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Navigating around the city on any given day, one experiences a million inputs; the sheer magnitude of people, noise, visuals, stinks, etc. can be a litte overwhelming for an introvert like me. As a result, I've found myself gravitating to art that imparts a little peace, stillness, quiet. It's been enough to keep me sane so far...
Tyler Mitchell is an uber talented young visual artist and he's really having a moment, with a well-deserved exhibition currently up at the new ICP (following more great work in a group show at Aperture). "I Can Make You Feel Good" was a calm oasis in an otherwise bananas opening day jammed with visitors. Do yourself a favor and go on a quiet weekday; let yourself be hypnotized by his ceiling-mounted video of beautiful, healthy, stylish black people enjoying moments of blissful abandon in slow-motion. 

1, 2: Tyler Mitchell
3: Tyler Mitchell installation shot by Scott Rudd for the International Center of Photography

 
I was fortunate to attend an artist talk with Dannielle Bowman at the Baxter St gallery on her project "What Had Happened," another quiet and probing view into the lives of African Americans. It was so loaded with story and the passage of time, but also breathlessly still and mysterious, not to mention beautifully executed. I loved it.
 
Erik Östensson and his simple moments of observation really do a lot for me. As a form of meditation, I find it helpful to routinely pull my focus in and apply gaze at something, like a leaf or the glint of light on a puddle - make the world really small for a few moments.

an exercise in macro to micro:

Another form of quasi-meditation I do is to regularly contemplate the vastness of space. In Maine we could see the Milky Way, but here in NY there's too much light pollution. Instead I've been creating my own "space scapes" inside of the apartment...It's been a fun experiment.

1. Galaxies aka powdered sugar on black
2. Ahuna Mons aka wall texture
3. Martian Dunes aka paper lampshade
4. Solar Transits aka lava lamp blobs
resources
Creative Capital - artist funding up to $50,000
Artadia - NY applications open 3/1-4/1
This nice article on Stephen Shore
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