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SOUL POWER:
An Installation Of Photography And Quotes

By Nikolitsa Boutieros and Miles Patrick Yohnke
Copyright © 2013 All Rights Reserved.

September 20, 2013

Artist Statement:

"It is said that 97% of people found on this planet are extremely unhappy.

Turn on the news or visit your local mall, school or workplace and listen to the tone of the language spoken and the body language displayed. The average household in Canada, for an example, carries a debt of $27,000 dollars (as of August, 2013) and that doesn't even include their house mortgage debt.

Alarming isn't it?

As a society we constantly hear "so and so has this job and she / he is doing really well." Are they? How are they doing emotionally? Being the President of the United States of America, some would consider that to be the creme de la creme of jobs. Yet we had a President (1992 - 2000) that cheated on his wife by having sexual relations with another woman. He was not the only one. There is another case, another President (1961 - 1963) that did the same thing. You'd think that a person in this position would be happy. But happy people don't do things like that. These people too had deep emotional and personal issues that they were dealing with.

This exhibition examines why people are so unhappy. It addresses issues of cliche' thinking and ways of creating a paradigm shift. It offers answers on how to have a prosperous, harmonious and joyful state of mind and being."

We hope you enjoy the exhibition.

Artistically Yours,

Nikolitsa Boutieros and Miles Patrick Yohnke


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"A major part of life is love. A universal quality - to be loved and wish for love in return."
--- Miles Patrick Yohnke


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"In catastrophic events it is common to hear 'I've lost everything', but that is incorrect. Losing everything would mean losing your mind, health and your ability to love your fellow man."
--- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"In a garden, growth occurs. So too in a body or in a mind. It's vital to see not what one wants, but rather, what one can give. Only in this state of living does one truly live."
--- Miles Patrick Yohnke


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"You have to give life a meaning. Enter into grace using every moment for an offering."
--- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"Anyone that has ever used alcohol wasn't looking for a feeling. They were looking for acceptance."
--- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"Racism: The Jew. The Gay. The Black. Whom do you hate? When one hates his brother, he hates himself."
--- Miles Patrick Yohnke


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"Kids are endlessly asking questions but adults rarely do. When did we stop? We consistently have to question. To be inquisitive."
--- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"There is no poetry in advertising. It is a form of war. To break us down. Distorted visions placed upon us to lock us in and dehumanize us. And in the end, they dehumanized themselves. It's the perfect platform of disillusion."
--- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"Structure for me came at an early age. I had an array of great toys. They were all kept in a box and that box was kept in a closet. When I wanted to play I'd go to the box and pick out the toy(s) that I wanted to lose my imagination in. When done I'd return that toy(s) back to that box."
---Miles Patrick Yohnke



"The power of language can destroy us or save us."
--- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"We can now watch our tragedies unfold before our eyes in HD, on our tablets or on our mobiles. We've really come so far with our latest technological breakthroughs. Sadly though we are still in the days of horse and buggy regarding our humanity and loving our fellow man."
--- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"Maybe if people were made of fine china they would take far better care of themselves."
--- Miles Patrick Yohnke


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"The smartphone has replaced the cigarette for many young girls."
--- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"For most the chase is all they know. And what they are chasing is someone else's conception of what they should be."
--- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"We all want to fit in. To be liked. We all want to be cool. Being cool though is actually a detachment from self. In fact, most people are so far apart from themselves that they are living in different time zones."
--- Miles Patrick Yohnke


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"Self awareness. This is one of if not the single most important thing we can develop. Yet 92% of people which includes Presidents, CEOs, teachers and folks from all walks of life never understand or grasp this simple concept. It is imperative to master this skill in order to know ourselves completely. A serial killer doesn't think he has a problem. That's the alarming thing about all of this."
--- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"The transformation point exists where we learn from both our pains and our pleasures."
--- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"Human growth can sometimes be a crappy process. You will have to crap on yourself a lot in order to grow. It's vital that we clean up our own act in order to not crap on others."
--- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"Post-war Germany and many other countries and people live in total ignorant darkness while in other countries, people are placing tattoos of darkness upon their skin."
--- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"There is not one good thing that has or will ever came out of alcohol use or abuse. Mood swings, hangovers, violence and hurt. Acting like an uneducated baboon. Broken families. Lives shattered. Mental, physical and sexual abuse. There is nothing cool in any form regarding alcohol. If you think there is then you are still living in the Neanderthal era."
--- Miles Patrick Yohnke


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"Decade after decade we have seen our childrens' attention spans shrinking. Social media and smartphones are only going to continue to compound this problem. They will not know how to write, understand nor appreciate great literature or even have proper human interaction."
--- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"It is great to be around like-minded people. One can sure feel like they are on an island. Alone. Perhaps in our minds we are looking for a certain structure. But what we may find is that like-minded people come in the form of children. That they are the inspiration. The like-minded souls. And we download their child-like apps. A refurbished soul can be rebooted."
--- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"We spend so much time with the decisions of colours for our walls and worrying if they are clean. We must break down the walls in our minds and invest real time into our children. To paint vivid colourful dreams in their minds. No walls. No boundaries, just windows. Windows to the world. Be there to show them all their great strengths."
--- Miles Patrick Yohnke


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"You say you have a trophy wife? What if she came in 3rd place? Then what?"
--- Miles Patrick Yohnke


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"...And you look down upon me? Take another look. You, with your endless debt of mortgages, cars and credit card payments. Anxiety and fears. You, my friend, are really me. Only just dressed up in a suit or skirt, said the panhandler."
--- Miles Patrick Yohnke


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"It enters through the mouth and comes their asses. A tongue full of sh*t, promises and tomorrows. This is one's experience with most politicians."
--- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"To all men and women, please put down your pom poms. We need more doers and leaders in this world. Not cheerleaders."
--- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"Intelligent with luxurious watches and automoblies. The smartest thinking with inspired designs, premium materials yet oddly most that own them are fat, one pack beer belly men. If they really wanted to impress anyone they should have invested that money into a gym membership."
--- Miles Patrick Yohnke


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"Sex, Drugs and Rock N' Role: Anyone that portrays or is fascinated by this is dealing with delusional dysfunction. I feel sorry for the poor ignorant bastard."
--- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"The Canadian tradition for many is to drink beer and fall down. Their I.Q. level can be found on any richter scale."
--- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"Any activity done well is a result of a profound passion from dedication to self."
--- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"When corresponding with each other don't make it feel like a stock report. Write from the heart."
--- Miles Patrick Yohnke


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"To turn back time. The evolution of this world which has seemingly died but yet has been buried. Haunted by wars. Haunted by power. Haunted by greed. Haunted by lies. Haunted by the spoken word of hatred. End the horror of this language and be replaced by haunting, merciful tenderness. Let this be buried into mankind's fabric."
--- Miles Patrick Yohnke


"I truly believe that if you want to create a healthy and honorable movement, you'll start by occupying yourself first. Developing and upgrading your own being. Upgrading your mind. Upgrading your own hard-drive. We must input new data. My input determines my output. Garbage in, garbage out. Good in, good out. You must now download anti-virus software of truth to rid your hard drives of self-pity, indecision, doubt, greed, ego, low self-esteem. Downloading apps of love, joy and peace to your own soul."
--- Miles Patrick Yohnke


--- Copyright © 2013 Miles Patrick Yohnke and Nikolitsa Boutieros
All Rights Reserved.



Nikolitsa Boutieros

Nikolitsa Boutieros is a multi-media artist from New York City. As an acclaimed photographer (her work has appeared in Spin.com, Time Out and various galleries).

Nikolitsa has photographed industry icons Nick Cave and Patti Smith to name just a few.

For more information on her, please visit her websites at: http://www.divinelightphotography.org and http://www.nikolitsa.com



Miles Patrick Yohnke

Globally recognized and award-nominated engineer, producer, writer, poet and founder and C.E.O. of 5 Star Productions, Miles Patrick Yohnke brings many years of experience to the music industry; including many awards in sales and marketing.

If you are looking at developing your career, Yohnke offers consulting in person, by phone or via email. For more info, please contact him directly at: 306.227.6379

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