John Cage: some rules for students and teachers

RULE ONE: Find a place you trust, and then try trusting it for awhile.

RULE TWO: General duties of a student – pull everything out of your teacher; pull everything out of your fellow students.

RULE THREE: General duties of a teacher – pull everything out of your students.

RULE FOUR: Consider everything an experiment.

RULE FIVE: be self-disciplined – this means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.

RULE SIX: Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail, there’s only make.

RULE SEVEN: The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things.

RULE EIGHT: Don’t try to create and analyze at the same time. They’re different processes.

RULE NINE: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.

RULE TEN: “We’re breaking all the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for X quantities.”

HINTS: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully, often. Save everything – it might come in handy later.

-John Cage

Greg Lawler Creates

This is my portrait of Greg Lawler working on his latest project.

Greg creates.

He creates with a camera, a hammer, a saw, a rock tumbler.
Greg creates with the tools he makes.
My last few months before moving to Kauai were marked by early morning photo walkabouts with Greg Lawler and crew. This is a long tradition with Greg: wake up early, take a camera on a walk, eat breakfast. I love these times with Greg.

Lately, Greg has had an intense focus on creating a series for his up coming exhibit early next year.
Working with the American flag an other symbols of what it means to be an American, he is making statements that combine the depth of his love and his gratitude for what he receives living in this community.

Keep posted for news on his website