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…