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“Process (Behind the Scenes)” by Richard F. Yates

Constantly drawing. Always have a scrap of paper or chunk of cardboard or notebook at hand. I’ve been an “artist” (though decidedly unprofessional) since I was a kid. I remember being six or seven years old and drawing monsters, and … Continue reading

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“Monstrosity” by Charlie Centipede

For some people, Halloween is over. Time to put the monsters and ghosts and bunnies away until next year. But I disagree. The world is clearly haunted (or—at the very least—horrific) all year round, not just in the autumn. If … Continue reading

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“The Gesture” by Richard F. Yates

All we have is the gesture. As an average citizen, a not-born-rich, not particularly athletic, not super intelligent, not well trained, DEFINITELY NOT LUCKY, average human being, I’ll never have my artwork in the Louvre, and I’ll never be on … Continue reading

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“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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“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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“An Outsider Looks at the Outside of Art” by Richard F. Yates

I’m 44 years old, never went to art school, and ain’t rich. For some reason, though, I make “art.”* *[“Art” is a strange thing. There are a multitude of definitions, and none of them seems to adequately explain the concept. … Continue reading

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