Brooke said goodbye to Steve McQueen today. After she left, he wandered around the house and cried for about 10 minutes before settling down where she was last sitting.
It reminded me of the Jurassic Bark episode of Futurama where they find Fry’s dog/best friend fossilized. The professor determines that he had lived for another 12 years after Fry left. Fry assumes that his dog had moved on with his life and forgotten about him and decides not to clone him.
“I had Seymour until he was three. That’s when I knew him, and that’s when I loved him. I’ll never forget him. But he forgot me a long time ago.”
He won’t forget you, Brooke.
“…measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have love you actually do love you.”
It took 13.75 billion years to create the elements and conditions for you and me to exist. That’s like spending our lifetimes to make something that will only last 12 seconds.
How amazing would those seconds be to us?
How important are we to the universe?
How rare are the people in our lives?
How precious are the relationships that hold us together?
We only have 8 seconds left.
Regardless of race, gender, culture, or sexual identity, sex is the great equalizer – the common source of birth, pleasure and union. Each sexual encounter is truly unique, however the general experience itself is what joins us. We are all equal when it comes to the act of love. However, these expressions of passion and adoration can only exist in one singular moment, never to be exactly replicated or fully relived.
Alexander Esguerra’s Love & Paint represents a cultural examination and celebration of the “Literal Expressionism” that exists within everyone. Bringing together numerous partners from around New York, the exhibit transforms their manifestation of affection, seduction or pleasure into art – leaving a lasting mark that represents this moment of self-actualization. The exhibit sets out to break down the taboo that is sex, by showing it for what it is – an act of beauty and love.
Each couple, covered in paint, has engaged each other on a blank canvas – creating the art that will be displayed for sale at his shows. The couples’ bodies are the literal brushes within their act of connection.
The exhibit features colorful, large-scale acrylic-on-canvas pieces created by anonymous couples. From a mixed-race homosexual Queens couple to an adulterous Caucasian Manhattan professional with his Chinese-American mistress, each pairs’ sexual experience paints a unique canvas. Their labels are lost in the paint. Sex returns to its rawest form, representing two people’s expression of emotion.
Taking the message further…billions of years after they were created, atoms and molecules combined and bonded to form a myriad of things, among them, beings. These beings were capable of developing strong emotional connections to similar combinations of matter. Eventually the combinations dissolved and came together again to form new beings. This cycle has happened again and again until they finally combined in such a way to form me and you at the exact same time, in the exact same place in the universe. And once again, these atoms can experience that connection. To me, the most astounding creation of the universe is love.
I was woken suddenly by a thought
that from four forces in the universe
beings capable of sentience and love
exist without knowing why
yet live to intensify these feelings
and I witnessed
the beauty in the chaos.