a place for things that have opened up portals in my mind. things that i find often find myself returning to because it seems i am always finding something new to appreciate / understand. i am grateful for those who shared these visions/worlds with us, as they are deeply inspirational to my own process of being. this will be updated whenever i want in no particular order of importance because we do not believe in rubrics like that.
i hope these take you down your own new paths of discovery & wonder.
berkeley 2014 - these two people and this time period mean more to me than could ever be expressed here
sometimes you have friends that you share a type of visual language with. cinque is one of those friends for me. i am hugely grateful for our friendship - that we can spend hours in the studio nerding out about different designers/ artists/ writers/etc etc. one day he randomly introduced me to the work of CHO GI-SEOK - my mind was blown! it felt like someone had dipped into my dreamstate and melded it with theirs.
this is work that feels deeply rooted.
anyway - i love this. also here -> IG
at 16 these kids were learning process in real time, online. they were making their own clothes , sourcing fabrics, and learning in front of our eyes via messageboards/forums around 2008-2011. they were naming influences and using this to build their own worlds. a huge inspiration for what i’m doing today - these two ended up working for a number of huge artists/brands but continue to do their own thing on their own time for seemingly the exact same reasons as when they began. much love and respect to philip post & kobi mclemore (philip’s brand: dertbag , kobi’s brand: death precision inc)
rest in peace to those in these two videos. knxwledge took these videos / acapellas and flipped them into beautiful pieces butwhat i love most is that he leaves the energy / spirit of the person shining so bright in all of these. music like this deeply resonates with me. sound can be such a beautiful way for us to pay respect or honor those we love.
rest in peace BK Tidal Wave
rest in peace F GAMO
the energy in these videos is incredible:
Night Club (1983) - Jonathan Hodgson
“Based on sketches made in Liverpool of the drinking clubs the film observes human behavior in a social situation. Hinting at the loneliness felt by the individual lost in a crowd”
Discourse on Colonialism
by Aimé Césaire
a beautifully written, clear synthesis of colonialism & how it structures our thinking / life.
FULL PDF AVAILABLE HERE
The Feels・S2E22・STRANGER feat. Rory Ferreira
In STRANGER, Charlie talks with a guy from down the block about books and fatherhood.
i love this video because it gives me a sort of indescribable type of comfort. and this comment by what i imagine to be someone close to rory, perhaps a close family member adds another dimension. rory ferreira (music as R.A.P Ferreira fka Milo - afrolab9000.bandcamp.com & soulfolks.org) is an artist who, maybe more than anyone else, has completely blown apart preconcieved notions of what one should / could be as an artist / person navigating this world. he honors his influences constantly and creates a world that you can feel yourself living in. that type of worldbuilding is what i am interested in. not in a colonial context or in any sense of fantasy / escapism.
i want to worldbuild realities for living freely.
Aki Sasamoto: An Artist Walks into a Bar | Art21 "New York Close Up"
this video is a close representation of how my mind works.
LAIKA | Coraline | Behind the Scenes
Jeff Andrade Duncan on Education "I teach my neighbors' kids"
favorite painters currently:
Toyin Ojih Odutola