“It’s not what you look at that matters,
it’s what you see.”
–Henry David Thoreau
I’ve always believed there are two ways to cry over spilled milk; one way is for how fantastic it looks.
Our perspective is all we have - and we are either imprisoned by it, or we are freed by it, continually.
Perhaps you've experienced the freedom that comes from putting down the “label” and just letting something - or someone - be exactly what they are.
For me, a great tool for releasing from conflict has been a way of outward seeing that takes in the landscape in a label-less way. Abstraction becomes the healing agent. It’s all about appreciating form for form’s sake.
When a splattered curb is seen as an exquisite painting of curves, textures, color play… or some tape on the sidewalk hits me like a museum masterpiece, I know I have succeeded. For that curb and tape are no longer merely representative of dog piss and utility. They are eye candy. They’re a means to melt into my momentary freedom.
The practice of finding beauty in unlikely places serves me in my everyday life. Even inside the heartbreaks and other pains. No matter the challenges still ahead, it’s how I perceive that actually has my back.
I believe appreciation is the necessary ingredient for any kind of real change, whether personal or global. It’s much easier for me to cut myself off from things I don’t care about or see the value in. Yet when I can shift how I take in what’s right in front of me, I get to feel the gratitude that is at the core of a beautiful life.
May your vision be aglow today with the wonderment of something once mundane. Thanks for taking these moments with me.
Yours in the Spills,
P.S. I’ve expanded my perspective shifting agenda into the technology space. Click here to learn more about what I’m doing as Co-Founder & CEO of Tree Goat Media.
I’m honored that my collectors have included a handful of National Bestselling Authors, writers for HBO and The New York Times Magazine, stars of MTV, Grammy winners, famous actors, musicians, scientists, architects, and countless lovers of detail and “beauty in the unlikely place” romantics around the globe.
SCOPE Basel, Communication Arts, The New Inquiry Magazine, NY Arts, 450 Broadway Gallery, NYC TV, Clear Channel, Roulette Gallery, Abaco Space, Rogue Space, The Office of the Manhattan Borough President, ArtUp at FAB, The Jane Hotel, The Focus Project, Greenpoint View Gallery, Hollyshorts Film Festival, Nuyorican Poets Café, Casa da Abitare Magazine, D-Lounge at the Daryl Roth Theatre, Dossier Journal, City Arts, Bronx News 12, Art Frankfurt, Kronberg Castle, Herr Franz at the Palais Livingston, and Alp Galleries. I’ve modeled for Swiss Air and MAC campaigns, and was asked to remain ‘self-styled’ for a Vanity Fair shoot with Mark Seliger.
Alp Galleries in Frankfurt, Germany, maintains a collection of my large-scale, signed Limited Edition CLOSER pieces, as well as works of mine in other media.