‘Out of Place: Art For the Evicted’ (1984), an outdoor exhibition organized by PAD/D’s ‘Not For Sale’ committee at various locations in the Lower East Side. The facades of abandoned buildings were plastered with artworks in a bid to call attention to gentrification. Read more about the organization at Hyperallergic.
"…If we want to change this, and we should, we need to speak clearly in a language people can understand – not by adopting academic language for institutional appeal or trying to cover over our insecurity with pompous nonsense.
To make art and show it to the world is a generous act. Art is not just for the artist (that is called art therapy), but also as a means to participate in the broader culture and move it forward. To do so, we need to take seriously how we communicate to audiences through art, and in how we talk about our work.”
with Craft Mystery Cult (Sonja Dahl, Stacy Jo Scott)
The Craft Mystery Cult, composed of Sonja Dahl, Jovencio de la Paz, and Stacy Jo Scott, is a collective effort born from our desire for haptic making. Craft making is based in a body that remains fallible but linked to our primary human knowledge. As an unknowable and unspeakable knowledge, it remains a mystery. Craft skill is our link to this mystery.
We are projecting an alternative space, a mystery school where craft is envisioned to actually have the capacity to create a temporary, perhaps absurd utopia. Ours is an absurd linked not to irony and satire but to an optimism that remains in the face of futility. Craft Mystery Cult’s goal is not to dispense a knowledge that only a few have access to, but to remind each body of its own agency. The insertion of such practices into contemporary dialogues which favor the fetishization of a supposed post-apocalyptic condition, creates a location where sincerity rubs up against sarcasm, repetitive labor against gestures of bravado. - Craft Mystery Cult, 2012.
Literary passage is from Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird. Segue: go with your instincts.
“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren’t even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they’re doing it.”