"The Paper Dolls and Action Figures" traveling tour continues tomorrow at Zhou B Art Center (1029 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609) and to commemorate this special occasion, and to bribe my coworkers to come, I've made six 11'' X 17" invitations disguised as custom prints that only they own. The inspiration came from one of them saying that I should wear a stereotypical artist turtle neck and beret to the show. I also wanted to give it that "french" feel by way of font placement and contemporary clean design. The black spirit spewing out of the ears comes from the mythological meaning behind the word "genius". It was to believe that the people, place, and objects, that gave off this unexplained divine talent and aurora was attributed to an actual spirit that would come down and anoint them with these powers. Praises of any talent or creativity was given to the "genius" and not the person, or vessel, that is utilizing the skills. I poked fun at this concept because at times, when I'm at a creative block or when I lose motivation, there's always that random moment where I feel like fate and circumstances all came together to give me the inspiration I need to complete the project. Like I would feel like I would have no control over the whole process . So what I'm basically saying is, I don't deserve credit for anything I create. Thank that mythical black mist in the sky.
Come out to Zhou B Art Center open studios tomorrow and experience the stories and the artwork from talented local artists like myself. There will also be booze so get drunk, swirl your glass till it spills, and let your new favorite artist know that they can be the new Basquiat or Picasso if they wanted to.