Yes, its the New Year, time to pull up our socks, kick out the jams and get
the new and improved show on the road. It’s showtime, boys and grrls.
But the hardest thing is to change, right? Fuck good intentions, when that
sperm met that egg and you were formed, certain proclivities were hardwired
in and what you end up with, with a bit of nurture thrown in just for the hell
of it, is you.
Thing is, though, that as you go through the stress of your years, incremental
changes happen. Too minute to notice from day to day, but over time, wow,
you become even more you. Like it or not.
So I’m all for relaxing into it, letting it unroll, embracing the contradictions of
my life, the hypocrisies, tom-fooleries, the good, the bad and the ugly.
Ever since I finished LTT I’ve been wondering what I could do that would
seem as important, as thrilling, as consuming. And, truth be told, it’s really
only this past week, what with the book out and the show printed, that I feel
I’m mostly done with it, mostly over it. But it took over 2 years from the start
of that project to get here. And I’m probably not telling you anything you don’t
already know when I say that that trip Steph and I went on knocked me for a
loop, pretty much fucked me up for a while.
Not only was it over-the-top intense, but it was literally life and death and the
toll was taken. Not only psychologically, but also fotografically. Sure, I’ve been
pecking away at a few projects this past year, but they seem awful pale when
compared to the ride that was LTT.
I bring all this up for a few reasons, one is that I met with Crystal recently. She’s
an old acquaintance from the days of USER and we’ve kept in touch. I asked if
I could take some fotos of her. She said, “Yes, of course.”
Crystal, January, 2013
I’m not sure why I’m even showing you this foto. I’m not sure of anything.
But I’m going to be thinking about this for the next little while and will be
posting those thoughts on drool as they become available. Hype, fluff and
so on are readily available on Twitter and Facebook, and those certainly
have their place. But here on drool, it feels like it’s time to begin to
re-engage, to try to matter more.
Tune in to see what happens.
LIVE THROUGH THIS, the show
Of course there must be some hype, after all, nothing’s free (despite what you
may have heard). So. . .
I will be showing LTT at the Carleton University Art Gallery. The show opens Jan.
14th, 5:00 to 7:30. I’ll be there but Steph won’t.
Steph will be in Ottawa, at the gallery, February 4th, for a talk and the OFFICIAL
launch of LIVE THROUGH THIS, the book.
Laying out the show
So mark your calenders and come on down. It’s gonna be a blast to see Steph
again and I know that many of you are dying to meet her. She’s great.
Details here: XXXX