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My Adventures: Outward Bound

These are some of my adventures. I hope to have more every year.

When I was 15 & 16 I went on two Outward Bound trips in the summers. This was my first venture to do something on my own. And the first BIG challenge of my life. For those who don’t know about Outward Bound, let me try to sum it up in two ways. My idealized and imagined definition, and the real definition. My idealized and imagined version was me expertly hiking, scaling rocks, cinematically looking over vistas, making camps in minutes, slashing trees and path finding, finding new things, and maybe even carving a stick into a badass wolf or something! All in an ever reaching quest for wilderness exploration! Ummm. Yea. Thats not what happened. I think I watched too much Dances With Wolves and TV specials about Lewis & Clark. But they made it look so easy! The real definition was slow hiking, plentiful whining, arguing, stopping every five minutes, constant gender strength comparison, with 50 lbs of mostly unnecessary gear all of which was crammed into 15 yr old packs that smelled like eu de sherpa. Also, everything was done by the group and had to get permission from the group, sooo, no way could I pull my “mr.wildman” routine, with out getting punished with dish cleaning or putting up the peter bag (good idea, just a pain with like 16 others).

I like to classify the trip as wilderness expeditioning, but that is my idealist coming out again. It was fun, exciting, and pushed me to my limits for sure, but it was also unnecessarily tedious, drama riddled, and mostly thrust upon teens who didn’t actually want to be there any way. I would have loved it even more if it was a smaller, more enthusiastic group, and if it allowed for individual exploration trips!


Go Big or Go Home - Succeeding in the Art World


My friend Joshua Spodek was kind enough to write about his experiences building out public art exhibitions. One of the lessons he has is counterintuitive - that it can be a faster path to success to get large art projects off the ground than it is to work your way slowly through the art world. Here's Josh -

Art can be an insular field and breaking in is a common challenge, so I'd like to share it with a community that values success and victory. I hope there are insights others can use and share too.

My background is in science and entrepreneurship, but I've developed a passion for making art. I'm not content with just creating it -- like any artist I want exposure and recognition (sales aren't bad either).

The challenge is that New York's art world is notoriously xenophobic and tends to promote from within. My credentials -- a PhD in astrophysics and a company running for over a decade -- mean little to them. Even making great art only gives a foot in the door.

I have a huge challenge that my work doesn't photograph at all and video doesn't capture it that well. When galleries take an interest in my work, a version this conversation happens:

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