Art Art Influences Visual Arts

Someone misses me

Over the weekend, I went to Needles and Pens located in the Mission District of San Francisco, CA. It’s one of my favorite spots to get a an art pick-me-up. From doodles to zines, Needles and Pens reminds me that DIY is a wonderful and necessary art movement. It’s, certainly, an important one. There’s a lot of value in other people’s visual musings of this chaotic world. Sometimes, all I really need is something straight forward and inspires me to pick up my journal or sketchbook.

Pebbles by Brooke 10'
Pebbles (Folded) by Brooke 10'

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, Illustrators and Designers have a special place in the art world. Their job is to convey a very specific message. Most, if not all, of the time, it’s someone else’s message! It’s a real treat walking into stores like Needles and Pens because I can see the art that has a sense of humor or acknowledges that I, too, get sad and lonely. At times, ecstatic and overjoyed. Even though the above piece may have not been made with me in mind, it sure felt like it was when I picked it up and unfolded it. Things don’t always have to be philosophical or ridiculously abstract for me to enjoy them (although i do enjoy that stuff too). There are those occasions when I yearn to be comforted. A good drawing will do that for me.

There are people out there that think print is on it’s way out. I went to a vintage paper fair and someone said, verbatim, “Paper will be obsolete”.

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo! I say!

Paper will not be obsolete. Certainly not with people like Brooke or Carissa Potter. The list goes on but I won’t because I’m getting awfully tired.

Bottom line: I (still) love drawing and very happy other people do too.

By Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos (b. 1978) is a Filipina American writer, artist, and educator whose academic and research interests include feminist media histories, critical medical anthropology, technology, race, and ethics. She is a Ph.D. student in Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz as a Eugene V. Cota-Robles fellow. She received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts and holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco. Her work as been exhibited at Ars Electronica, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the GLBT Historical Society.

Her writing appears in art21, Art in America, Ars Technica, Hyperallergic, Rhizome, Vice Motherboard, and SF MOMA’s Open Space. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” was published in The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture. She is a co-founder of REFRESH, a politically-engaged art and curatorial collective and serves as the Executive Director for the Processing Foundation.

6 replies on “Someone misses me”

Paper will NEVER be obsolete!!!! At least, I hope not. I held a kindle in my hand today, for the first time ever. *shudder*

You should post some of your own drawings, hint hint. 🙂

Unrelated to my previous comment… my son just walked in and out of the blue started talking about “all the different senses” besides the usual five. The examples he gave me were “equilibrioception,” “magnetoception,” and “nociception.” Now why did this remind me of you???

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