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Posted in family, reading, socialization with tags , , , , , on August 31, 2010 by darcyarts

If you can think for yourself, are passionate about questioning assumptions and open to a bit of subversion read this book! Here is your chance to have your mind opened if you will allow it.
Gilbert gives herself to the conundrum of commitment as only a very bright questioner of authority could. She gamely challenges her own nagging doubts about the institution of marriage. She explores the twisted route (or roots) of its transformation, and maps its frequent changes over the last few centuries.
If you are perfectly comfortable following the prescribed societal routines, if you are deep-fried in any kind of fundamentalist religious beliefs and opposed to discovering historical context that might rattle your adamantine notions, if you expect this book to sing the praises of the bloated undertaking that is currently assumed to fulfill all a girl’s princess-shaped fantasies, go elsewhere.

That’s the Amazon review I wrote this morning for Elizabeth Gilbert’s Committed: A Sceptic Makes Peace with Marriage. I was irritated by reviews obviously written by a.) People who were pissed that this book wasn’t Eat, Pray, Love 2 or b.) jealous academicians who wished they could have gone to Italy,India and Bali, met a beautiful Brazilian man and had to research marriage before doing the deed with their passionate lover.

Come on, haters! Open your hearts. Go buy a buddha at Two Buttons Import meditate, chill. Let go of your anger.

Getting what you want in life does have something to do with surrendering your lame fear-based plans, opening up to what life/god/providence will offer if you can let go of your assumptions, see the real thing and grab it.

LGBT friends, this book is full of good information that may potentially correct the mind of fundamentalist-blind or uninformed anti-gay marriage folks to whom you may be related in some way.

Excerpt from committed after Gilbert has realized people have always created the secreted, loving  unions they need and want  inspite of what the man says in recognizable in the name of the state, law, or religion.

pg. 264 — “It is not we as individuals, then, who must bend uncomfortably around the institution of marriage; rather, it is the institution of marriage that has to bend uncomfortably around us. Because “they” (the-powers-that-be) have never been entirely able to stop “us” (two people). from connecting our lives together and creating a secret world of our own. And so “they” eventually have no choice but to legally permit “us” to marry, in some shape or form, no matter how restrictive their ordinances may appear. The government hops along behind its people, struggling to keep up, desperately and belatedly (and often ineffectually and even comically) creating rules and mores around something we were always going to do anyhow, like it or not.”

Art and Subverted Commerce

Posted in Art, etsy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 9, 2008 by darcyarts

Just as punk broke down the doors to a career in music and subverted the notion that one had to possess musical skills prior to entering the arena, the art aesthetic called “low brow” had opened the doors to Art.

The DIY ethic that grew in more and more people in the late 70s and early eighties was born from a determination to create your own authentic version of whatever you wanted or needed to bring into the world.

Basquiat was able to take his business from the street to the gallery when the times allowed.

For me, Frank Zappa represents the beginning of the DIY ethic for me. He questioned the established paths, methods of operation, commercialism and other conformist attitudes.

FRANK ZAPPAIn southern California in the 60s there were other freak artists. Surfing and Cars were a big part of the culture. Ed “Big Daddy” Roth was making really interesting art from automobiles and so was every guy in every little bedroom community within a 50 mile radius of Los Angeles.

An artist name Robert Williams was drawn in to Roth’s scene and look what he has done with that free and subversive attitude.

Check out his very interesting art rag Juxtapoz.

<My 2005 painting of Frank Zappa. Check out his rhinestone studded eyes.

There are two other artist I want to jump to before I run out of time and space this morning.

Ron English and Shepherd Fairy.

These boys studded their environment, especially in the case of English,  with subversive art laid over advertising. English added elements to the pervasive advertising art, billboards, street signs that made the viewer reexamine the content of that add.

Shepherd Fairy creates iconography that invites the viewer to assign value to the symbols used.

His Andre the Giant icon was made on a whim while working with and teaching a friend about silkscreen images. Fairy started posting the simple image up in his environment and watched as, unexpectedly, people speculated and invented a really mind-boggling variety of myths about what force or group was behind the image. He was shocked by the reaction but realized the potential power in image.

The top of Fairy’s web site reads “Manufacturing quality dissent since 1989.”

Chinese propaganda posters from the Cultural Revolution Mao era are particularly interesting to me.

I’ve done taken a couple of the images and rendered them as Bitty Pix.

This one features Mao and a Cecil B. DeMille scale cast of patriotic chinese citizens all waving the flag, which i have made black instead of red, and cluching their copies of Mao’s little red book. Those radiant lines are used often by Fairy.

Fairy created the simple and powerful film poster for “Walk the Line.”

The Chinese posters were selling the notion that with hard work and dedication the people would bring about abundance and health and beauty in their country.


Here ia a fresh link (6. 14) to an article in the L.A. Weekly about French filmmaker/ artist Thierry Guetta aka Mr. Brainwash.