‘make your own uncool’

Joshua Abelow

Recently at You Have Been Here Sometime, we found two really great posts (among a lot of good stuff): The first: a post called A Possible Yellow with two paintings and and interior that use various yellows: POSSIBLE yellows to consider for …where? ….a room?….a sign?….a dress…the side of a building….? We love the idea of collecting POSSIBLE colors, ideas, patterns… for use… somewhere.

The other was an excerpt of a letter from the artist Eva Hesse to Sol Lewitt (part of the wonderful Joshua Abelow, Interview pt. 2:

“From your description, and from what I know of your previous work and you [sic] ability; the work you are doing sounds very good “Drawing-clean-clear but crazy like machines, larger and bolder… real nonsense.” That sounds fine, wonderful – real nonsense. Do more. More nonsensical, more crazy, more machines, more breasts, penises, cunts, whatever – make them abound with nonsense.

“Try and tickle something inside you, your “weird humor. You belong in the most secret part of you. Don’t worry about cool, make your own uncool. Make your own, your own world. If you fear, make it work for you – draw & paint your fear and anxiety. And stop worrying about big, deep things such as “to decide on a purpose and way of life, a consistant [sic] approach to even some impossible end or even an imagined end”

You must practice being stupid, dumb, unthinking, empty. Then you will be able to DO!”

…There’s some advice to follow!

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