There was once this orphan who questioned why his mother didn’t want him. His name was Juan he was 10yrs old and he was from Mexico ,and everyday he would go out and beg for money for the orphanage . One day a strange lady gives him $500 ($20 American dollars.) and he was so excited . He never had this much money. Everyday the same lady have him all this money. He befriended the lady named altagracia and they conversed ,they were very much alike. She bought him ice cream and treated him to everything she could give him that made him smile.This friendship carried on for years on in. Juan told altagracia about his mother not wanting him , altagracia couldn’t bare the thought of hearing that. She told Juan that she had lost a child about some time before she met him. As their relationship grew closer she got old and ill. Juan being 18 now would spend nights taking care of his friend altagracia. She told him that if anything were to happen to her ,he is to go into the closet and he’ll find some pictures . One day Juan comes home to his his old friend to find her dead , she was as cold as a midwinter night . He steps into the closet and he finds pictures of him and a letter . That read
You’re the child I’ve been watching you for some time and I can’t help but to notice that you were my son , after telling me how you felt about your mother leaving I felt sorrow and regretted everything . But you were taken from me ten years before you were I met you that one day . You’ve grown into a man I’m really proud of and I’m really sorry I didn’t tell you earlier I was just really scared of how you would react and I didn’t want you to leave me. I love you ,I put the house in your name and all the food stamps are yours ,you’ll also get wealth fare checks on every first of the month. I hope you live a great life the house is yours .
Juan left to Kansas to where he met a Beautiful girl names jasmine they fell in love and had little Juan’s and jasmines ,and they opened a Mexican restaurant called Juan’s tacos and he had a nice perfect life and lived happily , but soon enough Juan owed the bank money and he hadn’t payed his mortgage , Juan and his family ended up homeless , he couldn’t handle the pressure of going back to poverty especially in America . Juan later joined the ms13’s , and started selling drugs . His family was murdered due to a turf war. Juan went to jail at the age of 30. After he go out ten years later he had nothing . He moved to New York ,and had a icee cart ,which was how he made his living . One day an old gang member spotted Juan and tried to murder him for leaving the gang , Juan ran as fast as he could ,ms member shot at Juan twice and shot his two fingers off . Juan was devastated because those were his special icee fingers. Juan had no choice but to do crack and sell icee’s . Juan now site in the corner of Morrison soundview avenue selling icee’s to middle schoolers ,so he can feed his crack habit.
I get you
i saw what you had
to offer in the most simplest of manners.
I loved every
twist and turn
as if this was a foreshadow of my future.
You spoke with no voice,
Simply emotion confined into a window.
A window of you and me.
From her hairline
right into the pain.
She showed me how it felt
to be her
without going through it.
We were no longer strangers,
We were life companions.
The Dot-Fifty-One art gallery needs flavor. Reverse : rewriting culture looks to review the contemporary art of gay artists, which is fine, BUT where’s the flavor and wheres the meaning?
Art by: David Rohn
The series is a continuation of self portraits. This group called ‘The Beaten Series’ explores the manifestation of aggression and, specifically, fighting in the context of masculinity as a traditional gender construct.
This piece can mean many things, but just looking at it there’s no real message and even if there wasn’t a message, where’s the flavor? Its just plain portraits of the same guy in different scenes looking beat up. It would be better if he would be caught in the action getting beat up and showing why he’s in the trouble that he is.
If you can put a price on this I’m not sure if it’ll even pass $30.
Wheres the revealing? This just look like Myspace wannabe photographers. You see what you see BUT, even for the people who don’t connect, give them something to really look at and say “I get what he’s trying to say,” not “oh.” Its just a man thats beaten up; he could’ve been drunk a trouble maker OR just at the wrong place at the wrong time. What i do enjoy is that even though its is a gay artist, you cant tell. Its just regular and doesn’t fall into any stereotypes.