peace family, dis blogging thing is new 2 me so bear with...my years are kinda weird cuz i measure them from bday 2 bday, making my new years resolution then. so this year the resolution was 2 increase the focus...in the past i've suffered from having 2 many irons in the fire, then as the year draws to a close i find myself with a bunch of half completed projects. my fortieth year on dis planet will be focused completion of 3 things... 1]my novel "sins of my fathers" which is now in editing stage...been calling myself a poet 4 a while, got a chapter book of my work that's been out there 4 about 8 years, sold over 10,000 copies, but writer, ohhh dats a scary word...i love reading and my hope is that the lessons i learned from the masters Ellison, Baldwin, Morrison, Reed, Hurston...leaks into my work. 2]mount a major exhibit of my paintings, which i'm in the planning process of locking down with a one man show at the gallery of n.c.c with a tentative run date of jan thru march 2010[dis is some real kool shit...i'm syked]i've been a visual artist since i can remember,i always wanted to be a artist, in college i change majors from business to fine arts behind my parents back, they flipped when they found out..."bouye arwe no bring u com a merrica fu tun no artist!"...3] the organizing of a world tour with my play 'self portrait'...i can feel the play beginning to take on a life of its own...the theater is exciting, like making love to someone u desire after a long wait of lusting. it is probably the most underdeveloped of my artistic expressions, but i feel a comfort on the performance stage that makes me want to devour any new thing i can learn on how to be better. Everything is beginnig to feel irie again...i didn't realize it would take so long to recover from my visit with homeland security.
march 16 2009 2:20am
i went out to support broda influence's poetry event tonight...sista Tantra was the feature, it was wonderful seeing her, we broke into the poetry world 2gether over ten years ago at our home base the world famous BROOKLYN MOON...her energy is a fresh breeze on a quiet third world morning. I was taken aback by the reverance the next generation of poets have for my work. It feels like the glare from def poetry jam is finally beginning to wear off. I hear substance returning to the sessions, no more poets looking to leap frog some politically correct bag of poems onto and hbo stage. I'm still waiting for my generation to create an art movement that echos the hopes of the BLACK ARTS MOVEMENT, slam poetry does not fill the void. It caters to the natural ego present in any artist worth his or her salt, creating the best this and the best that in a society that already submits to a photocopied blue print of what sucess means. I'm sleepy...peace
april 26 2p.m
peace family i told u u were gonna have to work wid me on this blog thing. I haven't check in since last month...what have i been doing? Well the play is really begin to grow into a beautiful thing, in the past month i've performed it about a half dozen times in harlem & bridgeport. People are really beginning to react...i love the immediate feedback of a smile or a telling um huh. On Mondays Wednesdays & thursdays i work as a master teaching artist in new york...this year i have all third graders, in the bronx on mondays at p.s 87 we're working on a sock puppet theater on wednesdays it's song written in brooklyn on thursdays it's west Afrikan mask @ ps 154[Harriet Tubman]in harlem we're using card board and other recycled items...there's a picture of Harriet hanging i the office that looks like something from a family album, she is so beautiful an regal sitting as an elder. I feel deeply compelled to stand before her picture and pay my respects each time i enter and exit the building. I LOVE MY JOB...I'M SO GLAD I PAYED ATTTENTION IN ART CLASS...peace talked wid ya soon...
peace family just touchn base wid ya...everything is kool and the gang...last night i went by gallery 1212 in bport 4 some jazz...dis blind kat nathan on drums and his trio fuzucked dat place up...i did an excerpt from the play, got some really irie feedback, we are definately on the right trax...the guerilla art attack was also a success...this is my latest campaign against the "art world" i have decided not to submit to their standards of operation ie. starving artist submits their slide, which can take an arm and a leg to prepare to pompous curators who use some magical method to decide which artist is the new thing and the others on their desk are relagated to a pile marked return to sender. Once this "lucky" artist is selected they must then endure the bullshit discretion of said curator who will pick over their work like a fat chef at the market looking for the best cut of meat...and then you receive the lovely news that you will be giving the gallery 50% of your sales...so in order to repay the gallery for promoting and hopefully selling your work you have to price yourself out of your peer group in order to bring home what you think your work is worth. I say fuzuck...dat Guerilla Art is here to challenge these dead museums and galleries and their outdated approach to helping artist survive. Look 4 me in your neighborhood an local news publication...no wall or fence is safe no gallery or museum is excempt from the attack of GUERILLA ART....
may 27 1:09am
peace family another check in...school year is coming to an end, which means my three master teaching artist gigs are almost up...which means i'm bout 2 be back in da starving artist bracket again...it's kool that where i do my best creative shit...this summa i'm planning to get my vending on to the max...hit da road wid my paintings, my ear sculptures, my wire sculptures and some T-shirts...plus some propaganda 4 guerilla art and do my thang...the GUERILLA ART campaign is going real irie, we hit two spot so far an abandoned building in bridgeport ct. the old bricks sat nice behind my art...and the purple bridge in stamford ct. it used to be a traffic bridge now thanks to old age its a foot bridge and the latest GUERILLA ART GALLERY...definate take a moment and check out the videos and pix from our installations...Terrance is becoming a world class photographer before my eyes...his prespective is refreshing...thanks cobbs...lets move da fcuking earth mahne...be on the look out for propaganda material ie. T-shirts, bumper stickers...mandingo out...
june 24 2009
peace family another check in...we did another spot wid da guerila art...the f.d.r drive at the 125st entrance ramp in harlem...dat shit was excellent...people were rubberneckec checking out my shit[hey dat rhythms]...i just got back from a week in the west indies...home is always home...i am completely ready to begin building a studio\house on the piece of land i have there...the pace is condusive[sic]to an artist's meditation process...get u some land there anywhere in the third world white people have been doing it for generations...rocked da play at casa frela in harlem on the 13th u gotta come check it out...
july 29 2009
peace family another check in...back in va spending time with the family...my daughters are become young ladies oni adina is 16 femi will be 15 on thursday...just got invited to bring the play to armenia and take the guerilla art to prague in october...we're gonna be putting together a series of shows over the next 2 months 2 raise the funds for our plane tickets...just finished the 5th read of sins of my fathers is almost ready...i need 1 more major edit and then it's off to the printers...still focused on the 3rd world 40 is coming soon september 6...got a feature a poetz realm n bport on the 8th if ya in town come check me out...don't 4get the play this weekend gallery 1212 bport ct.
august 22 technically 23 it afta 12
my eldest child my first son malik jamal DeCruise turned 20 today...damn time flew...i can still remember holding him in my arms...life is good, being a father is one of my greatest joys...my 40th will be here in a couple of weeks...damn time flies or yeah i said dat already...but that my theme for the next decade 'time flies' it keeps me focused on 2morrow...iyabart LLC is doing well we're prepping to launch it as a full multi media art company in a few months...all of the focus rite now is on the trip to yerevan armenia in october from the 1-10 with play...the novel sins of my fathers is coming along beautifully we just found a freelance editor so all u editors who tried to rob me with dem ugly ass price quotes fcku you...sins will be ready 4 consumption black history month 2010...peeeeeeeeeeeaaace!