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This is a new collage woodcut print. It was made by printing on several different kinds of paper including pages from an old German book and a Hebrew prayer book lifted from a Brooklyn dumpster. It has all been patched together to make a colorful image of my ideal city. The title comes from the wonderfully strange Talking Heads song Road To Nowhere.
Our family lives in Grand Rapids Michigan. We moved away to Brooklyn New York in 2005 but in a year we were out of money and flush with six homesick kids so we came back to GR exactly one year later. Living in Brooklyn gave us a larger vision for what a city can be and that changed us forever. We returned to our home town with a renewed desire to work with it in what ever way we could in order to push and prod it towards where it is meant to go. We know we are just one family, but then we are more than that - because we are linked into a dynamic community chuck full of interesting, gifted people.
I have written about our Sunday night neighborhood pot lucks. We also have the Wonder Wagon Winter House Concert Series in our home beginning in January and running through March - to take a little of the loneliness out of our long Midwest winter. We have been active participants in the past three years of Art Prize events. It is my beleif that ArtPrize is actively shifting the cultural DNA of Grand Rapids to become a unique cultural leader in the Midwest. We hang out in the neighborhood coffee shops and shop at the Farmer's Market from Spring all the way through the winter. We know a few of our next door neighbors well enough to cry in front of them with out feeling weird. We don't own a car and get everywhere on foot, bike or bus. Cars isolate you. Being a pedistrian gets you more face to face time.
Just as each individual person has an eternal destiny to embrace or ignore - the same can be said for every city and village around the world. Ask yourself, why is your city there? How did it begin? - and how may that be a clue to its purpose? How is your city prepared for a future of depleted fossil fuels? Do you belong there? - and if so what is your role in helping your city reach it's full potential? These are just a few of the questions I ask my self from time to time. I'm sure you will have your own. I would love to hear from you regarding what kind of relationship you are cultivating with the places were you live and love.