Hi, my name is Roberto Laureri, and I’m an independent videomaker. I shot this video in Italy to express the simplicity of love, how it’s the same for every one. It stars Alexandre Styker and Bernardo Casertano. For the theme music, I chose a very famous Italian song, “Estate” by Bruno Martino, which speaks about the common experience of the end of a love story between a man and a woman. But it never really speaks about him or her, and so it is appropriate for all lovers. Here’s my version of it.
I hope you enjoy it, and please feel free to share it!
Alexi DeVillers is an artist who makes sculptures out of an ordinary object that the rest of us throw away without a second thought – tin cans. He sells his sculptures; then with the proceeds, feeds about 150 people per week in the Phoenix area who need a hot meal but are a little down on their luck. After feeding the needy, he makes more art with the empty cans – a perfect golden circle. He’s got a day job, so the meals are given out on the weekends. He’s been making art like this for over 10 years and feeding the poor this way for over three.
He learned welding and other metal skills in metal shop class back in high school, but now he simply constructs the sculptures with screws, no welding. The metal screws add to the aesthetic – steam punk. With cans that would be thrown away, a cordless drill, and talent – boom , you got art.
He learned nourishing tasty Cuban recipes from his mother. He also learned from her how to stretch a dollar and not waste anything. There were five kids in the family and not a lot of money. To get the most food for his buck, he cooks the meals in his kitchen, then he and his wife deliver them to the hungry.
Alexi is totally down to earth, not a pretentious bone in his body. When asked about his hopes and plans for the future, it’s not about his art being shown in some museum, it’s about feeding more people. Some would say that the whole process of making the art object, feeding the needy, then using the cans to make more art is ART – art of living. You can further check out his art at Method Art Gallery, who represents Alex in Scottsdale, AZ. At the bottom of this post is a link to Method Art Gallery.
Here’s a few examples of Alexi’s art. Photos courtesy of Method Art Gallery.
And here’s some music, just because … Jah Will Provide – Hugh Mundell, click to play.
Here’s some stuff I recently made with what Jah provided.
Sacred Heart of the Welder 25 x 24 inches, house paint on burlap on canvas.
Sticks and Phone 17 x 12 inches broken paint sticks, broken phone, burlap house paint.
A Place To Stand, made out of found objects, rocks and wood, lying close to one another. Found them when I was out walking Belle along the creek. It stood for about two days before someone knocked it over. A few days after that, someone hauled the interesting large log away, probably to someone’s yard.
14 Acres In Carmichael 26 x 43 inches. Made out of plastic bottles. I’ll have to write a short story sometime about why it’s called 14 Acres In Carmichael.
And a bit more Raggae for your day …
A shout out to Buzz Siler. Buzz was the first stranger who gave me some positive feedback on this blog. Buzz, here’s a haiku with the word “buzz.”
Hives buzz to Spring’s drum
apple blossoms with arms wide –
farmer gets a loan.
Buzz owns and operates the Cerulean, wine bar (also serves coffee) within the Siler Gallery in Portland’s Pearl District. I haven’t been to Portland for a while, but Yelp reviews say it’s a very cool place.
Check out more down to earth art at the Method Art Gallery.
I bought this Miro limited edition print from a guy who sold it to me as being real. I framed it and had it hanging on a wall until I finally got around to checking it out. I emailed photos of the print to the Joan Miro Foundation in Barcelona and asked for their help in authenticating it. They couldn’t say yes or no if it was original without inspecting it in person, but they were very gracious and helpful in giving me factual information. With the information they gave me, I came to the conclusion that it was a fake. The main problem was the signature. On the original, made in the 1970’s, the signature was produced in the printing process in black ink. On the fake, the forger wrote Miro’s name in pencil.
The truth was a disappointment, but disillusionment is always liberating for me. I didn’t like looking at it anymore. I couldn’t sell it even disclosing the truth that it was a fake, because it could get back on the market as an original and cheat someone else. So I burned it.
I used the ashes from the fake to make this Chinese ideogram for “crisis,” which is made from combing the ideograms of “opportunity” and “danger.” I recycled the frame; it was just an innocent bystander . So, in any crisis there is opportunity if one can deal with the danger.
Crisis 18 X 24 inches, ashes on paper
There was a bucket of ashes in the bottom of the Weber grill. I embedded them in the painting below, using a broom as a brush.
Ashes 75 X 59 inches, house paint and ashes on canvas
Here’s a poem I wrote that speaks of purifying fire, ashes, and some other things.
We Didn’t Hear No
The big wheel in the sky is squeaking
with constant nagging
One day one hour one split second
the sun will explode
the sun will rise
like a huge gray ash
from burning trash of yesterday’s newspaper
marked by events
what we wanted
getting it all
the hard way
and endless decades of the rosary
rosary beads polished
with worried fingers
worried that our slice of the pie might be too small
with bribes to God
we didn’t take no
for an answer
stir that smoldering trash
with a sharp stick
let the sparks fly
let the fire purify the burning trash
watch the ashes rise
in the hot september air
rising like incense up to the sun
that is burning out.
I did another large painting right after Ashes. Instead of embedding ashes I embedded a love poem for Jeannine, Stay A While.
Stay A While 67 X 54 inches, acrylic on canvas
Stay A While
I love your eyes
God saved this color just for you
there is nothing to fear
you can leave if you want
when you go
the silence will return
stay a while.
And just some music for the day …
“It would be better to be thrown into the sea with a millstone round your neck
than to cause the downfall of one of these little ones.” – Luke 17:2
Only love can prevent LGBT teen suicide
- Because of family rejection, gay teens are 8.4 times more likely to have attempted suicide and 5.9 times more likely to report high levels of depression compared with their peers from families who reported no or low levels of family rejection. (PFLAG New York City)
- Suicide is the leading cause of death among Gay and Lesbian youth nationally.
- 30% of Gay youth attempt suicide near the age of 15.
- Gays and Lesbians are two to six times more likely to suicide than Heterosexuals.
- Almost half of the Gay and Lesbian teens state they have attempted suicide more than once.
- It has been conservatively estimated the 1,500 Gay and Lesbian youth commit suicide every year.
(SPEAK – Suicide Prevention Education and Awareness for Kids.)
LOUIE CLAY (born LOUIE CREW), is an Alabama native and an emeritus professor at Rutgers. He lives in East Orange, NJ, with Ernest Clay, his husband of 38 years.
Crew is the founder of Integrity, an international organization of LGBTQ Anglicans, and holds honorary doctorates from three Episcopal seminaries.