July 10, 2012 by Alex Hoekstra
It’s funny how summer changes as one gets older. I’ll admit, I’m not yet old enough to view summertime as “just another season” like most adults do (what with their year-round jobs and all); it’s still a sign of my youth that I look at summer as a break from the routines held for the remaining 3/4ths of the year – to go new places, try new things – to explore and grow on a personal level. I’ve been warned over and over about the impending “end of summers” – that when I become a full-time, year-round employee, summer might only mean dressing for a warmer commute to work everyday – but I hope always to retain the belief that summer is the perfect season for breaking some molds, for branching out, learning new things (especially about yourself).
My two younger sisters are both enrolled in summer camps, and it brings back memories (fond ones) of day camps in otherwise-empty high schools when I was a kid. Arts, crafts, classes and some running around, permeated by lunchtime in the few shaded areas of a school playground – going home with something you made that day to show off proudly; excited to go back the next day and make something new…good times. Every kid deserves that sort of summer, and I hope everyone my age (and older) has memories as good as mine. Today’s project wants to ensure that this summer will be one of discovery and fun for anyone and everyone (kids at heart, of any age) in Brooklyn.
Wondering Around Wandering began as Mike Perry’s latest art monograph, but is now taking on new dimension – leaving the page and spilling onto the streets of Brooklyn as an exhibition and workshop series where people can engage, explore and create. Not content to offer his art as mere objects of observation, Perry is instead offering the subjects for exploration – inviting people to sketch and color and write with him through muggy summer afternoons in the big city.
WAW will be a 3 month free community exhibition and event space where I will be conducting workshops, screenings, gatherings, open discussions, and much more. The space will be a living / evolving environment where visitors will be able to freely explore and create their own unique experience.
When’s the last time you spent an afternoon drawing? Or painting? Sculpting, perhaps? How about designing a new typeface, or putting together a zine, or just spending a little time indulging every creative whim that floats through your head, instead of regarding it as a frivolous distraction and letting it fly away? Go back to summer camp; become a kid again – someone who learns something new everyday. Summer might not have the same meaning now as it did when you were a kid, and summers don’t last forever, I hope you’ll always be looking for a summer camp of one kind or another, and you can start by backing Wondering Around Wandering on Kickstarter before July 18.