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An open memorial letter to my brother and dear artist friend: GF Sam Wagner
I sat behind Shelley Wagner during a English class where we read plays at KU in 1993. At the time she and Sam were dating. She had a cornerstone t-shirt on, and I asked her if she had been before. She said that her boyfriend Sam was a huge music fan. I told her I would love to meet him sometime. Eventually we did, and Sam, Shelley, and my wife Shannon and I would hang out on numerous occasions. They came to Shannon and my wedding, and gave us some awesome artist made coffee mugs that we still have to this day (and is still one of our favorites to sip the black juice out of).
Sam and Shelley got married a few years after us, and when they moved to Kansas City we didn’t get together as often because life has a tendency to keep you busy. We both bought houses, had kids and settled into life. Sam always loved the music, and would quote lyrics and spout inside knowledge of what was going on in his particular genre of interest at the time. My brother Brian and he could dialog back and forth for hours, and I just enjoyed the conversation. The three of us threw some straight edge raves together to. But, Sam had another passion besides his love of architecture and music. Art. He loved to produce art. If he had a few moments to spare, especially at night, he would go downstairs and make art. He loved to discuss art and talk about techniques and ideas. Shelley and Sam were both involved with b.a.l.m. | beauty art and life movement gatherings from the beginning.
Over the last few years I was excited to be able to include GF Sam Wagner or GF Wagner (his art pseudonym, Galen Forrest [Sam] Wagner) into various art exhibitions that b.a.l.m. produced or curated. In 2009, he was in the b.a.l.m. WHITE SHOW, in Lawrence, Kansas and also the second version in San Antonio, Texas. He had produced a series of white or mostly white works for the exhibition. The series was “Little Things I Should Have Said and Done”. They are poignant, stark, melancholy works. Two works not in this series were included in the exhibition; “Geese”, and “Discover and Enjoy”. He sold both paintings! In 2010, he was in Anthropoi which he showed a 36″ x 36″ piece, “Mourning into Dancing” with three girl/women dancing which included digital pixel concept, at the 739 Mass Street Flash Space. At this space he was also in the Dry Bones exhibition. Shannon and I bought his painting Awakening (Melancholy Ghost), a memento mori work with a young boy holding a skull and he had another offer to have it purchased as well from a couple from Tulsa, Oklahoma. This couple was trying to have Sam make another version of this piece when he passed away. For Shannon and I the boy reminded us of our son Caden, and we loved the way he handled the cut paper as the medium.
We also bought another work of his, at an exhibition of works completed over a years time. In 2011 I jurored an exhibition in Des Moines, IA for the Hillyard Company, and he was included with a clever duo; “A Portrait of a Mop“, and “A Portrait of a Broom”.
In 2012 b.a.l.m. co-produced and curated an exhibition at the Lawrence Arts Center called DANNON art project, where the artist worked in the space as a studio, performance and exhibition all at the same time. He came to the first reception when it opened and we all went out for an after party at Burger Stand as a large group. We had a great time hanging out and making art. He postponed his time slot a couple of times so that he could help Shelley with a project, or help coach soccer for his boys. That was the kind of man he was, giving, loving, caring and creative beyond belief.
We got together again for lunch at PepperJax Grill at one point during a lunch break, he ran over to Lawrence to drop off some artwork. This was the last time I saw Sam. I spoke to him on the phone a few weeks ago when he was in the hospital. He was short on breathe, but in great spirits. He was a positive man, always looking for the good things in life, despite his situation. This is the Sam I will remember. The high energy, smiling, laughing, talking, loving man, that would put a smile on your face and illicit excitement with his infectious creativity, ideas and thoughts. Sam passed away on July 5th, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts after being diagnosed with Mesothelioma cancer only a couple of months before. I for one am so thankful for the time I knew him. I will miss you GF Sam Wagner. Yours was a life to be lived and remembered!
I was honored and humbled to receive a call from Shelley and asked to be a pall bearer for Sam’s Funeral. Here is his obituary: http://www.tributes.com/show/GF-Sam-Wagner-94077810
Tags: Ana de la Reguera, Aqua Blue, beauty, Cadmium Red, Catholic, Cesar Gonzales, Chemotherapy, Cinematography, Classic Film, Creative, Darius Rose, Film, Héctor Jiménez, Hope, Hospital, Jack Black, Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess, Kitschy, life, Love, Luchador, Mexico, Mike White, Nacho Libre, Paramount Pictures, Writing
I wrote this “review” a while ago and decided to finally post.
I was watching a “classic” movie Nacho Libre last night Produced by Jack Black, Directed by Jared Hess written by Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess and Mike White. I have fond memories of watching this movie with my son Caden in the hospital or at home as he was recovering from his chemotherapy’s. Nacho Libre at first seems to be just another fun shallow comedy with Jack Black (Nacho). I loved the cinematography, the fun accents and the kitschy feel. There is this gorgeous aqua blue and cadmium red throughout the film. It makes me wish I was painting again. Last night something made me love this flick even more.
This revelation hits me while the frames are rolling. This is a movie about hope! In all its hyped up silliness the movie is about hope, and it is beautiful. Yes, even proudly I say it; “Nacho Libre is a stunning film!”
The basic plot is about a child who grows up in an orphanage. His mother was a Protestant missionary to Mexico and his father was a Catholic Priest who besides trying convert each other manage to have a son before they both die. Nacho their son is raised in a Catholic orphanage. The credits roll as he tries to act like a luchadore and is humiliated once he has been caught by the priests. As he grows he cannot stop thinking about finding his place in the world and his passion for Mexican wrestling. He draws sketches of his costume if he was a wrestler during mass. Eventually he meets a homeless person (Esqueleto played by Héctor Jiménez) in the alley trying to steel the orphans chips, and he fights him for the bag. With the recent arrival to the orphanage of Encarnación the peaceful, beautiful sister and the harassment by the other brothers for his lack of cooking skills, Nacho decides to act on his dream of Lucha libre. He finds Esqueleto the chip thief and gets him to agree to team up with him in the ring. They lose badly, but make some money and they are hooked. Nacho brings back a salad for orphans to their delight. Eventually, Nacho wants to become more and more like the professional luchadores. He is hiding his identity and sneaking out late to wrestle. His joy turns to frustration as he is starting to slip in his help for the orphans. An opportunity comes up that the winner of many wrestlers would fight Rames (Cesar Gonzalez) the best luchador and would become a professional wrestler and win a substantial amount of money. When he asks Sister Encarnación (Ana de la Reguera) what she thinks he should do, she says that God would honor a person if they were doing something for the right reason. Nacho is shown praying at the front of the chapel. He prays that if God will only let him win this match, that he will give any money he wins to help the orphans. As he is praying the candles catch his robe on fire. He runs out of the church screaming and his clothes on fire. He rolls to put out the flames. When he stands up, his simple brown tunic has been burned off the bottom half of him revealing his colorful aqua and red “stretchy pants” that he wears to wrestle. Everyone is shocked by this site and Nacho claims that he is “Nacho the luchadore”. The anger from the brothers come in claims of sin with icy stares. Nacho states that he will go and he will fight and he will win, because God is with him in the ring. He states that when he wins he will by a bus for the orphans, so they can go on field trips and “stuff”. He gallops off to fight and comes home dejected from being the runner up to the winner the Emperor. He is kicked out of the orphanage, and as he is about to leave his small friend Chancho (Darius Rose) asks him where he will go. Nacho says he doesn’t know as there is no place for him at the orphanage and there is no place for him in the world. Chancho gives him a machette to help Nacho as he goes into the wilderness. After a short time, Esqueleto comes to give him a message that the Emperor has been injured and cannot fight Ramses. Nacho decides to come out of retirement to wrestle. Esqueleto has asked Nacho before, “Do you think we’ll win?”
Nacho replied, “I do not know, but I hope so.” He is very nervous about fighting Ramses and does his best, but he is loosing badly and it looks to be over for Nacho as Sister Encarnación and the masked orphans walk into the stadium. Nacho’s hope is restored, and his faith and courage return. He begins to subdue Ramses as the slow motion continues, he wins with an aerial swan leap from the ropes to the retreating luchador and a three second pin.
The orphans bus is decked out in bright luchador paintings as it travels down the road. Out the door of the bus Nacho the aqua clothed luchador priest, Sister Encarnación and the orphans proceed up the steps of their next tour destination.
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Article ©2011 Darin M. White
Tags: Angles, Beautiful, Caden White, Carving, Casket, Gift, God, Healing, Kansas, Lion, Loss, Love, Make a Wish, Neuroblastoma, Orca, Poetry, Sculpture, Thanks, Tree of Life, walnut wood
My son died one week from today, last Friday, January 9th, 2009. He was an amazing boy, and I am so thankful for the five years that I have had with him! God truly blessed us with a miraculous precious gift.
He is so missed, and we are grateful for his love of God, and that he is not uncomfortable or in pain and is enjoying his time for eternity. Caden loved to come down to my studio and ask for scraps to make sculptures of his own. I will post some of these at a later date. Make a Wish foundation sent us to Disney World after his second diagnosis of Neuroblastoma cancer. While we were there we went to Sea World. Noel and he loved Shamu and they both got a stuffed toy orca. I saw that they had carved orca tails for sale, but we didn’t purchase any. I carved these tails for the kids to remember their trip out of walnut wood for Christmas. We loved that the tails were to remind the kids to believe and follow their dreams. My brother, myself, Peter and Chad, my brother-in-laws carried his casket to the waiting grave. At the graveside memorial for Caden I took some pictures with a friends camera of the casket with the angels at the corner and of the calalilies on top of the casket and the tree behind lit up by the late day sun that came out after our friend Tom prayed in his rememberance. His body is resting in this beautiful spot nestled in the woods of the rolling hills of Kansas just a stones throw from my Great – Great Grandfathers Homestead foundation and well. Caden’s story is one of courage, bravery, faith, joy and love. Please read more here. My wife wrote a striking and poignant poem that truly speaks to our Mr. C and his five wonderful years of life, from the day he was born May 5, 2003 during the tornado to the point when he was free last Friday, January 9, 2009.
We love you, Caden, One of Joy, our Little Warrior.
Capture the heart of the King.
“Drink the wind”, Ride the baby lion!
Shine your light; Twinkle bright so we can See you at night.
Fish, Build, Play, Run fast. Fly into the sunrise.
Live your Dreams now and Forever.
We won’t forget the Treasure you are
Precious little guy who brought us such joy,
A gift we can never replace.
Go with God!
Be at piece with no more pain.
Be Free! Be one with the Savior.
Love forever in His open arms.
Eat from the Tree of Life
Fruit of Forgiveness.
Days without end…
by Shannon White Copyright 2009
Tags: Art, Art and Healing, Caden White, Cancer, Carving, Casting, Healing, Lead Casting, Metal Casting, Metal Work, Nueroblastoma, Printmaking, Sculpture, Wood Carving, Woodworking
Series from Fall 2007- Present – HEALING:
My son Caden White age four was diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer (a nervous system cancer in children with around 600 diagnoses per year) June 28th, 2007. He has been through six of the seven, three to four day chemo rounds, had a stem cell harvest, and had invasive surgery to remove the tumor. In addition to this the doctors would like him to have a bone marrow transplant and eventually have radiation treatments, additional treatments, and then possibly antibody therapy. He is currently showing no evidence of disease. I had never had to deal with any healing issues, but this stirred within me a desire to release these thoughts and feelings that I have surrounding Caden’s health issues. I feel like working through these ideas in my art has been very helpful to try and focus on the positive things rather on the negative. I don’t want to downplaying the pain or gloss over heartache, but rather show it in the burning cleansing trial by fire which brings impurities to the surface, so that they can be removed, the poison and pain of medical treatments, all of which is overcome with seared wings of faith, sincere hope, truth, beauty and above all love. I feel called as an artist to address ideas and truths through my artwork that calls from deep within me to deep within the viewer.
Title: Healing: “ Heart Injection – Faith, Hope & Love”
Media: Hand Carved Cedar Wood, Wood Burned, Cast Lead & Pin Inclusion (Which is known to cause cancer in the state of Kansas)
Size: 12”L x 2 ½”W x 6 ¼”D
Title: Healing: “Refining – Faith, Hope & Love”
Media: Hand Carved Cedar Wood
Size: 10”H x 1 3/4”W x 1 ¼ “D
Title: Healing: “Caden on Copper in Three”
Media: Photocopy transfer on copper
Size: 16 3/8”W x 6”H x 1/16” Thick
Title: Healing: “Wooden Form #1 – Organic Carving”
Media: Hand Carved Silver Maple Wood
Size: 12 ½” Diameter 4”H
Collection of Philip and Anh Sawyer
I entered a contest called The annual DWR Champagne Chair Contest™. I had a few hours to complete the piece because my son Caden, came down with a 104.8 fever that put us back in the hospital on Sunday. I had done my design over a year before, but never started making the chair. So instead of having some time on Sunday and Monday to work on the chair I was in the hospital. Thankfully my son is doing much better! I took a few tools with me to the hospital and got a very rough shape worked out there. Shannon came to switch places with me at the hospital, I came back to work on some items and then worked on finishing the chair. I was finishing gluing the chair (I am not a glue fan, I would have rather TIG welded it) I realized that I didn’t have a way to take a picture in time, so I emailed them what I had (not much). I sent them the final photo today and offer it to you for your viewing pleasure. Please note that as all of my images, designs, sculptures etc., are Copyrighted. Written permission is required for any duplication.
“Waverly” Champagne Cork, Gold Plated Metal Champagne Top Hallowared, Gold Plated Champagne Wires, Glue
Copyright 2008 Darin M. White
Tags: Art, Art and Healing, Caden White, Caden White Hope Sterling Necklace, Cancer, Christmas Gift, Fund, Healing, Jewelry, Necklace, Neuroblastoma, Pearl, Silver, Sterling, Swede At Heart
Since it is near Christmas time, and we have had multiple requests for Caden’s Hope Necklace information again, I am reposting this previous post.
We had an article written up in the Lawrence Journal World about Ann selling these at the recent Lawrence Art Center Holiday Art Fair.
Below is the original post:
Our friend Ann who produces a beautiful jewelery line, is offering a necklace especially for our son Caden as a way of helping out with his medical costs. This is an amazingly sweet gesture, and the jewelery is very well designed and made. I cannot thank Ann enough for her support in this way and the many other ways that she has helped us. Thank you Ann! Click on the above image or go to the page on her website for more information or click here.
For an update on Caden you can go to http://cadenwhite.com . He is scheduled for surgery this Friday, December 14th. We appreciate your prayers.
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