The mystery of life is before us. Human nature gets in the way. We like to differentiate and mark ourselves as having acquired knowledge. We do this in everything, even sports fans wear jerseys of…Continue
Arnold L. Johnson has not received any gifts yet
Much can be said for todays young folk, they party with abandonment. The popularity of Hip-Hop culture rivals Don Cornelius and Soul Train. When I looked at the Afrofuture I didn't take off from George Clinton's Mothership. I was on the ship of Sun Ra but I came through Pharaoh Sanders, John and Alice Coltrane, Archie Shepp and Eddie Harris. It was a cusp of light between the worlds of the ancient and tomorrow. I kept wanting to lose it all but discipline and focus to construct what I wanted…Continue
What am I up too....besides working at a grocer, filling another sketchbook. Been hooked on combining quonset huts with shipping containers. Living in big boxes will drive ya nuts so I added quonset huts to get an arched ceiling. Also wondering if all steel structures are a good thing. Plywood and foam sandwich panels, wood post and beam and adobe are much better materials organically, psychologically and economically. I also think about having curved walls so that rooms are not square, art…Continue
I photographer friend sent me a video about a 1200mm camera lens. It looked like a mini bazooka, the case was carried by two persons. They compared it to a 50mm and a 400mm lens. I could stand on a mountain with my arms raised and you could count the hairs on my arm pits (eh, strike that image) from the valley below.
As a young man I had an idea of an imaginary super hero Fotoman who could snap your picture with an Instamatic and beat you by folding, spindling and mutilating…Continue
Saturday morning, decided to do the laundry and dishes. Set up my tablet to listen to a video short on jazz. It was about Sun Ra, John Coltrane and Anthony Braxton and the times of their music. Then I listened to Kevin Spears (electronic Kilimba), Emmett Chapman (inventor of Chapman Stick), Kevin Keith (Chapmen Stick artist), Pharoah Sanders, Sonny Rollins and Eddie Harris (Jazz saxophonists). Sun Ra's theme was playing in the back of my mind, "Space is the Place, yeah yeah Space is the…Continue