Compound-ed is our online editorial platform, which will explore urgent and pressing issues related to our mission, history, and community. In this inaugural issue, Chaos to Cosmos, we feature artists addressing topics of hope and belonging, nature and beauty, and the mysteries of the universe. The works and voices of these artists speak to the potential for awe, inspiration, and transformation amidst the natural forces of pandemonium in our world and beyond.
Table of Contents
- From the Founder’s Desk — Culture Shifts Consciousness
- Glenn Kaino — On Art, Hope, and Invisibility
- Curatorial Notes — Tavares Strachan: On Belonging
- Lita Albuquerque — Beauty, Transcendence, and The Sublime
- Long Beach Focus — Steve Fawley
- Sanaz Alesafar — Vulnerability is a Prerequisite to Cultural Production
- Emma Gray — The Energetic Residency
- Art & Meditation — Chrysanne Stathacos: Two Hands Touch
- Long Beach Focus — Sayon Syprasoeuth
- Family Workshops — Slanguage at Compound
- Landon Ross — We Live When it’s Beautiful
- The Subjective Sublime — Good Deeds, Beautiful Things, Ones To Watch
From the Founder’s Desk
Culture Shifts Consciousness
“We want to create a place that is affirming, inclusive, and open. Our world hungers for opportunities to stimulate empathy and wellness—in ourselves, our communities, and for the planet. Visitors will find community, healing, and joy here, because we believe that culture shifts consciousness.”
—Megan Tagliaferri, Founder
On Art, Hope, and Invisibility
Art can create a dialectic that can be used in several ways, as a critique, as documentation, and also in a utopic way, as a means to see a future that the general public doesn’t have the imagination yet to invent. Artists trade in the imaginary, and the imaginary is where the future can reside.
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Tavares Strachan: On Belonging
In Strachan’s world, making space can be discursive, material, and galactic or even infinite. His practice addresses gaps in history, urgencies of the present, and problems of our future, from democracy to ecology. He starts from the premise of, “how can artists engage with the world on a seismic level?”
Beauty, Transcendence, and The Sublime
At this moment, where we as a species have stopped our usual mode of interaction and our movement across the earth, we have liberated the air, and the light, and permitted the water to flow, the animals to romp around.
Long Beach Focus
Portals are gateways to the spiritual world. Gateways bridge the earthly realm to the spiritual cosmic dimension. Many ancient cultures speak of portals to other worlds and gateways to star systems where a “creator” resides.
Vulnerability is a Prerequisite to Cultural Production
Our culture deems vulnerability as a weakness rather than the opportunity for personal and collective innovation. Culture, its manifestations, the communities that are built around it are a necessity. Culture serves the human spirit, gives purpose, and seduces us.
The Energetic Residency
Dreams are fundamental for my work in psychoanalysis. Many people begin to remember their dreams when they are in analysis. It's incredibly helpful to show people how they are wrestling with aspects of their psyche that are working both for and against the ego structure.
Art & Meditation
Chrysanne Stathacos: Two Hands Touch
For me, the Tibetan meditation practice of Tonglen, which is based on the concept of sending and receiving, is closely aligned with the creative process of artists who have a social justice practice.
Long Beach Focus
It was an amazing time to grow up in Long Beach: the city was still new and the immigrant community was growing along with many other people, I wasn't able to break away from it yet because as a youth I got too comfortable.
Slanguage at Compound
Slanguage will be hosting a series of virtual art family and wellness workshops focused on the power of creativity. Inspired by the idea of “Use What You Have,” this series of workshops aims to create a fun, safe, creative space that will provoke engagement, new ways of thinking, empowerment and bring communities together.
We Live When it’s Beautiful
If patterns in what is found to be beautiful exist across cultures, they are worth noting. Ancient Grecians held that the more an object aligned in practice with the perfection of its conceptual form in principle, the more beautiful it was.
The Subjective Sublime
Good Deeds, Beautiful Things, Ones To Watch
Our Founder has compiled a list of creators, thinkers, impactful organizations, conscious consumerism, and relishing in everyday beauty for our readers to check out.