"Sunrise and Sunset at the Same Time (Collage)" by Richard F. Yates

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This here piece of art-craft is a collage, in a TOTEM STYLE. The top is a piece that I created, mostly as an affirmation for ME, so that I remember what I'm focusing on with my art... ART, for me, is frivolous. Or it CAN be. There has, of course, … (read more)

This here piece of art-craft is a collage, in a TOTEM STYLE. The top is a piece that I created, mostly as an affirmation for ME, so that I remember what I'm focusing on with my art... ART, for me, is frivolous. Or it CAN be. There has, of course, been important work that had very specific meaning, and even utility---but that's no me. I'm more in the DADA territory, where art is, perhaps, ANTI-ART. It's COMBATING the myth that creativity MUST be useful. That it MUST be commercial. That is MUST be significant or it's not ART. I say, bull. Art is what I do---even if it's just a few scribbles of colored pencil in a notebook and a couple of words. Its pointlessness IS its utility. That's the point... Shit... I just contradicted myself. By being pointless, it IS being useful. Dammit... Oh well. EMBRACE THE CONTRADICTION! See how pointless and useful and frivolous and utterly important this work is? You must!

Part two is a semi-abstract bit, originally published a few years ago on my own little site---but ignored and forgotten by the world. (It's a ghost... A non-remembered memory of an earlier time.) This part of the totem is where I got the title, "Sunrise and Sunset at the Same Time." Again, a contradiction. Woooo! That's two out of three contradictions so far! One more and I win a stuffed animal!

The final, bottom, piece of this totem represents the Underworld. It's also the first time I've CRYPTO-TOKENIZED my NON-COM-ARTS logo, with the little monster trying to consume the little stick figures. The "NON-COM" in the arts stands for a number of different things: "Non compromising" or "Non commercial" or "Non complacent" or whatever. The point is that it's art made with passion but not necessarily for profit. The ART is the REWARD. I'm not against SELLING artwork, but the fulfillment of the CREATIVE URGE is the most important element of the process... (Is there a contradiction here? I'll think about it... Let's just move on for now...)

What ties all these pieces together into a single, coherent whole? Uuummm... They all have horizontal lines? YEAH! That's it... There's a LINE theme, which I'm sure in each case the lines represent the standard, traditional, culturally acceptable way that you're supposed to LOOK at art. But my shit ignores, transcends, distorts, or (in some extreme cases) DESTROYS the traditional, commercial PURPOSE for art... (AH HA! I've figured out the contradiction in the third part of the totem! Why, if my purpose for NON-COM-ARTS is to subvert the standard commercial tropes and PURPOSE that art is supposed to be about, did I make a FUCKING LOGO? A logo which I'm trying to use to draw people to my website??? (Which is https://noncom.art.blog by the way...) Seems like a contradiction to me!!! DING! DING! DING!!! We have a trifecta! Hand that bastard a Kewpie-doll!)

And that's why I don't drink much anymore... What's your story?

---Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)


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