I haven't posted in so long mostly because I think nobody EVER looks at this...except those weird marketing people in foreign countries...thank you for your heartfelt comments...LOL...
I am so distressed and torn on the Syria situation. When are we going to stop? We are war weary as a country. But maybe chemical weapons should be a redline as should be nuclear weapons, we really shouldn’t stand by and allow people to be killed in these horrific ways. But we didn’t step up in Iraq when Sadam killed many more people with chemicals. We also didn’t step up in Rawanda when genocide was happening. I feel deeply that it is morally wrong to kill any other human. War is just wrong “war crimes” is an oxymoron. It’s all criminal. I feel that it is deeply disturbing that we tell our young people that it’s heroic to serve in the military and learn to kill other people. But then I know I would kill in defense of one of my children or somebody else I loved…I would try not to kill…I would try to maim and render someone unable to persevere. But if someone was raping my daughter I would fight…I would call the police…a man (woman) with a gun. I don’t know what the right path is…I really don’t.
And then if we do step up…what do we do when we are done…does the Free Syrian Army respect the rights of all people? Including women? Why can’t we just all learn to get along? We are territorial and opinionated and afraid of death. Can’t we just agree to give love to each other and try to survive? If there is evil can’t we just shame the evil doers and isolate them from others? Can we never rise above our human condition…I always get back to this and think no…we are the most invasive species and we might just wipe ourselves off of the face of this planet yet.
Capistrano IV was a wonderful experience and I am very grateful to the people at the Longmont Museum! I have been painting alot...a new series about "Choice"....the show opens at Sync Gallery in Denver June 7....www.syncgallery.org we will again be featuring live music by members of the band "Broke Bridge" http://brokebridge.com/ starting at 8:00 pm...I will be there from about 5 on.... There will also be a quieter artist's reception June 21, 7:00 pm. Would love to see my people there!!
Also...my work is featured in an online national juried show calle "Women's Rights, An Artist's Perspective" this is the piece:
you can follow this link to view the rest of the work....http://www.unitewomen.org/
Hope to see you soon!!-Linda
thanks to Debbie Adams Photography and Jessica Reiners Graphic Design!!!
If the current science is correct, and this universe started with a big bang, all beings and all matter can trace their atomic structure back to stardust. This truly makes us “one” with the universe and connected to everything we see and experience. We share this planet with many other beings and some of them are social like us. I keep thinking we can all learn from each other. This installation is an attempt to do that and an attempt to honor our feathered friends who seem to know something about how to work together. We all know about the power of many. I want to salute the beauty and grace of each individual birdie and the beauty, power and strength of many working together. What I have noticed in other species is that they mostly seem to work together for the common good. I am trying to capture that instant when an entire flock of birds turns together…sometimes called a murmuration.
This is the fourth incarnation of my Capistrano series. I was captivated as a child by the stories of the swallows of San Juan Capistrano who migrate far and wide and return to those same cliffs every year. I do believe there are some powerful forces at work on this marvelous planet Earth.
This project was inspired by some thoughts I was having about "enlightened society" being one with the universe so to speak. First thought, if I grew up with all of your EXACT circumstances I might be you. Second, each individual is beautiful and strong but together we have great power...and wouldn't be nice if that power was directed in a positive direction.
So birds...beauty and strength of each individual...and the beauty and power of the entire flock working together. This project is an attempt to honor that strength and beauty...the murmuration...the magic instant when the entire flock turns instantly in midair together. Those little birdies are way smarter than we know...they have managed to survive despite our invasive ways.
follow the link below for my video about the project...and an opportunity to get one (or more) of these sweet birdies...
Shame on Us
It’s been about a month since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary and I heard today that the top two box office hits this week are “DJango Unchained” and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D” (TCM3D). Shame on us and by that I mean mostly shame on the men (not ALL men) in our culture. What is this insatiable hunger for violence??? And do you really believe Quentin Tarantino that “make-believe violence” has no effect on the masses when it’s in their faces big and gory over and over? Really?? Super shame on you!! I’ve heard you interviewed, most recently by Terri Gross of “Fresh Air” and your snarky response to her honestly very general and gentle question about this was truly arrogant and ignorant…I think you need a spanking. Maybe YOU have drawn a sharp distinction between make believe and reality, compartmentalizing thoughts can be very handy, almost the opposite of fully integrating all of the thoughts in your mind (integrity??). I will admit to some issues myself with this and my judging you is MY problem. I have trouble with my judging of judgmental people too. But I so worry about how many lives you touch. I do get it, but I am feeling you are something of a one trick pony…you engage many people with your elegant satire and violence is one of your best tools. I apologize this is not just about you.
I wonder why we, the audience out there keep buying it. Why are we going to movies like yours and movies like TCM3D in record numbers? Why do people, and again I’ll argue mostly boys, love those violent video games. And don’t even get me started on porn. Is it simply testosterone? I know I would fight to save one of my children or another loved one…maybe even kill (not totally sure I could though). But gratuitous violence for the sake of entertainment makes me sick. And parents out there… your children ARE seeing it, way before they are ready for it… almost regardless of what you do. My own children saw so many things before I thought they should and yes I bought my son an Xbox and some shoot-em-up game (super shame on me!!) I did try to influence them in a positive direction by repeating over and over my values with regard to these things. I think it had an affect, they are the most wonderful peace loving children.
So what do we do about this?? Girls, ladies, mothers, chicks, females AND gentlemen everywhere let’s step up. Let’s boycott (girlcott???) violent entertainment. Really. If your boyfriend wants to see DJango or TCM3D let him go alone. We NEED to make a difference.
And now about those guns…the NRA people are very effective in some of their arguments. To the man who said “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun (see, even THEY admit it’s the guys!)” I say… I can think of a few other ways to stop him. You could spray mace or pepper spray in his face or tear gas from a distance. You could tackle him and wrestle the gun away from him. You could shine a blinding bright light in his face and when he can’t see grab the gun. You could sneak up behind him and grab the arm with the gun in it and pull it away. You could blow up the entire building with everyone in it including him. You could ask him nicely not to shoot the gun. You could try to help him with his issues before he picks up the gun….I have a lot more but you get it. Just sayin, I can think of many more ways to stop a bad guy with a gun other than a good guy with a gun…and I bet if I can think of these ideas you can too. And furthermore why does ANY civilian need a high power assault weapon or a clip that fires many bullets in rapid succession? In case 70 deer come into his hunting area at once and he needs to feed a lot of people…or he has a lot of refrigerators?? Keep your rifles NRA boys but BAN the rest of those silly weapons.
About statistics, they are sooo flippin manipulatable they should be outlawed (joke). Let me just say this. Do you think if there are more allergens in the air you are more likely to get a reaction? Or do you think if there are less people who participate in the lottery your chances are better?? Or do you think if there is more chocolate on the cake it will taste better??? Do you think if there are more guns out there more people will get killed???? Seriously. And yes I know guns don’t kill people (they are an inanimate objects) PEOPLE do…but just think this little tiny scenario through…if you are a ten year old boy (or girl) having a really bad day and you think “I’ll show them”…and you know there is a gun in your dad’s closet (ok or mom’s) and you go get it and start shooting and say kill your two sisters, your mom, your dad and then yourself…if that gun (super fun gun!!) wasn’t there…would it have happened?? OK I think I am done with this rant.
Will we EVER achieve Peace on Earth???
OK this is a special day...mostly for me because my oh so sweet and wise daughter turns 20 today (woulda been a little cooler if she turned 12 or 21...and of course she would prefer 21!)...her name is Sophie (meen's wisdom and she is wise beyond her years...maybe beyond her mama!!!) as embarassing and silly as I sometimes think this is....I am going to post it in honor of my Sophie! and maybe someday someone will read it!! I already have more addendums but that will wait!
Linda’s Manifesto for a Good Life
1. I am alone. When I shut my eyes at night no matter who else is around it's just me in here. Yet I crave the company of others.
2. Someday I will die. It's part of the agreement coming into this existence.
3. I am a social creature living on planet earth. Social creatures must work together to survive as a species...call it "government"...it's only evil if you let it be.
4. Every human has a dark side--keep it in check--for me it has mostly been sexual in nature invloving desire and trust. If I truly want to hurt other humans I may have a problem and there are plenty of resources to help me. The legal system is our means of trusting other people to judge who might want to harm us. I think a major flaw in our legal system is the practice of pleading guilty to a lesser crime...one that a person maybe didn't even commit, to reduce a potential punishment. I think it encourages lying. I think it is a simple language problem that could be fixed by making different levels of crime. (for example I was told by the judge in a court of law, where you are supposed to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth to plead guilty to "defective headlights" instead of reckless driving...truth was I was guilty of innattentive driving...) so you could have say murder 1, murder 2, murder 3, murder 4, and murder 5...with associated definitions and punishment levels.
5. The only control I have is my response to stimuli. Controlling other people is impossible and the desire to do it stems from fear and insecurity. I can influence other people but not control them, even my own children.
6. When another human says something hurtful (or anything for that matter) to or about me, it really says more about the disher outer than the receiver... I will listen carefully to what others say in attempt to understand them and I will try to state clearly what I want to say.
7. I want to be "somebody" amongst the every bodies and so do most other humans.
8. Intentions are only known to to others when they are acted upon...again I will try to communicate my intentions clearly.
9. It is helpful to apologize if I have hurt another living being...plant, animal or human.
10. Money is a tool humans use to help live their lives. It is only a tool and I don't want to love it or hoard it for it's own sake. It can provide a sense of security and help me function in this capitalistic society we have created. If I'm not financially independent I'd better be comfortable with the ties that bind.
11. The best sex for me is loving sex and involves very few words...I find magic in that...but I will not judge what is good sex for others...it's not my business...I will be as responsible as I can be sexually, getting tested for stds etc...what spreads faster amongst our species than a virus?? Love is the most positive emotion and it is positively self-serving if I give it out freely and abundantly but that is OK because it is a win-win. It seems to me the happiest humans are those that give love freely. Compassion...say no more.
12. Beauty is good for my soul and there is alot of beauty in the outside world (not to mention vitamin D)... I want to make the world a more beautiful place...my best source of this seems to be visual art.
13. I will have physical pain, and learn to manage it.
14. I have addiction in my DNA be careful.
15. Most things that seem bad for me probably are...balance in things like wine, chocolate, butter, cigars, pain killers etc...seems to be the best bet for a long good life on planet earth.
16. Judging other people is a waste of time and good judgment...however we do need to separate people who truly want to harm other people safely from the rest of us and I have to trust other to make those judgments, see number 4.
17. I will make lots of mistakes, hopefully I will learn from them.
18. Material goods will definitely outlive me...having to many seems unhealthy and an attempt at some sort of security or one upsmanship...I want to surround myself with a few beautiful things...I believe to much greed is not good for the spirit and the corporate business model fuels greed. It cannot be sustained without exponential growth.
19. I believe in a spiritual world, mostly because I desperately miss people who have died and eternity seems apealling. No one has proof of what really happens after we die, no one has been dead truly and come back to tell us...even JC...there is a lot of evidence t to suggest he "a son of god" not THE son of god" and wasn't dead on the cross...(were you there? did you see it?)all religious texts have been written by humans and are therefore a leap of faith...I sometimes wonder if we would all do better not to talk about this subject...I do believe there are clues everywhere to a spiritual world, perfect rhythms, patterns, miracles, etc . I believe we should all respect each others spiritual beliefs and not fight over it...I really wonder why some humans have to convince other that they are RIGHT about this. I believe some humans use existing spiritual texts to hold power over and attempt to control other humans...I don't think this is a positive thing. History is history...we can only move for and attempt to correct the wrongs we have learned from history.
20. I believe the breath is the spirit or at least the vehicle to the spiritual world...I have seen the breath enter a living human for the first time and leave a human being the last time...I don't expect other humans to believe this.
21. I also think the breath is an important way we are all interconnected but not the only way.
20. I believe we need to save the planet to save humanity as we know it.
21. I believe humans and all living things must consume other living creatures or at one time living creatures to live, plant or animal...I believe it is hardest for us to kill other creatures that are the most like us to sustain life.
22. I believe we might learn something from the other social creatures that inhabit our planet but I'm not sure what...partly this belief led me to my bird project.
23. I believe humans crave the company of other humans...and other living things.
24. I believe there are many humans who can't or won't (but I'm not sure it matters) take care of themselves and it is our duty and mostly for females our nature to take care of them. But remember "Can't lives on won't street"-Tim Smith...I believe it feels better to takecare of oneself.
25. I believe I will experience profound sadness, it is part of the human condition.
26. I believe most humans want the same basic things...warm in summer, cool in winter, to love and be loved, to be somebody (some more than others), to feel safe from physical harm, to feel a lot of happiness and to be nourished.
27. I think is is almost unbearably sad to bury our children...the "natural order" seems more tolerable...suicide of a loved one is also almost unbearable because we feel responsible for other peoples' happeiness...suicide of a child is the most unbearable thing.
28. I believe cleanliness feels good and protects me from most diseases.
29. For some reason exercise makes everything feel better and it boosts the immune system.
30. Taking care of other people can be messy unpleasant business...I will be extremely grateful to anyone who helps take care of me.
31. I am ashamed of most fighting I have done with other people and want them to know I am sorry.
32. I believe their is a mate or companion out there for everyone...it take some people a long time ti find the right one...it seems like people often physically look like their correct mate or companion or come to look like them over time which is downright weird.
33. Children are our greatest asset for the future and should always be treated with loving kindness...they are fragile...they should never be abused sexually or in any other way.
34. I don't believe it is right to kill other humans once they have become spiritual creatures.
35. I don't think war is ever OK...I don't think it is possible to draw an exact line between war crimes and other kinds of killing. I REALLY believe it is not OK to tell our young people it is OK to kill each other...I am not sure if I even believe in killing another human in self defense but I know I would do it to protect my children or someone else I love. We will never kill every terrorist or bad person...the best way to deal with them is to separate them from other humans. There are enough things on planet earth that can wipe out our own species without us being the ones to do it. I sometimes think aggression is simply human nature and we will never rise above it but I have hope that we can.
36. Our only still safe freedom is freedom of thought and that should be protected. I think that is what National Defense should be about.
37. I believe all humans are equal in "moral" value but we are all very different in color, size, shape, mentally, etc. I believe most predjudices arise out of fear and misunderstanding or simply ignorance.
38. I believe we should all have choice about our own bodies and what we do with them...but I believe we should take good care....they are the vessels for the spirit.
39. I believe in magic.
40.I believe western medicine and eastern medicine are both of great value...I think some western products are prescribed excessively and might be fueled by greed...most healers seem to be true nurturers but there are a lot of egotistical healers too...seems to me almost every nurse I've encountered is close to sainthood...they do some of the messiest caretaking with a smile on their face and put up with huge Dr. ego's...not that all Drs.' have huge egos.
41. Special thoughts for my children...tattoos are supposed to be permanent on human skin ( so long as the skin lasts) and don't age very well, they are painful to remove....putting extra holes in your body (piercings) seems like a bad idea…you are both very good looking and will attract many people of the opposite sex...be careful in how you handle those relationships and remember other humans carry viruses that can be fatal...try to protect yourself from those if you want to live a good long life...jumping out of airplanes is more risky than flying them...if someone wants to break up with you let them go...if you are meant to be together they will come back (same rules apply to dictators...if your people don't want you around go away) no one likes an overly needy boyfriend, girlfriend or dictator...it's hard to get laid living in your parents basement...remember that financial dependence always results in ties that bind (same can be said for countries )…all people should not look alike and doctors who help them do that are scary and probably greedy…government conspiracies (or any conspiracies for that matter) are probably not true because people, including me are shitty at keeping secrets, most things are OK and even fun in moderation, probiotics seem to be very good for you and gluten seems less and less tolerated (GMO’s?)…and Max too many cigars will probably give you cancer and I worry about too much hot sauce burning a hole in your gut…cool is not important, focusing hard on what you want is…if I grew up with all of your circumstances I might be you (stole this thought from a girl in my yoga class and if I knew her name I would quote her)…maybe an enlightened society has something to do with the strength and beauty of each individual and the power of them working together for a common good (I learned this from the birds)…financial security is never certain but you should plan for the future, I think it is our nature…OK I think that's it...I have lived a good life...I have found my mate...I worry about the sadness I will leave behind for people who love me...but I have lived a really good life and plan on doing it for a while longer....mucho love...Linda Gleitz
oh yeah and if I ever do make BANK I'm going to open a chain of homeless shelters with very few rules....no violence, clean up after yourself...and if you want help for you addiction or mental illness we will try...AND small private rooms.
this is an early version of my artist's statement for Capistrano IV:
I have been thinking a lot about enlightened society…some of the terms that are thrown around like “being one with the universe”. This “oneness” brings two thoughts to mind. First, if I had grown up with all of your exact circumstances maybe I would be you. We are not that different yet each unique. Second, I think about the beauty and strength of each individual and the power of many individuals working together, particularly for a positive goal. I suspect we can learn something from the other social creatures on this planet whereas sometimes I feel that we human's are the most invasive species of all, wrecking the mother earth for our survival...not to mention killing off other species entirely and killing each other (distresses me deeply).
This art installation is an attempt at learning from the birds and honoring them. I wanted to capture the essence of movement and that magical instant when an entire flock of birds, each a unique individual, working together, turn in midair at simultaneously.
and Capistrano III will be a collabortative project...this is my proposal to artists to join the project:
First I want to try to truly acknowledge where the inspiration for this project came from...1. Stephy's puffy things that we did at the pop up show...cutting up paintings and just sewing them into crazy shapes...2. Shelley's awesome little hearts she was sewing into little pillows to put into her purses...3. whip stitching that I did in girl scouts...the only sewing I ever felt competent at...4. my pillow I sleep on...I just kept thinking and dreaming about puffy things...5. Jonathon...the seagull that I swear to god I had a conversation with...6. the bird imprint that was on my studio window when I moved into this house...I keep thinking that little birdie gave his/her life for art...in my now current studio space 7. the blue jay that ate out of my hand in the mountains one day and I know we have a photo of it somewhere...and I keep thinking it is no mistake that I married a man named "Jay" who flies...and Capistrano...my obsession with the migratory story of those birds. There’s more but you might get bored.
I proposed "Capistrano IV" to the Longmont Museum which will be installed in late Feb...it is a installation of ceramic birds in their portal gallery that attempts to pay tribute to those birdies...the beauty and strength of each individual yet capture the power of the group...that instant when an entire flock of birds turns in midair simultaneously...my process is complex and I soo hope I get it down. I am pasting my artist state
Then I thought about us people/artists coming together in the
same way...Capistrano IV...and this is the thought...I will be the
"project manager and these are the parameters...all fabric, all bird
shapes and puffy, all approx 2x actual life size birds (for the sake of visual
consistency). What you would contribute...anything
on the fabric and "sewing" the edges in any gorgeous way you see
fit. I was so moved by our "POP UP" gallery and how six artists
who painted together for about two years (?) the work looked sooo good
together yet so unique individually....
My hope is that we get 10 artists more or less(I think I already have five committed including me and one man, “Tony and the Chicks”…get it??) and each artist does 10 birds (total 100m ore or less)...with an install date of June in the Atrium at the Longmont Museum...hanging on the ceiling with small hooks with fish line and maybe 3 or 4 from each hook in different vertical dimensions...I am exploring several funding options...1. a grant for $10,000 that I think I can get, we just divide it equally, 2. A kickstarter campaign (I am trying this with Capistrano III wish me luck) or 3. Sell them off Capistrano style with a reunion show a year later and a verbal commitment only to return them at the owners expense (if shipped include return shipping)…OK so that’s it there are no guarantees about the money…is there ever with art??? But out of respect for my husband I am trying to work for more than 50cents/hour. I have planted a seed at the museum and will be making a formal proposal next week I hope they love it…Would love for YOU to be involved….Linda Gleitz
I will be meeting with the museum next week about the installation. Since nothing on this planet is actually permanent I would like to speak to the longevity of the project. My hope is that the museum will want it in their atrium indefinitely. If not I would propose to move it to another city building.