tone (n): A particular quality, way of sounding, modulation, or intonation of the voice as expressive of some meantime, feeling, spirit, etc.: tone of command.

Everything we do sets a tone. A laugh, a frown, a hand shake; the way we walk, how we carry ourselves. In visual culture, a tone is set through text and color, icons and images. But in any field where you create a body of work–from architecture and fashion to literature to music and film–you must ask the question: what tone do you want to send out to the world?

Thoughts Exhibited is a collection of various tones, some set by me and some set by others, with the aim of creating one conglomerate tone in the convergence of thoughts I find intriguing. This tone is not meant to be stagnant; it changes and shifts as new opinions come to light. In a way, Thoughts Exhibited is a place to catalog and make sense of this ever pervasive world that is consistently producing massive amounts of things for us to consume.

My hope is that Thoughts Exhibited will not incite a polite though dismissive nod, but instead will provoke an idea or spark a discussion.

Besides, thoughts become tangible when they are argued, pushed, pulled, and torn apart. And that is when they can evolve into a reality beyond the ordinary.


The Power of Touch

“There’s power in the touch of another person’s hand. We acknowledge it in little ways, all the time. There’s a reason human beings shake hands, hold hands, slap hands, bump hands.

It comes from our very earliest memories, when we all come into the world blinded by light and color, deafened by riotous sound, flailing in a suddenly cavernous space without any way of orienting ourselves, shuddering with cold, emptied with hunger, and justifiably frightened and confused. And what changes that first horror, that original state of terror?

The touch of another person’s hands.

Hands that wrap us in warmth, that hold us close. Hands that guide us to shelter, to comfort, to food. Hands that hold and touch and reassure us through our very first crisis, and guide us into our very first shelter from pain. The first thing we ever learn is that the touch of someone else’s hand can ease pain and make things better.

That’s power. That’s power so fundamental that most people never even realize it exists.”

-Jim Butcher, Skin Game

This Not That: The Artist John Baldessari

“(talking about contemporary art)…where some kind of chemistry happens. And it’s like two people in some way, right. The wrong person is completely off. The right person is boring, you know. I mean it’s too right. you want to get something between wrong and right. That is interesting.”

– John Baldessari