For the Ride of Your Life:

"It may well be that there is no human urge more fundamental than that of making a mark"-

In the words of Chuck Close: "You Just Have to Show Up

"I would like to make something that is real in itself," [Arthur Dove] once wrote, "that does not remind anyone of any other thing, and that does not have to be explained like the letter A, for instance."

“Art is never an end in itself; it is only an instrument for tracing the lines of lives.”

—Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari (qtd. in West)


Tuesday, August 24, 2010


I am a product of the sum of my parts, a totality, a whole.
When part of the whole is missing, I become incomplete.

Something cannot be missing if it were never present, and
Once it goes missing, it never really totally dissipates.

The absence becomes noticeably present
The missing, still here, begins to redefine what is left.

The absence and the presence compete.
The 'thing' that is real is not total.
Its outer covering has cracked open, exposing the wholeness
as it spills out into the void which hovers, engulfs and clashes.

The absence is still present as the presence fades into absence.

In essence, both have gone missing.

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