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The Artist or The Asshole page 7 Ernest Samuel Llime
The Artist or The Asshole
ESL - June 2014, Woodhaven
    
    The Artist
  • Sits down and writes about anything, anytime, anywhere.
  • He takes photographs of things that catch his eye, he writes music, he makes videos.
  • He publishes whenever and wherever he can.
  • He takes it all out on the road - his guitar playing sucks, his technique is non-existent, his voice is scratchy and rough.
  • People laugh at him, throw things and boo him off the stage.
  • He does not care - he keeps doing it as if he is possessed by a demon - he probably is.
  • He keeps at it day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year - eventually, he gets pretty good at it - when he recites a poem or sings a song people's ears prick up - the conversations become muted - when he's done there is applause and once in a while a standing ovation.
  • He becomes more and more creative - he writes stories, he writes novels, he invents things.
  • He takes other artists' work and makes it his own by creating variations, collages and oblique interpretations.
  • It does not occur to him that he needs anyone's permission to do that, because art does not need permission.
  • Some of his creations are considered upsetting, obscene, subversive, aggressive and in bad taste.
  • He does not care and he has no intention of controlling or censoring himself, because art does not justification.
  • He knows that he is putting his well-being and sometimes even his freedom at risk and he is afraid - but he can't stop, he won't stop, he can't be stopped - because
    TRUE ART DOES NOT COMPROMISE
    !
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