My friend, Michael, and I were talking about art yesterday, and how important it is for us as human beings. It allows us to express ourselves in such fascinating ways, to tell our stories... stories that are important to us. Whether it is the written word or film or photography or a painting, there is this sense of necessary expressive experience. Michael was very game in going to the MoMA with me to take in my friend, Kara's film, Bachelorette 34 (detailed in the post below), and he also took pictures with me of The Essential Herbal magazine. It was my goal to get the magazine in a few photos around town, because, to me, this is art that, like Kara's film, TEACHES. My friend, Tina, created this magazine as a newsletter to bring together people who are into herbs for health and crafts and finding natural remedies towards making our world a better place. The newsletter grew into this wonderful multi-page magazine that is made from recycled materials and contains a wealth of info and ideas. As Tina says, "Some tiny little herb shop in the hidden hills might harbor some powerful knowledge... and how are we to know? Its an opportunity to put that herb shop on the map. It is a chance for the home herbalist to be published right alongside someone everyone has heard of."
And I love that!
Art brings people together, stirs the imagination...
My brother always says, "Don't judge your art. There are enough people who will do that anyway. It's all perspective." And we all have unique perspectives. Some art we dig, some we don't, but it's all about what moves you.
I dig how art can bring people together from all over the world. Penelope Cruz mentioned this in her Academy Award acceptance speech last night: "I grew up in a place called Alcobendas, where this was not a very realistic dream. And I, always on the night of the Academy Awards, I stay up to watch the show and I always felt that this was, this ceremony was a moment of unity for the world because art, in any form, is and has been and will always be our universal language and we should do everything we can, everything we can, to protect its survival."