Haunted by “Make Art Damnit”

24 Jan

So there I was, being there, as usual. Sitting in an easy chair, watching the ds106 hashtag stroll by. So much beauty. So many opportunities for art.

So I start humming, softly at first, “Make Art Damnit.” It rolled around my noggin like golfballs in an empty paint can. Clunk. Clunk.

I started wondering what others think art might be. Like, do some people see lamp shades as art? Poodle poop? Hairstyles? What is this art?

So I figure I’d ask some folks. I asked this guy, Paul Ewing. He makes art. This kind. Really beautiful stuff. I remember the day I met him.

“Hi, my name is Todd.”

“Hey, I’m Paul”

“Looks like you take a lot of pictures?” He had a camera around his neck.

“Yeah,” he said. “Want to see some?”

Five minutes later I was sitting in his office and I was wearing these 3D glasses and he has music playing and I am staring at all these wild images on his computer screen.

We have become good friends.

Here is what Paul thinks about making art, damnit.

3 Responses to “Haunted by “Make Art Damnit””

  1. Don Potata January 25, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    I make ART to impress chicks dood!

  2. elainebawden January 25, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

    I really enjoyed this “Haunted by Make Art Damnit”” It has excellent flavor and personality Paul.

  3. Rusty Gentry January 26, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    Afuckingmen! As Nietzsche says, “Life’s only justification is an aesthetic one.” Given that this was written in the birth of tragedy, I don’t think that Nietzsche had fully grasped the fully double significance of his statement. Foucault certainly carried this idea to its logical limit. Hence, no Foucault. Alas…

    I would add a final reason to make art; because it makes people think. It stimulates the mind. If one doesn’t do at least a single thing a day to make another person perceive or think differently, why the hell are you acting or talking? I’m not asking anyone to like me. If you didn’t consider that question just now, however, donate your organs while they are fresh. You’re brain dead!

    Bravo, Paul!

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