Not Your Daddy

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In the mountains of Tennessee
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These photos from my last place keep popping up in the oddest places. This was the living room area. Sculpture on the wall is by Rya Kleinpeter. The painting is by Jaisu Krajewski.

b22-design:

In the mountains of Tennessee

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These photos from my last place keep popping up in the oddest places. This was the living room area. Sculpture on the wall is by Rya Kleinpeter. The painting is by Jaisu Krajewski.

(Source: shari-vari)

from the series Soft Butch by Benjy Russell

Soft Butch is a place of pure concentrated energy that exists between states of explosion and implosion,

an alternate universe free of the binary gender system,

a place where children are awash in the knowledge that we do not discover new truths, but peel away layers of lies,

where your lover can be a thought and a building can be your lover,

a place for you and I.

We are creating an advertisement for the children of the spectrum,

we will give them a space where dreams are reality and everything is free,

separate masses of energy riding the singular consciousness that connects us all,

these images and objects becoming the future ruins of a soon-to-be mythology.

Sometimes life can be so beautiful that it is difficult to comprehend.

We are all our own universe,

and inside each of us is an infinite number of ways to love and die.

After all, love is just our ability to respond to the perfect external stimuli,

and dying is no more than a myth.

We are forever.

We deserve to be here.

(Source: notyourdaddy)

notyourdaddy:

So I went hiking yesterday and found paradise. Literally the Elven Kingdom out of LOTR. The pool at the base of the waterfall was massive. You couldn’t even touch the bottom.
Greeter Falls, Tennessee

I can’t stop looking at this……I should go back here for a shoot

notyourdaddy:

So I went hiking yesterday and found paradise. Literally the Elven Kingdom out of LOTR. The pool at the base of the waterfall was massive. You couldn’t even touch the bottom.

Greeter Falls, Tennessee

I can’t stop looking at this……I should go back here for a shoot

Spomenik- Jan Kempenaers

Spomenik literally means monument. These structures were commissioned by former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito in the 1960s and 70s to commemorate sites where WWII battles took place (like Tjentište, Kozara and Kadinjača), or where concentration camps stood (like Jasenovac and Niš). They were designed by different sculptors (Dušan Džamonja, Vojin Bakić, Miodrag Živković, Jordan and Iskra Grabul, to name a few) and architects (Bogdan Bogdanović, Gradimir Medaković…), conveying powerful visual impact to show the confidence and strength of the Socialist Republic. In the 1980s, these monuments attracted millions of visitors per year, especially young pioneers for their “patriotic education.” After the Republic dissolved in early 1990s, they were completely abandoned, and their symbolic meanings were forever lost.

From 2006 to 2009, Kempenaers toured around the ex-Yugoslavia region (now Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, etc.) with the help of a 1975 map of memorials, bringing before our eyes a series of melancholy yet striking images. His photos raise a question: can these former monuments continue to exist as pure sculptures? On one hand, their physical dilapidated condition and institutional neglect reflect a more general social historical fracturing. And on the other hand, they are still of stunning beauty without any symbolic significances. I know this may sound schizophrenic if you also read my last post. But maybe there are forms that can transcend meaning…
           -text from Human Scribbles

This is a table I made for my Momma. It’s 10’ long, made out of red oak, and seats 12 (she wanted room for all of her 5 kids and their spouses). I was apprenticing a wood sculptor in the area for a couple of years, and these were taken at his shop. A beautiful, open woodworking studio halfway up a mountain. It looks like you’re floating in the treetops….

When you Momma tells you she wants you to build her a table, you’d better build her a god damn table.