A dung beetle spends the better part of the day making the perfect dung ball. The beetle finishes and looks upon his magnificent creation. The ball of dung is a perfect sphere; a product of love and attention. The beetle begins to roll the ball home and the ball becomes stuck on a twig. The beetle spends the rest of the day to remove the ball of dung from the twig. When night falls, the beetle gives up on his perfect dung ball and tears the ball into an off-center mass of dung. The ball is no longer a perfect circle, but the beetle is able to feed his family.
I’m in charge of housekeeping a castle. The castle is in disarray and I spend a good portion of the dream traveling through the dumb waiters to run away from something I can’t see or remember. The lady who hires me to watch the castle lives in a mobile home, about two-hundred feet away from the castle’s entrance. She tells me that my hard work has earned me a small apartment in the city.
I’m in a small studio apartment in Berlin. I’m watching the city from my window and I call my ex-girlfriend to remind her that it’s her birthday. She is in America and she doesn’t want to talk to me. I consider staying in Berlin, but I do not know German so I stay in the studio apartment. I try to tell myself that the apartment is nice, but it is cold and empty. I throw my cellphone in the toilet because it is useless now.
“I tried and then I tried even fucking harder. I have to keep trying until the tribulations causes a change in me. I will keep trying until I’m a completely different person; it will be like I’m trying it again for the first time.”
Bright Side: You’re a different person. Down Side: Two people failed instead of one. Flip Side: You aren’t the only one who failed.
Notice that success was not on either side of the coin, but then again maybe the new you won’t give a god-damn — at least you tried.
A collection of videos featuring works by pioneering computer artist Manfred Mohr, many dating back to the early 70’s. Also includes interviews and lectures:
Manfred Mohr is considered a pioneer of digital art. After discovering Prof. Max Bense’s information aesthetics in the early 1960’s, Mohr’s artistic thinking was radically changed. Within a few years, his art transformed from abstract expressionism to computer generated algorithmic geometry. Encouraged by the computer music composer Pierre Barbaud whom he met in 1967, Mohr programmed his first computer drawings in 1969.
Here is my Love Bug illustration for HelpInk.org! They’re a great printing company that donates a part of their profits from each print to the charity of you choice. I love how this one came out, and it’s being sold exclusively through their website. The theme I followed was ‘Loving Others’ and for this one I tried to encorporate heart shapes into each insect’s body shapes, textures, and patterns. Prints are available in a variety of sizes as giclees and postcards and are also mounted on bamboo and birch. Available at Helpink.org
"It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them. I was so preposterously serious in those days…Lightly, lightly—it’s the best advice ever given me. So throw away your baggage and go forward. There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet, trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair. That’s why you must walk so lightly. Lightly, my darling."