David Foox: A Conversation about Television (Part I)

Rising artist, Mongrel favorite, and good friend David Foox will soon begin shooting a pilot for A&E. I wanted to give David a chance to share with everyone the premise to what will soon be a fascinating documentary about the career of an artist. This is the first part of a conversation that will be published here every day for the next week. To begin, David gives us a sneak peak into the goals of “Life Imitates Foox”.

Firstly, I should say that this is a working title. It is most likely the one we will keep for the show but it is not 100% official. So if you or your readers know of something better please pipe up. Secondly, and more to the point, we see a lot of TV that centers around either 1. “unreal” comedy (synthetic and limited in scope and character), 2. drama (but not the good kind – you ever see that show “Cheaters” then you know that this is HORRIBLE drama), and/or 3. mystery/suspense (a totally different genre more akin to story-telling and folktales).

Life Imitates Foox is a working example, unfolding in real time (real time in the sense that not even the producer or characters know the twists and turns of the journey), of an artist couple going from being well known within a subculture to being well known nationally (perhaps even internationally). I say this is a working example because I will achieve these results by simply following a set of life rules that Jess (David’s wife) and myself have crafted, perfected, toyed with, and are now implementing. Even the fact that we have a TV Show is a testament to these very rules. I have many names for these rules – “Rules of Engagement”, “Law of Attraction”, “The Rule of Purpose”, etc. They are simply descriptive but not functional titles and I use them arbitrarily and interchangeably.

The second aspect of the TV Show comes from my own empathy towards the human condition. It is empathetic because I have learned that you cannot dictate to anyone how to go about their life and at the same time you cannot help anyone unless they either want to be helped or are ready to receive what you can offer. So instead of preaching, I will simply teach by example. I aim to inspire receptive minds to achieve their life dreams – and do so by showing not telling. A tall order to fill? Not at all – simply a goal I have let roll around my mouth as I savour the taste of such beauty – a beauty (I might add) far greater than anything I could paint (at least yet).

Finally, while the show will very much be grounded in “reality” (meetings, engagements, art shows, projects, collaborations, interviews, good news, and better news), I would like to explore the theory that life is unreal by nature and reality itself does not exist – it can be deconstructed and reconstituted into a more palatable existence for ourselves. What do I mean by this in English? I mean forget your bullshit dramas, wrap your head around the notion that you are in complete control of your existence and therefore totally responsible for the experiences you have during your life journey. NOW, remove all the barriers to what you wish to achieve… Well, I guess I will stop here and you will have to watch the show.

Please also visit parts Two through Five of this interview…

Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five

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12 responses to “David Foox: A Conversation about Television (Part I)

  1. I would like to comment on David’s conversation about the TV Show. First, I would like all to consider that the word “reality” is just a word like all other words. Anyone who studies linguistic knows that language itself is not stabile and it is constantly changing and evolving. Just think of all the words such an “internet” that are new in the English language. The last edition of Webster’s dictionary had more new words added than ever. Also, think of words like “jive” that are words, but no one really uses them.

    In a sense, we really don’t have to define what reality is in any way and instead focus on achieving our dream whether “real” or not. “Reality” the state of things as they are or appear to be, rather than as one might wish them to be or the totality of all things possessing actuality, existence, or essence. It really has to do with the “tangible” world or the “sensory” world. By the very nature that dreams, thoughts, ideas and anything intuitive are “intangible” the idea of life being totally linked to “reality” has an inherent conflict because there is a whole other part of our existence that cannot be defined by the definition of “reality”. In addition, there is a “reality” that we as humans have yet to understand. Therefore, we cannot EVER have a total understanding in our lives of the total actuality of what is “real”. For example, we know that there are other galaxies out there, but it is only speculation what they are like. Therefore, there is a reality out there that exists but we, at this time, don’t know. Thus, life is not just “reality”, it is also “speculative” and it is also linked to an “intangible” existence.

    Second, I want to comment about being empathetic to human nature. I choose to call it “optimistic” to human nature.

    Some of our greatest thinkers of all time were “optimistic”…Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, Ghandi, etc. I think the world is divided into two groups…the optimistic and the pessimistic. Within the optimistic group, you have the optimists who knows that change comes from within and you have the group who thinks that change comes from outside. Ultimately in any time, we are at the “mercy” of ourselves and the “time” we live in or we are at our own “mercy” in the “time” we live in. You can further that to say in an optimistic viewpoint that we are a “blessing” for the “time” that we live in.

    In other words, we cannot “choose” the time we live in, but we can “choose” to be the best we can be in the time we live in. Art and expression are my tools to growing and evolving and becoming more optimistic and being able to inspire, enliven and empower myself which means I can then help others to do the same. As John Lennon said…”Imagine all the people…living for life in peace. You may say I am a dreamer, but I am not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us and the world will be as one.” What if our choice was always about living life…now…today….this minute…this second….we can all choose to get on this “yellow brick road” of being free to achieve our dreams and being true to ourselves and then helping others do the same. That is love, that is hope, that is a movement of “optimism”. Inspirers and optimists know because they are already on the road…they understand the journey and are no longer taking it for granted….their job whether an artist, leader, writer, etc. is to help others find it. It is there, right in front of your eyes and you can choose to get on it at anytime. Most of what is involved in achieving dreams is by the very nature of dream the opposite of “reality”. The opposite of “reality” is what all humans want. Learning how to achieve that is hard for many because it questions our “reality” and is the opposite of what society teaches.

    I am looking forward to the show.

  2. bN

    “…good news, and better news” a FOOX tv show is the best news yet. Not too keen on the working title, though. I’m partial to “FOOX” – it is what it says & says what it is, more or less. 🙂

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  4. Ms. Hauri, you are RIGHT! I just would add that creating a division between positive people and negative people is in fact disputing the very aspect of life you wish to highlight.

    What I mean to say is:

    If you create your own reality you can also create your own reality with humanity being One. And in that case there is no division between positive and negative people – just people having different life experiences and some of them wishing to change those experiences.

  5. So excited to hear about your show David! That is awesome! I love the skulls, and the Asian piece!

  6. This is a comment for Badger Almanac and I would say that he does bring out a point for further explanation.

  7. This is will be an inspiring show for all the people that still believe that all artists must be starving artists. 🙂 You are a proven successful example! Keep at it!!

  8. Singe

    David,
    I’m well impressed and inspired by your work. I like the concept the only problem is the TV show.
    TV rots the brains of the watcher and takes away any creativity that maybe bubbling inside an artist brain

  9. mnlonghorn75

    I think this is a TV that is rooted in the here and now! How timely with what is going on in the ecomony – a show of hope and empowerment for those who choose to follow the example! Think of the possibilities of a collective conscience!

  10. Lobster Emperor

    Singe,
    Thats not a very creative observation. A prison inmate held in isolation, in a bare cell, would have no TV or indeed any form of entertainment to take away those creative juices. Would a new Michaelangelo walk out after several years? Or a walking vegetable with a very bad attitude.

    I think the mind rots without stimulation – without being pushed to think hard and about new things. While endless soap operas and scripted reality shows provide zero mental stimulation (and probably have a similar long-term effect as staring at a concrete wall for too long) – in contrast though a TV program about an interesting new artist could even be mind-expanding (the colours!), we’ll see.

    Besides I dont live near an art gallery, or a cafe/opium den/other cool hangout for artistes where Foox could hold discourse at length to all-comers. (Like a young and charismatic cult-leader languidly honing his subtle oratorical and will-bending powers, in between sips of double-strength latte). Sooooo, TV is all I get.

    PS I like the skulls too, were not skulls all the rage in medieval times, to constantly remind that everything we cherish will one day be dead and forgotten – thus giving the present moment that little extra spark, of value given to something precious and transient. Well thats why I like the skulls anyway.

  11. Lobsta-killa

    Lobster, you are wrong! Art lives inside all of us and we need not have outside involvement to be able to live in a dream world. Solitary confinement will only serve to force the mind to work harder and stronger and faster and more efficient at redemption. Do you think Mandela used his 27 years in South African prisons (on Robbin Island) well? He went from imprisoned terrorist to ruler of the nation. Is that not a good example – and he did not have TV there either.

    The point I am trying to make is that our brains are more powerful than a TV but TV is a tool for our brains to use. So Mr Foox and beautiful Mrs Foox will be using TV as an extension of their brains while we can all use it as a reason to USE our very own brains.

    I dunno.

    Lobsta-killa

  12. Wolfie

    foox. good on ya.

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