One of my New Year’s resolutions was to begin submitting my poetry for publication again. In addition to the traditional outlets, I’ve found some more offbeat ways to get my poetry out into the world. One of those is The Sketchbook Project, a massive community art project housed by the Brooklyn Art Library. The idea is, artists order a sketchbook, fill it with any form of art or writing they desire, register it online, and mail it back to the library. The curators will then keep the book on display, and scan a bar code anytime someone views it. This allows the artist to keep track of how many times their book is viewed. There is also the option to have a sketchbook scanned and posted in their digital library as well. So far I am still working out how I will fill mine, but it is a great way for me to utilize a lot of my horror poetry, as the amount of publications that accept speculative poetry appear to be very limited. I …
If I could prescribe a single rule for looking at a work of art it would be to enjoy it. If we’re honest with ourselves, we have to admit we enjoy our tears just as much as we enjoy our laughter. The only moments of life that are a bore are when we don’t care one way or another. Vincent Price
It’s good as an artist to always remember to see things in a new, weird way. Tim Burton
I cannot write poetically, for I am no poet. I cannot make fine artistic phrases that cast light and shadow, for I am no painter. I can neither by signs nor by pantomime express my thoughts and feelings, for I am no dancer; but I can by tones, for I am a musician. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Shadow is a colour as light is, but less brilliant; light and shadow are only the relation of two tones. Paul Cezanne
The beginnings and ends of shadow lie between the light and darkness and may be infinitely diminished and infinitely increased. Shadow is the means by which bodies display their form. The forms of bodies could not be understood in detail but for shadow. Leonardo da Vinci
Installed in front of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in 2009, The Firebird was designed by Niki de Saint Phalle and is covered in over 7,500 pieces of mirrored and colored glass. The lights in Uptown Charlotte really make it shimmer at night.
When I saw this sculpture at the Met in New York City, I immediately thought of Hamlet. “I am thy father’s spirit, Doom’d for a certain term to walk the night…”
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a place I can visit over and over again. Named after the woman who spent her life collecting the art within it, and commissioned the unique building it is housed in. She personally oversaw the construction of the museum in Boston’s Fens neighborhood and personally arranged all of the artwork. When she passed away in 1924, her will stipulated that nothing in the museum’s galleries would be changed, and no items be acquired or sold from the collection. The museum is known internationally for the shocking theft of 13 paintings by renowned artists such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Manet, and Degas in 1990. One of the stolen paintings was Rembrandt’s Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee (his only known seascape.) If you visit, you will see the empty frames the paintings were cut out of still on display. Visitors can only take pictures of the museum’s intricate courtyard and gardens, but it’s Instagram account shares works of art, museum events, and pages from Isabella’s many journals.
That’s the magic of art and the magic of theatre: it has the power to transform an audience, an individual, or en masse, to transform them and give them an epiphanal experience that changes their life, opens their hearts and their minds and the way they think. —Brian Stokes Mitchell, actor