An artist, intentionally calling himself "Someguy" sent 1000 blank, black journals "into the wild" with no rules, no directions. He wanted to see what people would do with the spontaneous opportunity to create. Someguy explains his rationale for the project:
"I've always been fascinated by what people scrawl on bathroom walls and in public spaces. I had been taking photographs of this writing for years, and wanted to put together a book. It seemed appropriate to encourage readers to become contributors, and join the conversation by writing in the actual book. From there, I decided that a blank book might be more fun... especially one that traveled around, to gather a variety of thoughts and opinions. And then, why not 1000 of them? It's such an absurd number.
The project officially launched in August of 2000, with the release of the first 100 journals in San Francisco. I gave them to friends, and left them at bars, cafes, and on park benches. Shortly thereafter, people began emailing me, asking if they could participate. So I started sending journals to folks, allowing them to share with friends, or strangers. It's been a roller coaster ever since."
Needless to say, I was fascinated with the project and have been following it's progression for several years now...hoping, wishing, one of the famed journals would end up in Southern Illinois. No such luck. However, I loved the idea of "no rules" art.
While reading SARK's book: "Change Your Life Without Getting Out Of Bed: The Ultimate Nap Book" I began to find PERSONAL freedom (always feeling the need to be productive) when my family and I went to Florida and toured the home of Thomas Edison. We saw his laboratory, and there, in the corner of this amazing historic room, was a cot and doggie bed. The tour guide said that Mr. Edison took an hour nap every day...usually at 3:oo p.m. He said he was MUCH more inspired POST nap!
And so, I was inspired to begin writing. And drawing. And generally creating with no rules (I've no DOUBT my love for collage and 'no rules' is what led me into the AltAred Art realm in the first place!) I have kept countless journals ever since. Lately, I was SO excited to look through my journals again and see the emotion, thoughts and feelings that I was experiencing at the time. I've learned a few things about me while looking back through all of my journals...a few themes seemed to recur:
1. I am incredibly inspired by nature.
2. I am far more creative while experiencing solitude.
3. I get "in touch" with both my creative and spiritual self while involving myself in art.
4. I am (can be) ocassionally profound.
5. I am a deep thinker, deep feel-er, and create with a great deal of emotion.