‘as you are.’ says the universe.
‘after…’ you answer.
‘as you are.’ says the universe.
‘before…’ you answer.
‘as you are.’ says the universe.
‘when…’ you answer.
‘as you are.’ says the universe.
‘how…’ you answer.
‘as you are.’ says the universe.
‘why…’ you answer.
‘because
you are happening now.
right now.
right at this moment
and
your happening
is beautiful.
the thing that both keeps me alive
and
brings me to my knees.
you don’t even know how breathtaking you
are.
as you are.’ says the universe through tears.

as you are | you are the prayer, nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed)


"Please remember there is no plan, we are all making it up as we go, and no one knows you better then you do." - Daedelus




New Video: MoRuf - Togetherness/Compromise.  WATCH VIDEO HERE

Director: King Texas (@KingTexas) 

Cinematographer/Editor: Anthony Blue Jr. (@antbluejr) 

Photos: Anthony Blue Jr.

Woman/Man: Elise Peterson (@Currently_Elise) and Andre D Wagner (@photodre) 

Subway Performers: SOULHOP (Carter Lee + Michael Summer) 

Location: Kale Kastle / Brooklyn, NY 

Love.Over.Everything +++




kingtexas:

tee . brooklyn, ny . 2014

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Jen De La Cruz . Brooklyn, NY . 2014

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Top Photos: New Orleans, 2009  

Bottom photo: Lorna Williams (New Orleans native), 2014

I am going to New Orleans on September 28th and I’m super excited.  My close friend was born and raised in Baton Rouge and I use to go visit him after Katrina.  I haven’t been there since 2009 and I don’t think I have the vernacular to describe how meaningful that piece of land is to me.  

I am going to be shooting my project, BLACKNESS down there.  I think it’s important to do so. If you are unfamiliar with BLACKNESS.  It is a project that intimately highlights the spectrum of gender, sexuality, including the dichotomies and constructs of masculinity and femininity within the heritage of Black Diaspora. 

If you know anyone who is in New Orleans that would like to participate, or if you live in New Orleans, please email me.  I will only be there for a week but I am trying to meet as many people as I can.  The beautiful thing about BLACKNESS is we both get to construct a safe space for EACH OTHER to share our stories.  As much as I am the one creating the images, you are just as much as a part of this as I am. 

The location is undetermined as of now but I am a firm believer that everything will work out. 

If you are interested or know of anyone who is interested, email: texas@kingtexas.net 

SUBJECT: [YOUR NAME] FOR BLACKNESS (NOLA) 

More Information: ARTIST STATEMENT | BLACKNESS

Thank you for the ever growing support.  I appreciate it.  




Sadè . NYC . 2014

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KWESI and YAA for BLACKNESS . Brooklyn, NY (Kale Kastle) . 2014

KWESI and YAA for BLACKNESS . Brooklyn, NY (Kale Kastle) . 2014



nomadsapien asked:
hey toyin, i've been dealing with depression and depersonalization for a while. im also a regular on your blogs and follow them kinda daily lol. how do you feel about depression and how do you deal with it when you encounter it? personally it's become a nuisance to me creatively and it's kinda messing up my career as an artist. i was just curious on your take on it.

toyinodutola:

To be honest, nomadsapien, I needed a moment to properly access your question before even beginning to think of how to respond to it. Depression is something I have been thinking about a great deal as of late for a variety of reasons; it is a serious condition—no, disease—that is debilitating and beyond words… I am so sorry you are dealing with this on your own. I have very close friends of mine who suffer from depression and altho’ I cannot even begin to understand nor feel what they have and continue to experience every second of every day, I will try my best to offer some kind of advice. Before I jump in, I just want you to know that I think you are incredibly courageous to be getting on the way you have, feeling like every iota in your body is battling something seemingly abstract but very much palpable, tangible, and I have often been told that art can equally offer solace as it can also bring about more pain. Initially, I wanted to respond in a way that is as direct as possible without including myself and my own experiences, because I don’t want this to be about me. However, I think maybe if I write a little bit about how I felt once when creating art felt useless and, as you a say, “a nuisance,” it may, I hope, help you in some way. 
 
There was a time, not too long ago, when I felt that my work meant nothing, that I was just wasting it in effort, in concept, in everything. Furthermore, I thought the purpose of artmaking entirely selfish. In hindsight, I realize that the problem was not so much perspective as it was belief. I had lost all faith in what I could possibly offer to the world, to anyone—especially in art. Worse yet, I was constantly comparing myself to others, those close and those far, who seemed so much more accomplished, more focused, just better in their daily lives. I started to enclose into myself; the feeling of “what’s the point of it all” permeated everything. I remember one specific moment trying to make a drawing work and struggling with it over and over for hours with cheap materials and a scrap of found paper left over from school and suddenly crying profusely; it was as if I was witnessing in real time my love for drawing and wanting to create canceling themselves out. Two things brought me out of that: 1) Belief, not mine but my family’s and my dearest friends, who supported me and never gave up on me. (I understand that not everyone has this support system and I’m not saying this is the sole cure for what happened, just that it helped me immensely knowing that I wasn’t alone); and 2) I started to believe that the “mark” (not just literally, but metaphorically) I was making was important because it was mine. Let me explain: When I was feeling lost, the idea of making a statement through my work didn’t register. I wasn’t aware that my making something was in and of itself a creative act—and that that was enough. The way we all make a mark in this life, I think, can be interpreted in a variety of ways, but the key is how we define that mark. Art is a very broad thing, a broad act really, and can be interpreted thus. To be able to put yourself into something is always a risk, and we all make mistakes in it and are incredibly self-critical. As it is, we can define what success means to us, for us, what our art means to us, for us, and little by little because no one jumps from one end of the spectrum to another in an instant. Believe me, when I say I still struggle with the works I make, I mean it. I struggle all the time. But if I have learned anything from this lug brain of mine, is that I have to keep trying to keep going—even when I feel I am failing. To lie to myself if necessary. The risk is always there, and so are the mistakes that come with it. To be satisfied comes with the degree, or standard, we set for ourselves. If I keep trying to fulfill something so far beyond me that it damages my sense of fulfillment, especially my sense of self, I take a step back and reassess what I want, what I need. 
 
Again, I cannot even begin to imagine what you are going through, but I want you to know that if you are ever feeling alone, do talk to someone—anyone—they do not have to be close, a hotline, but do not feel like you are by yourself in this. Also, there is a book I read at the time that helped me immeasurably, it’s called ART & FEAR and I think it may help whenever you are struggling. I sincerely hope this response was a help in some way and I wish you the best in all that you do. You are so very brave to get up every day and just try, especially to create art, and I think that in and of itself—just the getting up—is a work of art. 
 
All the best,
TO





Good art provides people with a vocabulary about things they can’t articulate.
Mos Def (via girl-with-a-radio-heart)



tionam:

OPEN CALL

I’m looking for at least 10 more members of the African-American community in Philadelphia to participate in my upcoming exhibition, The Chills, 2014 for my SANCTUARY residency. To participate, you must be willing to sing or perform a song of your choosing as well as agree to a follow-up interview about your personal relationship with music and/or the selected song. 

You do not have to be a professional singer but you must have a strong feeling about the music you relate to. I will travel to you and will be recording

Each participant will receive a copy of their recording session as well as a program listing their name as a participant within the work.

GENRES to choose from….

 Negro Spirituals, Classical, Country, Gospel Music, R&B + Soul, Hip Hop, Jazz, Blues, Funk, Orisha music, Punk Rock, House

Please contact Tiona at harrietsgun@gmail.com if you or anyone you may know would be interested in being a part of the project/exhibition.

The exhibition of the work will take place during SANCTUARY (Residency group artist exhibition) supported by The Knight Foundation.  October 10-12, 2014 At The ROTUNDA, 4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

 

 

I usually don’t Reblog, but my friend Tiona is incredibly talented and amazing. If you want to participate or know anyone that would like to, please pass this along. This kind of work is important.




JUNGLEPUSSY for BLACKNESS (redux) . Brooklyn, NY 2014 

Check out my new website, http://www.kingtexas.net for brand new work.  Thank you to everyone that came through to NYU.  It was nothing but LOVE. 

Be sure to view Junglepussy’s new video, "NAH". She is definitely my hero and she should be yours as well. 




Tonight, I will be showing new works from my project, BLACKNESS, at NYU. Words can not express how grateful I am for this opportunity. I want to take the time out to thank everyone who has given me their time and consent to photograph them for this project.  This project will continue as long as I live and I am looking forward to moments and people I will meet in the future.  BLACKNESS has allowed me to connect with so many beautiful human beings.  If you are in New York tonight, feel free to stop by.  I would love to meet you.  Thank you and I love ya’ll. 

BLACKNESS 

portraits by King Texas 

Opening reception : Friday, September 5th 2014, 7:30PM - 9:30PM / NYU Kimmel Center, Rm. 802 

NYU Kimmel Center Gallery / 60 Washington Square South / New York, NY 10012 / Stovall Gallery on the 8th floor 

Also, I am dropping a new website with new works and portraits from BLACKNESS on Saturday, September 6th.  



"The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it." - David W. Orr



Armina Mussa . NYC . 2013

Armina Mussa . NYC . 2013

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