Art is the Power of Every Individual: Quintessential Quotes

Art is the most intense mode of Individualism that the world has known.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Is Your Little Artist Pent Up inside You?

“[We often] criticize the people on TV: ‘He just can't act.’ ‘You call that singing?’ … We get jealous not because we're evil, but because we have little artists pent up inside us.”Young-ha Kim

Cartoon by Lauren Purje

I love Young's quote. It reminds me of all the people who go to a contemporary Art museum and say to a Jackson Pollock painting, my kid could make this. Ha, they are just pent up artists! Do you agree that when people over criticize art, that they are just really frustrated because they are denying themselves their creative birthright ? 

Jackson Pollocks ~ Number 8

Check out Young's Ted Talk below. What do you think? Is everyone a Artist?

Art Transforms and Heals Lives

After spending over eight years at San Quentin, Ronnie Goodman got "another chance at life."
I partnered with Curtis Myers and Nick Kova to produce this pro bono short film about hope and redemption.

GOOD MAN — A Prison Arts Project Story from David Swope on Vimeo.

According to Goodman, “My work is an emotional experience reflecting on my personal growth in prison life as an artist.  It is a reflection of my solitude and the deep souls of human beings.” Goodman completed his prison sentence in Fall 2010.

Creativity is Rebellion: Quintessential Quotes

Image above is an Enso. Enso, a Japanese word meaning circle. When drawn with an opening, it can suggest that imperfection is an inherent part of existence. The enso is also strongly associated with zen, symbolizing absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe, and the void.

The Big ART! "My message is one of compassion, to look out for those who are less fortunate and to do for others."

I absolutely love this article! Read below. Why 1. What an amazing testimony to Art as a form of Service 2. What a perfect example of a project that illuminates ~Art as connector and transcends pre conceived notions and stereotypes  3. I love dream work Tell us why you love this project or not in the comment section below. 

L.A. Graffiti Artist Humanizes Homeless People By Painting Their Dreams

Those who say graffiti doesn't accomplish much haven't seen the work of Skid Robot, an anonymous street artist in Los Angeles who uses his medium to draw attention to the homeless -- a population he laments is so often overlooked.

Skid Robot humanizes the homeless by incorporating them into his art, creating scenes in which the subjects aren't just a faceless person, down on their luck. Instead, he highlights their struggle by juxtaposing them with spray painted versions of their needs, wants and dreams.

One man, recently released from the hospital and in a wheelchair, is depicted sitting in a throne atop a castle wall -- not shoeless and in a wheelchair.

In a caption accompanying the photo, Skid Robot explains the man's backstory, painting a portrait of a man named "Ben."

"Ben was released from the hospital with no shoes," writes Robot. "He was unable to walk as a result of being shot in the back and eventually the hospital booted him on the street like so many others."
"I offered him a meal but he declined, instead he asked for paper, pencils [and] pens so that he can write and draw. He said he really liked the art and [used] to draw himself ..."

Robot adds he gave Ben a sketchbook, a few pens and money for a meal.

Another man, identified as "Tony," rests on the sidewalk, his unrolled sleeping pad transformed -- via Skid Robot's paint -- into a regal bed, complete with a headboard and matching side tables. "They desperately needed water more than anything," Robot writes, "so we delivered 10 gallons."

In an email to The Huffington Post, Skid Robot was adamant he's not trying to make light of his subject's situation or use them as a prop, even though his work may be seen as humorous at times.
"I'm drawing attention to a human being who more often than not is looked at as nonexistent," he said of his jarring art. "I hardly think that is using them to my benefit."

"I offer whatever help that I can, I try to get to know some of these people and give them an open ear and heart," he continued. "My message is one of compassion, to look out for those who are less fortunate and to do for others." Read the whole story HERE