I’ve been finishing up a proposal for a Course that I hope to offer next term at the Gallery Gachet Art School, co-facilitated with my rad friend Caleb.
Transform: Active Creativity for Personal & Social Change
The backbone of this course is that we agree to make art, or to do something creative every day (or every other day). Creativity takes bravery, and a willingness to be vulnerable as we learn to see and experience reality directly, and then to act to transform this reality in some way through our actions.
Using a combination of discipline and gentleness, as well as by locating our creative practice within a supportive community context, we vastly increase our odds of success and of realizing our intentions.
I’ll probably do more promo here, but for now I include the drawing I did this morning, as I contemplated re-engaging with this daily creative practice thing… that if you follow this blog you’ll know I’ve not been doing recently. I prefer my mindfullness practice on my meditation cushion these days.
I do believe approaching daily creative practice within a group context will be super cool, and I am genuinely excited to support others in this work that has been so transformative for me. And i guess jumping back in too!
Collective Habitat 1997 – 2012 | ART-i-FACT: 88 East Cordova
For 15 years, this building/Gallery Gachet site has been home to diverse and unusual artists; it bears witness to creative engagement with art against oppression, paradigms of self-taught vs. school taught, politically motivated art, art borne of abuse and marginalization, inclusive art, and art revealing the power dynamics within contemporary art practice and institutions. Gachet’s contributions are unusual, subversive and underrepresented. In the development of the knowledge exchange concerning art, Gachet engages mental diversity, inclusivity issues and intersections of oppression. Vision, reality and artistic output have an intimate relationship with perspective and socially-defined definitions of sanity and competence. As we move into a more expansive and accepting climate in the contemporary art world in Canada – one that is warming to Outsider art, ability-iconoclasm and political art – Collective Habitat creates an artistic and theoretical record of Gallery Gachet’s participation in this zeitgeist.
Chris Bentzen is a Vancouver curator, organizer, button-maker, and soon-to-be gallery owner. A few weeks ago we sat down to talk about art, and one result is this wee video. Chris releases one video weekly featuring a local Vancouver artist. Happy to be included in the roster!
Interview with Vancouver artist Sara Ross from bentzen on Vimeo.
On the banks of beautiful Still Creek in Burnaby, BC i worked with a group of community artists and the Still Moon Arts Society to create the Spirit Fish Festival.
Kyira Korrigan helped me create this Invitation to Mindful Moment which I image recreating in Stanley Park some day.
You are invited to pass through this arch and into a mindful moment.
Step 1: This journey will be undertaken in silence.
Pause a moment before entering; breathe deeply and let go of words.
When ready, announce your intention to proceed with a ring of the bell.
Step 2: Find a place to comfortably stand near the river. WATCH YOUR STEPS, WHERE YOU PUT YOUR FEET! When you arrive, return your gaze to your surroundings.
Pause for a moment, and listen. What is the dominant sound? Explore the components of the background you are immersed in. Listen a bit longer—let a minute or two pass.
Step 3: As you exit, you may choose to ring the bell again to sound completion of your mindfulness.
More about SpiritFish: video link
Beehive stops traffic at Parade of Lost Souls
Left to right: Crow, Wolverine, Owl, Goblin, Squid (aka Octipii Vancouver), Jester, and Zoro’s cousin the lightening tamer. I am including this as my creative endeavour for the day, as I put together the Owl costume in a few minutes before we went out, after spending the day finishing previous projects and completing previous posts on this blog.
woo woo, woo woo, woo woo-aaaaah, says Owl.
On the other side these tokens say: “i will cook food for you”
I made these tokens as an effort to stimulate supportive community. I was heading down to the Occupy Vancouver site, and anticipated being around many people who i had never met. My intention was to strike up a conversation with folks, talk about my art project, and ask them:
“would you be willing to cook food for someone in the next two weeks?”
If willing then i would give my new acquaintance a radiating heart token as a reminder of their inspiration to support another person.
Use what you got.