Sensi Magazine September 2019 - Los Angeles Digital Edition
Sep 01, 2019 07:59AM
● By Debbie Hall
OPEN YOUR EYES
One night about 20 years ago, I was on a walk with a friend. A brilliant cinematographer and photographer, he commented that where we were standing (the middle of a skydiving drop zone just after he had smoked a Cheech-size joint), it seemed there was nothingness. He said it so matter-of-factly, but then admitted at that moment he missed being in New York, surrounded by museums and tall buildings filled with stories.
I put my arm around him and told him that if he just looked closer, he’d realize art was all around us. It existed in the stars above, the horizon meeting the moonlight, and the way the dirt beneath us formed. While it was most likely his happy high that made that observation impactful, in that moment, I had blown his mind. Later he told me he often looks back on that night because it reminds him to take note of every mural, every shape and color, and every subtle hue of creativity—regardless of where he is.
In Los Angeles, art is all around us. Art is the language we’ve come to understand as our truth. The street art represents the diverse culture whose heart beats through our city with honesty and vulnerability; we have museums that house contemporary, surrealist, and fine artists; and galleries introducing us to emerging talent daring to share something new.
Our story exists in the cracks of our buildings that tell the tales of people who were here decades before us. We have art institutes and public centers that encourage us all to express ourselves nonviolently, and we are the epicenter for the cinematic arts.
This month, we celebrate the textures and variety that thrives in our great city. We honor the freedom to imagine through cartoonist Jay Howell, get a creative confession of sorts by a Cenozoic, find a weed museum, explore the underbelly of Berlin, and discover that beauty is so much more than what’s on the surface.
May this month be one that inspires you to soar, believe, experiment, and inevitably to create. No matter what you’re going through, find your footing in a bit of cultural intrigue.
Dawn Garcia // MANAGING EDITOR // SENSI SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
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