I will comment mid-week here because some people had some comments and asked for some images. First, to Dale’s question about my ability to perform my tasks in the military while questioning the politics and social implications of it all.
I divide my brain on two different channels. Historically, most people in my shop (Aircraft Weapons) understand that I have always questioned politics and the military. I have been called “our unit’s crazy artist” they always want to pigeon-hole me but I try not to let them. I have always respected military authority while keeping my chiefs and commanders on their toes. My old Chief that I had for years, shared with me an understanding that I would perform my job to the best of my ability while tasked, but spare time, I would do or say pretty much whatever. Now, I don’t go starting fights, that is not me. But I have challenged many times, when people start spouting off FOX News shit. I have learned new ways to approach a subject as to not alienate those who depend on me while subtly planting seeds of thought or at very least, acceptance of different views.
So back to that double throw switch: Wether or not I am deployed, I spend my “non-tasked” time, painting, reading, sculpting, chatting, smoking, photographing. you get the idea. As soon as the Expeditor approaches me with a task, say go load bombs on a jet, or go arm and launch a flight of jets, I flip that switch and everything, art, family, politics etc. leaves my mind and I only focus on the task that I am being paid for: To successfully load bombs, arm and launch mission capable aircraft in accordance with applicable technically data and professionalism to ensure the completion of the mission. It does not matter if I agree with the mission or not. I only consider that in my own private time. As soon as I am back at the shop and off task, I pick up a pen and start doodling. I feel like I have a debt to the Military, I had no idea what to do when I graduated high school and they came in and offered me money and adventure. I was young and bought in to it for a while, but they have paid most of the bills so I will fulfill my contract with them. I will see if I can find some pics of my over-seas past-time: Mural painting. Don’t expect modern art. Military murals get so micro-managed that they all look the same. I have to work hard to get an idea across. Anymore, I just say “yeah, whatever” because staying busy painting, keeps me from sweeping, mopping and all of that other crap that the military is famous for.
Thanks for listening.
So, following are a few pics of last Friday’s event. I give a special thanks to Marina for getting them to me so quick.
I was worn out after spending two days cleaning paint off of the floor in the Lofts performance lab. I also had not spent enough time with my family so Thursday we went on a day trip. We began at Delaney’s Surplus where we picked up some things for our basement work area. (The past week was spent building shelves and installing peg board in our basement so all of us can work) Artists that have not visited Delaney’s yet, should find time to go. Here is a short list of items that they had in bulk today: Flatware (including silver) electric motors, hydrolic pumps, floor carpets, industrial felt, drill presses, sand blasters, tools of all sorts, power strips, shop equipment, saw and milling blades, old safety signs, file cabinets, pallet racks, old wooden push carts, scrap iron, medical equipment, old steam boiler parts. The list goes on and on. I know that Aris and Tom had bought alot of the industrial felt to build sculptures with. Tom Loesser built the benches outside of the MOCA with the stuff. So, after leaving there with a fairy tale book for reyah, a power strip, a ten foot rug, two ratchet straps, an OSHA sign and a speedometer from a train engine, we drove next door to Dr. Evermor’s sculpture yard. This place is pretty amazing. He bought scrap junk for years (next door, I assume) and welded it in to post-armageddon-fantasy-steam punk sculptures that you have to check out. After talking to a strange old man at the sculpture park, we took off for lake Michigan. the trip was beautiful as the leaves were radiating autumnal colors. (I knew I could get that word in somehow!) Orchards lined the county roads for miles. Late afternoon we got to the Lake. it was raining hard and the wind was blowing miserably. We headed south to Milwaukee and skirted along the coast as best we could. I hoped for a more scenic drive but all we could see was rich folks mansions crowding the view for miles. We drove around Milwaukee for a bit and decided to get some seafood on the river. We chose Molly Cool’s on the Third Street Pier. I rocked out on the crab leg special. It was all great food and really great service. After dinner, we headed back to Madtown. I believe that I am refreshed now and ready to hit the studio again. I did some sketching today and have some focus. I need to order more Legos and get working on my Nerf 50 cal. mount. See you all later! -Sandy