On election night, we carried on with our business as usual. We were hosting our 4th Tea Tuesday, a weekly open studio night for new and old friends to come work on a project, experiment with a new medium, or just generally chill out with us.
If you haven’t visited us yet (you should!), Blue Cone Studios is tucked away on 11th and Pine, right in the heart of Capitol Hill (the creative vortex we call it). As a small group of us were collaborating on art projects and sharing our week’s wins and grievances, we listened for the intermittent cheers going on downstairs, confident in our expectation that we were waiting for the big one at the end, the one that let us know our nominee had won.
It never came.
As pandemonium swirled around us in heavy concentration in Seattle, we consoled ourselves through the shock toward the end of the night. Protests were already starting outside the studio as I walked to my car. What did this mean? What now?
Throughout history there have been times of insane unrest far greater than this. The shining light amidst all the chaos is the groups of people coming together to form the underground. The counter-culture. They are the artists, writers, poets, makers, musicians and philosophers that continue to raise the positive vibration of society despite the perceived turmoil we think we face. We are the ones that refuse to let current events direct how we live our lives.
There has always been a subversive art movement that expressed their rejection of the ideologies of its governing bodies. The Dadaists rose up during the outbreak of World War I for example, rebelling against the cultural and intellectual conformity they believed had led society to war. Dadaists began using techniques like Cut-ups where you cut up the words of a linear piece of text and rearrange them to make an entirely new piece of writing. This was essentially breaking down what was already established and creating something new with the disparate pieces.
At Blue Cone Studios, we believe in the power of collaboration. Mixing our collective palettes to make entirely new colors is what raises the cumulative consciousness of us all. Revolting is reaction, but art is true protest. It captures the zeitgeist of the time in a way that cuts to the core of humanity quicker than any outrageous, hate-fueled comment ever will.
There are better ways to express your discontent.
The best art is created from opposition. The melding of raw emotion and disparate elements lend a certain silent protest that speaks louder than words. We have been given a challenge, and we encourage you to step up to it.
We will continue our efforts and not let this spirit be dampened by current events. When it’s raging outside, we’re keeping the peace inside. The single way to make a difference begins with you. Know yourself, watch your feelings, and keep creating in a way that transmutes divine love to anyone you come in contact with.
We are going to keep making art, reaching out, supporting those who need it, and enriching our lives with each other.
–Carolyn Hitt, Founder, Blue Cone Studios
So get angry, get upset, break some shit. Then pick up the pieces and rearrange them into something new and beautiful. This is pure art. This is progress.
Author: Trista Dedmon
Brand & Web Designer + Sage Counsel for Creative Entrepreneurs. Trista also acts as the chaos organizer and social liasion at Blue Cone Studios.