please feel free to present any questions for consideration by our panel of non experts via the contact section
Q: aren't you a bit concerned about the blatant commodification of your so called art works here?
A: does an artist like to eat? but yes, we are; we were awarded the dubious "CA CA" stamp of artistic disapproval by the Committee Against Commercialized Art... what can we say, other than at least someone noticed us.
Q: is The Void real, or unreal?
A: it appears to be really unreal, if you add the matter/anti matter conundrum into the equation
Q: this site causes me more existential angst; is there a cure for that?
A: we are working on a tutorial on that very topic, although whether it will provide a suitable answer for you is anybody's guess, but we're guessing that that in itself might create a further existential dilemma,
because one person's answer is, well, just that.... stay tuned for the tutorial anyway
Q: is Prof. Rex REALLY that old? and what university did he graduate from?
A: Prof. Rexerino ("Rex") Harold Havoc is 134 years old.... he attended UOE (University Of The Edge) and graduated with some degree of distinction in 1907
Q: are Max Libido and "ORGASMS!" related to each other, and what's a planet to do?
A: yes, it's rather a hand-in-glove kind of relationship... the beleaguered planet can only hope that one of these fine days humanity wises up and stops the rampant breeding.. perhaps a good place to start would be a cessation of male sterility (naturally, of course) at, say, age 45, thus putting an end to the crazy practice of "new families" for those who already have one or two or three families: attention male celebrities, give the planet a break! but, of course, the planet is not holding its breath, Max Libido being who he is..
Q: who and what are you?
A: in the words of that wisest of sages, "i yam what i yam".
Q: was there an eclipse on Planet Rex?
A: several, every day
Q: what is the actual value of art?
A: according to the latest calculations of Office Of Art For Art's Sake, the actual value of art is $27.52
in U.S. dollars... this of course brings into question the "pseudo-value" that much art
claims to have.... so, as the old saying goes, it's buyer beware.... the figure of $27.52 is the "official"
value; but in the best capitalistic tradition, hey, it's whatever you can get for it....
Q: WHAT THE HECK?
A: THE HECK? Yes, "the heck"... the heck is a creature that shadows the muse and creates conundrums for artists... seldom seen, or heard, but often felt as the artist is working feverishly to complete a
work.. for instance, this example; "what the heck happened to that tube of crimson red!?", wherein
the artist knows that "the heck" has secretly and invisibly moved an essential tube of paint to
confound the artist.... another example of "the heck's" presence, albeit a much more benign behavior,
might be when the artist looks upon a "finished" work, yet is not quite satisfied with the results, but is
either burned out on working on it, or has no idea how to "fix it", thus throwing up his/her hands and
declares (to no one but themselves) "WHAT THE HECK!", and accepts it as completed, allowing them
to move on to a new project, thus keeping them from tearing their hair out over it...the heck, yes, it can be both friend and foe...
Q: is art really for Art's Sake?
A: we are consulting the ancient stone tablet recently discovered in a local thrift store regarding this
question and as soon as we can decipher the hieroglyphs we will let you know... in the meantime, our only advice is to never confuse Art's Sake with Heaven's sake, or with sake, which is a refreshing rice wine.
UPDATE: we have deciphered the stone tablet and can say this, although there may be other opinions on the matter...Mr. Art (Artemis) Sake's red hand painting (self portrait) found in the Chauvet Caves in France was quite possibly the first of its kind... the tablet reveals that his assembled brothers and sisters upon gazing and contemplating Art's handy-work declared that from that day forward (32,000 ago years to now) all "art" should be created for Art Sake, an homage if you will to his profound inspiration. Art never sold a hand painting and neither did his brothers and sisters who were inspired to paint various beasts on the cave walls; in fact, the thought of commercializing their efforts was so foreign to them that they eventually sealed up the cave's entrance to keep agents and other speculative riff raff out. Truly, for them, what they had created was for Art Sake and for Art Sake only.... His far distant relatives Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Art Forsale, et al (including this website), clearly took a different approach to the concept of the creative/economic process. (updated September 25, 2017)
Q: what is the present situation?
Q: just what IS the point?
A: this is a BIG question, so we relied on the one source that seems to have all the answers, Google,
and we found that answer on the 1,000,000,053rd page of our search... "the point" is to be found
on a website that says, and we quote to alleviate any misunderstandings; "the point is to keep searching".
it may not be the answer you were hoping for, but the point is, many answers aren't. Keep searching;
that seems to be all we can do.
Q: are you for real?
A: sure, i'm all for it!
Q: what about time travel?
answer "pending" due to a glitch in the time/space continuum: back soon
A: it is the default means of negotiating the great mystery of existence for us here.
past, present, future; all the same ball of wax... our guess is that only perceptions differ
Q: are we there yet?
A: we are very close to determining where "there" is... hope to have a definitive fix on it soon.
we had thought that "there" was "here", but not so... stay tuned
Q: speaking about "death", what is the existential viewpoint?
A: were we speaking about death? dunno, maybe we were... anyway, we think the astute words of
William S. Burroughs say it best: "What makes you think you're not dead already?"
Q: existentially speaking, how does the Abstract Reality Tourist feel about an afterlife?
A: an after-life? sure, no doubt about it.... probably won't be around to experience it.
Q: is god an existentialist?
A: hmmm, could be, but... it might help one to think of god as a cruise ship, built by the hands of humans, driven by the hands of humans to wherever humans decide it should go... for some reason, humans have come to think of the cruise ship as something of greater value than themselves.... god has no say in the whole process, and we surmise could care less, really... so, existentialist? nah, probably not... just an indifferent construction, along for the ride, as absurd as it might be.
Q: what can you tell me about "the nitty gritty"
A: two things: 1) it is a dirt band 2) it's the bottom line, and you must get "down to" with it, rather than "up to" with it.
Q: YOO-HOO! anybody there?
A: sorry, we were distracted by reality; what a nuisance.... more Q & A in three shakes of a lamb's tail:
hey, Larry, go get the lamb please....
Q: it's almost christmas; what would jesus think of the world in 2017?
A: our best guess is, "hell of a mess"
Q: is what's happening what's really happening"?
A: we'll do our damnedest to get to the bottom of this! it may take us a while..
update: after much arduous debate on this question we can definitively say, it appears so.