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Soul Candy
(The metamorphosis of the discarded to art.)

Our featured artist is Gene Johnson. I worked for Gene at an ad agency in New York. He led with kindness, a gift we all took with us when we eventually went our separate ways. Twenty-five years later, that gentleness emerges in me in situations where my initial reaction is to kill someone. About 99% of the time, it transforms the entire situation.

If you look at Gene’s art, the same thing is being expressed.

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“When metamorphosis occurs,” he writes, “the circumstances and the function of something change. In a collage, things unusable or forgotten now become something new. A discarded photo comes to life in a new context; the postage stamp on the corner of a dusty envelope in the bottom of a drawer now becomes the centerpiece.”

When we re-view the most boring or wretched parts of our lives with tenderness and nonjudgement, everything changes. We change. As Gene puts it, “new life and new meaning.”

  - Steve

To see more, visit genejohnsonart.com
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