Sometimes I wonder how I became the way I am…the way I don’t accept no for an answer, they way I question almost everything, and the way I don’t want to just accept how things are. Especially with the gallery, I’m constantly wondering if (and when) people will catch on to my ideal of how art should be presented, how artists are treated, and the art that is important. Frankly some days are better than others but I try to just keep going and hoping that more and more people will recognize the difference.
All this said, it has become so poinant that Glen Friedman is in town and that I’m currently working on our third show with him – “The Idealist.” Glen is someone I absolutely admire for championing those who have made a difference by not doing what was expected of them. He also walks the walk. Anyway, in conjunction with this show we are also presenting the second version of the book of the same name, The Idealist: In My Eyes – 25 years (the first version was 20 years). This book has always been my favorite out of the three that he has done and the new version, with fresh photos and new writings, is simply the best.
There are two quotes in the book that I cannot stop thinking about…
Sometimes we may fool ourselves,
but at least we’re not in the business
of fooling other people – Ian MacKaye
…And I think the more resistant the status quo is to idealism, the more I try to fight to keep that side of my psyche and that side of those around me alive, because I realize the minute they can, in any way, shape or form, make us in any way uncertain or our idealism, we don’t lose because we were defeated, we lose because we surrendered. – Rev. Al Sharpton.