The artist that I was speaking of in the previous post? Name is Zak Smith. I don’t know that the pictures on that page really come off as well on the internet, especially that self-portrait that leads the page, but scroll down to the picture of the girl in the nearly invisible white tank-top on the left and you’ll see what I was getting at: it’s not all surface. I don’t know how I feel about his abstractions. They don’t really seem to go as many places. They resemble bulletin boards like you see in teenage girls’ rooms, all covered with photos and pop culture refuse, but if you know anything about what I’m talking about, you know those are already put together like pieces of abstract art (and I’m 100% sure he knows that) – so then you can’t really make it say much meta or anti-meta. Not sure. There are some that seem to take a riff from comic books, but I don’t know – it’s something I’ve thought about, and it’s not where I’d want to see it. Hmmm.
He’s younger than me, and since I’m basically a character in a Martin Amis novel – seriously, I’ve got a trigger somewhere, don’t find it please, don’t get me started – I’ll admit it, it bugs me a little. You know, whatever. Doesn’t matter. More important is that people make interesting things. This: it’s accomplished stuff and what’s better is that it is interesting.