26 LETTERS

An exploration of relationship through the 26 Letters of the alphabet.
Each letter serves as an access point to a larger dialogue around connectivity, intimacy & friendship.
A “letter” was shared each day for the month of February,
resulting in a compilation of emotional subtext for curated dialogue and spacial activations.
‘26 LETTERS’ debuted at the California Institute of the Arts in 2019.


Materials: Sound, film, photography, acrylic, collage, digital media, graphic design & live performance.
All original works by Tru (unless stated otherwise or in collaboration with)


A - “AFRAID”





B - “BE”




C - “COMPASSION” 
IN COLLABORATION WITH SCOTT KELLEY





D - “DON’T WORRY” (LIVE PERFORMANCE)
UNKNOWN PHOTOGRAPHER





E - “EMPYREAN”
IN COLLABORATION WITH CAMERON GREENE






F - “FUSS”
IN COLLABORATION WITH JOSHUA VALLE






G - “GLOOM”
ACRYLIC, 4’ X 4’




H - “HOLD TIGHT”





I - “ISN’T THIS LOVE”
IN COLLABORATION WITH AHJEE PARKER





J - “JADED”
ARTWORK, LOVERBOY





K - “KNOW LOVE”
IN COLLABORATION WITH SOPHIA MCDOWELL






L - “LIBERATORY”
IN COLLABORATION WITH BRONTE VELEZ





M - “MAYBE NEXT TIME”







N - “NOTHING ON YOU” (LIVE PERFORMANCE)
UNKNOWN PHOTOGRAPHER






O - “ONEIRIC”
IN COLLABORATION WITH SYDNEY WAYNE & MAYA ANGEL





P - “PAIN”





Q - “QUEEN”
IN COLLABORATION WITH CAMERON GREENE





R - “RIPPLE”
ARTWORK, LOVERBOY


We are the ripples

Effect, of known causes

Connected by trauma

Finding our treasure

We weave magic.

Thereʼs beauty in that magic; 

In the strength of the people.

Power is the people

Collective consciousness; collecting common sense.

What a time weʼre in.

What a time to be alive.

I hear cries as loud as the cheers

I see smiles often as tears,

And in all,

We dance together.



S - “SENTIMENT”
ARTWORK, LOVERBOY



Stop yourself

Stop yourself

Take a minute just a moment

Go and realign yourself

I got problems

All been through it

We all deprived of help

How we survive this hell

Only the time will tell

Iʼm wishing on stars

They shooting my brothers and sisters

We all on a hitlist

We all on a mission

We journey to justice and freedom

Seeing my people believe that they equal

And that they deserve it

And that they worth this life that we all blessed with

I got message, listen, dont you forget it

I  - Cannot pretend I ainʼt fed up

The gestures are reckless

My efforts are nothing compared to the essence of love in the ether

That got us connected

You must not forget

That all come from places we never remember for sake of us falling in love again

And then again, and then again

Earth is buried all secrets

You know that itʼs sacred

You safe with us

Tell us your story dont save it

We all want the glory we all want the cake and we all want a cut at the end of the day

We all have this pain

And we all got our pleases

We all got some habits we needing to break

Fuss out my face

With that fairness

Flush out the waste I canʼt take this

Now and then I grab the pen and lace the page the fiend as finally spoke again

Toke the token kid, he rolling lowkey the most potent of poets you heard of yet, yeah

Sure enough if itʼs one thing that can heal the scars of this world we in

Itʼs love, thats the divine within

I need away

To let go of my worries

I turn the page

But the Memories keep on burning

Holes in through my heart

And Iʼm fillin these

Voids with the wrong thangs

Iʼm filling these voids with the wrong waves 

Wonder when I’m gon’ learn my lesson 

Maybe I’m a bad student

Baby I’m a bad influence 

Tell me what you plan on doing tonight

You got me sentimental

You got me feeling things I aint felt before 

You got me feeling things I gotta let you know

Sentimental, you got me sentimental.




T - “TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT”





U - “UNCONDITIONAL” 
IN COLLABORATION WITH BARLITXS





V - “VULNERABILITY”
PHOTOGRAPH, EUNNURI LEE

PHOTOGRAPH, JOSUÈ RIVAS




W - “WHEN THE HEART WINS”
IN COLLABORATION WITH JAQ MALIQ






X - “XANTHIPPE”






Y - “YOUNG & RECKLESS”
IN COLLABORATION WITH CAMERON GREENE & MANNY S. JIMENEZ








Z - “ZOETIC” 



L-O-V-E

Zoetic

Feel so poetic

Vital to life

I know what I neeed

I get it

We all in daze

So many struggles a day

Blowing my bubbles away

Im feelin lonely

But like it alone

So Iʼm never phased

Write on page

Passion is safer

My love on the page

I write like a savior

Saying

Why why my people gotta go thru it like that

We work hard for that paper

Then big man take it back

We all cut from the same cloth

No matter white or you black

But these days itʼs only few hearts who believe that

Itʼs energy that we love

Yet energy that we lack

Caught up with all the buzz

Got you fussin like that

Donʼt be jaded

By the wrong thangs

Who am I to say whatʼs right

But we know what the song say

This no ordinary love

Very rare like that Sade

If I fall in love I hope I donʼt shy away.



“REFERENCES”
PHOTOGRAPH, SARAH SEKULA


ARTWORK, LOVERBOY



fin.