What’s New: Desert Blues
Happy April, Bebots! I tried to “slow down” time this past weekend with doing absolutely nothing but catching up on TV but here we are on another Monday and a new month. This year is moving right along and time truly waits for nobody. All I can say is, March has been a heavy month. With horrific terrorism in Christchurch, New Zealand and yesterday’s fatal shooting of Crenshaw’s beloved Nipsey Hussle, where is the button to stop time or just, escape?
Los Angeles’ local artist, Julian Hoeber designed “Going Nowhere Pavilion #01” for Desert X as an expression of the relationship between topology and human psychology. Influenced by writings of psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan who had famously investigated the idea that human subjectivity has the structure of a topological space, Julian Hoeber designed and built a concrete installation in Desert Hot Springs, CA to express the idea that what is in inside and outside ourselves can quickly become indistinguishable.
Observing Hoeber’s art construction, invisibility and isolation overtook my emotions. In today’s society, modern ways to connect has made us feel even more disconnected, remote, and alone. Our insides have been replaced with emojis and text bubbles and I can’t help but think how community plays such an important role in the humanity of a person. March’s heavy events gave me the conclusion to believe that people who hurt people usually operate in seclusion. Someone asked me the other day, “How’s your heart?” Initially, I was irritated and offended. But as I started cooking up an appropriate answer in my head to cover-up my insides, I started to appreciate the challenging and annoying question to force me to be real, honest, and be seen. Proverbs states that “iron sharpens iron”. It’s a coffee-cup Bible verse that is popular in church culture when it comes to wisdom in choosing your circle, but in reality, sharpening hurts. So, I’m grateful for people to love enough to ask real questions even if it’s hard and annoying. Time may be moving fast, but may we be a friend that will take time to love enough and ask the real stuff. May we be a friend to love enough and touch a person’s core to possibly ignite their healing.