Last night, my roommate and I organized another one of our infamous art nights. We keep hoping for many people any time we have one of those nights because the purpose of it is to get people together and derive creative inspiration from one another. If you’re only one or two people, it doesn’t quite work.
Last night, we were five in total, and it was quite nice, especially because all three of our guests were art night newbies.
My project was making grrrlVIRUS t-shirts. I used the t-shirts that Deb and I bought from the official Jerusalem Rape Crisis Center fundraiser that took place at the Cinemateque around April. I made grrrlVIRUS stencils and had some fabric paint (black, white and hot pink). And the finished product looked something like this:
These t-shirts along with some other donated art that was left over from the unofficial JRCC fundraiser that a threesome of infected grrrls organized around June (click here) will be posted for sale on Etsy within the next few weeks. All profits will be donated to the center. And since the t-shirts themselves were bought at the center’s fundraiser, buying the modified grrrlVIRUS’ed-up t-shirts on Etsy will be a double-charity for your ass.
I am buying this t-shirt and will soon add the Hebrew stenciled logo on the back because I live in Israel and גרררל וירוס is the name of the game.
I think that art is one of the most underrated things in today’s society. Back in the day, artists like Botticelli and Michelangelo were revered and their works were exhibited in prestigious establishments and places of worship. The Renaissance was marked by a significant increase in works of art and rich forms of cultural expressions. Any period of time in history that was marked by such events, simultaneously experienced improvements in the economy, wealth, quality of life, and many times also peace.
Today, art is still viewed as something with a certain level of importance, but mainly in technology – graphic design, film and animation, etc. Classical forms of art are either considered too primitive or underground. When you go into university, rarely will anyone ever tell you that fine arts, painting or photography are a respected fields of study. Chances are that, like me, people will keep telling you that if you go into fine arts, you will find yourself starving in a run-down, decrepit studio apartment with a dirty mattress, a broken oven and moldy walls, struggling to make ends meet. And you will probably end up chopping off your earlobe and hanging yourself.
Thanks to this capitalist society, these ideas are perpetuated and classical forms of art are dwindling away into eternal oblivion.
However, Jerusalem summers feature lots of art fairs and various cultural events. Every Friday, the center of town is lined with artist booths as part of the weekly Bezalel art fair. And every once in a while, a couple of girls from the Chocolate Residence invite their friends over for a night of art making, where artistic talent is optional and creative inspiration is mandatory.
I am sharing this in hopes that you may also feel this need for more tangible forms of art in your community and discover that DIY and independent productions are indeed possible. Capitalism is limiting, but you don’t need to feel limited by it.
Peace, love and Geopoliticus Child Watching the Birth of the New Man