Brandon McConnel, a Californian artist with a yearning for the stars, uses the medium of spray paint to create otherworldly paintings.
This video features the entire process McConnel uses to create his pieces. His paintings transform before your eyes in a matter of minutes to something strange and celestial.
Paired with McConnel’s art is Walter Bargen’s poem “Family of Stars,” as first published in LitCouture.
“Family of Stars” by Walter Bargen
When the sky is
no longer just sky, the buffeted debris of wind and light,
sucking black holes
and colliding galaxies, and we are ready to improvise ragged visions
on the bottomless up
we stare into, the endless tales tongued by clouds,
half seen, hardly seen,
much less heard, quickly scudding toward a weathered dissolution,
hail and pounding deluge,
a preparation for yet another resurrection beyond stone worship
No book-thumbed page of the fossil record, no number one
on the phylum charts,
no top forty crustacean to spin over growing static and worse reception
as devolving distance swells,
and no lance for the red-shift boil. No audience for the do-whop of humming planets,
the celestial music
truly celestial and unbearable, where a tree falls silently in the forest
rearranging the decomposition.
There’s no doubt, I remember you, your father laid out
in a Cincinnati hospital bed,
dentures spilling half out of his mouth like a deck of cards, the ace hidden
up someone else’s sleeve,
and your mother unable to remember anyone except perhaps this pocket of earth
that’s always difficult
to find: the row, the plot, a whole city of grass avenues to stroll
and any stone
might do, but I keep searching as your sister’s eyes bulged,
the pond of sheets from the pressure of tumors, a permanent
as the sky crashed silently through the room. No, not permanent.
I remember you
in the backyard, snapping me into your baseball dream, throw fast,
throw at the mitt. We were each other’s eternities. I remember
as I remember
my own dark, until there is no remembering and the clouds blow
over into a wider quiet.
Walter Bargen has published thirteen books of poetry of poetry. His last two book are: Theban Traffic (2008) and Days Like This Are Necessary: New & Selected Poems (2009). He is the winner of the Chester H. Jones Foundation prize in 1997, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1991, and the William Rockhill Nelson Award. He was appointed to be the first poet laureate of Missouri (2008-2009). www.walterbargen.com
This post was written by Katelyn Rogers.