542. June 27…Bill has the answers…he really does…

Thoughts from the "Tinman"

“The Last Song” ©2011 Robert Redus

“Babies have big heads and big eyes, and tiny little bodies with tiny little arms and legs. So did the aliens at Roswell! I rest my case.” – William Shatner

“If you have it flaunt…it”…but don’t deep down inside at the core of our being…we hate “It” when “It’s” flaunted…and generally dislike the one doing the flaunting….maybe it’s because they have and we don’t or they can and we can’t….or maybe it’s they have and we do too…they can…and we decide not to…and I think in most cases it is the latter…which shows some sign of grace…acquired over some length of time…

I was a bouncer at the Hard Rock Café in Honolulu….”bouncer” has some connection to the movie Road House…sounds aggressive…stinks of beer…3:AM…and bar flies….being a family restaurant not to mention the busiest Hard Rock on the planet…the management preferred to call us “Security”…there is an air about the word “Security”…I quickly envision suits…ear pieces…calling clients…”The Package”…door opening…black limos and everything that says a 2011…fall release movie…starring Colin Farrell…well not true…my job was to stop what might happened if it did…check identification and generally keep the peace…it was simple…rarely exciting and the perfect place for me to be and be single…

Often I was confronted by people who forgot to bring identification for the bar…and could or could not get in…depending on how they tried to convince me was the determining factor for “No” or “Yes” if they got …“No”…they began “Flaunting”…asking me if I knew who they were…how much money they made…did I know that these shoes…cost more money than I made as a “Stupid Doorman”…in 2 months…and the final plea was always…”c’mon we’re on vacation”…I generally responded with “No”…”No”…“No”…” Really…why in the world should I believe you of all people are on vacation?”…when “No” was as clear as the rhinoplasty nose…check and jowl augmentation and spray on tan on their face…they either did one of 2 things…threatened my job…or…became nice…it was never about premeditated squirming for me…it was really about those first few seconds of them convincing me as to why they needed to get in the restaurant…. because nice people…are not going to be taking off their clothes…getting rowdy…and starting trouble….there was a holistic plan…beneficial…and effective…

I began thinking of having plans…as I’ve never been a real planner…and I think because of an extraordinarily short attention span…my plans generally have a few minute life span…great for spontaneity…but long trips are a little unnerving…if timetables are important to you…I like to think of myself as mobile…but really I am more anchored than I profess…there are all of these conversations I have with Traffic and Elvis…about plans…our plans in particular…we…or really I do all of the discussing…they basically listen or at least have convinced by their looks they are listening…I discuss art plans with them…

art plans are difficult…because the planning part of the brain doesn’t work while the creating part is in the “On” position…there is always a disconnect that occurs…

the more I’ve been involved in producing art…the more I’m getting that it’s always about “The Work”…yet it is also always about “What’s going to happen with the work right now”…I’m not a paint to paint sort of guy…I prefer…the capitalist mentality about producing art and how:

paintings=dollars…which=some part of the happiness pie which in turn=time

there have been 2 events outside of my world that have indirectly affected me to a point that I have come to some few very definitive conclusions…conclusions I am going to do something about:

1.    Art is just art…make it affordable…

2.   Life is shorter than we all think

3.   Anything can happen

4.   If it feels right…it probably is

5.   A well thought out plan is well worth the time thinking

6.   “Hike your own Hike”

7.   Everything I do today has got to be alright

8.   No Regrets

9.   Do something worthwhile everyday

10. Make it effortless…

so in essence…show it off if you’ve got it….cause it won’t last forever…make it cheap…easy to deal with….and something you can handle on a daily basis….and as Miss Kitty from Gunsmoke says:

“You listen to me, cowboy. I’ve got you out from underneath my fingernails and you’re gonna stay out”

484. February 2nd… “Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.” Debussy

Art and my thoughts about being an artist

“Live, Work…..Look, Love, Loaf, Lose, Loathe, Load, Loan, Loosen?” 2011

“How do I stay so healthy and boyishly handsome? It’s simple. I drink the blood of young runaways.” – William Shatner

we talked about intention…and if it really means anything in making art…and I came to the conclusion that it does not…

intention may begin the process…but the the departure from the system is not very likely…the rules that were set in place are also the rules that are followed…perhaps steering off of the original line a bit…yet never really far enough to look like a different driver…each piece has a similar look to the last piece and the one that will follow it…

so it led me to think about style…and recognition…and if both of these are crucial to producing art…repetition of some process creates…consistency in appearance…and so why is consistency important  while producing inconsistency…is … “all over the board”…and perhaps…less desirable…

I suppose consistency is a great idea when it comes to marriage…restaurants… relationships…manufacturing…watch making…cow milking…returning phone calls…being a sales rep…or doctor…the space shuttle…and things that require a continuum mentality…

what about aesthetic…does consistency have a place…

In times like these I always revisit conversations with my friend/mentor John Wenger….he handed me…a philosophy…I in turn…diseccted…and adapted to fit my shoe size….and have been working with in my own work…that consitency in painting…is as good as it is if it’s important…otherwise painting where no rules exists requires some different attachment to the process…and I think it is very difficult to eliminate the single thread of recognition that ties work together…points back to the artist….and says…”He did it”…so maybe it’s about how rules are made….I don’t know the psychology of rule making…but I’m certainly going to find out….this could be a nice explosion….

here in New Mexico…you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting an artist…and we have a lineage of “Famous” artists that I understand have helped…”Shape” the art world…yet they contributed to it by producing about the same thing…many many times over…which secured a handhold…and defined a career…this always makes me think of Gladwell’s book…”The Outliers”…about place…association and timing…and really nothing more…

I’ve never been a fan of Judy Chicago’s work…call me a Neanderthal pig…yet her consistent grip of “Feminine Art”…has clearly defined her..and her career…most noteblly recognized for “Dinner Party”…I saw her literally at the local museum show here last year…a life size photograph….her 72 year old naked body wrapped in a garden hose…an award winning smile….and the only thing…I could do was sing silently to myself the song….”Brandy”…by the one hit wonder band Looking Glass….I left the museum thinking of why….and I don’t know for certain if her rules had changed…her intention migrating to a different set of rules or what…but for as little as I care for her work…I know the image of naked Judy is burned into my mind much like Dinner Party….and I admire her inconsistency…intentional or not….well…it worked for me…

The ideal situation for a painter would be….selective daily amnesia…mixed with the movie Momento..following the story line of Groundhog Day….

“I recently took up ice sculpting. Last night I made an ice cube. This morning I made 12, I was prolific.” – Mitch Hedberg