That data is then sent on to Interpol and local law enforcement.

Human sex trafficking is rampant and in unfortunately in our own backyards- not just in far away places. Terre Des Hommes states that at any given moment there are 750,000 online child sex predators. During the 2014 Super Bowl in Phoenix, the McCain Institute received tips for 84 child victims in ads place in the New York/New Jersey area over the course of 10 days. These were unique hits from decoy ads placed.

Find out more at Terre Des Hommes: http://terredeshommesnl.org/en/sweetie

The McCain Institute: http://mccaininstitute.org/newsroom/press-releases/mrs.-cindy-mccain-to-release-super-bowl-sex-trafficking-study

And at the Polaris Project: http://www.polarisproject.org/