As of this weekend -- after months upon months of planning, promising, committing, and then chickening out -- I have finally set a date for the performing debut of (as-yet-untitled) PARTY PART 4. It's been almost a year and half since *sigh*HARD @ the Soap Factory and this will be the first time I've shared this project with anyone in Los Angeles, so I'm super-nervous... but relieved. The show will debut February 26th @ Synchronicity in East Hollywood (http://www.syncspacela.com). They are good friends and great people and I couldn't imagine any better company for this journey forward.
This performance will be followed by my participation in a group show focusing on performance+video set for some time in March. The artists that have been selected are all doing very cool things and I'm honored to be a part of it. I will be performing some version of PARTY PART 4 and possibly an additional piece at this show. You can learn more about it here: Videos Collide in Real 3D Space
In other, (maybe) unrelated news, I've finally had time to start working on new ideas and new projects as the elements of PARTY PART 4 come together. I was starting to worry that I didn't have any ideas NOT related to the symbolic implications of monsters, mermaids, and poop. Bleh. Anyway, I finally started on a project I've wanted to do for some time, which is a tribute to Max Ernst's Une Semaine De Bonte, a masterpiece of collage and surrealist storytelling. I am faithfully recreating each of the 200+ compositions using only the top results from specific keyword searches on Google Images. The results so far have been exciting! Check it out here and stay tuned for more...
Love you for reading this. -- J
That November night, looking up into the sky,
"Hey, wish that was me up there--
It's the biggest rocket I could find,
And it's holding the night in its arms.
If only for a moment.
I can't see the look in its eyes,
But I'm sure it must be laughing."
But it seemed to me the saddest thing I'd ever seen,
And I thought you were crazy, wishing such a thing.
I saw only a stick on fire,
Alone on its journey
Home to the quickening ground,
With no one there to catch it.
Same time last year: http://prrtyfood.blogspot.com/2008/11/not-with-bang-but.html
Once I had a rabbit in a cage. I still have the cage. The cage has been empty since the day the rabbit died. He twitched his nose and looked at me through the side of his face everyday for almost a year before he looked at me dead on, scree-ee-eeched, and had a seizure. His body stretched out to twice its normal length, his limbs extended. He danced and bwp bwp bwp'd around the cage for a few seconds before flopping over like a cartoon character - a dramatic, exaggerated gesture.
It was the most I ever saw him move. The most noise I ever heard him make. It was hard to be sad then, watching him unleash this new power. Today, I don't talk about the day the rabbit died or how it made me feel.
The rabbit was the first and last friend I spoke to every day. I used to jangle my keys and say "I love you, rabbit. Be back soon," every time I left the house. The rabbit would wiggle his nose and blink with a steady rhythm, interrupted by the occasional leap from one end of his cage to the other. On the good days, when no one else was around to terrorize him, I would let the rabbit down onto the carpeted floor of my crummy basement apartment, and he would bounce from wall to wall with great pleasure and run playful figure-8s around my feet. Sometimes I would lay on the floor, napping lazily while he climbed over my body, chewing small holes in all my good clothes.
A lot of famous people died recently too.
UPDATE >> I'm not lazy -- just vry busy. Recent developments: promoted @ work >> also working on a new performance for August visit to Minneapolis >> also R.I.P. MPLS >> also curating the July show @ Synchronicity Space in Los Angeles (opens July 10th/11th) >> listening to Kate Bush >> listening to Velvet Underground and wishing I had sunglasses to look cool >> also bought sunglasses >> also finally working on my portfolio site >> also lots of hard work >> also freelance (Max Brooks! Some Other Stuff!) >> also beers/tears >> coming soon, personal growth >> END UPDATE