Matt Olson "Meditation on the Life of Jonas Mekas"
When I learned that Jonas Mekas passed away yesterday aged 96, I felt moved to do something to express the gratitude I have for how he affected my life and work, and to celebrate a truly extraordinary human. A few years ago I bought a box set of his films released through the fashion label agnès b.. and it occurred to me it'd be fun to watch some and talk with others about this incredible human who was also one of my favorite artists.
I decided to host a super informal gathering at co. meant as a "toast" to Jonas. When I first encountered him, I realized I was literally starving for many of the attributes he embodied... humility, generosity, trust, honesty, kindness, poetry... his way of being seemed to register as a sort of permission for me to pursue a similar set of values.—Matt Olson