Art for Connecting the Dots

Why Do Art When You Already Have A Day Job?

Forest Grove, 2014 Cyanotype Print with Digital Drawing. 8.3″ x 17″. LImited Edition of 12. © Jonah Calinawan

The short answer is that whatever art, hobby, or side project you pursue will improve your day job performance and satisfaction. I know it will, because it’s happening to me. And that took me by surprise.

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Getting Ready for the 21st Century Workplace

Viewmaster, 2015 Collaged & Toned Cyanotype Print. 17” x 11”. Limited edition of 12 (Variable). © Jonah Calinawan

You already think like a computer. I’m not sure why you are reading that article.”

What my work colleague was talking about was a recent article from the New York Times on Computational Thinking. Colleges and universities are starting to offer courses on how to think like a computer to solve problems. The article gave an example of making a food buffet more efficient by considering where cutlery should be placed: at the beginning of the buffet line or at the end of it? It should be at the end, so you’re not balancing cutlery along with your plate while you get food.

Yeah that makes sense. That’s logical.

It got me thinking about how this type of thinking, the logical kind, the gantt chart type-​of-​thinking (i.e. this goes first, this goes second, etc.) is not creativity, in the sense of what happens in the artist studio.

Maybe there are two kinds of creativity. There’s the creativity that arises from linear thinking and non-​linear thinking.

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Asana: A Work & Artist Journal for Productivity

Writing Stories, 2015 Collaged & Toned Cyanotype Print. 17” x 13.1”. Limited edition of 12 (Variable). © Jonah Calinawan

At the start of the year, I wanted to become more productive in my studio. I was productive in my day job, but in my art? Not so much.

I wanted to change that.

So I went in search of something that would help me become more organized, both in my art and at work.

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