Lew Blink: If civilization is the answer, art is the question.
Meeting Lew Blink was pure happenstance. Through the glorious facebook ether, I joined a group Lew founded called, "The Psychedelic Society of STL." Knowing my thoughts and beliefs would likely be shared with the psychoactive psyches in a group of such a title, I shared some goings on into the metasphere. What bounced back was a connection with a multifaceted artist who would soon join our mission to alter the cosmos, this time through something called "Dumpster Archeology."
"If anything ever comes about from my work," Lew tells me, "it is to highlight the wasteful manner in which us Americans live. It is not enough that we toss out 40 percent of our usable food, plastic coverings and fixable items, but we cross the line and throw away our history." Lew has been collecting and using the pieces left behind in our disposable society to create new, magical spaces which affect the viewer's perceptions of reality. Creating Ancient Incubators and Scenic Design using scrap materials, the Dumpster Archeology project is continuous and manifests in unusual, public ways.
Lew is an adventurer, currently living in St. Louis as an urban spiritualist in the middle of a nomadic lifetime. He's also a bit of a Renaissance man, having dabbled in just about any form of art you can imagine - from photography, to painting, to theatre, to novels and more. He says his true passion lies in poetry, and I can tell Lew is a poet - his words are dripping with experience in the incorporeal.
"When you break down what the world really is, it is civilization and it's arching need to progress... If civilization is the answer then art is the question; the eternal self reflection. We make art for ourselves and hope that in some way we can connect to others," Lew tells me, and I see in him my own need to connect with the world through art. Art, like love, stretches over and beyond time, space, and astral planes in ways we are still working to comprehend - and in my opinion, we are here on earth to learn and to manifest those powers.
He also mentioned, "The question is... when one discovers a non-linear multiverse... what do you do with it?"
Aye, there's the rub. Our world is awesomely vast, complex, and somehow still growing. It can leave one feeling helpless knowing that our Earth is a tiny, gasping speck of dust floating alongside a colossal, burning star - at just the right distance for life to form, and for that life to begin to question its existence. How do we give back to the totality that nurtures our infancy?
Artica Fest 2015
I think Lew understands, as well as any of our Free Art Friends, that art imitates life imitates art. In other words, we have the ability to construct our own realities through a composite alignment with the divine gift of creation. Or, in Lew's words, "Creative awareness is simply being a vessel to the muses." He, like I, has been lead down a path of creative expression by some distant being we know nothing of - guides, spirits, tarot, motivated in imperceptible and sacred ways, driving him down the path toward the unknown.
When I asked what motivates him to continue, he reminded me that life itself is art, and the story is only just beginning, and also never ends. The trick to it is putting your art out there in a way that others can understand. Collecting data is our empirical daily experience - however, creating a narrative to match that data is unique and relative to each person. That's what's so beautiful about art and life - everyone's perception will always be different, and so the work created will have a slightly different impression of the collective human story.
As dear Walt Whitman famously wrote, the powerful play goes on and you can contribute a verse. Lew's contribution brings attention to the past in ways I admire - because if we do not remember our history, we are doomed to repeat it.
I am deeply inspired by the idea of gathering another's lost work, life story, and art and folding it into something new. In creating his Spaces, Lew has opened a door to a blank canvas, upon which the audience or viewer can perceive whatever they want. The work will ask you to reflect upon your experiences. His use of found objects creates a unique platform that is a mixed-media manifesto, and allows room for your vision of the story. The Dumpster Archeology project breathes life back into forgotten histories and energizes the histories we are creating today.
My favorite tale of Lew's Dumpster Archeology adventures is the resurrection of the work of a lost local psychic, rediscovered from diving in Lafayette Square named Carrie Seib. She wrote the following poem:
Only voices of silence emphasize the sacred.
It is in the Good and the Will
that can reward all.
So stir yourself, your life in the light.
Be a helper to the weak and bear weight.
Lew elaborated, "Changes start at home, with healing from within. Then we take that sense of calm knowing and make the world better in our own ways. Each one of us holds a key to an entire universe of potential. If we simply listen to each other and move towards creative goals of humanistic self improvement, than maybe we have a shot at surviving what is to come."
I for one think we do have a shot, and we can move mountains by shifting small rocks at a time. It is so important to remember that everything you know and love will someday come to perish - or, perhaps, left in a dumpster for an archeologist to rediscover. That said, if you don't know Lew Blink, well, you need to. There are so many stories that have been told and have yet to be told in our short time here on this planet - and this artist has been gathering them all up and releasing them back into the world. You can find his art, stories, archeology and philosophies on any one of the following links:
For all information on the Dumpster Archeology project:
For poems, art, and stories, visit:
For more about Carrie Seib, visit:
Thank you, Lew, for your inspiration!
pass it on, pay it forward.