“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
Yesterday was a big day. I finally installed another large scale paste up installation. This time I was assisted by my colleague and friend Mike Brown and SCAD-Atlanta students Daniel Byrd, Sally Burns, Carmen Reyes and Ruby Chen. All students in Mike’s Street Art class.
I decided against using the wall on Wylie Street I used last year. It’s location is perfect, however it’s ridged surface was too difficult to work with. The weather was able to get behind the work which made it deteriorate too quickly. Those three works lasted about 8 months before complete deterioration. Therefore, I needed to find a flat wall so my work could be viewed for a longer period of time.
The students asked me what this work, titled “What Is Old Is New Again (God Machine)” is about. I can sum it up in one sentence. It’s about the business of religion.
The work is located in Reynoldstown, on Fulton Terrace, near the intersection with Chester Avenue.
“Shapes of things before my eyes
Just teach me to despise
Will time make man more wise
Here within my lonely frame
My eyes just hurt my brain
But will it seem the same”
“Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits. Fanatics will never learn that, though it be written in letters of gold across the sky.
It is the prohibition that makes anything precious.”
“No such thing as spare time. No such thing as free time. No such thing as down time. All you got is life time. Go.”
“Art is the highest form of hope.”
“When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you – pull your beard, flick your face – to make you fight. Because once they’ve got you violent, they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humor.”
“Why should Americans trust you when you accuse the information they receive as being fake when you’re providing information that’s fake?
(said to President Trump)
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
“A lie doesn’t become truth, wrong doesn’t become right, and evil doesn’t become good, just because it’s accepted by a majority.”
“If a doctor, lawyer or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn’t want to be there and were causing troubled the doctor, lawyer or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the teacher’s job.”
“If someone says something unkind about you, live so no one will believe it.”
“Wise men speak when they have something to say. Fools speak because they have to say something.”
“Not all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a mans character, give him power.”
“You have to understand, my job is to get people through the night.”
“It’s much easier to fool people, than convince them they’ve been fooled.”
Tomi Lahren is a big deal these days. Propped up by her good looks, she’s become a popular voice for the alt-right people and young conservative millennial. I think this young woman (and I feel old for even typing those words) has a lot to learn. A lot to learn about history. A lot to learn about human nature. A lot to learn about life. A lot to learn about so many topics. It’s a shame, she’s bright but not smart enough to know what she doesn’t comprehend.
Find out for yourself. Watch this interview with Trevor Noah (of the Daily Show) in its entirety.
“Yes, the sun will rise each day, but the continuing rotation of the Earth should not be your baseline expectation of American society.”