Sunday, November 28, 2010
i did it
i finally left the comforts and delicious eats of the middle east,
the road has been long, and at times arduous,
still, at other times easy and sweet
but every step i've taken has helped me to take the one yet to come
whether it is immediately apparent or not
all lessons have led to NOW.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Bethlehem, September 2010
The focus of this exhibition is to address the destruction of the traditional landscape and heritage. The images hang solemnly on the gallery walls, a re-memory of a heritage on the edge of disappearance. The selection depicts the experience of a single valley, but can be seen as a lens to understand a situation occurring in many valleys and hilltops throughout the country. The landscape is subdued and transformed by many forces; territorial war, demographic growth, and none or bad urban planning, etc.
These paintings are “in-situ” depictions of Wad el Shami and the remnants of a traditional relationship to the land and its inherent morphology. They are fragments of “vanishing landscapes,” and a vernacular knowledge that survived centuries and is now subjected to destruction and neglect.
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Friday, October 1, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
to those who helped me and those i have helped
to friends, peers, students
to bicycles, adventurers, vagrants, intellectuals
to story tellers, musicians, artists, architects and craftspeoples
to farmers, bakers, cooks
to sisters, brothers, aunts, cousins, uncles
to our mothers, extended mothers, and grand mothers
to our mother whose firm surface we ride and sweet fruits we eat
to our fathers who planted the seeds
to the great big sky, everything under and beyond
to the waters, moon and tide
to the winds, rains, sun and season
thank you for your patient guidance
thank you for the fruits of our labors
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
a full cycle witnessed sensationally///
ears, hands, hair, skin... eyes... heart. phased///
the road is calling, grabbing greedily///
for now, she sings from the east///
go running towards her uncertain embrace?///
or is patience the humble strategy of growth?///
the long green stalks stretch and reach///
soon she will hang her head at the death of her father///
only to lift it upon his rebirth each dawn///
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
we slept near the car and woke as the sky got brighter
no sooner than the sun crested the distant bare peaks than the air began to warm, quickly
hotter and hotter
riding a ridge above masada
distant bedouin camps
roadside camels and donkeys
long dry hot day of looking for rest
solo crater dusk ride
colors shifting, shawdows stretching
slept hard in a bedouin camp
early morning moving
riding into the oven...
the sun rose as did the temperature
sparse refuge amongst the blinding moonscape
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
I've been living outside jerusalem, in the house of Abu Fahkri, a stone craftsman and artist who shaped the capitals of columns of the old city of jerusalem for more than 30 years. we are staying there and rehablilitating the place with the help of Abu Fahkri's amazing son.
The place is situated in "no mans land," the military zone that seperates israel from the west bank, in this case bethlehem. This zoning title prevents both palestine and israel from developing the land, consequently the nature is able to thrive. the valley we ovelook is filled with ancient agriculture modes (terraces) and the occompanying buildings (now ruins) of the people who used to maintain this land.
The Lab consists of a few terraces, a plethora of fruit trees, a garden we dug and planted for summer eats, a stone house, a glass veranda, and a painting studio in the works. In addition to regular living ammenities like kitchen, bedrooms, and living room (to be the Abu Fahkri Museum) it is a perfect canvas for experiments in sustainable and artful living. Already, we have the garden being fed off rainwater, and there are designs for future greywater systems and composting toilets...
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from the driveway
from the roof
quarry in the valley