Forward Movements Lesson #3: No Worries, Seriously No Worries
Bob Marley told me in a song to tell you “don’t worry about a thing, cause every little thing is gonna be alright.” We all go through problems that is a proven fact. It is how we deal with problems that allow us to move forward in life. I knew a young lady who is very educated and intelligent. The only issue she had was handling herself when an issue presented itself. She will freak out and have anxiety attacks when she was faced with a problem. She spent so much energy on worrying about the problem she never gave herself the opportunity to overcome the problem. She started to focus less on worrying and concentrated more on how to solve the issue. The no worries mentality did wonders for her. The ultimate truth about handling problems, is worrying do not help. Worrying actually keep you in a stand still position instead of moving forward. Instead of trying to find a solution and solving the issue worrying only keeps you focused on the problem. Now this in no means mean that you wont get stressed at times because you will, but you will not spend a lot of energy stressing. At the end of the day problem comes and goes, so what is the sense of worrying. Worrying makes a small issue seems larger than life. We are all human beings with emotions and feelings so it is natural to feel some kind of pressure when faced with issues. It is the reaction to the pressure that defines who we are. It is almost guaranteed you will go through problems after problems but not worrying is a huge step in overcoming problems. No Worries, Seriously No Worries.
i decided on a whim to scout because i was super close to a blue scouting, i just had to do one solo yolo & a 50 scout. i idolized my second non event sr, and SLG ELI!!!! i saw the UR pop up and wanted to cry, and SLG eli is one of my favorite urs so i just. im so happy
Whatever is something for Jesse Darling’s work. Isn’t work opposed to whatever? Whatever is supposed to be lazy, don’t care, not full of laboursome love. Jesse writes of art as love practice writing as love practice… Jesse also welds, steel, in a serious studio in the arches. JD’s website is called the ‘Brave New Whatever’, which has something of crossing the frontier about it.
Whatever is a horizon of possibilities. Giorgio Agamben said this. Whatever could seem antithetical to theorizing, so I’m not going to do too much of it, apart from to say – on the fly – that Agamben, in his suggestion of “whatever being” – “other ways of belonging” outside of conventional identity – has something for JD, despite and because of this whatever.*
Whatever might afford me some imprecision, or forgive me some fan-girl speak. but whatever from JD’s POV is the shrugging off of any category anyone might put on art (/life) because nothing there feels like it fits. This makes my work harder.
In The Coming Community, Agamben translates the Latin “whatever” Quodlibet ens not only as “being, it does not matter which” – that kind of Clueless, American indifference – but, “being such that it always matters.”**
The thing of regarding an artist’s work as separate from the artist, it doesn’t exist easily with Jesse. This is usual for artists who use their own bodies, and/or digital presences, but less usual for a sculptor. For example, I like the pair of boxing bags Jesse made with Takeshi Shiomitsu for the exhibition “Spirit Level” at AND/OR gallery – hanging, weighted, in limbo – but I can’t tell if I like them more because Jesse made them, and because the work speaks of the artists’ strength, or not.
Love, or whatever, is not about liking specific aspects of the object, or about adoring its universals (said Agamben), but about a feeling for its situation of being as such.
JD said of the provisional IKEA-conspired installation at Arcadia_Missa “Stockholm Syndrome and Other System Failures” that it wasn’t as much about single works as about the “collateral damage… material, financial, emotional” of making work as a (fragmented) whole; that the broom, the tools, the paint pot left on site were “an analogue for the subject in the world. Maybe even a self-portrait.”***
Bound in black straps, on a chain, in pink PVC – along with Hit Piece, a rectangle of drywall bashed in – the suspended balance of the pair of boxing bags packs a satisfying (if insecure?) punch.
This kind of whatever is a hard-working manual manoeuvre. A lite T-shape structure is composed of a steel bar, a metal hook and a milk bottle (soy, obv.), attached with a green belt and a cotton ribbon. Another chain trails to the ground. It’s a seemingly secured situation, a cleaner form than the chipboard shelters and plywood frame facades: minimal contemporary povera. I think of the bottle of milk falling from its brace, spraying the sterile gallery with pasteurised liquid, creamy puddles over the smooth grey floor.
These sculptures speak of everyday bondage, and not only the materials, but the lived experience of art beyond our means. Home Unit plays at home-making in impossible circumstances, an architecture of polystyrene blocks and MDF. It’s built according to the predicament that “home is an idea that needs maintenance, rather than a place or a commodity,” but also that “domesticity is terrifying.”**** On wheels, it is – like the successful artist’s lifestyle – portable, and only just still standing.
Wounded Door1 has an awkward frame, a single wheel, not quite enough to roll away. The steel’s bent limbs are structurally defenceless, sort-of failing, asymmetric misfits. The crippled portal leads to a kind of community, that advocated by JD and by Agamben as a “co-belonging of singularities,”***** wedged in a precarious reality. The labour of making metal sculpture contains a realism too: the forms produced are representational not in terms of a visual likeness to reality, but in the sense of working hard to stand for something – whatever that may be.
So after I did a Soloyolo on my JP account and got Animal Rin, I thought: Why not try on my EN account, I Soloyoloed 4 times bc I had 27 gems, and I got SLG Rin, then I decided to buy 50 gems and do a 10+1, Valentine UR didn’t came but DREAM NOZOMI CARD DID 😭 I’m dead, I got so lucky.
Thank you for the ask! I’ll go for my top idolized KotoNico cards since they are my best girls and these cards have special memories with me!
White Day, Nico- Favorite card from the set, which my group and I will be cosplaying!
Cotton Candy Girl, Kotori
Easter event, Kotori
SLG, Nico- I was trying to tier for Nico’s Secret Survey, and got pretty far. However, I thought it ended on, say, Saturday. It ended on Friday. I was so upset that I solo yoloed this UR with my blue coupon. I also did a 10+1and scouted the other half. It was such luck that I forgot all about the event! Still to this day, she is my navigator on SIF!
Fairytale, Kotori- My first Koto UR, not to mention I have scouted three of them! She occasionally will trade with Nico to be my navigator!
Valentine’s, Nico- My first Nico UR and first card to be idolized!