Video of me reading from Kendall Banning’s Censored Mother Goose Rhymes.
30-minute interview I did with Jeremy Fuksa of The Cocktail Napkin. Topics: Newspaper Blackout, Steal Like An Artist, and being an artist online.
de-Signs = iPhone photos of signs with some of the words erased
10 great books I read this year.
“walk into a fight / be impossible / never listen to the psychology department / painstaking analysis should be resisted / cultivate rivals / never say such a thing out loud / where information is lacking guess / listen as a means of escape / don’t get bogged down in what used to be / aw heck / break away from the tyranny of good / don’t trust the tongue-in-cheek”
I’d love to be like a chain smoker with projects, and use the end of one to light the next.
Just in time for the holidays, here are two brand-new Newspaper Blackout prints.
“friendship is correspondence / on occasion be dragged into it / drill one hole after another until something starts seeping through / stare at a painting for an hour / think like a shipwreck / there is nothing to express at first / your hands have not been tied / never disown the events of life / make them wonder / be up to the job / never allow practice to be intimidated by theory / take heart and get on with it”
The folks at AIGA San Diego asked me for a 15-second video of me answering the question, “What drives you?”
I am very happy to announce that Workman Publishing will be publishing my new book in March 2012!
“the best way to improve is to seek out the best competition / stop to say hello / shorter is longer / have a good cry / the truth is such a complicated technologie / watch out for rattlesnakes / go to a park and gawk / stay together and battle / do with less / bounce back / invent something / some lessons have a shelf life”
A few weeks ago I gave a talk on Newspaper Blackout and Steal Like An Artist at The Economist’s Human Potential summit in New York City. Enjoy!
I made some drawings on my iPad during The Economist’s Ideas Economy conference in New York last week.
“play house / to catch midnight plan to nap beforehand / make an appearance / jump the rails / take a trip / the fish reel it in / people watch / ask for trouble / what are you hoping to express if all you see is four walls? / don’t die simply disappear A while / eat a sandwich / learn how to work with other brains”
How I give presentations using an iPad, Adobe Ideas, Keynote, a VGA adapter, and a Boxwave stylus.
“cause mayhem / look the pros are struggling put an amateur in / don’t wait on the weather / when the flames die down teach them sense / who knows? / do without worrying / be of service / watch, marvel / go out and correct things / just be still / it is that time of year for the summer struggles / put the time in”
the skirt created a sense of higher stakes / the danger is that everyone will succumb to your charms / how the trees work / in this little town / I asked God and he said yes
why natural all the kinks? / seem out of touch when asked about you / start an observatory / be a foreigner, no history / not knowing is ok / store an angel on one side and a demon on the other / stay open / glance out the window / document the ruse / to pick up a signal cut off mobile service / angry with skills is how to work / disobey orders of everyone who works in TV
Marriage is two people in love / standing in the same bathroom.
I had the pleasure of leading a couple of blackout poetry workshops at the Dallas Museum of Art last weekend.
Every (work)day I write something on my mug and post it to Twitter.
Some pictures of my office and quotes from some recent interviews.
de-Signs = iPhone photos of signs with some of the words erased.
“you’re just an accident of timing / obtain a truck / read deeply / practice / question oldfangled techniques / you need to be able to dance / point out the beautiful / unhear it / decide who is staying and who is leaving / everyone needs to relax and calm down / defect / start now”
Back in March, Chronicle Books published one of my sketchbook pages in their neat little book, Everything Is Going To Be OK.
“why should i have all that i have /we fly in and out of a home / so much work / i need a midday visitor or a window in the laboratory / doomsday is a day that will end too / a stretch of nowhere”
Drawings of Richard Nash and his publishing experiment, Red Lemonade.
“you will get to become a princess / a 10-minute walk is modern art / know what to copy / copy the curiosity / publicly misbehave / the sun is setting over your attention / weigh philosophy on the toilet / an anecdote is the perfect souvenir / make a go of it / the answer ha ha / why not? / the cure is breakfast”
For fun, I’ve been making blackouts on the iPad.
“be a romantic enemy / be a ham / be real hard to divorce / be impossible to know / be brief / be day to day cheap but not over the long run / be rooted / be devious / be open / be the one refusing to go out without a fight / be ready / be a question”
A simple list of 10 things I wish I’d heard when I was in college.
Meg bought me a mug at World Market that has a speech balloon chalkboard on it, so every work day I draw or write something on it and post it to Twitter.
“there are definite dangers in thinking you can do everything / music? yes yes yes a week full / in line, for two hours, at first it’s a shock, and then it’s incredibly liberating / go to breakfast try not to put boundaries on what u do / whittle down the stream so you can think / the energy it is both very human and loaded / go to see a film / figure on musicians with angry beards / network ad nauseum / that distant rumble you hear is the sound of approaching joy / beers and laughing / it’s eye-wearying but I’m thrilled that I get to do it”
One of my favorite blackout poems of all time is now an affordable print at 20×200.com
it’s been very wintry, but it was winter before / making ice out of water / lunch often / follow vulnerable love with jokes / think speak and think some more / sit at cool bars, pondering life / punch somebody / reading is the antidote / let’s go walk around / stroll the streets / take part in nonsense / no more why-me-ism
Don’t wait until you know who you are and what you’re about to start making things.
Signed and numbered edition of 50, screenprinted by Satch Grimley and Jaime Cervantes at Red Bluff Studio in Austin, Texas.
“arrive to a hero’s welcome, walk slowly / Google it yo / look at the low point as training / don’t swallow that wishbone / view this as a sign even if it bores you / unnecessary equipment / has to be handled as such / life has returned to normal / I think / the goal line is at the end of the earth / learn not to watch television / wow, look at you / look forward to life / balance what is real and what is not”
Whenever I have a free night and no ideas, I grab scissors and some old magazines and I make collages.
“a head like god is work / press on with purpose / alienate some people / why can’t it be warmer / that thing that just can’t be ignored release it / go out on a limb and wave / crouch and whisper / think bigger / hold on do what i do / improvise / success is a misty din of horns and trumpets / cuss it all”
I took iPhone snapshots of doodles from my 3 years worth of notes at my old job.
This is a short story about why I love being alive and making things right now, with the tools I have.