December 7, 2023


masterpiece of human

A dry grassy field with blue and ruddy brownish hills in the distance. a black cow stands in the middle looking over their shoulder towards the camera.

Notes From Our Last Meeting : Open Space

We arrive at Tecopa Incredibly hot Springs soon after darkish. It’s far too late to use the pools. Thanks to an incident (importance expressed on the attendant’s deal with) the unisex bathtub is out of company. The indicator on the door reads Shut IN PERPETUITY. Alison notices that somebody kind of like a beaver rigged an unsanctioned sizzling tub in the feeder spring by our campsite. She has a soak. The up coming early morning we see that it is crammed with parts of rubbish like sweet bar wrappers and crushed up fragments of waxed board. Disturbed, she fishes them out. I determine what the hell and get into the makeshift pool and desire it were hotter and felt considerably less like the decomposing lake bottom at Girl Scout camp in the Poconos. Even the texture of trampled grasses underfoot on the way to the lake is replicated at the edge of this hole. I get out and consider a shower in the bathhouse and Charlie and I go for a appear all over. Right behind our campsite is a fenced region and inside of it a pond that has two straight edges and one that appears to be like purely natural. This pond is lined with black plastic sheeting and steams somewhat and there is a duck toward the middle. I experienced not imagined myself viewing a duck in the desert so I have no plan what sort. Or I predicted a mirage and bought a single. This is the to start with time I have viewed a sewage lagoon, you know it when you see it even although it is placid and odorless, and when we switch back again towards our spring hole to gauge the length I see my initial roadrunner, fervently imagined, standing on a picnic table searching wonderful.


A dry grassy field with blue and ruddy brownish hills in the distance. a black cow stands in the middle looking over their shoulder towards the camera.


We read, a lot of many years afterwards immediately after our artistic self-perception was set, that the teacher improved our paintings in the evenings when we have been gone. She had a rigidity to her approach and ideal end result, which was rolling bucolic landscapes with no livestock. Houses deserted when the bordering timbers were lower. Usually a perfunctory wash of color very first, blue to underpin a heat tumble landscape and orange for a spring a single. The impulse is to give the perception of talent and the harm that’s done is folks stop up contemplating they must be artists, or that they should really be artists a particular way, with prescribed resources and vernacular. I photo her applying minimal hillocks of the complicated ultramarine she kept in her office with the narrowest brushes. I under no circumstances observed anything weird. I agree that art shouldn’t be solitary but it guaranteed is.

Teleportation is probable by like objects (the coloration wheel and the circle of fifths), mists and gases, great smells, and the apparent portals like term selection and holes. 

No a single notices the enhanced high quality of my mark-building. 

I am making an attempt to cease excluding issues I detest or obtain uninteresting or upsetting from my shots. 

Up coming methods: gossip indicating what I imply all the time not just when mad intrusive views about repairing the dull article-war paintings at the museum sublimating futility into very little particles endings that are openings.

I can attract a thousand methods to experience empty or open.

I’m harmless.


The river is frothy white and narrows absent from the glass. A wide variety of tree trunks show up together with it, lower off beneath the cover, and rounded aged environmentally friendly-blue then gray-blue mountains peek concerning them “in the length.” There is a seam where the painted background and the arranged shrub-like and fern-like resources meet, so perfectly performed it is tough to discern. If you press your face in, which is not proposed mainly because of suspended disbelief, you can see an inconceivable apparent sky with cirrus wisps curving forward to satisfy the glass. This is nearly like authentic life. 

Easy bare tree limbs criss-cross the sculpted part of the river. The trillium and nettles are not visible. Cinnabar chanterelles are concealed beneath scattered detritus. Gorgeous gentle rocks you can grind up and paint with are in such a river, and hard ones like unakite and jasper, and black and orange salamanders, and juvenile rainbow trout, and wolf spiders. None of that is visible. The inhabitants are out for repairs and there is a placard detailing all the things.

For Charlie Macquarie, Alison Jean Cole, and Claudia La Rocco.