Monday, January 10, 2011

Rally to Restore Sanity

I just returned to CT from the Rally to Restore Sanity in Washington DC. An estimated 215,000+ people were in attendance. We went to the rally early enough to see the stage and hear The Roots open up for the show.
The rally was less political than I think most people were hoping for. There was something in the air for the 20-30ers that this was going to be our generations Woodstock, which I believe was an unfair expectation to begin with. However, the Rally was a complete success, not merely because of Jon Stewarts message at the end of the Rally but primarily for the number of hopeful moderate "SANE" people in attendance. The Rally stood as more of an action than an event, the main thrust of which was targeted at sensationalist media and the demonizing of candidates beliefs in the upcoming election by mainstream media.

"A house divided cannot stand."- Lincoln 

America is a melting pot of ideas and conflicting philosophies. The one message that I came away from the rally believing is that we all need to listen to one another and educate one another about one we hold to be true. This is the only way that we will ever be able to ascertain the "truth" at the heart of every political debate. We need to listen to everyone to understand our nations common interest. We cannot exclude radicals, liberals, independents, republicans, or democrats; we cannot let our "house" be divided by fear.

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Harrison M. Love was born, in Bedford New York, in 1985. Harrison began his art education at an early age under the tutelage of his family who have a long standing connection to the arts. In 1991 the Love family moved to Brussels Belgium, where Harrison began his formal studies in the arts, at the International School of Brussels (ISB). After returning to the U.S., Harrison continued his art education at the Norwich Free Academy in Connecticut, utilizing their large cast* collection for his early studies. Early work from Harrison's high-school portfolio was submitted to the 2004 Scholastic Art competition, where Harrison Love became the most awarded student artist in CT state Scholastic history that year, winning five gold keys for his portfolio as well as the honor of his major work, "A Changed World" (an illustrated accordion style book), being named "Best in Show." The book was later sent to the national gallery in washington where it was further awarded a silver metal. Harrison went on to advance his art education at the Rhode Island School of Design and worked at Brown University for three years on the Harkonnen Program, which was later featured on the Discovery Channel in a special about innovative media.  While attending RISD, Harrison worked extensively in advertising abroad, in Tokyo and in Shanghai. After graduating in 2008, Harrison Love surprised everyone and began a solo expedition to remote parts of the Peruvian Amazon jungle, to study the cultural heritage of tribes living in seclusion, specifically the Ashaninca, Waorani, and Shipibo tribes. The specific purpose of study was to research the remote tribal customs of the oldest surviving tribes in the Amazon,  living near uncontacted tribes close to the Brazilian border (these tribes made international news in 2008 on BBC, while Harrison had already begun his expedition.) In June of 2009, Harrison returned from the Amazon to his family home in Connecticut, where he began preparing his artwork and research for galleries throughout the east and west coasts.  Harrison Love is currently living in San Francisco, CA where he is working on larger more complicated partnerships in the arts.