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Do The Speak

Rick Boven

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DO THE SPEAK looks into the mind of a young and accomplished artist finding his place in life and in the creative realm. A unique hybrid of coffee-table art book and memoir piece, the book recounts a fractured narrative of the early artisticMoreDO THE SPEAK looks into the mind of a young and accomplished artist finding his place in life and in the creative realm. A unique hybrid of coffee-table art book and memoir piece, the book recounts a fractured narrative of the early artistic endeavors of filmmaker and author Rick Boven through a series of paintings he sent out into the world. Boven seeks connection and validation by mailing this artwork to anyone he can find…and reaches an unexpected conclusion.The book opens in early 2006, at a point when Boven has lost his artistic identity. At the crossroads of adult life, he’s having difficulty convincing himself that the cartoons he has drawn since grade school hold merit now, into adulthood. Compounding this insecurity was a longing for other artistic passions including acting, film, and literature- but if his cartoons are unimportant, won’t his films and writings follow suit?In the midst of his preoccupation with women, substances, and all forms of escape, Boven mails people paintings. Random people. People he has met once at a party. People he has known for ten years. Celebrities and artists he admires. It’s through this accidental project thrust onto others that a clear portrait of the artist comes into focus. DO THE SPEAK is an honest examination of the struggle with identity, the validity of expression, and the decisions of adulthood. Boven’s journey underlines the universal question: Do you like what you see in the mirror?