Is it really that unbelievable that one can create from a connection to some deep, spiritual element?
Painter, writer, sound poet, and performance artist Brion Gysin ignored the impositions of the status quo. His permutation poems – like ‘Junk Is No Good Baby’ – questioned the bases of communication and reality.
Societal norms of success and failure are not valid within creativity and play, and certainly not within skateboarding. In order to learn, one must fall and fail multiple times. Falling uninvited in public becomes a vital building block of anybody’s creativity.
I am not interested in the illusion of a humanoid body but rather I believe in them as revealing potential states.
There was something extremely beautiful in having some of the pigeons we normally see in the streets being shown as pieces of art in the museum. I realized with time that my work is about escaping reality, and turning it into a more beautiful world.
There’s a turning point in rehearsal, and that’s when the real dancing begins: when we don’t have to count to the music in our heads anymore and the movement flows naturally; when each of us has mastered the steps and we are fully in our bodies, moving collectively to form the ensemble.
During a freestyle, the parts of your brain that monitor self-censorship switch off, while the regions related to emotional activity light up. It’s a flow state. Like the late night moves that come out on a sweaty dance floor, you never know what’s going to surface, but it feels close to your center.
While charting my own destiny and inadvertently creating an alternative narrative for myself like my mother had long ago, I found that being a rebel isn’t just about breaking rules and taking risks. It’s about imagining the unseen and creating the unknown because there is a need for it to exist.
My energy builds so one work leads to another as I travel through a given landscape, an elasticity of rhythm and fitness so I am able to see the endless possibilities of response to my environment in what I make. I feel integrated with the nature of the work. I am not thinking from the outside.
It’s a relaxing meditative state. Often I have no idea where I will go. Each time I follow an unmarked, intuitive trail to a place where an image and a mood are patiently waiting. It is an enlivening process that taps into natural energy fields and at best, I am just a vehicle to express what the environment wants to say.