exoteric[ ek-suh-ter-ik ]
- suitable for or communicated to the general public.
- not belonging, limited, or pertaining to the inner or select circle, as of disciples or intimates.
- popular; simple; commonplace.
pertaining to the outside; exterior;
I created the "XOTERICA" blog series to give me a discussion platform where I could be as open, raw, and active as I wanted to be.
Started in 2017, I initiated it in response to angry feelings I had bottled up involving the political, social, and economic climate across the world. My blogs cover a variety of personal and informational topics, but "XOTERICA" was developed to be my sharpest edge.
My unquestionable truth. My undeniable realities. The man behind the artistic masks.
I hope you enjoy this blog series. Drop a comment and engage with me.
1: The Spark
A simple spark in a vast universe. Where this goes, who knows?
2: The WHEEL
Own your hours. It's catchy wisdom but difficult in practice. Most of us are chained to the wheel of servitude, rather than productive autonomy.
3: The GUST
The howls remind me that time is always moving forward, with or without my observation and participation in the world around me.
4: The BUZZ
These #xoterica blogs will highlight what I'm listening to, and often these shouts will introduce content that will be featured in my annual countdown of best music.
5: The apex
I often wonder if Sisyphus stopped to enjoy the view from the top of the mountain.
6: The LOST
I wrote the following during a trip to Las Vegas in 2011. Coincidentally, I stayed at the Mandalay Bay, the same location where the shooting took place.
7: The Seretic
The following information was generated by a generic naming website (site listed at the end of this blog).
8: The allhallows
Halloween is a time of celebration. Depending on your view of the holiday, you probably celebrate it differently than I do.
9: The flow
As a future trend for this series, I will highlight quotes from one of my idols and primary sources of inspiration, the legendary Bruce Lee.
11: The Fade
I celebrated my 44th birthday this week on December 12th. Since you’re wondering, yes, I did have a great day off.
12: THe RETURN
I have strayed from the true purpose of this platform — highlight the continuing story of the life and art of Artemis Sere.
13: The tell
2018 has been turbulent year for me personally and professionally. At times, it has been a difficult ride.
14: The fracture
A schism happened today: a choice between continued pain and suffering or extraction of the troubled branch.
15: The demagogue
We are the ones that have allowed the building of Drumpfesque behemoths. The oligarchies. The monarchies.
16: The fog
Death ends all lectures, silences wisdom, and enforces acquiescence.
17: The disclaimer
In the spirit of openness, I want to be clear about the pillars on which I stand, as my philosophies, beliefs, and stances influence my content.
18: The disharmony
The candle that burns twice as bright burns half as long. Half-life is the curse of the alive.
19: The phoenix
The furnace of the Universe swallows each of us - feathers, fortune and all. Eventually.
20: The ripple
I've reached the peaks of what's possible, and from that height I dove without a secure chute. Wingless. Cableless. Clueless.
21: The why
Freedom has allowed me to dig into the artist that I became over the last ten years.
23: The forty-six
After 365 days of rising and falling during my 45th year, I awoke to a headache and incessant snow on my 46th birthday.
24: The shift
2019, by all accounts, was my darkest year. Death of a family member trumps any previous dark spell.
25: The Demons
Reinventing yourself is an uncomfortable scrum that some don’t survive.
26: The still
"Echoprism (Volume 1)" is the fourth release from the publishing arm of Seretic Studios, Antithesis Press.
27: The exit
The exit reflects my present paradox: I am not who I want to be, but do not know who I am beyond this voice.
28: The dark age
As we distance ourselves for protection, re-evaluate the cost of society and modern living, and watch the world sicken around us, our comfortable cores are changing.
29: The sickness
I'm sick of being sick. Sick of being cooped up. Sick of the coughs, the doldrums and the unknowns. Sick of relying on social programs to keep me afloat.
30: The chase
The fires of change roar mightily and severely ahead of the first debate in our election cycle, pitting the King against our best current option for counterbalance
31: The bully
America is on the precipice of unravelling. Donald Trump does not have the best interest of the American citizenry on his mind, and is not to be trusted.
32: The Mask
In an age when viruses rule the planet, we don't need walls to define a country's borders; we need shields that stand between each of us.
33: The EDGE
Love keeps us from reaching the cliff; care keeps our lives from careening out of control into a freefall with an inevitable crash.
34: The FORTY-SEVEN
My fading and unfamiliar kanji feels like an ironic marker, a cryptic clock frozen in time.
35: The (GREAT GOOD) TALENT SHOW
These days, the talent show is overwhelmed by automated propaganda machines and feed manipulation engines.
36: The Breathless
Blessing or curse, my commitment to art has not come without painful consequences and unhealthy sacrifices.
37: The ReBIRTH
I have become stronger as an artist, creator, and marketer through failure. But I'm not done, and I'm not giving up nor going away.
38: The SPLINTER (Part 1)
This two-part blog details the last three weeks of my life since my injury. It includes some graphic pictures from the event.