Historic Building 201 | 2820 Roosevelt Rd | San Diego 8am-8pm Daily
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*Meet the artist first Friday of each month (5-8pm) for duration of exhibition
In August 2012, at the age of 28, I was reconnected with the biological family I never knew. At that time, I learned that my father, also named Michael, did not die in a car accident as I had always been told. Rather, I came to find out that he took his own life on my mother’s 21st Birthday, just shortly before I turned a year old. He did not leave a note. Almost 30 years later, in my most personal and emotional creation to date, I wrote that note for my father. Written through our collective heart, eyes, and hand, that piece of our soul is “Michael’s Note.”
“Michael’s Note” was followed by half a decade of critical introspection, reflection, and expression in the form of a visual history paradoxically representing a singular moment, time, and experience as well as momentum, time, and experience in their totality. Completed in the Spring at the age of 33 and given life in conjunction with the Summer Solstice, “Reign Upon Sonrise” is a five year meditative reflection of a simple complexity, or “simplexity.” A 49 canvas polyptych with a myriad of possibilities and experiences, this meditation is a personal and elemental narrative veiled under the umbrella of a fractalized spectrum of sub-narratives called “Reigndrops.” Peering into the human soul with no definitive beginning or end, may you enjoy your journey across the “Reignbough” and discover the enlightenment you seek in the “Reign Upon Sonrise.”
Dedicated to the father I never had the honor and privilege to know-
Rich Californians say "No, we're not equal when it comes to water."
Well this was a lot more terrible than I expected.
The Washington Posthas a story from Southern California, namely Rancho Santa Fe, a rich enclave of terrible people who have so far gone on record as the ONLY district in California to see increased water usage since Gov. Jerry Brown called for a reduction. To them, if you can pay for it, you should be able to use it, and that will probably become the general consensus for the 1% who are completely unconcerned with what happens to anyone else on the planet.
Lafayette Square across from the White House is a popular spot for people with a political bone to pick. Next to the persistent “ban nuclear weapons” sign, protesters come here to picket in front of the president’s home. A group of women gathered behind a banner scrawled with messages, among them: “Remembering those who lost their lives to the war on drugs.” “Keeping faith, hope, and love in our hearts.”
This is Moms United to End the War on Drugs. Gretchen Burns-Bergman, 68, from San Diego, Calif., stands with three other women in front of the banner. She holds a microphone in one hand and signage in the other. “We’re here to say, ‘Ask Mom about the casualties of the drug war,’ ” she says into the loudspeaker. “The war on drugs is a war waged on families — our own families. We call for a focus on saving lives and ending mass incarceration.”
Unlike Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Moms United is not a formal organization. Rather, it’s cobbled together from several different small nonprofits and individuals based in 26 states and around the world — starting with Burns-Bergman’s own organization, A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment and Healing) based in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. The Moms United campaign has been trying to push for two basic things: long-term support for recovering addicts and less stigma around drug use and addiction.
People “should not be forced to live on property with brown lawns, golf on brown courses or apologize for wanting their gardens to be beautiful,” Yuhas fumed recently on social media. “We pay significant property taxes based on where we live,” he added in an interview. “And, no, we’re not all equal when it comes to water.”
Yuhas lives in the ultra-wealthy enclave of Rancho Santa Fe, a bucolic Southern California hamlet of ranches, gated communities and country clubs that guzzles five times more water per capita than the statewide average. In April, after Gov. Jerry Brown (D) called for a 25 percent reduction in water use, consumption in Rancho Santa Fe went up by 9 percent.
these people should absolutely be forced to live on property with a brown lawn