The Truth.


I had an idea earlier this week, and I haven’t been able to get past it. I often have ideas for things I would like to do, generally I convince myself they aren’t good enough to invest any time into and that I should abandon them before wasting time on something stupid. I think it is time for me to go through with a concept and see how it goes, whether or not it is successful (in whatever definition of the word).

And so, this idea, I am calling “The Truth” is going to be a series of silk-screened posters. These posters are going to be extremely minimal, screened onto museum quality cotton-rag paper. Each design is going to be one colour, one sentence, possibly only one word. The one thing every print will share in common? The truth; every design is going to be true. Whether it is something I think, feel, or would like to say to someone, it will be something true, and it will have to do with myself. I want to make something personal to me, and I want to be able to express myself in a way I haven’t before.  Some things will be straight forward, others will be cryptic. The only information I will give about each print will be contained within it.

I am going to do each design in a run of 10 prints (possibly 11, so I can keep one) and that is it. No reprints, no different colour schemes. Each print will be numbered and will cost between $10-15 plus shipping. I feel like much of what I have to say will be relatable to people and they may be into the idea of this form of expression.

The inspiration for all of this comes quite obviously in part from the works of Mike Monteiro, whom I love. I am attracted to the choice phrasing he uses in his paintings and the nature and concept of it attracts me in ways almost everyone I have told him about is unable to understand. The other half of this, and I feel like what may be the seed of the idea is from the music video for Matthew Good’s “Weapon”. Throughout the video, phrases and pictures flash across the screen. Of them phrases like, “Viva le revolution, eh comrades?”, “Operation: Jungles of Peril”, “Gain the world but lose yourself”, and “Boring.” This has been one of my favourite Music Videos for years, and I feel like I would be remiss if I didn’t give the element used credit for being the real inspiration for this.

I’ve also lately been starting to grow quite fond of words in general. My whole life, words would always take the back seat to my first real interest, music. I think that these days I am realizing that I either don’t want to or even can’t make music, and so I am growing a fond attachment to words. I hope to grow a better understanding and respect for words through the new year, perhaps through executing this project.

I have a pretty good idea of which ones I wan’t to do first, I might make the versions of them for the computer and post them first. I am trying to hold out until I actually manage to make the first one though. Who knows, I get pretty antsy with these things.

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Tanner September 9, 2011 at 3:51 am

I hope you do some times the words and colors of can combine to make a more impactful message and sometimes people need reaffermations of truths meaningful cause it is easy to get lost in the systemic anarchy of todays illusionary maze. I personally like to purchase one for my own sanity that dosnt need a doctors perscription.

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