Art Show – Revenge of the Bit

Yes. It’s finally happening. I’m bringing back 8BitCubist in 2019 with an art show featuring my 8bit pixel paintings and prints.

Why now? Well, this year hasn’t gone as predicted, but like any good game, life operates with a fair level of unpredictability. Now I’m turning that unpredictability to my advantage.

With E3 just around the corner, I have the opportunity to present an art show that hearkens back to the core ideas behind the brand that was started with Jeff, Theo, Raph, Ryan, and myself. I’m taking this opportunity to refocus what we were about with a little more clarity. (I might write about the whole story at some other date.)

To start, I’ll be coming to San Pedro just before E3 week with a series of 8bit styled imagery. Date and time are listed below. More details to come. Hopefully I’ll see you there.

“Revenge of the Bit”
An 8BitCubist show by Mr Benja

Opening Reception: 
Thursday, June 6th, 6pm – 9pm
Show Dates: June 6th – June 25th, 2019

Studio 361
361 W 7th St
San Pedro, CA 90731

Splitting My Focus Into Three Projects for 2019

I have three projects that I plan on getting worked on this year. I know that sounds like crazy talk, but I’m trying something out, here.

The common idea is that you should focus everything you are doing into laser-light precision and get that one thing done. I get it, and I believe that to be true in a general sense. In fact, The ONE Thing (by Jay Papasan and Gary Keller) is a great book that really got me to a good place with my productivity.

I know that I waste a lot of time, but when I’m most productive, I’ve found that I have a few things that I can roll onto. Basically, when one task is completing, I can roll onto another one without losing momentum. If I have to keep doing the same thing, I can sometimes burn myself out. I’ll have to work on embracing the monotony, but that’s how it happens right now.

Also, when I pour a lot of energy into something, it seems like people back away from the energy instead of responding positively to it. I don’t know what that’s about, but I’ve often been told to “calm down” on social media and in life. I’ve been told that I’m “too much”. So pffft…I have to spread things out a bit or create new outlets.

Project 1 – The Trap Vector

The Trap Vector is my fine art print project. It’s my lead-off effort for the year. It’s a follow-up of sorts to a lot of the personal thoughts and feelings I was having for the past seven years. The genesis probably started well before that, but that’s what it’s about right now.

This outlet gets out my artsy fartsy concepts.

Project 2 – Transcendent Press

Transcendent Press is my writing project. If I could, I would probably just write for about a month, and then come out with some stone tablets full of god-like text. Then I’d realize it needs editing and I’d go away for another month. This doesn’t fit in my plans right now, so writing is going to have to take the long and laborious route.

This outlet gets out my most heady creative ideas, and is currently my biggest long-range goal. I have a book planned for sometime this year, and I’ve gotten to work on it.

Project 3 – The 8BitCubist

Oh boy. A lot of people have been wondering what happened to the 8BitCubist from a while ago, and simply put, the band broke up. I mean, we didn’t break up, but we went our separate ways, and the venture was never meant to be a solo one. So over time, I needed to put the brakes on it to figure out what the next iteration was going to be about. I am not going to be putting this in full force for the near term, but it’s coming.

I think a podcast and apparel will do good to start with.

I’ll do some other posts outlining what’s coming I’m learning in 2019 in greater detail.
Let me know what you think of the plan so far.

I Have Been A Communications Fuck-Up For Decades

They say the first step in fixing a problem is to admit that you have one. Well, I’m saying it now: I don’t think I’ve ever properly communicated very well for my entire life. I can trace bad communication back to my childhood. We were out at a mall, and I honestly wanted to show her a cheap plastic balloon set, so I tried walking outside with it. The hope that she would bring me back inside to pay for it. That didn’t work out so well. I was legitimately confused when she and the store manager had a long discussion about what I was really trying to do that day. I was trying to communicate to my mother in a way I thought she’d understand. I expected her to say something like: “Oh look, young Benjamin walked all this way from the toy store to show me something!” Sadly, I didn’t get the plastic balloons.

Fast forward decades later, and I’m still fucking up communication.

I generally have no idea to communicate properly, but in 2019, It’s my resolution. As far as you’re concerned, you will see me doing better communication with this blog. I’ve kept up a reasonable blogging schedule, so I think I can keep doing this without driving myself mad.

Alright. I’ve already got the idea for the next blog post, so I think we’re getting somewhere.

Give A Christmas Gift To Yourself

I never liked conforming. It hurts my soul to go against what my gut is telling me to do. Unfortunately for me, my gut rarely lines up with what a lot of people in my environment are doing. This is especially true during the Christmas holiday period. There’s so much pressure to conform: say “Merry Christmas”, smile at people, spend money you don’t have, etc. I actually like having general holiday fun, and I don’t mind the decorations and hooplah, but there’s something that happens to people that really gets them down during the holidays because of the pressure. Hey, man…don’t be stressed.

BUT I don’t give a shit, so I’m doing what I want to this Christmas. That’s my gift to me. This year, I’m not doing too much “Christmas-ing” and I’m doing some creation because I feel like it. In fact, I’m about to get dressed and go to a park to continue my creating. It’s something different so it’ll kick me into a different mindset.

So get good with the good people around you, make things happen, and give a gift to yourself.

I wish you all well.
– Mr Benja –

The 8BitCubist Returns

In 2010, I created an art initiative called The 8BitCubist. I’m sure many of you reading this are familiar with it. The friends and I . It was a good four-plus years of art-making, events, podcasting, and generally having a good time with friends.

But things evolve, and the band went their separate ways all went our separate ways. Personally speaking, I was pushed to the forefront of the art side of things, and that caused me to spin off into making my own art brand a much bigger thing than I originally intended.

But there is a part of the philosophy and idea of The 8BitCubist that I want to keep going, so the site will be relaunching this week with that in mind. I’ll take time to build it up, but I just wanted to let everyone know what was happening.

And while I’m here, I’ll also go ahead and thank Jeff Junio, Raphael Phillips, Marcellus Barnes, Theo Harvey, Ryan Dormanesh, Josh Lange, Daren Bader, Andy Lowe, Andrew Wilson, Cleo McKeever, Ashphord Jacoway, Aubree Miller, Tiny Nightmare, MegaRan, Aly Mayhem, Shayne Anigan, Keisha Howard, Thumbprint Gallery, Gam3rCon, The 10th St Theatre, Brian Bielawski, Lauren Selman, Jennifer Schumaker, Walter Meyer, JoJo Brazell, Amy Fan, Tony Hulse, Aloha, Brendan MacNeil, Annalice Heinz, William Morgan, Josh Stolze, JC Mendez, El Gun Legro, MC Lars, and a whole slew of other people.