AntiSuccess By H. Mathis Is Confusing.

H. Mathis is quite the peculiar artist. He revels in AntiSuccess. He utilizes MySpace to get supplies he needs for art. He puts together secret art meetings (also with the assistance of CraigsList) that are so secretive that I don’t even quite understand them after reading about them in detail (see the beginnings of secret art meeting in the image below).

H. Mathis’ new book and DVD collection, “Super Secret Art Interaction,” is now on sale at Multi Polar Projects. Although I still have no idea as to the exact details of said book and DVD, H. Mathis’ methods of putting together art shows, creating art, and bringing artsy folks together spark curiosity. His art interactions almost entirely rely on the curiosity of others, and they bring art and experimentation out of the galleries and into the streets.

Below is AK, or Alaska, piled with dirt. Strangers off of CraigsList were asked to submit dirt from their hometowns, and they did. The submissions were strained and shown off on cute little sculptures such as the one below.

Head on over to AntiSuccess to dive deeper into the mystery; prepare to be simultaneously elated and confused.

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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