September 22, 2014 8:59 pm
When I look back on 2014, all I see is a blur.
My wife and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary (I still can’t believe it’s been over a year!). My novel Two Performance Artists was finally published, closing a chapter on a surreal 15-year journey. Our cross-country book tour from LA to NY was a success, with encouraging bookstore turnouts, performances in 18 cities, and 2 book awards along the way. “Kidnapping As Art,” my survey of artists who’ve kidnapped audiences as performance art, was picked up by MIT Press’s Journal of Performance And Art for publication in January of 2015. Headlining the final 5x5x5 show at the Sylvia White Gallery in Ventura—one of California’s longest-running performance art series in recent memory—was a humbling honor. And of course, learning I’d been plagiarized by Shia LaBeouf—and then having my revenge—was the most wild ride of all.
I don’t know if I’ve ever been more busy—and yet, somehow I’ve still got that nagging feeling that this train is only just starting to pick up speed—that all of the dreams that came true in 2014 are the wood I now need to be shoveling like crazy into the firebox, stoking the flames even harder than before to maintain momentum. But with the past year feeling ephemeral and so long ago already, the wood vanishes like smoke on my shovel, and fear sets in that the engine could start to slow. Am I making sense at all? Is this proof that I’m a workaholic? Or that I’m destined to always be obsessed with hunting for new project ideas and ideas for ideas and…?
With the hope that my dreams will continue to come true, I’ve worked out my 2015 New Year’s resolutions in advance, Dear Universe, in the off chance that you’re still looking out for me: 1. Travel more with my amazing and hilarious wife. 2. Curate an old school, sorely needed performance art show at a cutting-edge L.A. gallery. 3. Find an agent/producer eager to option Two Performance Artists. 4. Get back to L.A. culture-jamming with my performance troupe of idiots, Wet The Hippo. 5. Write my first one-man show. 6. Finish my next screenplay. 7. Mix a perfect Sazerac.
Maybe 2015 will be less of a blur, now that I’ve got everything perfectly planned out…right? Haha.
How about you?