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By Tim Miller

This article brings jointly the private, communal, and nationwide political strands that interweave during the author's paintings from its beginnings and defines his position as a latest artist, activist, and homosexual guy.

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Maybe this is where faith or something comes in. Or maybe you just get your brains blown out by a big gun. . You’ve got to be very careful. You’ve got to be very careful where you step. Or else something awful is gonna happen. I have this dream where I’m walking thru the desert kind of like the Twilight Zone. The air is very heavy. I get the feeling that if I make the wrong step the whole world is gonna blow up. So I’m trying to be very careful to not fuck up and ruin everything. Cause if you take the wrong step, that’s it.

I wonder if this isn’t really stupid though. Does everybody want to be a normal person? Maybe it’s foolish to even think that the world can be divided into the normal and the un- or the ab-. That me doing what I do is any more or less normal than that person doing what he/she does? Maybe I should move away from New York City. That sounds pretty normal. Then I can go live in Normal Heights near the Mexican border in Southern California. And live out my normal days in a normal manner. Away from all this.

Like having sex over here and over there and by the pillar and gee can i borrow the keys to the space. the people changed over the years and that’s how it goes. once doing it over there by the window we realized someone was watching us but that was all right it’s a performance space and the beat goes on and fights and food. and rehearsals and a million performances rolling rocks shin splints and these are the things that floors are made of. i can remember one boiling night in the summer of 1982 on tuesday night when people come here to dance around.

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