HAPPY 2014 EVERYONE! Greetings from London! I hope you had a great break and followed through in writing down all that went well last year for you. For my first post for 2014 I want to write about the recent art I had commissioned from dear pal, David, artist moniker, Ghostpatrol. I’ve been posting out this featured work of Ghostpatrol’s to family and friends for the past couple of months. And admittedly still am taking the time to write to them in my travels. The work was created in place of the holiday period, being based in America now makes me far more open and aware of the various beliefs people hold over the ending of a New Year and the beginning of a new one (Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving, heck, I’ll even extend it to something I celebrate annually - Chinese New Year).
I'd seen a comment on Twitter that someone made a couple of years ago - saying how cards in digital form were the best way to communicate, because cards in its physical form end up in recycling. A fair point, though it knocked me down a peg.
To me, the whole point of card writing comes from the sentiment of reflecting on your relationship with the other person, put into the physical form. And when done properly, consciously, it’s a true act of giving. I’m a fan of the old school, letter writing, thank you notes and especially card writing. I’m a fan of penmanship. I love the thought of writing to someone and I love the receivership through snail mail. And I’m a fan of art.
So it got me thinking. How do I place more value on the form of communication that I so lovingly send out to people? Despite how I express myself in my writing, as my relationship with various people in my orbit differs, can a message of thoughtfulness still carry the same weight? Then I thought of Ghostpatrol and his beautiful paintings, his ideas which I'll also share in a future blog post. I wanted to gift his art to the people I cared about. So I thought it best to combine the two. Have Ghostpatrol’s art for people to keep and sent via post to hundreds of addresses all over the world.
I was in the V&A museum here in London the other week. On one of the walls of Chinese art exhibition it said, “the Chinese have long regarded painting as a supreme art, equal to poetry and philosophy.” I would also argue that art is equal to literature, humanities, mathematics and science. Art, like all practices and professions, are an expression of the human being. And when appreciated fully, requires one's attention, observation, analysis, appreciation for the idea/s, the skill and the feeling you have for it.
I am forever grateful for David's fine work. I’m all for meaningful communication, in whatever form. It would be nice if we kicked it back to the old school, even if only once in a while. I’m sure whoever receives it on the other end will thank you for it. It’ll leave an impression on them. Truly.
The Attendant 26-27 Foley St, London W1W 6DY
Carluccio's Caffeè 305-307 Upper St, London N1 2TU and
My Aunt's Apartment, Central London
Listening to: Floetry, Debussy, Fet et Moi and silence