Essays

A collection writings and thoughts by artist Gary Llama.

01.11.19

The problem with Vegan ‘Meat’

We should make cuisine, instead of imitating.

12.27.18

Advent Calendars / Autism

The benefits of the advent calendar for autistic folks.

12.24.18

Be liquid, stay fluid

How to keep ‘open’ and functional.

03.25.18

The Modernist President

Trump as Modernist in Postmodern Times

03.22.18

Thoughts on Model Building

On the existential quandaries involved in building a model airplane with my daughter.

06.01.17

An Artist Statement on Art vs Commerce

Where things get confusing…find solace.

04.09.17

On The Feeling of Wealth

When I’ve felt rich in life.

04.08.17

The Misguided Children Of Punk

Some thoughts about creeping Yuppie-dom.

04.08.17

On ‘Done’ Things

On things of the past.

04.05.17

On my Old Mastering Studio

A rant about art and truth.

03.24.17

Making a transparency: Reflecting on how we normalize things in our young

Examining the things I’ve made normal, and had made normal, in life.

12.21.16

A Thought On Immigration

On immigration as a tendency of human evolution.

11.17.16

Twenty Years: On Making and Recording Music

Examining two decades spent writing and recording music.

11.17.16

Twenty Years: On Veganism

Looking back on my choice to live a vegan life.

11.17.16

Twenty Years: Remembering My Friend

Looking back on the life of my friend, Patrick Daly.

11.10.16

Thoughts on the 2016 election

Some words on the election.

08.29.16

On shaving one’s head: Baldness and dysphoria

Some thoughts on ageing, self-image, and working with what you got.

08.02.16

On Art As Intellectual Process

Spurred by a talk, a thought about art and intellect.

05.10.16

On Furniture

Thoughts on making room for oneself.

05.09.16

On introverted relationships, closed doors, and feeling unlovable

How I tend to compartmentalize relationships to protect myself.

04.09.16

Very Simple Multi-tracking

How I began making very rudimentary multi-track recordings.

01.02.16

On Emetophobia

Something I’ve dealt with for a while.

01.02.16

On Missing Childhood

Looking back, and missing things.

12.29.15

On Sentimentality

On having a kid and wanting memories.

11.30.15

On Music Genres

On how I don’t understand them.

11.30.15

On Punk as Ethic Vs Genre

A thought on culture vs sound.

11.12.15

On ‘likes’, loves, and statistics

Some thoughts on popularity, quality, and how we use indicators of such in social media.

11.01.15

On Coolwashing

We keep making bad business look good. A thought on the process and how to stop.

10.22.15

On Monolithic Neighborhoods and Human Beings

On the drawbacks of specific-income housing.

10.05.15

On Converse and suing the competition

An issue of trademark and ethical production.

10.04.15

On The Confederate Flag, Symbology, and Culture

Symbols and their meaning, and what the flag means today.

06.04.15

On College (and how I’m probably not finishing)

My thoughts on stepping out of the academic environment.

05.02.15

On Homogeneous Sound

On trends and equipment fetishes, and the resulting impact on music.

03.04.15

The Independent Web

People say the web is dead.

06.01.14

The First Time I Heard Jimi Hendrix

Going back to my first impressions of hendrix’ music.

02.24.14

On Social Media And Visual Clutter

A look at the deluge of social media and communication clutter.

02.15.14

On Getting Stuff Out

Some methods I use to get past fear and procrastination in order to make things.

02.14.14

On Not Spinning One’s Wheels

A look at smart vs. hard work.

12.12.13

On Les Pauls and Decision Making

Navigating the decision process of buying a guitar, and the values assigned in the process.

12.12.13

Thoughtfulness / Midbrain Response

On training the mind and body to be more compassionate.

09.02.13

Meaning

Exploring the meaning of images and creation in the digital age.

07.02.13

Exploring the song: ‘Folded Flag’

The story behind a song I wrote about the death of a friend.

06.04.13

Thoughts on NSA revelations

I’d like to talk a little about the recent leak that confirmed the NSA has been monitoring american conversations.

06.03.13

Production as Feedback Loops

On the need to reconsider production of objects from a position accepting the stage of decay as a natural part of the life of an object, and to reorganize language and value systems accordingly.

06.03.13

Ring Diagrams of Operational Motives

A look at how we ideologically may view our motives, and how value is aligned in current society.

05.28.13

Lost in The Chase

On avoiding the pursuit of ‘things’ as an attempt to satisfy the self.

12.11.12

Cars… and unneccesary complication

My views on some of the things we feel necessary in current society.

06.03.12

Motivations for actions

On why we do things, and keeping the ego in check.

06.02.12

Branded Actions

Thoughts on the pervasiveness of branding, and it’s extension to the ownership of actions.

05.05.12

Navigating Known Terrain

A collection of short essays exploring problems inherent in modern activism, and how to overcome them.

05.04.12

Learning To Stand As Me

On how I came to accept myself.

04.12.12

A New Value In Culture: A response to ‘Collage Culture’

An exploration of the book ‘Collage Culture’, and the new value systems being employed by a new creative generation.

03.04.12

A Tale Of Modern Business

A fictional story of the workings of one company and the life of it’s branding strategy.

11.02.11

An Apology For My Generation

What I see as the failings of my Generation.

09.30.11

Becoming Ethical

On realizing, and living with our personal Truth in a compassionate manner in a multi-cultural world.

09.30.09

Overcoming Our Own Truth

Reflections on the journey towards trying to live an ethical life.

01.03.09

Open Standards and the Public Good

On the need of producers to work with open frameworks and to standardize platforms in technology.

01.02.09

Calculating Value

A calculation as the basis for quantifying relative value.

10.20.08

Youtube as Process

A look at the process involved in Youtube as a creative space.

09.17.08

Finding the point of declining utility

A Calculation for finding the peak point of an action.

04.25.08

Non-place and the rationalization of life

A paper I did examining Marc Auge’s concept of the ‘Non-Place’, and how I believe that these places also exist in mental spaces connected with transactions with technology.

04.21.08

Mediating the self through the web

On agency and corresponding agency we assign to media.

04.21.08

Process versus Product

My view on the importance of focus in production.

03.22.06

On Wealth

My views on what ‘wealth’ means to me.

03.22.06

Disconnected: No Logo

An examination of Naomi Klein’s book ‘No Logo’, and my view that sweatshops are a problem of consumption just as much as production.

12.23.05

On preserving dissidence in school: The need for a union amongst progressive teachers

On the need of schools to value dissidence in the learning environment.

11.17.05

On Ethical Consumerism: philosophy of ethical purchasing

An exploration of the caloric expenditure involved in the acquisition of a dollar, and it’s resulting relative value.

11.11.05

The Caloric Value of a Dollar: A movement towards calculating actual consumption

An exploration of the caloric expenditure involved in the acquisition of a dollar, and it’s resulting relative value.

09.19.05

Revolutions occur one person at a time: A manifesto of reason, rationality, and self

On the idea that personal change and ethics are the foundation for societal change.

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