I was asked by TheBigHundred.com to create a piece of art that would encourage positive, practical activism during the first hundred days of the current administration. I decided to create a piece of art that would encourage people to support GLSEN, which is an organization that helps improve a K-12 education system that too frequently allows its LGBTQ students to be bullied, discriminated against, or fall through the cracks. I stand in solidarity and love with those who have faced hardships for who they are and encourage you to as well. For me, this piece is about using love in an active- instead of passive- way. Love can be a tool, love can be a weapon. Love can cure despair, discrimination and defeat. Hope and tolerance may lose the battle from time to time but with enough love, they will win the war. Visit GLSEN.org to see how you can help and visit thebighundred.com for more inspiration!
Control is a seductive myth that we confuse for fact. This lie is often spoken to us from the worst parts of ourselves and can sound very convincing, but it's a set up and those parts always dodge the blame when our lack of control presents itself in loss and disappointment.
This poster is the next in my series "The Things I've Seen."
"Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life's search for love and wisdom."
Another in my series "The Things I've Seen"
Sometimes a person can get so fixated on success that it can prohibit their growth in other aspects of life. They neglect relationships and let vital pieces of being alive wither on the vine. In truth, it often is this myopic focus that limits their success even the thing they are doggedly chasing. When you pursue something to the detriment of all else, it renders you emotionally colorblind and without the nuances of intimacy, it's that much harder to succeed in anything. This is all sounding very "self-helpy" but explaining this poster, another entry in my series "the things I've seen" requires me to go into full on Deepak Chopra mode. My apologies.
This message is somewhere in West Hollywood. Those who this message applies to are in more places that most of us can imagine. For those people, do not despair- there are a lot of us who are receiving your coded plea. Perhaps more than YOU can imagine.
We are all looking for that magic someone who will make it all okay- but often we have the be that person ourselves.
"Empathy is the most mysterious transaction that the human soul can have, and it's accessible to all of us, but we have to give ourselves the opportunity to identify, to plunge ourselves in a story where we see the world from the bottom up or through another's eyes or heart."
- Sue Monk Kidd
Another in my poster series "The Things I've Seen."
"People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind."
- William Butler Yeats
Another in my series "The Things I've Seen" after putting this piece up and taking a photo, I stood up and began walking- I soon walked past a security guard who promptly walked up to the piece, looked at it for three seconds and began ripping it down. Some posters last weeks and some last mere seconds. So it goes.
"Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?"
- Frida Kahlo
The first in a series of posters I'm calling "the things I've seen."
My teenage years were spent making unrealistic declarations and vows about a future that I always intended to keep. Love I swore would last forever, ambition I swore would carry me to unimaginable heights. Grudges and vows of articulate revenge in every award acceptance speech I would one day expectorate. But we grow and and our hearts expand and transform. Circumstance alters even our most vehement pledge. I miss the passionate naïveté it takes to assume that an emotion you have is the way you'll feel over decades and decades but I see it now more clearly as the folly of youth. It's vital to adapt and grow wiser over time but it's also an important part of childhood to throw your arms around forever and think you really understand exactly what it is.
Make the most of every moment. Collect them into jars with little holes in the lid like so many fireflies- and know that one day you will have to let them go.
This was posted on February 14th. For my Valentine... thank you for accepting me despite the innumerable times I prove to be a total doofus.
Oh- and just in case you didn't grow up in the 80s...
So around 10 years ago I wrote and recorded an album under the name My Autumn Friend. I didn't do it with any real expectation for anyone to actually hear the thing but was recently feeling nostalgic and gave it a listen and thought that maybe I should just put it out there. It was recorded with limited instruments and a synth program called Reason. I had my talented pal Jon Steingard master it. The songs mainly deal with love and loss so it's fitting to put it out in time for Valentine's Day (even if it is 10 years later). Also it features a few lyrics that became Morley posters. One ironic twist was that there's a bonus track cover of the song Nothing Compares 2 U, originally written by Prince- which now has a certain bittersweetness to it. Anyway if you'd like a Postal Service meets Iron and Wine kinda vibe (though that may be being pretty generous to myself) take a listen.
A sticker at a stop walk for the moments when you're waiting to move forward.
Lazarides found some extra copies of a few different previously sold out editions of screenprints just in time for Valentine's Day! These are fantastic hand pulled prints and there's only a few of them available. The Laz team is based in the UK so anyone across the pond (or patient people in the States) should be sure to snatch them up!
"In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make." - Paul McCartney
What would your world look like?
It's always important to have a good escape plan.
For the moments when you find yourself in love.
Far too often we don't really listen, we just wait to talk. I think because it often feels too passive- but there is always something to gain by listening- especially in an argument. If both people listen- instead of just loading up their ammunition for their turn, mutual understanding wouldn't seem like such a figment of our imagination. Of course there is time to speak in any conversation but this poster aims to let you know that the time to listen to someone can be just as active.