Tag Archives: Levon Walker
[ from a. addair who is listening to Sam Sparro (Sam Sparro) ]
Thank you once again, Good Packaging subscribers and welcome to the fall issue (we’re going by the solstice schedule) of 2010. For this edition we’ve focused on vulnerability and acknowledgement of interdependence concerning doing what you do.
Our collaborator for this issue is artist Emily Janowick of municipalmonarchs.wordpress.com. She is a great encourager for our Knoxville art community toward honesty and authenticity in our approach to art making as well as the life that makes possible the work. This issue is also heavily influenced by the book, The Gift by Lewis Hyde which we recommend wholeheartedly.
Here’s what’s Good in this Packaging*:
Original painting on woodblock by Ashley (see above statement)
Laundry Line: demo of new song by Levon
not sure how i’ll eat but i’m not picking your peaches : Levon’s latest EP
A Fragile Genius: On viewing creativity as a gift and an acknowledgement of the vulnerability involved in toiling and sacrificing to this endowment.
“The task of setting free one’s gift was a recognizable labor in the ancient world. The Romans called a person’s tutelar spirit his genius. In Greece it was called a daemon….The genius or daemon comes to us at birth. It carries with it the fullness of our undeveloped powers. These it offers to us as we grow, and we choose whether or not to labor in its service.” -Lewis Hyde
Watch Elizabeth Gilbert’s talk on this subject at http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius.html
Let your genius fly and “OLE to you, nonetheless, just for having the sheer human love and stubbornness to keep showing up.”
With love and thanks,
Ashley and Levon
* All the packaging for this issue is made from used materials to emphasize the cyclical nature of our world and therefore our interdependence.
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[ from a. addair who is listening to Levon Walker (New York City Spanks Levon Walker) ]Last week I dropped off some of my work to the Blowfish Emporium in downtown Bristol, TN/VA. If you’re in the area I recommend stopping in; in their own words it is “an eclectic collaboration of local and regional art”. The space is beautiful with a funky mountain hippy flair. The owner, Bethany Wilson, is a fresh and innovative spirit for her community. The paintings that I dropped off were painted this spring. My time and space is so disorganized lately that I let paintings be a pure outlet. Most mornings when I got to my Dad’s shop/my improvised studio, my mind was too cluttered for anything but playing in colorful mud. I tried to lower my editing-filter and just let images and marks march straight from wherever it is they come from to the plywood.
It helped me to keep my balance and I hope the excercise will allow me to be freeer, even during my more structured periods (if that time ever comes).
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[ from addair who is listening to Levon Walker (New York City Spanks Levon Walker) ]
In response to Alain de Botton’s TED talk, Norman Rockwell’s Freedom from Want, and Coontz’s What We Really Miss About the 1950s.
In the small space of this moment, I want to question the myth of success and individual opportunity which dominates our culture. With the relative quiet of my morning, I’m wondering why exactly I am going to do what I plan to do today. I’ve worked hard to create my own definition for success and to ensure that my daily activity aligns with that definition but, I can sense the enormous power of culture myths in my thinking; and its unnerving.
Questions resist the limits cultural frames impose on our perspective and so in an effort to bring awareness to my acculturation, I’m asking questions.
Why do I feel the need to ask, “What do you do?” when I first meet a person?
Of who am I envious and why?
What is my relationship to the world?
Do I buy into meritocracy?
Am I chasing the elusive American Dream?
What do I worship and why?
What events or trends am I experiencing that are important for understanding our current mythologies?
What is nostalgia good for?
To what am I saying “yes”? And as a result, to what am I saying “no”?
Do I leave room for the haphazard, or do I rigidly accept responsibility for all my good and bad?
Today, I’m going to leave space for the answers, and though it may be near impossible, resist the ready-made answers pounding at the door.
Tags: 1950s, alain de botton, american dream, cortney addair, critical thinking, cultural myths, dustin addair, freedom from want, Glen Addair, Levon Walker, meritocracy, norman rockwell, nostalgia, pocahontas, ready-made answers, success, ted talk, va, wheaties
September 1, 2009 pictures i like: because dustin lets me use his camera and its so much better than mine
“To live intensely is one of the basic human desires and an artistic necessity.” –Michael Kimmelman
I just started reading The Accidental Masterpiece by Kimmelman so plan on hearing all about it. I’m just in the introduction and I’m already wild about it. This quote resonates with me because lately I’ve wondered if I might be crazy. I’m potently sensitive, acutely bent toward gloominess, and when I’m happy I can’t help but to tangle my fingers in a sort of bungling reflex (you’ve seen crazy people do this). Mr. Kimmelman made me feel okay about my intensity.
Yesterday I felt so intensely gloomy that I prayed for a brain/chemical/attitude modification (normally I would pray for the gloomy thing to go away). I had a change in prayer because I realized that on cloudy days, anything can make me feel sad (low quality films, James Taylor, and signs for Shoney’s to name a few) and so a more feasible and efficient solution might involve a self adjustment. Or rather a miraculous God-adjusting-of-the-self, because honestly, I wouldn’t know where to begin on this front.
Someone listened because none of our circumstances changed (and the dreary weather continues), but I’m feeling alright. Maybe its the non-gloominess speaking, but Levon may have written his best song yet.
Every good artist has a New York song and Levon has joined the procession. He got a chance to do one rough recording before he got called in to work early, you can hear it at http://www.myspace.com/levonwalker (I heart New York). If you’ve been following our latest adventure, you’ll be charmed with how well he captures it.
On another cheery news front, Dustin’s stencil suggestion is working great on the market tote bags.
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Though I know Levon quite well, I’m often surprised when reading about events from his perspective. I suppose that since we share so many things, there’s an assumption that we would come away from mutual experiences with a common perception. Being a different human however, this is never the case. And so, I’ve agreed to join Levon in reporting the flight of the Walkers. I hope you will enjoy the collaboration, and for the more dedicated fans of all-things-Levon-and-Levon-only, think of this as supplemental insight into your hero.