I just gotta be me….no matter who it bothers…even if it’s Colonel Sanders

Writings from the "Cuff'

“A lot of learned men think people really are the food they’ve eaten.” – Colonel Sanders

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“Fixing the Sidewalk” ©2013, Robert Redus

I really do love religion….and not because I believe in it…but because of how it has convinced so many people that “Doing Right” is just a part of being religious and since we opted in at the top of the food chain and morality chain…by definition it gives us a right over just about anything we want to be in charge of….not to mention in the midst of a war…God is on “Our” side…not theirs…even though they think God is on “their” side… what are they thinking…

though if God is on both sides….doesn’t that seem like overusing the word “Check”….

for as “smart” as we are and for as much that has been used and implemented in the name of religion…regardless of the religion…we are not very forgiving…nor are we accepting…understanding…empathetic…compassionate…loving…caring…or anything that even remotely resembles the concept of…LOVE…which call me crazy…but I think religion is brewed in that ideology…sort of…

Some people believe that the earth and all of it’s creatures were given to us by God for our use…to do with what we want and to exploit it to the point of no return…which is where we sit today…this is one of the bumper stickers on my truck:

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I mean really…what if Jesus really does show up and is just nothing here but a smoldering heap of what used to be the planet….there’s nobody to save…this is surely a WTF moment….

Global warming…no global warming…GMO’s no GMO’s…God…Allah….A bucket of Original KFC….all of these are just the distractions…Bob Dylan said….not necessarily with regard to the actual weather….”You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows”…and in this case he’s correct..eat a tomato from Walmart….looks like a tomato….red…crunchy…tasteless…and less of a tomato than a tomato should really be….the food we eat is not what it really is described as….the west coast has been polluted by the Fukashima disaster…and it ain’t going away…Cattle are the new canary in the mine….so to speak….take a gander …..if it looks scary….it’s because it is….and Point of No Return…. means just that…adios…hasta la vista….bien camino….

really….take a deep breath of the air around where you live…have a few glasses of water direct from the tap….maybe some fast food…get a blood panel….cheat on your spouse a little more….squeeze as much money as you can from everything you touch…buy more shit…lie more about who you are not what you do to prove who you really are….pretend help is a few cans in a bag at Thanksgiving….keep thinking…”Get a job” to the guy on the corner asking for money….and realize you…me…all of us have played a huge part in making the landscape….look like this….really…just take a look at which way the wind blows…the smoke from the tower….should tell you something…

Our blue recycled container arrived today….I’m quivering with anticipation….and loathing that I am going to fill it up with useless packaging that was designed so I’d buy the product…via visual appeal…and it doesn’t really have to be that way…so my goal is not to fill it…which means I have to continually buy products that don’t rely on how they want me to see it….

We are in a bit of a fix….I like the bumper sticker I’ve seen on a few cars… “Jesus Saves”….well now more than ever is the time for a little bit more than a little bit of saving to happen…

Clearly if people will just open their eyes…get rid of the need to be right bullshit… the sanctimonious attitude….and the idea that someday things are going to be fine….because it said so somewhere….here is the truth…..Colonel Sanders just might be one of the living dead…

so pray hard my little pretties…and hope you are here for the show down…and if not…have coke and a smile….

“I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up – they have no holidays.” Henny Youngman

February 12th 2013…9:35AM…And I’m questioning why I went to art school….instead of becoming a Daredevil….or Cowboy…or Pearl Diver

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“6:10AM.  Proof, I am a Zombie” ©2012 Robert Redus

“My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.” 

Music is a wonderful device…Bob Marley said… “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain”….I agree with Bob…unless of course the person playing isn’t  a musician at all, but is plucking, strumming, fretting….doing whatever musicians do with the instrument in their hand…yet think they are a musician based on maybe a few lessons…some natural talent…a god given gift…dad saying you play the spoons pretty darn good….or  self-taught. I mean really how do you teach yourself something you don’t know the first thing about but still think you have the ability to teach yourself….are there self-taught biologists…or self-taught astronomer…maybe there are self-taught veternarians…hire a self-taught lawyer or self taught dentist…and watch what happens….now before you say…“Hey wait a minute…don’t you know dentists and lawyers have to go to school”…you should also think of the answer to the question first…and that would be…so does anyone who wants to be better at what they already do. ED U CA TION is the secret to knowing more…learning more…doing more…being more…seeing more…knowing more….having more…

psychologists have shown that expertise takes right at 10 years…that’s 3,650 days….before you have the ability to look at your work and see where you were in relationship to where you began….where you currently are and where you may very well be headed in the future as a professional whatever you might be…and especially those who define “Art” as their profession…regardless of the art you use to define that profession. Read Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell….timing and about 10,000 hours and it just might happen….

is there any reason to wonder why selling art or music or film…in….say Albuquerque is as likely as…Monsanto saying…“you know, you guys are right….were taking all of that GMO stuff off the market….we’ve realized that people are much more important than profits”…..

Every thing is pie…and that pie is divided into as many slices as can be manageably cut…and unlike the  Jesus turning a few GMO salmon and a couple of glasses of 2 Buck Chuck into food and drink for 300…this is the reality of the “art” market in Albuquerque….the pie is sliced so thin…it can’t be pickup…held….eaten…or even run through the digestive tract enough to know it ever even happened…really all that can take place is observation…while the end result will probably not be found where you think it will….juried show or not….

You’re either competing with every group of people with instruments who call themselves a band for a deal at the VFW…or you’re showing your film on the side of a building to an audience  who are made up of 55% homeless…40% of people just passing by while the remaining 5% are your family and girlfriend….or  you’re showing your work in a “Gallery” run by a  couple that just love Albuquerque and moved here from Northern California…..and have….“always wanted to sell art” and your stuff is next to a 7-year-old who paints drink coasters and on the other side of you is a guy  who makes bolo ties from license plates…(Real event….no kidding)

So the 505…Land of Enchantment….Burque….has more artists per capita than most other states…what need be done about that?… you ask….well first we must conjure up an image of Marie Antoinette… and whether she said “Let them eat cake”….or not…is incidental….those who did the deed felt that they were removing the correct head…so to speak…The truth might never save you but they say it sets you free….who ever they are….so that’s where it begins….placating…pacifying art/music/film revues in local magazines are not the truth…self appointment is not the truth..look what happened in Jonestown……uneducated art/music/film critics are not the truth…those are opinions…George W had those…Anything ending in Gallery is not always the truth…Santa Fe is not the truth…notes…words…colors…images are not always the truth…Let them eat cake!!!!

so what ever head you may be thinking about…figuretively….make sure it’s the truth…might be your truth…which just might be untrue….but know…correct head or not….when the head is gone:

I now have this bumper sticker on my truck….I think….it is the truth….but I might be lying….

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I recently ran into a friend of mine who has been a professional photographer for 45 years. he is well-educated, knows his art extremely well and has made a very good living selling his work for his entire career….he said to me…“Digital cameras are great..they give everybody that sense of  what being an artist is like”

“Most of us have only two or three genuinely interesting moments in our lives; the rest is filler.”