March 14th, 2005

A while back I came up with a guerilla art exercise that I wanted to share with you. On a piece of paper write or type in bold the word NOTICE, followed by a visual item, a color, a sensation, a sound, something you find in your neighborhood. The idea here is to tune people into things they might be missing, or to just give them a little respite in their hectic day. Post the note. Here are some of my examples,

Finding it incredibly hard to get started today. The drawings and ideas are stuck in my body somewhere and do not want to come out. I should be used to this feeling by now, of not knowing where to begin, of having too many ideas, of feeling like my drawings are mediocre. I fight it for a few days, and it passes. Like the winter I feel long and drawn out. I need some warm weather to get me excited about things again. I wore my straw hat to work today (around the studio), hoping to feel springlike. It made my head itch as I sat watching the snow fall outside the window. I think I am going to post some of these notes around my neighborhood in an effort to shake some things up a bit, (and as chalking is still out of the question). I smile reading Claire talk about being in the midst of a heatwave and longing for cooler weather.
Contrast is what makes life so very interesting. Without it we would not value things nearly as much.

Mar 15 2005
3:22 pm
Keri Smith writes:

I am not making an assumption about what people see or don’t see but rather I like the idea of serving as a reminder to tune into our environment. I think this is particularly important in an urban environment where one learns to tune out most everything in order to exist. MY favorite pieces of art are the ones that remind me of something I might have missed, shift my current perception even slightly.
Maybe that is pedantic, it’s all how you choose to percieve it. I prefer to say that it is a merely a suggestion, the recipient can choose to respond to it or not.
Another question, what comprises the art, the sign itself, or the thing the sign is urging you to see? An interesting thought no?

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