Two excerpts from Daily Manager Logs I wrote to staff at Sqirl in Los Angeles in 2018, designed by Scott Barry (@miesenplace) and printed on wax and recycled paper bags, in current ongoing production for to-go items.

I like to think about this project as an interesting intersection where art, writing, design, archiving, community, and capital meet. As Floor Manager at Sqirl, a restaurant in Los Angeles, I began a daily email to the staff that quickly transformed from a short, prescriptive log of the day’s sales and major events to a playful, often zany & philosophical meandering about life and existence and dreams relevant to my artistic and healing processes, then connected to observations and interactions I had or overheard at work during the day. In other words, what began as merely a skeleton record became a dancing narrative thread weaving the daily chaos of energies together, creating our own living Sqirl mythology. Scott Barry, the artistic director of Sqirl, surprised me one day by printing two excerpts from the logs on the bottom of Sqirl’s new to-go bags—these excerpts, like secret windows into the stories that make up a thriving community center that’s much more than a restaurant, but also a churning, volcanic epicenter of Los Angeles’ ‘scene’ where community, art, and food meet; it’s a place of in-between’s, of finding temporary comfort within the flickering lostness of this mirage of a city…