On January 2018 I began to blog every week, however, after a few months I discovered that even though I love writing, I’m quite slow at it (it’s the editing! ;)… So around mid May, I decided to let go of the weekly blog post format and instead started focusing on creating a daily (weekdays) connection with you.
The first idea that came up was Observe the Intangible, an awesome photography project I worked on for a few months but the timing wasn’t right, so I decided on moving it to somewhere mid-late 2019.
A second idea was the doodles I’ve been doing my whole life… At first, I thought they were too simple, but then I realized that some of them have a slick, logo-like feel and would look cool on merchandise.
The Artifacts Series was born out of this idea but it keeps expanding —now I’m doing digital derivatives of the original ink designs. Needless to say, I’ve got tons of Artifacts down the pipeline and I’m posting a new one or a derivative every weekday (Mon-Fri). I’ll be working on this project for the rest of the year and up to February-March of 2019.
So what are these Artifacts?
The Artifacts Project are moments of presence turned into things. I know they exist once they make me feel something. Sometimes that something is not emotional though.
A great friend of mine once told me that the reason he liked to play guitar, was the same reason he liked to play soccer: He just liked to touch the ball with his foot. The rules of the game and teamwork and winning… all of that stuff was secondary.
It was the same way the string felt when he played it; and the song, theory, tempo, rhythm… the band …all was secondary to the feeling of the touch of the string.
It is zooming into those little essence moments in everything we do. This is how life is found. This is what I’m focusing on with the Artifacts Process.
This process happens as I surrender forcing the ink on the paper and, instead, I let it be what it will be. My focus is on the brush on the paper and feeling when it wants to veer, lift and resume. Maybe this is ink calligraphy art, maybe they’re drawings or logos, icons …or codes, maybe they’re something else, maybe not, maybe they’re nothing…
I can’t tell you what these things are, I just make lots of them. I’ve been doodling them my whole life and the ones that are clearly something, do float to the surface. So I scan them, photoshop’em, and put them on prints, t-shirts, etc…
Now, If you’re reading between the lines, you can see that one consequence of wearing any of these Artifacts, would be interaction…
e.g. him: “What’s that weird thing on your t-shirt?” her: “What do you see? …What do you think it is?”
One purpose of the Artifacts Project is to generate engagement, just some good ‘ol: “Hey what’s that on your t-shirt? …and by the way… how’d ya doin?” (“…they’re really saying: I… love… you…” —Who sings that? ;)
A simple project with a simple purpose: To bring people a little closer… :)
…And if you’re just like me… then you may want something that doesn’t exist! …but if I can make it for you; you’ve got it! (e.g. maybe you like a specific Artifact but you’d rather have it on a different t-shirt style/color, or on a hat or hoodie… etc), so no worries there, just Contact me and let me know how you want it Ok, and I’ll take care of it! ;)
Thanks for stopping by… Please leave a comment, like, share with a friend… and I hope you find what you’re looking for …or even better: I hope you find what you were not looking for and fall in love with it! …and I’m not just talking about the art here…