Then this happened (around lunchtime), and I was on cloud 9 for the rest of the day. This got me thinking about inspiration. Inspirational things. Things that inspire creativity, drive, progress, real change.
Inspiration comes from all over the place: teachers, friends, siblings, parents, grandparents, television, celebrities, magazines, religion. The list goes on and on . . . But then there is the inspiration that comes from inside. And I started thinking about my artwork and where it comes from: why do I do what I do? What inspires me? What inspires other artists?
So I decided that each Wednesday my posts would feature something creatively inspiring to help get us up and over the hump of the week . . . These short, focused posts will include everything from interviews of artist friends to inspirational song lyrics, colorful music videos to exciting books. A little light to show us that, sure enough, the end of the tunnel is in fact near.
First up? OK Go.
In the past several months I have been posting a lot about OK Go. They create projects that bring joy: joy to themselves in the process of making the work and joy to others who get to watch or experience the work, live or through video. They love confetti, they love color, and most importantly they love dogs. Their creative drive is both inspiring and mesmerizing. They are able to create so much out of seemingly simple things like treadmills and Dollar Store finds, and at the same time they create massive projects like being featured on a commercial during the Superbowl by building a track for a specialized car that plays instruments strapped onto the track while driving and singing. And let's not forget about possibly the largest, most inventive Rube Goldberg machine ever to be created: I love that they let the sounds of the items falling down or water splashing remain in the video.