Third art show: 8/14/79 in Middleboro, MA
It began in 1977,
with my first art show.
I was five years old.
My girlfriend Colleen,
who lived next door,
was my assistant.
I had another art show the following year.
It made the local paper:
In 1979, i had
my third backyard art show.
This time, the reporter brought his camera:
I carried around
a little bank, for when i sold a
piece, and gave tours of my collection:
In September 1980,
i was 8.
I put on a magic show...
Lisa Marie, my friend who
lived down the street, was my assistant.
She was very tall and i was very short.
Friends Jody and John also helped.
And for the grand finale...
I climbed into a box and
Pay no attention to the big blue curtain blocking off
the adjacent room i "disappeared" into.
I didn't like magic.
It felt too much like lying.
I was rather shocked when
some of the kids
seemed to actually believe i disappeared,
then reappeared when Lisa Marie
said a magic spell.
Needless to say, it was
my only magic show.
The fourth art show
of my youth was July 19, 1981.
This time, the newspaper sent a reporter ahead
of time, to do a promotional piece:
Notice the addition of
"rock" in the caption above.
Other than a brief dalliance with piano, i didn't play music yet,
(this was a few years before i got my first guitar). No, it was
an "art and rock" show because i had - ahem - collected
a bunch of rocks during walks in the woods.
I was running out of art.
My aunt and mentor, Debra Pearlman,
away to college and an art career of her own,
and i lost interest in the medium.
It would be nearly 20 years
before i staged another art show.
I turned towards other creative disciplines.
My family and i moved
to Riverside, California
in 1986, when i was 14.
I delved eagerly into
Theater and Journalism in high school:
I played Sonny in "Grease" &
in a theatrical adaption of "Play It Again Sam", where i
promoted the play's opening day dressed in full "Bogie" regalia, during
regular classes. Someone said i looked like Inspector Gadget,
which completely ruined the whole tough guy effect.
In my senior year, i won
the first "Best Director" award
in Arlington High Theater history, when Phil Homer bravely
let a few seniors have a go at directing for the stage.
My 35mm camera was an
force on campus, always by my side.
I was Photo & Features
AHS's "The Mane Thing", and went on to be
Editor-In-Chief of Riverside Community College's "Viewpoints"
newspaper in 1992, covering the Rodney King riots in person,
a photojournalist in an urban war zone:
1993-1997 was spent under
heavenly halo of San Diego State University's
Telecommunications & Film program, where i wrote, directed and
starred in numerous short films under the guise of academia:
In 1997, i dropped out
and started painting and drawing again.
I founded The Mindswell Project, and wrote
a book of poems, art, photography and philosophy:
"The Meaning of Life - A Juxtaposition of Truth"
I had more art shows:
Ontario, California ~
Downtown Los Angeles ~ Winter 2001
Venice Beach, California ~ Summer 2002
San Diego ~ Ides of October 2009
The "5 Rose Avenue Show" in Venice, CA
In November 2003,
at a Denny's in Riverside,
I met my soulmate, Audrey.
My life found purpose.
I had found my muse.
phenomenal singer and artist herself,
she challenged and inspired me to explore
my true potential and be the best
artist, and person, i can be.
Before she died in my
arms in 2007, Audrey catalyzed,
among other things, my Rock & Roll album "Connection".
She continues as my
precious posthumous inspiration for
my documentary film about her struggle
against breast cancer: "Walk Through Fire".
i burned all of my unsold
art in a big artfire:
It was time for a fresh start.
I was inspired in part by Jerry
who officially retired his old material
in an HBO special for $20 million.
He retired it all, and
forced himself to
create an entirely new act from scratch.
I did the same thing for
$20 million less,
but i burned my artwork nevertheless,
reset to zero and started fresh.
i've done a vast panoply of
Art, Music, Films, Writings, etc,
which you can check out here:
film & video
seth is a groucho marxist
seth created mindswell