- 19 February 1997
- Six-Pack Portfolios
- I used to sit around with my late friend and coconspirator Paul drinking too much beer. (It's easy to tell when you've had too much beer: there's no more room for any more beer.) We'd have conversations that defied gravity and reason, flights of brilliance that were always gone without a trace within hours.
The one exception was my idea do make a series of Six-Pack Portfolios. I thought it would be wonderful to photograph the empty crushed beer cans and present the image along with a synopsis of the conversation that accompanied their consumption.
Sadly, my idea was fundamentally flawed. At the end of every six-pack no one felt compelled to provide a transcript of the preceding conversation.
- 20 February 1997
- Commodities Speculation
- I went to an exhibition of art work by an old friend. I was very disappointed; he had more or less given up making art to concentrate on making money. His new work consisted of little more than commodities speculation.
I probably shouldn't be so critical. The work was selling well and he appeared to be happy. Drunk and happy. Is there more to art than being happy and inebriated?
- 21 February 1997
- I Miss You Too
- A friend told me that a woman I once loved very much (and thus, by personal definition, still do) spent a few hours reading this very public notebook. Her visit in absentia has made me remarkably cheerful.
- 22 February 1997
- Perceptive Bluff
- Catherine Millet posits that "Two types of 'progressive' art coexist today, side-by-side, in the same galleries and museums: the kind that has sharpened our perception, visual and otherwise, and that which has blinded us with its bluff." That sounds right, although I can't decide whether she's sharpened my perception or blinded me with her bluff.
- 23 February 1997
- I heard that the French government gave Gioacchino Rossini a pension after two successful productions. He reportedly spent the rest of his life eating truffles and foie gras. I think that neatly sums up the cases for and against government support for the arts.
- 24 February 1997
- In Retrospect
- In retrospect, I can see I shouldn't have made this photograph.
- 25 February 1997
- Walking Floating
- I was taking a boring walk on a boring route on a boring day through a boring town when I decided to act. I pretended that my head was a sentient balloon drifting slowly down the street almost two meters off the ground. I got lost and was almost hit by a car; it was fun.
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