Thomas Arthur Schaefer

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Give You My Time, Now I Give You My Brain

Untitled (2016)
Newsprint, photocopy, four-color-process print, tissue paper and acrylic on cardstock
8.5 x 11 inches / 21.6 x 27.9 cm

It's late... or early at this point in the AM. Sitting here working on some postcards in my office, my dog is sleeping beside me. Looking at a set of 2 pieces in particular — a thought occurs. Working on a pair of 'twins', not sure who they are for just yet. I have a thought and want to make a note to myself on this thought. This is important, so act on this. If not now then in the near future... but you're getting old friend, so if you don't act in the now, you'll never act. Stay in the now, as you have been of recent. Act. Act. Act.

Think about the work. Look at it as a Process Artist. Look at it in the progress of process. Process. Process. Process. Now... tell the Process Artist to go get a cup of coffee. Steal the work. Deny him the satisfaction of process. Deny. Deny. Deny.

Why not consider abandoning some parts of the process to preserve the inherent nature of that process in the work. Show the 'HOW'. Allow the 'WHY'. Show the unpredictable. Show the aborted pieces. Force the abortion to remain a part of the whole. Deny that aborted portion a second life elsewhere and force them to live in the disharmonius world that is the process in its natural unfinished, unprocessed, unpredictable environment. Save the knife for something else this one instance. Save and celebrate.

Look at the parts. Look at how they laugh and enjoy themselves. Don't deny who they are. Let them be who they are. Let the world see. Let the world decide. Stop trying to readapt things and let them manifest themselves as they will. Let them be as themselves. Do not over-define the work. Let the work define itself.

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