Time Doesn’t Heal All Wounds

Time Doesn’t Heal All Wounds

I am not sure which young black man’s death prompted this art piece. It’s not that I don’t care; I just can’t remember. I just know that I feel like I can set my watch to the gun violence that erupts seemingly every hour on the hour. At the same time, people wonder why the African American community can’t just move past things. Why do we harbor such fear, frustration, pain and anger? Why? Because the past is the present and seems to be the future. I’ve called this piece “Time Doesn’t Heal All Wounds.” It is constructed of oak, Plexiglass and 49 bullets. It starts with one, way in the back. Each subsequent layer consists of bullets to which you can set your watch. Each one occupying a space on a clock reserved for measuring time. Each layer expanding wider and further. Each layer disrupting more lives. Each layer ending more lives. If you stare directly at it, you can see your reflection. You can see the impact. You can see the target. But you have to look at it. If you don’t look, you pretend that the layer upon layer upon layers don’t effect you. Stare at it. This is an epidemic. I make art as a means to communicate and understand. I am confused by our priorities: right to guns over right to life. When will we get over it? When the bullets stop expanding. When people stop dying. When the layers...
Exposed Leadership

Exposed Leadership

Leadership lessons in the most obvious of places. This is not about a fancy boardroom or trendy buzz words. This is about life. This is about the lessons being taught all around any given day. This is about learning to see, relate and apply new information as you take it in. Spend some time exploring your surroundings and discover the next generation of teachers – the streets. I’ve been fortunate during my career to continue to find ways to reinvent normal or stale situations. My life has followed a strange story arc, but it makes complete sense. This is true about leadership as well; the path is varied, but success comes from consistency. I am not a photographer, I am an observer. I observe and take in life lessons from every angle. Leaders need to do the same. So, I’ve taken to the streets. My academic training in organizational behavior and leadership provided me with a valuable theoretical foundation; however, theory works best when applied in the most ideal of situations. Life does not always allow us to operate in pristine conditions. I do not find theories to be worthless, I’m just interested in different applications. Exposed Leadership is my chance to maximize my love of metaphor, urban revitalization, creativity, innovation and leadership in a way that can resonate with others. I have an Exposed Leadership website. I even have some silly prints on Etsy (consider them the next generation of motivational...
Holiday Infographic 2013

Holiday Infographic 2013

Who says 13 is unlucky? Gina and I got married, found a great house in Old North STL and were surrounded by friends — new and old. Gina also got a book deal to publish her Tumblr on real paper with a cover and everything. It was hard to not feel the exact opposite of unlucky all year. I poorly photoshopped the arch into the background of our house and used bright colors for the infographic. Cheers to...
Holiday Infographic 2012

Holiday Infographic 2012

2012 was the year of Instagram for us. We moved from California to St. Louis and documented the journey one square image at a time. The move drew Gina and I closer and we started to develop as a new family unit. We even invited Buffalo Plush to join the family. Gina, me, Fez and Buffy had a hell of a year. This infographic captured the adventure, exploration and our secret love of Wes Anderson’s muted...
Hit ya with a brick

Hit ya with a brick

So the 2011 in-progress winner for 59DaysOfCode was a little start-up named re.vu. Steve and his team built a great application that allows normal people to create a fresh infographic resume. As soon as I started playing around with it, I knew I wanted to have some fun. I decided to build a direct mail campaign that would drive potential clients or employers to my re.vu page. I will tell you right now, this ain’t cheap. But, I believe it will produce the desired results. Let me begin by telling you about the materials. First, I wanted to mail a brick. I thought I should get that out there. So I went on a walk around St Louis and found some bricks. Did you know bricks grow on building and can be picks when they are ripe? A few months ago I produced the collateral that contains the key messaging. It was built around the prefix “re.” My goal was to write a strong piece that actually got read. That was goal #1: Get it read. The piece needed to contain the following: Explanation: gotta tell them what the brick is all about (some people might just be freaked out) Introduction: gotta tell them what I’m all about Connection: used LinkedIn recommendations for the quotes Action: the bottom portion is a tear off they can keep for future reference Repetition, Alliteration & Metaphor It’s too small to post pictures, but you can view electronic versions of the piece here: Front | Back I boxed up the brick and the collateral and decided to send it off to a few...
Holiday Infographic 2011

Holiday Infographic 2011

This was the first year we attempted to create an infographic as a holiday mailing. Since Gina and I love social media so much and met via Twitter, we thought a Johnny Slouch Twitter feed was appropriate for the front. This captured the highs and lows of the year. On the back we divided into two stories. Who knew that just a few months later we’d be headed to STL to begin a new adventure — writing a combined...