Ben Gottlieb & Yalan McCullough prepping for their 3rd Outdoor Gallery show at C2E, Extramental Exposure, this Saturday & Sunday (7/30 & 7/31). Featuring art by Chris Brodbeck, Yeltsin Penado, Ben Gottlieb, and Yalan McCullough
On August last year, my 21 year old son Yalan McCullough and his childhood friend Ben Gottlieb, both passionate artists with a common vision to offer young artists in The Valley a platform to expose their art as well as test the limits of their capacities, launched their first collaborative venture, Easy Living Productions. Easy Living has produced 3 outdoor/garden gallery shows to date, in C2E’s Villa, featuring local young artists paintings, installations, DJing skills and the newly introduced sculptures for this weekends show.
Featured artists have been…
Yalan McCullough, Ben Gottlieb, Yelstin Penado, Chris Brodbeck, Jessica Valice, Claudio Renyer, and Camille Eastin
They’ve also had performances by…
Tyree Williams, Jayson Legacy, Terra Vee, DJKring
I’ve witnessed how they take their lessons from each show and apply them to the next event, becoming more familiar with pre-production timing, installations effect on the property, cover charge process, strike schedule, weather impact, documenting the event, and our favorite…marketing! They have created a Living School for themselves and I have not enough words to say how proud I am of every single artist.
I’ve heard feedback about their choice of name for their company, Easy Living Productions: “Oh yeah right! They wish.” or “They’re young!” or “Don’t we all wish!,” but the truth is that this is one of the boldest, most conscious and progressive titles I’ve heard a company have. I’ve seen these young men grow with a fresh vision for their lives, much different than we ever had. They’ve learned from our mistakes and are very clear of what they DON’T want their lives to be like: They refuse to be slaves in any way shape or form, they want to take Liberty and Freedom to a whole new level that none of us have been able to experience yet. They experience adults constant obsession to have more, to spend more, to waste more, to loose more, to stress more, and work more, to pay more bills as total insanity.
1st Show in Easy Living Productions roster, Tones.
They battle day and night with a broken record that has told them they’re lazy, that they don’t know better, that they need to wake up and smell the coffee, and honestly, I think is the other way around. They have a vision and a hope for a world that sets them free to live the life they truly desire, and releases the attachment to currency as the only exchange that exists. Yes it might be a lofty dream, but no one can deny that is a GOOD IDEA!! And if we preach that dreams come true, to follow our passions, and never give up, then I say, be my guest at pursuing Heaven On Planet Earth (H.O.P.E.), after all, we’re all on the same boat!
These young men and women are not lazy, they are tired, the weight of the world is literally on their shoulders, but they plow through day by day like champions. Doing college, working jobs to pay their bills as they can, honoring their parents as best as they can within family communities who haven’t mastered the high skill of communication, having to face the fact that they are mostly misunderstood and viewed in some negative light. On top of that when you add the fact that they don’t have enough experience yet to maneuver the chaos of the paradox they live in, to manage dealing with adults that tell them literally to do as they say and not as they do, and to release the rage of not being SEEN, we must acknowledge they are truly super heroes of change, Time Shifters.
2nd Easy Living Production, Lost In Life.
I’ve seen these kids at work since our first Camp Work-N-Fun when they were 8-12. When we give them room to express themselves creatively, we empower them to be in charge. When we talk to them as the bright beings they are, they are as industrious as any CEO in corporate America, with the ability to hyperfocus with keen ability. There’s only one catch: they must be interested, and as adults, our endeavor is to hold space for them as they Live their Edication through projects of the heart.
They see time as wasted when what is demanding their attention is not something they care about. I know most adults don’t resonate with this concept. I know that true freedom is deemed as unrealistic, irresponsible, selfish, and immature; but I’m here to tell you that in my planet that is far from the truth. I see their care, their struggle, their willingness to be in both paradigms for now, but with a goal to untie the bind to an unfulfilled life.
May every step they make to create bring them closer to H.O.P.E.
Written by Mayra McCullough