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Announcement: Artist reception @SteynbergSLO: Friday, Sept. 7th, 6-9pm /cc #SanLuisObispo


Dear friends and family:

Who: A group of artists — including Steven (aka “pa”, aka “daddy”) Boothe

What: Artist reception for Brushstrokes 2012, a juried exhibition featuring original 2D & 3D fine art
Where: The Steynberg Gallery (http://steynberggallery.com/)
When: This Friday, September 7th, 6pm – 9pm

Theme and description: “Writing is painting with the gift of speech. United by this shared theme, this exhibit at the Steynberg Gallery in San Luis Obispo, will provide the selected artists the opportunity of displaying their varied approaches to giving a literary excerpt shape. The resulting art, inspired by words, promises to produce a compelling and memorable show.” ~ Jayne Behman, Exhibit Coordinator

Personal statement: The opportunity to produce work with a literary connection had a strong appeal for me. I have been struggling with both feelings of anguish and desire to find an appropriate response to the many human and environmental dilemmas I feel burdened for while at the same time trying to balance my effort to produce beauty and love in maintaining the health of my own family, friends and co-workers as well. So as I often realize my myriad of short-comings, I am left with frequently reflecting on my priorities by asking myself this recurring question: “Why do I do what I do?”

Along this theme, this last year, I dedicated significant time and energy to understand and participate in the art of protest through the Occupy Wall Street movement. I met many people with extraordinary hearts and talents as we attempted to face the many varied and difficult challenges together. One of these people whom I developed a great fondness and respect for is a visual artist and poet named Justin Gorman-Regier.

Among the first memories of Justin is an encounter in which he showed me some of his small format ink drawings on mat board which immediately reminded me of Jean-Michel Basquiat who used to sell his own small format work as cards on the streets of New York. However, what struck me about the beauty and depth of Justin’s work at that time was the strong element of poetry which he had incorporated into his work as well. In fact, as it turned out, I discovered it is poetry which Justin has spent the majority of his time practicing and refining over the years.

So it is when faced with the need to consider a literary work as inspiration for this exhibit, that the moment I remembered Justin, I called him. But there is more to it than that. Justin and I have shared time together discussing the grief of watching elements of our society self destruct while asking ourselves how to best respond. So, beyond the significant practice, expertise and depth of emotion which Justin brings to his work, it is also this strong connection and harmony of concern with my own, our mutual anguish and quest to find the best response, which I believe makes this pairing of physical and literary sculpture so special.

For instance, consider this first of three stanza’s that Justin wrote for the exhibit:

“If we were fields of falling minds,
flying are the tries that we seem to have,
Some have more, some have less,
But mental’s are a mess, so stress these
Things meaningless and full of the blessed,
Angelic lives, stubborn butterflies, this light
Is so dark, so hearts are gathered in these storms
Disarm or the karma of man will shutter the times,
These minds find wine like ages, these minds die,
So go these lives, these harbored signs,
Dancing through the times, blind, fight to free
Your mind, or climb, designs these days,
Breathe through the masks, it is all a task.”

All three of his stanzas will be available for reading as part of the exhibit. My sculpture stands about 18″ high and is cylindrical at about 5″ wide. It is made from nearly 100% reclaimed materials consisting of hard drive magnets and computer mouse balls applied to some kind of drive shaft. I then used the magnets to fashion a cradle at the top for an old computer track ball to rest with another piece of metal containing an aperture fixed adjacent to it. I then folded up all three stanzas of Justin’s words and stuck them to the side so that they could be easily removed, read, and returned while considering the whole piece.

We would be honored by any all who can join us for the reception.

Sincere and kindest hopes and dreams,

Steven Boothe

Some photos from the #process…

Venue: compact

Artist: Steven Boothe
Exhibit: More than Watching
December 3, 2010 – January 1, 2011

Announcement: “Consisting of 1,456 images taken this year on October 13th, November 3rd and 13th, and hung from the gallery’s ceiling, the artist’s large collage transforms and invigorates the banal with a nuanced eye and a powerful aesthetic intuitiveness.”
(compact – a modern art gallery – which is committed to the presentation of artists and their art in concentrated and thoughtful installations.)

Acknowledgements: Heaps of thanks to Jeff and Deborah Jamieson, Dalton Jamieson, Jules Davis and Ms. RebeccaTownsend for all of your help with the assembly of this monster installation! Jeff you are simply amazing and super fun to be around. Yes I provided the pictures, but you and Deborah’s hospitality, your patience, supportive enthusiasm, feedback and guidance, the venue, the assembly table(?!), pleasant, kind and cheerful attitude all came together in such a way that the experience of working together will always be one of my favorite parts of this whole process.

As an artist who just opened his first show, I can only hope many more artists will come to know the kind of experience this has been for me.

Best regards!

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Reflections on amazingness and #love

Wow. I am awake at 12:36am, the day after the day after the evening of what I can only describe as incredibly amazing and overwhelming to adequately come up with the words to dump at a pace commensurate with the need I have… Wow? How can I go further than this? I think this is what happens when you just have so much happening emotionally that there is just too much to try and say that the only word utterable is something that just comes viscerally from the sheer enormity of it all… I guess if the musician Sting could once write of “sending out an SOS to the world” then I guess want similarly send out a “thank you” to the “world” in gratitude for my opportunity to still be among the living after these 44 years…

Peace love and ubuntu.

I ask beg and plead for forgiveness too. I know there are many moments where I wish my living composition had a more beautiful or comforting aesthetic. This truth is just made the more real with every moment I realize I wouldn’t be alive unless there had been some extraordinary expression of love, forgiveness or generosity…

After the opening of my first solo art exhibit Friday night, my wife and I were being very careful about keeping our girls safe while trying to load our trunk and get into our car parked on a busy street with fast moving cars, when suddenly our 2 yr old spotted something across the street and side stepping mommy began to trot toward the path of a fast oncoming car… I yelled. Linda reached out and caught her three or four steps from calamity…

How in the world am I supposed to find the words that express enough of this love or thanks that one feels over the moment of living in the context of just so much intensity? What in the world is going on here? How can I do this? Where can we find the words to adequately describe this whirlwind of peaks and valleys that beset us at times like this?

I love you all. I am amazed all the time for the moments I am alive with my darling girls and the extended friends, family and community of courageous lovers (those who practice love rather than violence) worldwide.

What can I do to give back more than I have received? This is the question that challenges me more than any other… How can I continually return a positive profit for others from whatever elements are before me? How can I leave any situation more beautiful than when I first entered? How can I keep my sanity in the face of such intensity whether anger, grief or love?

Practicing art helps me with those questions. The more I practice the process of creating beauty love or compassion, the more I seem to experience these as a consequence, and since I agree very strongly with Joel Meyerowitz that as human beings we require beauty in our lives, and that time and beauty help heal, the more beauty I produce, the more healing I realize and hope I facilitate.

So as I continue to breath, I will continue to practice, and I guess that is the best I can do…

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compact (gallery) opening – Steven Boothe – More Than Watching – December 3, 5-8 p.m.

Well tonight is our big night. Daddy Boothe is opening his first solo art exhibit at any gallery, let alone the wonderfully modern compact art gallery operated by Jeff Jamieson.

It has been a truly beautiful, wonderful and life changing experience at every step of the way.

The time feels like it has had wings and the utility of words feels scarcely adequate to express how profoundly this experience has touched me. Admittedly I have historically been pretty hyper-sensitive so that the reality of this depth of emotional impact shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, and it really isn’t; but that doesn’t change the nature or dynamic of feeling at a loss for words again — that just never seems to change.

So here we are again. Love to you all.

Kindest and sincere regards,

Steven Boothe
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From: Jeff Jamieson
Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 11:51 AM
Subject: compact opening – Steven Boothe – More Than Watching – December 3, 5-8 p.m.

Steven Boothe 

More Than Watching  

Opening Friday, December 3, 5-8 pm  

December 3, 2010 – January 1, 2011 

Join us at compact on Friday evening, December 3rd, to celebrate the opening of San Luis Obispo-based artist Steven Boothe’s exhibition of photographs.   
Consisting of 1,456 images taken this year on October 13th, November 3rd and 13th, and hung from the gallery’s ceiling, the artist’s large collage transforms 
and invigorates the banal with a nuanced eye and a powerful aesthetic intuitiveness.

compact – a modern art gallery – which is committed to the presentation of artists and their art in concentrated and thoughtful installations.

Jeff Jamieson
1166 Higuera Street
San Luis Obispo CA 93401
Hours – Wed-Sat  12 – 6 pm.