Wednesday…July 8th….A Few Thoughts…for Today

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                                                                                                                                             “Urinals in the Old Bathroom”, Albuquerque Museum 2009

Marcel Duchamp  produced very little work in his life time…but what he did produce was maybe not so appealing as it was…controversial and caused great change….his piece… Fountain …..which was a urinal….met with needless to say…mixed reviews….Duchamp shaped an art world in way….that needed something new….I think what Duchamp was doing was providing a… “Doorway”…for those who wanted….to walk through…..and never return in a sense….he offered artists the ability to question the provincial mindset…and depart from a platform….that was gaining stability…..and strength…through movements like Dada and Surrealism….movements that were “NEW”…uncertain yet…exciting…

I began thinking about the idea of “Doorways” and how they are….often presented…seems they appear when we are at critical mass…..or overwhelmed with life….or in some enormous transition….we’ve  all heard the cliche….about closing doors to open others….and I’m certain there is some truth to that…although….does this door opening possibility also appear in times of non-transition….times when critical mass does not exist….or when our lives are as smooth as a still pond….I am sure it does…so the question then…is…what makes us see the opportunity…and move forward or stay still….close one and open another…I am at the exact place…..where in front of me is Bob Barker…pointing to the 4 doors….that Carol Marol is standing in front…I guess it’s “GO” time……maybe a washer dryer….a lifetime supply of Rice a Roni (the San Francisco Treat)…or a NEW CAR!!!!!…

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One thought on “Wednesday…July 8th….A Few Thoughts…for Today

  1. Comfort and discomfort seem to be the main motivators for change and stasis in humans. I think your prediction for 2009 is right on, Robert: this is the year to learn how to paint with the back of one’s head. Go ahead, dude. Paddle out.

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