Bad News First
The "Capitalism Works For Me! True/False" sign was blown over in a big storm in New Mexico. High winds knocked it over onto it's face.
Of course there's all kinds of nice metaphors here: Mother Nature knocking capitalism on it's face and such. But beyond that, it was a very depressing and stressful news. And personally, it came in the middle of a hectic move to a new state and setting up a new home and studio.
I'm now here with it in San Diego and able to make repairs. If everything goes right, I should have it back and operational by Friday afternoon. The shock and disappointment phase has passed for me. It landed mostly on soft ground – much better than if it had been whipped up into the air and dashed onto some rocks. And I'm in the process of getting back into shape. I'll have some pictures up when we get the sign running in a few days.
Each city I meet the sign in, and San Diego is now the 5th, I see the wear on the crates and the sign itself. If you told me last August that after the sign had been on the road for 1 year it would have some damage and wear, I'd say "of course!" But it's still hard to see this thing that I have put so much effort and resources into accumulating damage and wear, no matter how small. There's just a little heartbreak that comes each time.
BUT, I remember the only way to keep it perfect is to lock it away, and that's not what it's about. It's about getting it out in the world, and there's always risk with that.
The good news
Actually, there's a lot of good news.
- The sign will be up Friday at the San Diego Museum of Art. I'm giving an artist talk at 7:30p. Come say hi. Or send a friend.
- A draft of the SPACES catalog is done and I saw it. This means once it's printed and ready, rewards will start going out shortly after. We're one step closer.
- A SECOND SIGN IS BEING BUILT IN HOLLAND RIGHT NOW
Yes, that's what I said.
A second Capitalism Works For Me! True/False sign is being built in Holland. It's for the Incubate Festival. They asked if they could ship over the original, and we determined that making a second one would be easier and cost the same. Stephen Duncombe and I will both be at the festival for one weekend doing a School for Creative Activism workshop.
Here's some pictures of the build in progress:
They're making this one out of steel, which is 3 times cheaper and 3 times heavier. And rusts. Which I can't wait to see...
These are the things I'm working on now:
- Setting up my new studio in Beacon, NY.
- Preparing for a solo show early September at Charlie James Gallery
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From the 12th floor of the Palomar Hotel in San Diego,