In 2010 I started Osiflandia as a tool to hold myself accountable for creating new images. The inherently addictive social nature of tumblr was unknown to me and in the time between I have gotten distracted by the ease of discovering aesthetic gems and creating a harem of .jpg and .gif files. I have gradually defined my personal aesthetic to a point where friends will text me pictures of blocky contemporary buildings or matte black/taupe nail polish.
"Osiflandia" has become a stamp of approval for myself and a signifier of myself to others. This sounds irresponsible/ irrational but is not without its merits. Despite otherwise being in a professional and personal stalemate, I can remain positive that somewhere there are real life analog versions of these digital gems that I become unreasonably excited over.
Presently, I have slipped past the periphery of an experiment to break my cycle of complacency. For the next 30 days I will be abandoning everything I am comfortable with, starting with geographic bearings and time zones.
Tonight I’ll be disembarking a jet in Los Angeles for an intensive month of doing something I’m notoriously bad at: networking.
So for the next 30 days, I’m going to switch format from excitedly collecting/sharing pictures of gray things other people have taken, to excitedly collecting/sharing my own pictures of gray things… and writing about them.
I would like to say there is a plan for this with goals and ways to achieve them, but by definition of changing everything, there is no plan. The ‘plan’ is simply action opposed to inaction. Outside instead of inside, group projects instead of obsessively painting tire tread for weeks, local restaurants instead of chipotle, talking at galleries instead of wincing at galleries, etc.
So I hope not to alienate too many of you reading this on a subscription basis that was inspired by black cars, Erika Elfwencrona, fancy guns, glass walls, shipping containers, plywood, etc. My blind hopes are that immersing myself in LA for a month, the content shouldn’t show too much of a dramatic shift.
And for the record, my priority of this trip is for improving my life, not my blog. It just so happens that I’m choosing to use Osiflandia as a record for my success and failures in this venture. So later on when I’m blissfully scrolling through my archive to put myself in a good mood, I will hit a 30 day streak of inspiration to not be on the internet.