Monday, 6 April 2020

#Yeg April Art Urban Renewal Poster & Pickets

AGA, My 20 minute sketch study of Marc Chagall's "In the land of gods."

In our life there is a single color, 
as on an artist's palette, which provides 
the meaning of life and art. 
It is the color of love. 
 Marc Chagall

It was never for fame nor financial gain but since 2016, the Government decided I was wrong. 4 times they banned me and once threaten police against me, when I refused to stop exercising my freedoms. For 13 years, citizen civil information posters have been placed up on City of Edmonton kiosks, with citizen free news and information. Since the pandemic, city kiosks have become dilapidated and unused since concerts and events have all shut down. I'm hoping to inspire other lovers of freedom, to create visuals and words of inspiration, fill these empty spaces with truth, beauty & love to help begin the healing for our city.

For about an hour or so each day, I go for my walk and...
During my April Art Urban Renewal campaign of placing art posters on downtown Edmonton kiosks, I plan to picket my gratitude to Edmonton City staff and Alberta Legislature staff. I will continue to respect the social distancing rule of 6 feet (2 meters), respect private and public property and respect the rule of law during my civil action. A couple  rules I keep include no picketing while crossing roads or when emergency sirens can be heard so as not to distract traffic and pedestrians. My picket generally takes place from the safety of public sidewalks next to bus stops. Each picket and poster installation I do during my daily outdoor exercise and fresh air walks (as recommended by Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health) takes place over an hour or so. The rest of my time remains indoors. This personal social art campaign began on March 30, 2020, and could end for me at anytime depending on the recommendations by the City of Edmonton, Alberta Government and Dr. Deena Hinshaw's daily updates regarding COVID19. "Stay Healthy!"

Photo while Chicago Exploring July 5-8, 2019. Marc Chagall's Stained glass window. Art Institute of Chicago.

Work isn't to make money; 
you work to justify life. 
 Marc Chagall 

 Only love interests me, and I am only in contact 
with things that revolve around love. 
 Marc Chagall

AGA, My 20 minute sketch study of Marc Chagall

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

April Messy Hair Poetry during COVID19Alberta

"Language is a virus from outer space."
William Burroughs 

Covid Coffee House Dreaming - Urban Renewal

Wishing you were on a star
2020-04-01 Freedom to Express and LISTEN art project: This year I'll be publishing poetry on YouTube to extend my creative endeavors while staying indoors during the pandemic. Some 20 odd years ago, I was part of a community that would do weekly stand-up poetry inside various cafes and bars along Whyte avenue in Old Strathcona, Edmonton. During my outdoor art show and tells, I sometimes sang or recited my poetry to folks willing to listen... 
The Painter - Messy Hair intro to my April endeavours 

The Painter
By Doug Brinkman

Swirl N' Splash
oil meets up with canvas,
inspiration fills my head of images
that mirror my soul

Colour spreading danger,
a new creation is born
can you see the holy fragments
of a coming celestial storm

Lovers wrestle territory,
eyes so real like soul
flesh tones look so eerie
be not timid ...come take hold

Have I caught your attention
have I taken you someplace else?
Do my images seduce your boundaries
are you feeling any doubt?

Tom Thompson was like a mentor,
it was never his paintbrush you see
but like wings of a dove he rode me above,
pine wood thickets Algonquin he took me

Look at me
Look inside my naked frame
am I a fraud with paint brush
or like some god creating being?
Judge me...and you'll be judged!
Remember always our dreams.
Take hold my spirit when I am gone
for the love of creation with in my canvas
your own reflection may it tickle your
your spirit I hope you’ll see

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

“Two things form the bedrock of any open society — freedom of expression and rule of law. If you don’t have those things, you don’t have a free country." - Salman Rushdie. Freely expressing art outdoors in the streets & public squares of Edmonton since March 30, 2015

Active Citizenship, Free News Sharing & Social Artistry. Doug Brinkman. Home page.

Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed--and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. John F. Kennedy. Kennedy often referred to by the initials JFK and Jack, was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. Kennedy served at the height of the Cold War, and the majority of his work as president concerned relations with the Soviet Union and Cuba. 
The Alberta Legislature has no dome
In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it. Ernst Fischer. Fischer was a Bohemian-born Austrian journalist, writer and politician.Wikipedia 

Art is the beginning of vision into the realm of eternal life. - Lawren Harris. Harris best known as a member of the Group of Seven who pioneered a distinctly Canadian painting style in the early twentieth century. A. Y. Jackson has been quoted as saying that Harris provided the stimulus for the Group of Seven. During the 1920s, Harris' works became more abstract and simplified, especially his stark landscapes of the Canadian north and Arctic. He also stopped signing and dating his works so that people would judge his works on their own merit and not by the artist or when they were painted. Wikipedia 

Intuitive, outsider art
 Trouble maker, the coming storm 2017-2019.
From the Alberta Legislature grounds 'Trouble maker, the coming storm' by Doug Brinkman, 20"x16" Acrylic. Painted easterly by the rose gardens outside NDP Premier Rachel Notley's office in the fall of 2017. Completed northerly from UCP Premier Jason Kenney's offices by the tobacco gardens summer 2019. The Projects: 2017 Not a bystander art project: Anger Violence and Bullying. 2019 More Circles than Squares art project: Alberta Environment, Social and Political Climate Extremes.
January 2016, next to the Edmonton City Hall ice rink, painting my first of 24 Fire and Rain art project paintings. 2016 Fire and Rain art project was banned 3 times by Alberta Government officials and threatened police action by a City of Edmonton Manager on new years eve in front of City Hall. 

If critics say your work stinks it's because they want it to stink and they can make it stink by scaring you into conformity with their comfortable little standards. Standards so low that they can no longer be considered "dangerous" but set in place in their compartmental understandings.― Jack Kerouac. Kerouac is considered a literary iconoclast and, alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, a pioneer of the Beat Generation. Wikipedia

 2016 Fire and Rain Circles and Squares by Doug Brinkman. Humans, Next generation of fossil fuels. 
"Mother Earth is ready to cleanse. The natural shape is a circle, our cells are a circle, stars are a circle, the sun, the moon, the earth. The mothers womb is a circle... I don't believe we should be living in these squares." - Edmonton River Valley, Chief No Tribe, September 13, 2016.

U R B A N   R E N E W A L  
Be positive. The role of art is to inspire hope and find solutions. It should be used for healing. 2017 Not a Bystander art project survey. Main Gallery

Staged Political & Corp. News Media Photo Oopts

April: Staged Photo Oopts
Tags: Alberta, Oil, Gas, Pipelines, COVID19, Jobs, Economy, wars, rumours of war.

Sunday, 22 March 2020

Wear red as we go marching (Rome is burning)

Wear red as we go marching (Rome is burning) 
March 22, 2020 Final day painting

2020-03-22 ALBERTA LEGISLATURE Completed today "Wear red as we go marching - Rome is burning" Day 1001 freely expressing art in the streets and public squares of Edmonton since March 2015. Main Main Website ENJOY YOUR FREEDOMS/ THANK A VETERAN!
2020-03-22 Artist Log: This year my social art project Freedom to Express & LISTEN hopes to answer 2 very important questions for me. First, is the Alberta Legislature an honourable place? Second will I learn to be a better listener to my wife, family, friends and to strangers in my community by the end of 2020? We talk about how free speech and freedom of expression is so important in a free and open society, but without using our ears to hear listening, what good is free speech? 
Fire Of Rome by Hubert Robert. In my painting the flames exceeds outside the gates of Rome and all around the world with respects to coronavirus, world failing economies, wars, rumours of war and climate emergency. There is no Nero like person seen in my painting because we are mostly confined to our homes during the pandemic.  

Wear red as we go marching (Rome is burning) 
March 1, 2020 First day painting

Sunday, 1 March 2020

March Women's History Month - LISTEN

March - Women's History Month

My Freedom to Express & LISTEN art project has been in the planning stages since I decided to take this project on while Chicago exploring INTUIT intuitive, outsider art and Chicago's MCA Virgil Abloh's 'figures of speech.' March 19, 2020 I'll bid adieu to my 13 years of civil information activism's 'citizen free news' and launch this new art project on the first day of spring solstice. It's a project that will review 5 years, 1000 art shows, demonstrations and pickets defending my personal right to free speech, freedom of expression and free press while going forward with new social art projects to discover. Paintings, posters and my new designer line of The Speakers Banned Free Speech and Wear t-shirts will be another means I'll use to help distribute news through Civil Information Actions.
Civil Information Activism
Respects people, property and the rule of law.  

#Yeg April Art Urban Renewal Poster & Pickets

AGA, My 20 minute sketch study of Marc Chagall's "In the land of gods." In our life there is a single color,  as on an a...