The Porch Swing: Questions I

Whatup! We hope everybody is doing well and of course les agradezo por all the support and collaboration with the LIFESTYLE. The Porch Swing residency has undergone a shift. After Twenty entries exploring his personal blend of creative writing, Samuel Bostick, the current Porch Swing operator and Reflection and Response resident artist has closed the WORD of the day series and brings us into the future with Questions. This project will seek out an active voice in which Samuel engages the reader in dialogue.  As the artist says himself:

¨(This new series) will be an installment known as Questions where I explore thoughts and processes through an inquisitive observer. ¨ Samuel Bostick

A quick exchange, worlds open for a brief moment.

Curiosity urges the mind to explore the world abound; scanning, examining, digging on the cogs and springs that turn the world—those things that spin the Earth on its head.

The power of youth is the ability to make change. To refresh the traditions of old as in updated formulas. Revolutionary perspectives; the imagination births the world anew. Who shall step forward and put the hammer to the nail?

The same minds that built pyramids and artful dynasties have now been labeled inadequate, as underperformers. Stuffed into classrooms standardized by white walls, scantrons, ridged requirements, stale air and odd smells; this is the arena where today’s scholars are supposed to be raised? Why is some much money put towards wars and incarceration while the next generation is left with the debt of destruction and institutionalization. How is it that a Nation could be so far gone?

Machiavelli’s Prince, Illuminati’s knowledge, wars and rumors of wars; republicans and democrats, asses and floppy eared fucks. Lower interest rates on students loans claimed achievement meanwhile tuition steady rising year after year and classes are cut. What are students paying for?? More Dollars for less. Its cool though we aren’t gone be stopped so easily. On the other side, bold statements suggest 47% of the American population as leeches willfully suckling off the blood and sweat of hard working Upper class. Word? Dear Mr. Politician, As you stuff your pockets with cash and stock away jewelry just remember that is slave money and those are blood diamonds. When will politics ever touch down? Will the system ever break of pressure and resistance or will it all jus settle out one day?

Reflection and Response.

Samuel Bostick


the LIFESTYLE’s role is to create collective space for active Reflection and Response through the arts. This space is built around dialogue, expression, collaboration, and artistic (ex)change involving international craftspeople and their realities. The Porch Swing series opens up a Reflection and Response residency where we feature a Collective member’s ongoing project through weekly installations.

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