It’s about giving yourself away to a larger force. It’s about riding intuitive rails of thought and losing yourself in the pure fire of existence. The goal is not the poem itself, but the invention of language, the evolution of the human soul by expanding the realm of emotion. It’s about imagining a style that hasn’t been known yet.
When a son looks at his father’s convictions, he can choose to see certainties or see questions.
The mysterious and the unknown become increasingly valuable and important to retain our humanity so that we don’t turn into robots. That’s what art is to me — a manifestation of the human spirit — and flow state is the peak of the human spirit.
How can just a simple pencil line on a paper question all this ? I believe that drawing is the architecture of the mind. By learning to make “imperfect” shapes, I was learning to become imperfect. I was learning to be human.
Sometimes I ask myself if I’m always working, or never. Is meeting strangers considered work? If so, I’ve largely eclipsed the 35 hour work week.
The sprawling members of the New York crew were devotees of chess, comic books, and various forms of eastern philosophies, often referring to their borough of Staten Island as ‘Shaolin Island.’ In southern France, far from its glamorous capital, most of IAM’s members took on the names of Egyptian pharaohs.
I think my brain went berserk with the potential of the guitar. I remember grabbing a carrot peeler during an early recording session and using it on my guitar.
It’s a blind first stumble down a slippery slope — one that weakens my sense of direction, makes me send ‘lol’ instead of actually laughing, replaces essential parts of life and human connection simply because it can. I am scared that empathy will one day appear inconvenient, or optional.
“The pictures were painted directly through me, without any preliminary drawings and with great force. I had no idea what the paintings were supposed to depict.”
I’ve slept in dilapidated shacks without heat, shat in holes in the ground, and wondered where a next meal will come from. I’m not suggesting people go back to that. But I am suggesting that western society has forgotten that we are organisms that need nature.