June - August 2018/
For much of 2018, I've been burying black & white photos of mid-century business men beneath pinkish scraps of paper.
Though I'm still not sure what the work is driving at (my daily mantra is often "What the fuck am I doing here?"), I'm just rolling with it.
In a recent episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Dave Chappelle says something to Jerry Seinfeld about how the idea takes you where it wants to go.** And that's what I'm doing: letting the idea, the impulse that if I just keep doing iterations on this motif, I'll get to where I need to go.
And, ultimately, I don't think it matters what I think I'm doing. Or what I think I'm trying to say. It's not for me to decide anyway.
All that matters is that I make the work.
There's an Andy Warhol quote that I'm reminded of: “Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”
I also like to the think, along with deciding if the work is "good or bad, whether they love it or hate it," that everyone else should decide what it means, too.
** h/t Austin Kleon who breaks down the episode and the quote on his blog.