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Mister Mildor’s “Wrong Place,Right Time” Photo-Exhibition

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Mister Mildor to Exhibit his Art in a Solo Photo exhibition Show on August 1st, 2015

Alan Mildor
www.mistermildor.com
246 Union Avenue
Brooklyn, New York, 11211
Mobile Phone: 347-721-8760

The Glass House Art Life Lab gallery announces Mister Mildor’s first solo street photography exhibition “Wrong Place,Right Time.” On view August 1st, 2015 this exhibition features 20 photo based works of art that is a compelling glimpse into Mister Mildor’s reality. Controlling what some may say is Urban Disorder in New York City with his photographic techniques, this exhibit will provide a colorful and dynamic view of the people and places that makes New York City’s heartbeat.

Mister Mildor love for his local environment is evident in his work. Mister Mildor confessed “I love photography and videography because it doesn’t only give me the ability to freeze time but it allows people to appreciate the moments in their life, no matter if it’s despairing or delightful. There is always a right time to capture life, even in the darkest of places.”  Mister Mildor has captured life from all boroughs and will continue to capture love, pain, freedom, and all the things associate with living the life of a city dweller. Mister Mildor is beginning to have a constant presence through his art and is starting to shine through photographies meteoric rise into popular culture.

Alan Mildor aka Mister Mildor, is a Brooklyn based photographer and videographer. Alan’s artistry has been commissioned by some of the world’s largest brands and musicians. Mildor’s visual art has been published on Complex Magazine, 2 Dope Boyz, and Rap Radar. He has provided all the visual campaigns for Alife, Hood By Air, Dj Venus, Tisa, Brian Wood, Rich Weirdo Clothing, and for Touro College. Mildor Also created branded video for Clubhouse Barbershop, Vinnies Styles, and Vulkan The Krusader.

About The Glass House Art Life Lab
Glass House is an art-life lab founded by artist Lital Dotan & Eyal Perry, dedicated to hosting artistic practices based on performance, participation and time based art in the domestic sphere, under the motto that  “Art Should Be Experienced in a Place that Allows Staying.” Since it’s relocation to Southside Williamsburg in September 2012, Glass House host performances, screenings, exhibitions, workshops and a residency program all dedicated to promote hosting as artistic discourse.

General Information
Mister Mildor Presents “Wrong Place, Right Time”
Where: The Glass House Art Life Lab
Address: 246 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
(Between Scholes and Meserole)

Nearest Subway: L (Lorimer), G (Broadway), M & J (Hewes)

contact@glasshouseproject.org

www.mistermildor.com

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Avonte Oquendo: We must find him!!!

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If you’ve been paying any attention to the news, in New York City, one headline-story keeps popping-up, and for good-reason: the story of Avonte Oquendo, a 14 year-old Special-Needs child, who went missing, and has still remained missing, since October 4th, 2013. There have been several news-circuits covering this story, and his picture is posted, at basically every New York City Transit Subway/Bus stop. But, this in not why I’m writing this article, I’ve written this article, because he hasn’t been found yet, and to be very honest this scares me a great deal.

It truly has me at a severe sense of unease, to know that this young boy, whom is challenged, is somewhere, on his own, unsupervised, and most of all, unprotected. Literally, anything could’ve/could happen to him, on the streets of New York: finding him is not an option. This must/should be top-priority of every New Yorker, and of any/every concerned Citizen of the World, to know the whereabouts of this young-person.

I remember, riding the train, and there was, yet another of the very often announcements, encouraging people to be on the look-out for Avonte Oquendo. And, some random Man, about a 50 year-old something kind of guy, mumbled under his breath, “Who cares?!!!” And, of course, me being me, gave him the dirtiest-look my facial-muscles would Humanly allow, upon what I heard him say. Fortunately, that was enough for him to remain quiet, and go on about his business.

It’s episodes like that, just as I’ve described, which really pain me: this arrogant, indifferent, lackadaisical, posture/attitude which, sadly, so many/too many fellow ew Yorkers have, in reference to this boy being missing, for so long. And, I’m often wondering to myself, why this is the case: is it because of his skin-color, is it because of his mental/psychological condition, is it because he’s not related to any of us, or is it that we, as New Yorkers, as Americans, as Humans, so self-absorbed, that a person, another Human being, as ourselves, is lost, within our very own midst, is really something that we don’t even take seriously any longer.

I mean, seriously: this is a Human’s life at stake, in the balance that we’re talking about: there are those within this World, whom suffer, because & while people like you and I do nothing about it. We, as a society, both within New York, the U.S., and even worldwide, must never let our jovial-festivities, jobs, parties, weddings, birthdays, etc., remove us from the reality that there are those from among our Human-Family, whom have nothing, while we are able to enjoy, reminisce about, celebrate with persons, possessions, that we hold dear & give our lives meaning.

Just because this person is not a Muslim, or not our “Child”, or not our “Sibling”, or not of our socio-ethnic/socio-cultural background, etc., doesn’t at all make him any less of a Human being…We are all the Creation of Allah, the Creator/Lord of the Universe, the Children of Adam & Eve (Peace be upon them both), which, by definition, makes us all brothers & sisters of one another.(Noble Qur’an: Chpt.4, V.1)

So, when one Human is afflicted with pain or hardship we are all to bleed…While we’re celebrating the blessings & festivities which are `Id/Eid, let’s not also forget those from among our greater Human relatives, whom don’t have anything to celebrate, as a result of some sort of tragedy that has befallen either themselves or their respective loved-ones, communities, nations, etc.

So, at the risk of just rambling, I’ll simply end with a powerful saying, from Muhammad (Peace be upon him), “None of you (truly) believes (in Islam), unless he loves for his brother (Muslim/Fellow-Human) what he loves for himself.”.(an-Nawawi)

Just think about this: based upon that simple-statement, would any of us love for ourselves to be a young-person, away from home, mentally (intellectually) challenged, lost in a huge city, like New York City, without anyone to help us guide our steps, to help us, to secure us from danger?

I’ll let you answer this question for yourself, on your own.

Gareth Bryant/2013

Hurricane-Sandy: The Storm that took us all by surprise:

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For an entire week, New York City was hit with the effects of a hurricane, that knocked it clear off of its feet. Hurricane Sandy, not only rocked NYC, but the entire Eastern-Seaboard of the United States to its very core. Thousands of people without water, heat, or electricity, hundreds who have no place to call home, in the (New York-New Jersey-Connecticut) tri-state area alone. This event, which took place over the last weekend in October, has really brought a brand-new sense of both realty & vulnerability, that none of us could’ve ever anticipated, nor were willing to accept, prior to it.

I mean, even I, myself, who has suffered very little, other than missing a whole week of work, couldn’t have possibly imagined that things would’ve turned out this bad, mainly because the effects of last-year’s Hurricane-Irene was nothing, in comparison to the damage witnessed by this-year’s Hurricane-Sandy-The entire city of New York was at a complete stand-still, the subway-system was completely non-functioning, due to immense underground-flooding, in Lower-Manhattan, South-Brooklyn, and in the Rockaways, Queens, and this has not only been the 1st time in my own lifetime, but the 1st time in the entire century-long history of the New York City subway-system, that it was forced to shut-down completely, as a result of a disaster-Whole blocks & sections of NYC, as well as other parts of the Eastern-Seaboard, look just like war-zones, in war-torn, 3rd-World nations, like Breezy Point, Queens, for example: No exaggeration…it looks as though 20 Hellfire-Missiles descended upon this neighborhood. It’s really sad, how damaging this storm has really become. There are people, whom I even know personally, from NYC itself, who have to re-build their lives, all the way from scratch, literally starting from nothing…from zero.

Now, not to down-play the severity of this natural-disaster, but, there are some serious questions, which must & should be on everyone’s minds, regardless to the severity of how, or if, at all, we were affected by this hurricane:

1. Are we, generally, grateful to Allah, our creator, for our lives & possessions?

2. Are we grateful for surviving the effects of this natural-disaster?

3. Are we of among those whom have been affected, by this natural-disaster, yet, are grateful for things not being worse?

4. Are we empathetic and/or sympathetic towards those who may have either lost life and/or possession?

5. Have we done, or are we going to do anything to offer some type of help to those whom we no who have been affected by this natural-disaster?

If the answer to any of the above questions are no, then, we as individuals, as well as a society at large, have some serious problems-There should not be any one of us whom is not grateful to our creator, for everything that we’ve ever acquired or anything which has been denied us-There should never be any of us whom are not grateful for surviving any mishap or tragedy that befalls us-There should not be anyone among us whom are not reflecting upon the plight of either persons whom we know or don’t know, whom have become victims of this natural-disaster-There should not be any of us whom are not willing & able, or whom have not already stared to, help anyone, whom we know or don’t know love, or despise, in need of any form of assistance.

There are actually several things which this natural-disaster should’ve have taught us all:

1. The recognition & acceptance that Allah, the Creator & Lord of the Universe, is, in all reality, in control of everything & we, as created-things, in all reality, are in control of nothing, we merely have the illusion of control.

2. The recognition & acceptance that just because Allah has chosen to spare us, this year from any form of death or destruction, is absolutely no guarantee that we will continue to be spared, from death or destruction in the next years to come, from becoming a victim to this type & magnitude of a natural-disaster.

3. The dire need to be concerned about, how the “other-half” lives, the condition of the other.

4. The recognition of the severity of what has happened & the need to enact action, in regards to volunteer ourselves for the other, in the path of public-service, during this most tumultuous time, during the aftermath & rebuilding of the regions of America hit by this hurricane.

In closing, this is just a simple advice, primarily to myself & then, to others, that we, as Human beings are obligated by Allah, to be of sincere help to others, in any & every way that we can. So, let us truly do that, starting helping those directly within our midsts, wherever we may be in this world-Just be a person of conscience & positive-action for others.

Thanks for reading,

Gareth Bryant/2012

My thoughts about the Rain:

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The Rivers of the Street!!!

When it rains, it pours, as the torrential bathing of New York, keeps us wet & cold.
Winds direct this Rain, to every corner, block & sidewalk; it just does what it’s told.

The day-long down-pour, from the Sky, funnels down avenues & alleyways.
The Storm-Clouds are gray, thick & heavy, with Water; there are no Sun-rays.

At every corner, there’s a junction of the Rivers of the Street.
Storm drains are where all these mighty concrete Rapids meet.

The homeless dwellers, of our underground city, use these rains, to shower.
They only get one chance to get clean; sometimes it rains less than an hour.

For them, these Rains represent hope, that Allah has not abandoned nor forgotten them.
They just take what they can get; it’s nothing to us; to them, the Rain is a precious gem.

So, the next time that we complain, about the Rain, we ought to be more grateful.
This Water, from the Sky, nourishes the Earth, making plants grow big & fruitful.

The next time we get drenched, we should think about our poor, homeless counterparts.
We don’t care how it feels, being at the bottom of the barrel; it doesn’t affect our hearts.

They’re the homeless, living in Train Stations & Sewers; they wait & hope for the Rain.
We ignore them, without realizing that they’re those whose only lifeline is a Storm drain.

Gareth Bryant/2009

The revolution is being televised as we speak:

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All across this nation, from New York to Oakland, and the world, from London to Rome, the media has been paying much more attention to these recent “Occupy Wall Street” protests, which are becoming more and more popular, as they spread across the U.S. & the world-The people have realized that their governments have sacrificed their well-being, at the behest of these major money-making conglomerates which control our law-makers in our respective countries. And, quite frankly, the people are very tired of being screwed with no vaseline. It’s truly time for an era of real change, not the bullshit change as promised by President Obama, but something real, which will really be of substantial benefit to all people, all around the world.

These huge companies, who really pull the strings in this world, hold politicians by the balls & by purse-strings, enacting the real policies which affect us from the shadows, while these yellow-bellied politicians perpetrate the fraud, as if they’re truly representing the people; rather, in fact, they’re loyalties only lie with those who are responsible for them attaining & keeping the illusion of power. These covert king-makers, some of whom are known, while the rest are unknown, are the true source of power in this world, which they give to whomever will gladly follow thier blueprint to manipulation of the masses.

However, there are people who’ve decided to say enough is enough. These are persons who’ve decided to participate & support the world-wide phenomenon known as the “Occupy Wall St.” campaigns all across the planet. In major cities everywhere, this movement has been catching ground, as well as significant media attention. The 1%, who control everything, want to further tighten their grip on control of the 99% who have either a lot less than they do or nothing at all. But, in spite of the importance of this movement, the 1% has also released its back-up plan, in a monstrous effort to quell the peaceful protests all around the world: Law-Enforcement & Media, the double-edged sword of the 1% that’s dangerously ever-sharp.

Both of Law-Enforcement & Media have been unleashed, like a hyena & a lion, that have not eaten in a week, to attack the efforts of these “Occupy Wall St.” protesters, as if their a bunch of miscreant, derelict, unproductive nobody’s, who are too lazy to find jobs, and are causing more harm than good. Well, what about all of the bailout monies which were distributed to all of these blue-chip companies, whom were allowed to spend the money of hard-working tax-payers anyway that the deemed fit, without governmental oversight accountability, or even regulation?!!! How has those bailouts helped to stabilize the economies of the world? Simple answer: It has not!!! In fact, the world economy is still fucked up & on life-support, barely holding on.

These protesters are being unfairly portrayed as troubble-makers. But, in fact they are well-aware of what’s really going on and how the rest of us are pathetically third-eye blind. We, as Human beings, as people, as citizens of the world, seeing the bravery of those on the front-lines, risking life & limb, getting arrested, getting their asses whipped, need to really analyze what’s happening, and open our eyes to the realities right in front of our faces. These protests are not just some out-of-work College-kids, or people on welfare, or unemplotment-These protesters out there are just like you & I, citizens, who just want to be treated as we all deserved to be treated, as Human beings with dignity & rights to life, liberty & property.

What these people are being brutalized & sent to jail for are some of the many similar things that people in the 50’s, 60′ & even 70’s were fighting for-They’re fighting for our humanity, that we not be treated as a stock-option or derivative, on the world market, that it be respected & honored. In short, if you happen to read this, you owe it to Allah, your Creator, yourself, your humanity, and your fellow man, to support these Occupy Wall St. protests, to the best of your ability. Don’t allow the Media to entertain you for the rest of your life, keeping you hooked on TV, the internet, Facebook, Twitter, Cable, etc. while avoiding our Divine obligation to one another, to help make this world a better place for us, as well as those who will live on after us.

#I’m just sayin’!!!