a visionary's report: beyond fear: stretchings and practicings around pdx
In preparation for creative nonviolent actions planned in the next few months, this visionary got out beyond his fears of autonomous self-expression in the city, and played around with a spontaneous set of ideas, all beyond the usual imposed narrated "norms" of everyday settler/"citizen" existence.
....So, our visionary went out to this one corner in a part of town he had not hung out in in any truly meaningful way before, taking some of his art (originals and not), and proceeded to follow through with a suggestion made by an elder member of the local longtime community (now being displaced by "gentrification").
"The white-haired gentleman basically suggested that i take my art and show it, rite there in this middle-of-the-week evening and i followed through," our visionary said. Basically, he exited his usual "cave" life and "dared" to "hang out" a little more authentically.
"Actually, i got the notion while talking to another elder on the phone," he said, referring to a longtime friend in his 70s. "And i went out into the unknown of the night and spoke with him 'til my phone's battery went close to dead. When i returned to the area where my 'cave' is, there were a bunch of local oldtimers, holding autonomous space in a way that most folks of my ethnicity wouldn't 'normally' approach easily."
But they reminded him of some good ol' days in the past, and it wasn't long before our visionary's vibes went beyond the usual armored ways of streetfolks. "Being myself, and my old consciousness bubbling back up, i guess i reached a few of the gentlemen, tho one stayed aloof, even letting drift the word 'jackass' to where i heard it." Showing his "good" art also helped.
And to touch his heart "home", one of the elders firmly spoke of them all (including our visionary) being HUMAN BEINGS!
"Wow! So much more REAL than so many other places i've been!" our visonary exclaimed the next morning. He was plainly moved in a most deep way!
Real, with uncertain outcomes hanging just over the situation with those folks; but, after all, most of such would be due to being so heavily propagandized. I.e. against "streetfolks" and their alleged perpetual flailing by the systematic contextless media machine.
So our visionary went out and proceeded to put a bunch of his intentioned art down on the sidewalk(without a gallery and frames, and all that value system--including having nothing for sale) and began to experience passerby's vibes. Not many people were out, of course, and the method began to get "old" quickly.
"After awhile i came up with a somewhat wild idea: To put one of my color prints OVER my face, and just hold it there." That is, our visionary stood at a certain semi-busy urban intersection with the art over his face! "A lot of people slowed down, but i don't know if they could really see my art."
He fully expected the 5-0 to show up anytime, and soon. At least that's what the cops in his head were saying. I mean, here he was, standing, and kind of "hiding" behind one of his more wild art peices. Something that conveyed a vibe very different than anything most might ever expect! This was his intent, even tho it was completely spontaneous.
What would he have done? He was thinking of various responses, but was unsure of which he would use (stay tuned for tonight's report, perhaps written tomorrow for what may happen on this topic).
Various passerby were intrigueing, including one who "ran over" our visionary's art. But our visionary didn't take it personally and even saw the action as *additional artisitc input*!!!!
Later, a young lady happened by. She is a regular of local pow-wows, and she asked to use our visionary's phone. Well, he said it was already very low on its battery, but it still worked for her needs. After she was done she seemed so moved by our visionary's art and personality that she shared a rather deep 'poem' with him before parting.
The best part of the action for our visionary, personally, was that he was super-inspired to do a whole lot of new color art! Stuff he'll be posting on this site as soon as he scans it!
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