Well, April is finished. Easter, my birthday, and a slew of artistic ventures have come and gone. Here’s a recap of what happened:
Surprisingly Positive Consequences:
- I had my first “real” showing in an artistic venue! Well, kind of. Thanks to a flash mob, my stencils of “Keep Calm and Urinate” were proudly displayed in some “very small galleries” at the Brewery Art Walk in Los Angeles. It turned out these small galleries were Port-O-Potties, but let’s focus on the positive aspects: People saw my art while not wearing any pants!
- I shot and directed my first documentary short- which will ultimately emerge as a short internet commercial on Perez Hilton’s fashion blog, cocoperez – In doing so I met the LOVELY pop star Skyler Stonestreet and got to work with a very dear friend and insanely talented latex designer, Abigail Greydanus.
- I wrote, co-directed, and played the lead role in “Silver Lake”, a piece that will later be incorporated in the feature film “Project Los Angeles”.
- I experienced moments of catharsis and fulfillment that I did not know a human was capable of feeling. Photographing a panorama of Los Angeles from the burnt down ruins of The White City after a 16 mile hike was… transcendent.
- I grew closer to already incredible friends. If any of my blog readers learn anything from this month’s challenge, it should be this: NOTHING PULLS PEOPLE TOGETHER LIKE THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF A LARGE ART PROJECT. Between the crew on my films and the friends who simply painted with me at art parties, our community grew and strengthened by leaps and bounds.
Slightly Negative Results
I. Am. Exhausted. The final project, the culmination of this month’s project, led to some of the most intense work I’ve ever done. Between the pre-production and the insane multi-tasking on set until 4 AM, I at points questioned if creating a film was something I could do while working a full time job “on the side”. Turns out it was!
Surprisingly… Surprising Consequences.
While this month’s challenge afforded me more amazing opportunities and brought me closer to friends than previous month’s, none of it felt that “new”. Whenever I sit down to make an art piece, it’s a “new” experience I suppose, so as an artist, I’m not sure it exactly stretched my comfort bubble. Which is why I ended up turning to film, a medium I’ve always been too intimidated by to tackle with the gusto it requires. That change in direction captured the point of this project more effectively, I believe. That being said, I’d say I “achieved” something far greater and more tangible than I thought I would in the course of The Brave New by creating “Silver Lake”, and I hope others felt as gratified as well!
So, Brave Newbies, what did you create? Are you ready to rediscover yourself in next month’s challenge: Old is The New New?
April was running a risk of stagnating for me. I was trying to explore new art forms, but found myself mostly sketching, and rapidly losing interest. Clearly it was time to turn to something more grandiose. It was time to turn to film and video.
My friend Abigail Greydanus has been a large bastion of support for The Brave New, and needed content shot for an upcoming cocoperez.com spot- it seemed a match made in heaven! She offered me the opportunity to shoot a short piece on her latex design services, and called me in to film her doing a fitting for a pop star and working with some latex. Abby, hailed as the “Queen of Latex”, has worked with Katy Perry, Rihanna, and a litany of other celebrities, so I wasn’t sure who we were going to be shooting at first.
It turns out I had the good fortune to be shooting Skyler Stonestreet, who, if you are unfamiliar with her, is adorable. Like, a baby rabbit having it’s way with a hello kitty doll level of cute. I think it would be irresponsible of me to show photos until you’ve properly acclimated your body.
by Phil Warren
I… I can’t believe it’s over. I have to admit, I feel like I lost some of the zeal near the end of the month, as pressures of the working world ate up more and more time, and my head cold continued to wear on me. I forged onward though, and let’s take a minute to review everyone met this week.
Monday - Louis sold me a taco at a local fast-food restaurant I am embarrassed to name. Surprisingly, he made conversation with me, which, after 12 hours in the office, was something that did not come as easily. We shook hands and made small talk, which may not have been meaningful, but was a good deal deeper than I was expecting.
Tuesday - I was lucky enough to attend the premiere of season 2 of my favorite cartoon, Archer, and was able to hobnob with celebrities and eat the finest of chedders at the reception afterwords. There I met a fellow named Alex, who was my guest’s friend from high school, and his girlfriend Beth. Beth was incredibly interesting, and lent me some valuable advice on success in life: Just keep moving! Says Beth:
You have to keep moving until you can see that tiniest pinprick of light at the end of the tunnel. If you stop moving, then you’re in the darkness… lost.
by Phil Warren
Meet Ordo, the first person in January’s challenge to approach me, rather than vice versa. Without a doubt the most soft-spoken man I’ve ever met in my life, he had timidly approached my group of friends looking for a cigarette, and sadly we could not oblige.
Ordo was checking out Low End Theory, an underground club in Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles oft credited with bringing dubstep to the west coast. Here a young crowd takes in what the event describes as “psychadelic, glitch, avant-rap, IDM [and] dubstep”. If you don’t know what these terms allude to, you’re not alone. We go to figure that out. Read more »
by Phil Warren
Ever have one of those days where you’ve felt a bit disappointed in how little of your home decor is powered by steam and/or the dark arts? Wish that the Victorian Era could be just a little more accessible for your purchases? I myself often become frustrated that I cannot buy directly from the mid 19th century. Also I wish my toaster had just a few more exposed cogs. Finally, I met someone who can satiate such urges.
Meandering through Pasadena, I met a man who could cater to almost every steampunk need I have ever had. Stacey Coleman, purveyor of the shop “The Gold Bug“, runs a modern cabinet of curiosities that staggers the imagination. I’ve passed by his shop before, but never thought that it might contain such a wide array of curios. Read more »
Brave Newbie Writers
- No Weekend Left Behind An adventure group dedicated to ensuring that when the work week is done, the weekend lives up to it’s potential.
- The Eskhaton The life and times of Cub, an adventurer I respect blossoming with energy who sucks the marrow out of life.
- This Tumblr Will Change Your Life Part instruction manual, part therapy, part religious cult, part sheer anarchy, this is a day-to-day quest very similar to “This Book Will Change Your Life”