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i recently heard from my art friend, davmo. (shown left. he's also on myspace) he asked me to participate in an installation piece he's working on for his next show, happening this june at the jaffe arts center in norfolk, va. this was especially happy news for me since davmo hasn't produced art in 2 years. after the sudden death of his baby boy, alex, in april of 2005, davmo fell into a funk for which he told me he might never return.

davmo wrote me about a year after alex's passing, informing me of his family's tragedy and sharing a very strange connection that tied me to his situation. he stumbled upon my journal months after alex died and noticed this entry, which happened to be on the day of alex's burial (unbeknownst to me, of course) it seems davmo had all sorts of these 'signs' that spoke to him after his son was taken from him.

this information saddened me not only because of my eerie connection to this morbid event, but i realized a great artist might die of a broken heart, unable to muster the will to do what he's obviously put on this earth to do: create. (artwork by davmo, shown right)

as part of the exhibition, he asked those affected by this tragic turn of events to submit a self portrait holding nothing but a glass of water. these collected photos will then be placed behind a pedestal holding one glass of water. i'm not exactly sure what the glass of water symbolizes for davmo, but i'm sure it's up for interpretation. will the glass of water be replenished after each day, or left to slowly evaporate and thus, mark time? i'm both honored and humbled to be a small part of this upcoming show, and would love to attend, although i'm on opposite coasts. below is my contribution..


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Mar. 4th, 2007 06:24 pm (UTC)
What a touching story and that's a lovely picture of you, my dear.
Mar. 4th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
Mar. 4th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
Hey it's a small world! I know Davmo from Ebay's Art and Artist discussion board. If I understand things correctly, his baby died from a lack of embryonic fluid, which might explain the glasses of water.
Mar. 4th, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
yeeees, davmo is a bit of a GOD when it comes to eBayness. that's where i met him and was lucky enough to buy one of his works....for a SONG. he'll be documenting this exhibition heavily on myspace, i'm told..
Mar. 4th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
Neat. And nice photo of yourself. Be sure to show us exhibition pictures, if they ever show up on the net.
Mar. 4th, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC)
thanks....i'll be sure to post any links to the exhibition. they're hiring a professional photog to capture the whole event-it should be QUiTE the spectacle!
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Mar. 5th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)
oooooh no....this is no one hit wonder, he's in it for the long haul, i can feel it...lucky for all of us, eh?
Mar. 5th, 2007 04:13 am (UTC)
i am very excited to see davmo's work. very inspiring.

Mar. 5th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
yay!!! randel got an Lj account. WOOP!

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