Now: Here: This September 23, 2005

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Peter Ferko
Washington Heights, New York City


The most important thing on my mind right now:
A subset of the families of the victims of a terrorist attack have convinced "us" (city, state, and federal government representatives) that artistic and idealogical expression is inappropriate.

Where are the artists and government representatives who think that denying freedom of expression is inappropriate?

Create a piece that in any way addresses ideas related to the withdrawal by the Drawing Center and the cancelling of the Freedom Center at the World Trade Center site over the issue of appropriateness of exhibitions.

For background, Google Is Culture Gone at Ground Zero? and select the link to read Robin Pogrebin's NY Times article from Sept. 30.

Harold Wallin
Anchorage, Alaska & Washington Heights, New York City

N.O. 06
monoprint, 8" x 16"

My conscious thoughts are still concerned with the tragic situation on the Gulf coast. It seems my unconscious art thoughts are on it also. This last week my images have all been about conflict and survival.

Nick Holliday
Great Barrington, Massachusetts


I'm thinking about the fugitive nature of experience, the way that everything happens only once. And then it's lost.

Renee Watabe
Verona, New Jersey

Dream Five: iamyouandyouareme

This week I have been thinking about ecstasy, its mystery, its power and its purpose in my life and in human life, overall. The following are tiny excerpts of relevant writings:

"....God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame."

from Sonnet 26, Sonnets from the Portugese, Elizabeth Barrett Browning

"Mystical ecstasy is simply the release of a spiritual power current in which God is experienced as a living and physical reality. This can also ideally happen through the melding of a man and a woman who are sufficiently free from fear, who follow together a path of self-purification. Their union will release the inner pwer current so that they will experience God in themselves and in each other."

from Creating Union, The Pathwork of Relationship, Eva Pierrakos and Judith Saly

Tim Folzenlogen
Washington Heights, New York City

untitled comic strip
pencil drawings

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Wendy Newton
Washington Heights, New York City

After-Theater Doodle
ink drawing

Polish theatre guru Grotowski eventually realized that everyone has the potential to be creative and that no one should be put in the position of being a consumer of the product of that creativity. In his late works, whoever came to the show was in it. I so agree with him at this point in my life, that I don’t even like to use the word art, but this is mostly a defensive stance against the overwhelming amount of art being sold – objects, performances, exhibitions, concerts. Like most creatives, though, I do take pleasure in my own creativity as well as that of other people, and often find myself being a willing “consumer.” But I instinctively don’t like buying and selling my art, and I don’t like to be bombarded by people selling theirs. I don’t know where the balance is, and I’m guessing that this tendency of mine would explain why I can’t call myself an "artist."

Karien Vandekerkhove
Gent, Flanders, Belgium

elysian field

wordless  (... image on the cemetery of a small romanesque church in a warm midday autumn sun somewhere particular in flanders fields ...)

New York City

Hurricane Season
digital collage

I shudder/sympathize at the thought of losing all my material possessions, never mind my life (or ego, which i say i want to lose). I look around my apartment with gratitude and appreciate the collected stuff of my life.

Joel Adas
Brooklyn, New York

Road Running Along a Beach
pencil drawing

Not thinking of much besides color really: how pleasurable it is to put it on paper on canvas, just the shear joy of it. Saw an amazing Matisse exhibit at the Met. Matisse and color! What more is there to say.


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