SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA: THIS ACCUMULATION OF SCARS

There were things that burned away at me, not only as a private individual, but also as a citizen of our century, our pixelated age. What does it mean to be lonely? How do we live, if we’re not intimately engaged with another human being? How do we connect with other people, particularly if we don’t find speaking easy? Is sex a cure for loneliness, and if it is, what happens if our body or sexuality is considered deviant or damaged, if we are ill or unblessed with beauty? And is technology helping with these things? Does it draw us closer together, or trap us behind screens? ~Olivia Laing

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i wonder what kind of conversation they would be having if she wasn’t glued to her phone.
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busses are the central nervous system of the city
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he waits alone

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You can be lonely anywhere, but there is a particular flavour to the loneliness that comes from living in a city, surrounded by millions of people. One might think this state was antithetical to urban living, to the massed presence of other human beings, and yet mere physical proximity is not enough to dispel a sense of internal isolation. It’s possible – easy, even – to feel desolate and unfrequented in oneself while living cheek by jowl with others. Cities can be lonely places, and in admitting this we see that loneliness doesn’t necessarily require physical solitude, but rather an absence or paucity of connection, closeness, kinship: an inability, for one reason or another, to find as much intimacy as is desired. Unhappy, as the dictionary has it, as a result of being without the companionship of others. Hardly any wonder, then, that it can reach its apotheosis in a crowd. ~ Laing

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he must be a good storyteller.
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this street vendor’s day is just starting. wonder where the bus takes him…

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Loneliness is personal, and it is also political. Loneliness is collective; it is a city. As to how to inhabit it, there are no rules and nor is there any need to feel shame, only to remember that the pursuit of individual happiness does not trump or excuse our obligations to each another. We are in this together, this accumulation of scars, this world of objects, this physical and temporary heaven that so often takes on the countenance of hell. What matters is kindness; what matters is solidarity. What matters is staying alert, staying open, because if we know anything from what has gone before us, it is that the time for feeling will not last. ~ Laing

San Jose, Costa Rica. 30apr19.

inspired by:

https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/07/11/the-lonely-city-olivia-laing/

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SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA STREET ART & GRAFFITI: Territorio Clásico

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On the tracks.
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My coffee of choice while here. Mitrooper from Miami, FL, is on his jacket.

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Someone’s “territory.”

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Strong arm on the railroad crossing.

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3apr19. San Jose, Costa Rica.

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA: VIVIENDO LA VIDA

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Correos de Costa Rica. Central Post Office. Built in 1917.
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7 Cardinal Rules of Life = Siete Reglas Cardinales de la Vida

1. Make peace with your past – so it won’t disturb your present.

2. What other people think of you – is none of your business.

3. Time heals almost everything – give it time.

4. No one is in charge – of your happiness. Except you!

5. Don’t compare your life to others – and don’t judge them. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

6. Stop thinking too much – it’s all right not to know all the answers. They will come to you when you least expect it.

7. Smile – you don’t own all the problems in the world.

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Barrio in the valley
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“57% of the population identify themselves as Roman Catholics, 25% are Protestants, 15% do not have a religion…”

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The sun can be strong on the streets of San Jose

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Avocados for sale
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Peatonal. = Pedestrian.
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Old Skool mural

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La sera feminista o No Sera. = It will be feminist or it will not be. 
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This woman was an unwitting crossing guard for me. I waited to cross the busy street until she did, and when we were halfway across, I said “Gracias!” and she laughed. Costa Ricans are pura vida. 

11/12/13/14feb2019 San Jose, Costa Rica 

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA: NAMED IN HONOR OF JOSEPH OF NAZARETH

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Neoclassical building. Built in 1920. Located in Morazán Park and is one of the key architectural symbols of San Jose. Costa Rican José Francisco ‘Chisco’ Salazar designed it. It is said that he was inspired by the famous Palace of Versailles in France. Since its beginning, the Temple of Music has hosted festivals and musical shows and special New Year’s Eve celebrations.  Apart from hosting musical performances, the building has played a very prominent role in the public life of Costa Rica and many leaders have used it as a stage for their main political acts.
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A tico walks past a NEGUS piece. 

 

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This image gives you a sense of San Jose’s location in the Central Valley; mountains up ahead.

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This is what they say about this place: “Cinema showing straight porn films but with lots of gay action happening in the seats and other areas. Entry 3000 colones ($6)” Whoa ! It’s in Barrio Chino (Chinatown.) I knew when I took the picture, that it had some kind of “seedy underbelly.”

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Confucius. In Barrio Chino (Chinatown.)

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Sculpture: Gracias , by artist Alexy Palenzuela. He is a Costa Rican naturalized Cuban.
Gracias carries that title not only as a thank you to the Costa Ricans, but also as a recognition of the good manners of the Ticos. “The first thing I noticed about Costa Ricans is that they always say ‘thanks’, ‘please’ or with ‘great pleasure’,” said Valenzuela. Thanks is a work with a romantic and dreamy air that shows a robust woman with a guitar. “My work is based on musical instruments because music always accompanies us, both in moments of sadness and joy. That is to say, the musical instrument is a symbol of daily life, ” he said. Why is it so voluptuous? The artist commented that his work is inspired by the figure of his maternal grandmother, a lady who was always a chubby, enterprising, “fighter. “

 

 

 

IMG_3782José Gervasio Artigas Arnal June 19, 1764 – September 23, 1850) was a national hero of Uruguay, sometimes called “the father of Uruguayan nationhood”. Artigas was a staunch democrat and federalist, opposed to monarchism and centralism. 

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Flutist
Location: Teatro Nacional
Approximate date: 01-01-1997
Artist: Jorge Jiménez de Heredia
Technique: Marble
Measures: 245x45x45 cm
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The foundation of the work was executed in Italy. The destination of this sculpture was the Bank of San José, but on the advice of the architect Bruno Stagno, the work was considered inappropriate for that building and was donated to the National Theater in 1996. https://www.teatronacional.go.cr/Galeria/coleccion-detalle/7/flautista

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11/12/13Feb2019 San Jose, Costa Rica.

 

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA: PART 1 ~ DON’T KNOW WHY…”FRESH NEW STARTS”

With nothing on the horizon, and feeling rudderless, I booked a ticket to Costa Rica on Thursday and flew out four days later, on the Monday. I don’t really know what I’m doing here, or WHY I’m here, so I’m excited to find out.

Halfway through our life’s journey

I woke to find myself within a dark wood

because I had strayed from the correct path.

Oh how hard it is to describe

how harsh and tough that savage wood was

The very thought of it renews the fear!

~ Dante Alighieri, Divine Comedy

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My Leuchtturm1917 journal being put to good use. https://www.instagram.com/leuchtturm1917/?hl=en
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Happened upon my feeling whilst wandering the streets of Orlando on Saturday 9Feb, before flying out to Costa Rica on the 11th.
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Bullet Journal ~ Leuchtturm1917

On the 5th, I finally pulled the trigger and booked the ticket, still not knowing at all why I was doing it, and then I read this on a friend’s IG page: 

FEB 4/5th NEW MOON IN AQUARIUS

This is a time for cutting the cords binding us to anything that we know has been holding us back or where we are settling rather than thriving. It is also for making bold decisions that lead us to fresh new starts. – Alex Myles

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I can relate to this freaked out monkey. 

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Free as a bird right now. This is by artist, Gabriel Dumani. His IG page is https://www.instagram.com/graficajaguar/?hl=en and this is his description in Espanol, of this piece: “Avistamiento de #quetzalesmesoamericanos en San José, Costa Rica! Mural comisionado para nuestros amigos de @frentealaplazateatro. Gracias totales por la confianza y el apoyo 🙂 Siempre soñando con un mundo sin fronteras y América Latina libre en él ✊🏽🔥”

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11feb2019. San Jose, Costa Rica. 

PRODUCT FOCUS: MY MOLESKINE’S 2018 INTERNATIONAL ARTIST SKETCH SERIES

Here are this past year’s artist contributions to My Moleskine Project:

 

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Cocoa Beach-based multimedia artist, David Rothman. https://www.instagram.com/davidrothmanart/

 

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Keith Haring by Miami-based artist, Tee Pop. https://www.instagram.com/teepopart/

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NYC-based Colombian stencil artist, Praxis. https://www.instagram.com/praxis_vgz/

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Miami-based artist, KoOL DriP. https://www.instagram.com/kool_drip/

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Venice, CA-based artist Muck Rock. https://www.instagram.com/muckrock/

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Miami-based artist, D-Bloc. https://www.instagram.com/dbloc_ilf/

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Los Angeles, CA-based artist, Angel Once. https://www.instagram.com/angelonce/
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Miami-based artist, KREST. 

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Colombian artist, DIAS. https://www.instagram.com/d1a5/

ŁÓDŹ, POLAND STREET ART: FIRST TIME’S A CHARM

I spent 4 days in this cool little city in September of this year and found as much street art, “organically,” as I could. By “organic,” I mean…explore the city on foot with no expectations and see what I could come across. I much prefer to document a city’s art this way, rather than researching addresses and trying to find particular murals. I’m sure that sounds odd, but it’s the way I like to do it. Please enjoy ~

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“Enjoy the Silence,” a collaboration between Etam Cru & Robert Proch. Address: Sienkiewicza 81
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Collaboration between Aryz and Os Gemeos. Address: Roosevelta 5
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Artist: Nunca. Address: Narutowicza 25
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Arthur Rubinstein by Kobra. Address: Sienkiewicza 18 

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The Cat Lady by Polish artist Raspazjan. Address: Sienkiewicza 39
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Artist: OPIEMME. This colorful mural was made in collaboration with locals who threw 300 bags of paint on the piece. Address: Stefana Jaracza 20
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The largest mural in Lodz. Street art version of the city of Lodz, created by Meisal & Bary.  Address: Piotrkowska 152
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French artists Frédéric Zoer and Matthieu Velvet. Address: Sienkiewicza 71
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“Bang!” by Etam Cru and SatOne. Address: al. Kościuszki 27

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Polish artist M-city.Industrial Mural. Address: 
Tuwima 16 
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“Primavera” by Artist: Sainer. Address: ul. Uniwersytecka 12
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“Wave” by DALeast. Address: ul. Pomorska 92
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Italian Artist AweR. Address: ul. Pomorska 93
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Spanish Artist Gonzalo BORONDO. Address: ul. Pomorska 67
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“Woman in Bath” by Aryz. Address: ul. Pomorska 67
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“The Second Life of a Factory” by Andrzej Poprostu. Address: ul. Pomorska 79
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“Sentir (to feel)” by Puerto Rican artist: Alexis Diaz. Address: ul. Kilińskiego 26
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“Abstract II” by Spanish artist: Kenor. Address: 
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“The Vision of St. Dominic I.” Address: ul. Pomorska 22

 

September 2018. Lodz, Poland.