that moment when you’ve been working on a project for so long, and you can see the end, but the closer you get to the end, the harder you have to push against the current… WHEN WILL THIS END!!!!!!!!!!!! CRIES CRIES CRIES!!!!!!!! #writingadaptations #fromnoveltoscript
Cave, a professor in the fashion department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, is as diligent as his work is flamboyant. Cave is up at 6 every morning for a run along the shore of Lake Michigan and in the studio, two floors below, by 8 a.m. He often works till midnight and has up to 10 full-time assistants to help him meet a bruising exhibition schedule. This month alone he will present 50 sculptures and eight short films in France, at Lille 3000, an international arts festival that opened this week. On Nov. 30, he’ll be in Washington, D.C., to stage a performance for the 50th anniversary of the State Department’s Art in Embassies program. Following that, he’ll be back in the studio to prepare a whole new body of work for a solo show at the Denver Art Museum next summer.
At the front door, it’s immediately obvious that art is Cave’s comfort and his pleasure. The sky-lighted entrance hall is a gallery for works by other African-American artists whom Cave admires — Barkley L. Hendricks, Kehinde Wiley, Zwelethu Mthethwa and Hank Willis Thomas, among them. It leads into the living space, past a guest room and a large office that is another salon. The wall over a worktable stacked with fashion magazines and art books is blanketed by naïve still-life and portrait paintings that came mostly from the Art Student Showcase gallery in New York. Whenever he goes to galleries and art fairs now, he says, “I pray that I’ll find nothing I like.”
Evidently, that prayer has gone unanswered. An eclectic group of contemporary artworks lines the walls of the dining area. Even the center island in the kitchen is partly a pedestal for one of his own assemblages, a wiry spray of porcelain birds and plastic flowers gathered, like all of his art materials and much of his interior décor, from flea markets, secondhand shops or eBay. And he’s an expert shopper. “Love it,” he says, under his breath.
He’s also a historian of his own career. Cave holds on to one piece from his art’s every shift in direction: constructed, abstract paintings in the living room; rough planks hammered with metal scraps in the hall; a vintage blackface lawn jockey beside his bed. Instead of a lantern, the figure holds a branch of battered floral sconces. “He was in a subservient position with the lantern. Now this is an offering. This is no longer a stigma for me anymore,” Cave says. “I’m glad I’m a black man.”
It is rare, but I saw my reflection in him. #ashe.
Thank you for sharing this link…I needed to see it.
Vanity: Scar makes me a little older doesn’t it? You feel it? Feel it. Can you feel it? Doesn’t it make me older?
Inner Child: No. You just the same damn age. Live like it. You gonna make yourself old. Smile fool! It gives you character!
Wee Bear: the thought of you is comforting to me, but only when the thought is thought by me, and only me. in private. and unspoken.
Christopher Rockin’: Well there’s no need for jealousy Wee Bear!
Wee Bear: take me.
Chrisopher Rockin’: To the club? Well, alright, Wee Bear. But I don’t think you’ll like it all that much.
Wee Bear: try me bitch! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_p7Kek6RR8&feature=endscreen&NR=1
it was only for a lifetime that I surely knew.
and for the longest hour we got to talking and somehow I must have misplaced, miss-stepped, I must have. was with you.
and for the longest time I was where we’re all wanting. to be for a. moment. with you.
It was only a moment.
But the longest moment, because now I’m lost and I don’t know where I am. time spent re-tracking.
Even though I knew for a lifetime before, exactly, and for sure, and. it only took a moment with you to lose my place within this text.
Text book life lessons.
I’m great at forecasting the weather. ;-)