November 25, 2014

Protest is Art

Protest is Art & Theater. It is the collective realization that the reality we are born into is not a permanent, steel reality. Protest recognizes that time on earth is limited & the cities steeped in corruption & gloss & saturated-glowing-selling-distraction do not Need to be the backgrounds in front of which we spend all our holy time on the planet. It was chosen & it can all be unchosen. Cosmic issues play out in public at protests, with Signs (poets everywhere) and chants (music) and anger over the imposed, regulated laws against using your own voice, laws against inhabiting or visiting specific land, street, water on earth, laws that give the right to some men to end other mens sacred lives, etc. The reality we find by default is propelled by those who do not seem to value their own births, let alone the sacred births of others. Protest is art, can be holier than art, because it literally aims to tear into the flesh of the fabricated reality, to transcend the bricks by whatever peaceful or enflamed needs are necessary. It is Art on steroids, it is street theater but it is Real & it is for Everyone. You don't need any money or power or funds for paint or microphones or cameras or costumes to partake & examine the reality. It understands that life can be changed, just as the artist understands the need to create the form of sacred life they wish to live. It's a tribal herd cry that the struggles put in place by the powerful are not set in stone & will not determine everyone's reality forever. It is art especially when it does not place factual truth (represented by charts and graphs and statistics, skewed tests run in back rooms) as the end all be all of reality. Those things may come second to the urgent need to move the century forward based on principles of jazz holiness art & life.

November 21, 2014

don't shoot













tides turning.
Union Square NYC in solidarity with Ferguson MO. 
august 14, 2014.

November 19, 2014

post. nov 19. 2014

Mrs. Ledbetter,
I want you to have a spacious apartment with nice and simple appliances and windows that seal the warm air in and the cold air out.  I want you to have water and a stove that isn't smoky and endless rolls of tight canvas and paper and bottles of ink and paint. Want you to have a telephone on a desk and a computer in the corner and a working typewriter, and clean socks in your drawer. 

Do you think you'll make it,  Mrs. Ledbetter? The road is fast and unknown. 



Yours,
Joe Biden.

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Dear Joe,
Thank you for your note with your dreams for the year 2050.  I will try to start signing each one up for EBT. Then I will file them in our drawer of thanksgiving prayers & will hand them out on the corner next Thursday. We are first working towards producing a B flat out of the saxophone, this has been going on for fourteen years now. & we are dealing with that pipeline that goes thru the bathroom and is so full of it.. that's that whole road from Canada to Mexico. Do bring your amp to dinner next tuesday. Don't worry about me. We just need to send back all of the mailing from all the people who wrote us for help, so they don't expect anything. Bring your RETURN TO SENDER stamps.

See you.
-Mrs. Ledbetter

November 14, 2014

veteran's day 2014































Don’t want to throw away any sacred things.
veterans day parade -nyc- an old western cinema'd ghost town silently moving down fifth avenue w/ senior citizens cheering quietly from sidelined lawn chairs & a few tourist attendees -sparse- dotting police barricades, not even enough of them to Be Touching. imagery paid to Float. solemn surreality because it is all real & very painful & condemning it is not advancing any truth. 14 cops w/ machine guns greeting as you come up 23rd street stop & a lone officer guarding the outside of a donut shop w/ giant gun. guy with microscopic bullet holes in his shirt on corner of madison sq park & american flag held to belly w/ Masking Tape, speaks into Tape recorder about the sexual advances made towards him by the director of housing of veterans Affairs. just an audio record never to be released on any website a nameless fossil says no photographs

no market trip

mus ic


November 02, 2014

October 15, 2014

September 27, 2014

September 14, 2014

coming down

broadway, nyc. 2011

September 03, 2014

July 23, 2014

current exhibition: NYC Artist Sanitization Festival: now thru ongoing




last days at Tribes Gallery
e. 3rd street nyc, april 2014

July 22, 2014

thurston moore

Thurston Moore
Boulder CO. 2013


July 04, 2014

devin


devin brahja waldman boulder june 2014 

June 18, 2014

last days at Tribes Gallery




april, 2014. East 3rd st, NYC. 



June 14, 2014

Steven Taylor

Steven Taylor with Allen Ginsberg's harmonium
photographed in brooklyn, 2014

May 07, 2014

allen ginsberg's harmonium










In the care of steven taylor & old tangerine cloth
photographed April 2014

        


May 03, 2014

coney island doom

no law above the poet who speaks his own language.


even when imprisoned
imprisoned
by a system that cannot hear him


who can say this imprisonment is not dreamed
when not based in the reality
or logic
of the poet.


when an agency believes (unwittingly, unconsciously)
that it holds a monopoly on intangible
truth
or reality
or time,
protest is not enough.

when the corporation believes
it owns reality 

(beyond business)
alternate modes of communication fast needed.

The corporation/its minions
think that (despite some disagreements)
there is one language
and we are all speaking it

April 20, 2014

this coming friday

email Jailhousetapes@gmail.com for address

April 16, 2014

video stills, last days at tribes

the stoop speaks
the city sleeps
- bob holman leads chant beneath "Sacred City Stolen"
at Tribes Gallery before eviction


April 02, 2014

March 20, 2014

amiri baraka funeral


Newark, NJ. 2014

February 18, 2014




accidents

February 16, 2014

Anne Waldman - Mei-mei Berssenbrugge - Pat Steir

   
    
paintings by pat steir