Category Archives: art theory

“Notes (On Transparency)” by Richard F. Yates

[I needed something to write myself a note on, but all I could find in the dark room was this transparency from the trash! —RFY] “We make sense thru stories. My fragments and nonsense, instead of providing complete narratives, provide … Continue reading

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“Lest We Forget” by Richard F. Yates

[This bit below is from the introduction to the first Primitive Collection. I’ve always been enchanted by stories of people going to see the Sex Pistols in concert and saying things like, “That was awful! I could do better than … Continue reading

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“Executive Decision” by The Primitive Entertainment Workshop

A decision has been made. (Notice the passive voice construction in that statement, which contributes to the suspense: We don’t know WHO made the decision. It might have been made by a crazy person or by a person whose motives … Continue reading

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“45 and Still Alive” by Richard F. Yates

I turn 45 in a few days—and I still wonder… My dad, when he was in his 50s, said, “I wonder what I’m going to be when I grow up?” I laughed at the time, but I get it now. … Continue reading

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“DERP?” by Richard F. Yates

I spotted this sticker on the hand dryer in a Wendy’s bathroom in Longview, WA. I don’t know what it MEANS (a band? an acronym? just a humorous word?), but I liked the placement and the bold lettering. With art, … Continue reading

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“Read a Damn Book – 032: Understanding Comics”

Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, comic books were HOT! Mainstream comics (Marvel & DC) were doing well, collectors’ prices were up, and the classic characters were on everyone’s mind. Tim Burton’s Batman film (from 1989) smashed box-office … Continue reading

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“Art in a Vacuum?” by Richard F. Yates

Art doesn’t happen in a vacuum—no matter how fancy the brand of vacuum or how large the collection bag. —Richard F. Yates

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