“We are oscillating above the harsh vs. soft vision of reality that is closely linked to the artist’s perception of the body in its physical, cultural, and psychic dimensions. The group of portraits shown at our exhibition intends to question how we understand and relate to inherent aspects of human experiences, such as uncertainty and eccentricity but also to culture and the symbolics that make it identifiable. “-Arthur Sopin and Andreas Rod
“EVENTUALLY I WON MY POINT, WHICH WAS: – “I AM AN ARTIST, AND THAT TAPE IS ONE OF MY ARTWORKS, AND IT BELONGS TO ME.” YES, THEY CAN HAVE A COPY. I HAD A POINT OF VIEW AND A REASON TO FIGHT. ON THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW I SAID: “LITTLE BROTHER WATCHING BIG BROTHER.” THAT WAS A BIG STATEMENT, AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE SAW THAT. IT MEANT THAT ANY INDIVIDUAL WITH A CAMERA (WHICH CAN BE A POWER WEAPON USED TO PROTECT ONE’S DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS) CAN HOLD THE AUTHORITIES AND THE POLICE ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS ON THE STREET! THAT WAS THE BEGINNING OF A WHOLE NEW DIGITAL AGE. “
I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT THE CLITORIS. I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT OPEN NON-MONOGAMY AND SEXUAL FLUIDITY. I WANT US TO GET AWAY FROM A POLITICS OF DIFFERENCE. WE NEED TO STOP IDENTIFYING WITH SEXUAL ORIENTATION MODELS, WITH SEX AND GENDER BINARIES, WITH ANYTHING THAT LIMITS AND POLICIES OUR DESIRES
” BASIC BITCHES AT THE MALL
BASIC BITCHES I WON’T CALL
BASIC BITCHES LOOK AT ME
I’M UR FANCY FANTASY “
“What the really great artists do is they’re entirely themselves. They’re entirely themselves, they’ve got their own vision, they have their own way of fracturing reality, and if it’s authentic and true, you will feel it in your nerve endings.”
― David Foster Wallace
“What strikes me is the fact that in our society, art has become something which is related only to objects and not to individuals, or to life. That art is something which is specialized or which is done by experts who are artists. But couldn’t everyone’s life become a work of art? Why should the lamp or the house be an art object, but not our life?”
― Michel Foucault
DON’T GET STUCK ON WHAT YOU CAN’T DO. IN FACT, DON’T GET STUCK ON ANYTHING. THE WORLD LEAVES NO ROOM FOR BOREDOM. SPEND TIME WITH PEOPLE WHO WANT TO SHARE THEIR IDEAS WITH YOU. BE WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE CONFIDENT ENOUGH NOT TO GET TERRITORIAL. THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN TOO MUCH RATHER THAN TOO LITTLE. IF YOU CREATE YOUR OWN REALITY, YOU’LL MANAGE.
FROM THAT PLACE, AS SOON AS MY EYES ARE OPEN, I CAN NO LONGER ESCAPE. NOT THAT I AM NAILED DOWN BY IT, SINCE AFTER ALL I CAN NOT ONLY MOVE, SHIFT, BUT I CAN ALSO MOVE IT, SHIFT-IT, CHANGE ITS PLACE, THE ONLY THINGS IS THIS: I CANNOT MOVE WITHOUT IT. I CANNOT LEAVE IT THERE WHERE IT IS, SO THAT I; MYSELF, MAY GO ELSEWHERE. I CAN GO TO THE OTHER END OF THE WORLD; I CAN HIDE IN THE MORNING UNDER THE COVERS, MAKE MYSELF AS SMALL AS POSSIBLE. I CAN EVEN LET MYSELF MELT UNDER THE SUN AT THE BEACH-IT WILL ALWAYS BE THERE. WHERE I AM. IT IS HERE, IRREPARABLY: IT IS NEVER ELSEWHERE. MY BODY, IT’S THE OPPOSITE OF UTOPIA: THAT WHICH IS NEVER UNDER DIFFERENCE SKIES. IT IS THE ABSOLUTE PLACE, THE LITTLE FRAGMENT OF SPACE WHERE I AM, LITERALLY, EMBODIED. MY BODY, PITILESS PLACE.
Keep your halos tight
I’m your god or your guardian
Keep your halo tight
One hand on the trigger, the other hand in mine
Because now, cupid carries a gun
Now, now, cupid, cupid carries a gun.
Whether in business, the professions, the arts, or in personal and community life, such skills are essential in fostering The Group Projects or the Social Artistry, which will lead to constructive change. Conversely, without these skills, collaborative activity tends to degenerate into the kinds of petty bickering which gives “committees” their reputation for inefficiency and interpersonal vulnerability.
Frank E. Weinert and Rainer H. Kluwe psychologists explain that Role-Playing develops a capacity for metacognition (or dialogue with unconsciousness) the ability to think about the ways one thinks. It is a natural result of the exercise of role-distance, the shifting between the role of the part being played and the role of the actor in the conference with the director about how that part should be performed. The resulting “choosing self” is a psychological complex that represents a degree of mental flexibility that is a step beyond the ordinary rational level of consciousness because it deals with the realistic capacity to shift among some different frames of reference. It may even be that this type of mental flexibility represents the next step in the evolution of consciousness.
” I hopped on a train with some Polaroids I’d taken with a disposable camera. I got incredibly lucky and got signed right away and started working from the get-go. I planned to only do it for the summer, but then I fell in love with it, and I have never looked back.”
” My best talent is the ability to turn everything into a light game. I try to approach everything I do with a sense of playfulness. I play games. Even in the projects that demand a lot of energy and effort. I make choices to try to sustain the playful quality that we had when we were kids – to avoid limiting myself and to use my imagination freely. We must never forget how to play: So many great things can come out of it!”
“OPEN UP” IS ABOUT DARING TO BE HUMBLE, VULNERABLE. AND HONEST. IT IS ABOUT DARING TO EXPOSE FEELINGS AND LETTING PEOPLE SEE THAT YOU’RE NOT PERFECT. NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE DARE TO MEET ON TOTALLY HONEST LEVEL, MASKS OFF. LIFE CAN HURT YOU IF YOU DO NOT DEAL WITH YOUR PROBLEMS PROPERLY, NEGATIVE ENERGY CAN BE PERSISTENT. WE MUST DARE TO LET PEOPLE ENTER.
” I feel like the running and me creating music is part of the same thing. I can feel my body when I run, and I also feel the music, whenever I do both, I feel like my mind is free and not disturbed by a lot of thoughts. It makes me feel complete.”
” FOR TRE ÅR SIDEN GJORDE JEG ET TYPISK POPUP DRAGQUEEN-SHOW PÅ FINCKEN I BERGEN. ETTER FORESTILLINGEN TOK JEG AV MEG KOSTYMET, BYTTET DET UT MED MITT AFTER SHOW-ANTREKK, OG SAMMEN MED NOEN “TRANSER” GIKK JEG OVER VEIEN TIL UTESTEDET GARAGE. INGEN AV OSS KOM INN, MED BESKJED OM AT ”VI SLIPPER IKKJE INN FOLK I KOSTYMER”. NÅ ER JEG UTESTENGT PÅ LIVSTID, MED SAMME BEGRUNNELSE. “
“THE FIRST RULE OF PAINTING IS TO TAKE EVERYONE ELSE OUT OF THE EQUATION. I AM THE VIEWER, SO IDON’T UNDERESTIMATE MY VIEWERS. THEY SEE EVERYTHING, AND I JUST HAVE TO ASSUME THAT THEY ARE ME. I CAN’T PAINT FOR ANYONE ELSE. IT’S ALL ABOUT HAVING THE COURAGE TO SAY THIS IS FINISHED AND THEY HAVE TO KNOW THAT I AM THE BOSS IN PAINTING. It’s LIKE BEING A SOLDIER BECAUSE I HAVE TO BE HARD AS FUCK TO FALL IN LOVE WITH THESE THINGS AND LET THEM GO.”