We were thinking about utopias, those high reaching rearrangements of real life. At some point we reined ourselves in— dropped closer to earth and arrived on "Cloud Eight", this issue's prompt and title. If you reach and then retract, how far are you really from the initial utopic throb?
-Oh. Well, why can't I play with that three-horn? We were having fun.
_Well, we all keep to our own kind- - The three -horns, the spike tails, the swimmers, the flyers. We never do anything together.
_Well, because we're different. It's always been that way.
_Oh, don't worry so much. When we reach the great valley, there will be many, many long-necks for you to play with.
-Oh...I wish we were there now.
_Well, it's a long way yet--Past the great rock that looks like a long-neck, and past the mountains that burn. Still a long way, but we'll get there.
Then later on in movie when the mother is dying:
_Do you remember the way to the great valley?
-I guess so, but why do I have to know? You're going to be with me.
_I'll be with you, even if you can‘t see me.
-What do you mean if I can‘t see you? I can always see you.
_Littlefoot, let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen closely.
They speak to the idea that our perception of perfection (in this case, upscale table setting objects) can be easily disrupted. Utopias are not reached here but maybe it‘s better we don‘t strive for that kind of boring idealism, as the alternative can be much more interesting.
— Crys Yin
1. An enclosing border
2. A structure that underlies or supports a system, concept, or text
1. German–An achievement resulting from work; a work of art
2. American slang–A term derived from the words "work" and "twerk" meaning to do something exceedingly well
FRAMEWERK is an interactive art project which I’ve been developing since 2014. Participants are invited to write, draw, paint, and collage on custom printed images at open-studio events. At first glance it works like a coloring book but the images, which function as visual framing devices, complicate the process. Their deliberate ambiguity and open-endedness beckon interpretation and invention. Participants respond in any way they choose.
This suite of images was created by children working with DreamYard, a non-profit organization which collaborates with Bronx youth, families and schools to build pathways to equity and opportunity through the arts. Every spring they organize a borough-wide exhibition of student work called the Bronx Arts Festival, at the Lehman College Art Gallery. This year we set up a FRAMEWERK studio as part of the installation and visitors were invited to make work. I created this chain-link inspired template for this exhibition because I wanted to use a form that’s familiar within the local cityscape and imbue it with a little magic.
I feel it’s important to credit all artists who contribute to this project, but that was not possible due to the high volume of visitors to this exhibition, literally hundreds of student-artists passed through. They had the option to keep their work or add it to a temporary installation. These pieces were among the many left behind after the show. With the exception of an occasional first name, they are anonymous.
escapism, secular magic
find utopia- to pour it out
cloud is bouncing beyond
folders, layers, desktop
full of waves
things we want
never made of dust
it from bit
weakness of the
dreamer, escapist, lover