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Previously unpublished “Salt & Pepper” from Matt’s archive:

“If we could all get the small little message of treating other people the way we want to be treated, the world would be a drastically different place. The birds would be singing, the butterflies would be flying free in the meadow, and the rest of us wouldn’t have to have eyes in the back of our heads!”

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Previously unpublished remarks from Matt’s archive:

“All of us are unique and wonderful. We shouldn’t chide ourselves because we don’t follow the same yellow brick road as everybody else, all skipping to the same place to meet the man behind the curtain who in reality knows jack shit about nothin’. So our own personal elves, whoever or whatever they might be, are teaching us about the inner stregth of ourselves. It’s our inner voices that give us the courage to become risk-takers and visionaries. So may God bless our elves! And may we never stop dancing through the high and the low grass, occasionally jumping off the cliff but not crashing at the bottom—but landing in cool, sweet water, where somebody with a boat is going to take us wherever the hell they’re going to take us! Where are we going? Don’t know, do care!”

Our secret dreams...
1 week ago 0
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Previously unpublished remarks from Matt’s archive:

“We all have our own secret dreams that belong to us in our meditation and thoughts. None of them are supposed to make any sense to anyone except us. They are part of who we are, and as I keep preaching to whoever will listen, we are all different because of our gene structure. It would be pretty sad if we all believed that elves in Ireland were all sitting around a pot of gold. Our dreams, our meditation, our manifestations of the unknown, are unique to ourselves. As far as I’m concerned, that’s the spice of life—it’s a little bit of salt and pepper, oregano, garlic, a little of this and a little of that, which makes the medicine go down!”

Art as meditation and acceptance of ourselves
1 week, 3 days ago 0
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Previously unpublished remarks from Matt’s archive:

“Art is a very lonely situation. Unlike actors or singers or dancers or people who can do it all like Michael Jackson, artists don’t go onstage and people yell ‘Hooray!’ or throw tomatoes at us, telling us it’s the best or the worst performance they’ve ever heard. For us, it’s grinding it out, day after day, and wondering: Will anybody come look at the stuff? These are my children! Will anybody care for them? In my philosophy, I don’t care if anybody cares; I’m doing it for my own sake. It’s a very complex human condition that goes beyond the art world and permeates every part of the human being. It can only be conquered by meditation and acceptance, not of other people, but of ourselves. And my feeling is: If other people don’t like my art, let them stick it up their ass! I did it for myself, not anybody else. And if they knock it, I’ll bite my lip and keep going. They can’t make me stop, and they can’t make me change. What do they care? What do I care? Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn!”

1 week, 6 days ago 0
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Previously unpublished remarks from Matt’s archive (continued):

“Jealousy is a pervasive symptom that I believe is part of the work of the devil. I do believe in the light forces of the universe and the dark forces. If a dark force can corrupt me into thinking I’m diminished by somebody else’s success, I’m on the wrong track. It doesn’t just have to do with art, it has to do with what car you drive, what underwear you wear, what wallet you carry… Every part of your manifestation to the world then becomes a contest, which, taken to its worst degree—you stand in the corner, hating everybody for different reasons!”

Finances and aesthetics coexisting
2 weeks, 1 day ago 0
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Previously unpublished remarks from Matt’s archive:

“One of my biggest problems, or maybe one of my biggest advantages, was not paying attention too much to the financial aspect of the art world, because I was in a very enviable position. If somebody bought a painting, fine. If they didn’t, it didn’t affect whether I ate cake or stale bread. Maybe I purposefully tried to forget the financial parts. In a materialistic society, everything is given a monetary value. If you start measuring yourself as a monetary machine, I believe it affects the creativity within yourself. Therefore, to me, the pureness of art is maybe that everyone in the world hates it, but I think it’s the best that I can do. Even if someone wouldn’t give me anything for it, it still means something to me. If I start looking at it as bread on the table, I think I would probably do something else—maybe go sell automobiles or subscriptions to magazines door to door, or whatever. I do realize that an artist has to live. When you go into a restaurant in Los Angeles, most of the waiters and waitresses are not there to serve tables, they’re just waiting to be discovered by Hollywood!” (to be continued)

Matt's thoughts about violence in the movies (continued)
2 weeks, 3 days ago 0
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Matt’s previously unpublished remarks about violence and profanity in movies (continued):

“The great thing about the movies is, if you don’t want to see it, don’t buy the ticket. Nobody’s forcing you to go see a pre-prepared propaganda. I always felt that even though we might not agree with everything, when I go to countries that were dominated by a dictatorship, every movie, every television program, everything published, all had the same message, and it was: Stay in line, you little son-of-a-bitch, and here’s where the line is—end of report. So they only had the opportunity of closing their eyes. I imagine if they put their fingers in their ears, somebody would’ve given them a crack across the head. I find nothing better than democracy, where everybody can agree or disagree. So, go to the movies you like, and don’t go to the ones you don’t like. And if movies ever become unprofitable, I predict the studios won’t make them anymore.”

Matt's thoughts about violence and profanity at the movies
2 weeks, 6 days ago 0
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Previously unpublished remarks from Matt’s archive:

“Someone on my blog asked what I think of profanity and violence in movies. I believe movies are made for many different reasons. One of the primary reasons is to make money. As we look back on older movies, we see a different side of the human equation. It pretty much mirrors the reality of what was going on in everyday homes: the tradition of the father working, the mother taking care of the kids, and the children being seen, not heard. As we progress either upward, downward, or sideways, the movies, for the most part, are going to reflect what people are looking for with their own vernacular. I was watching a speech today on television that Donald Trump gave in Las Vegas. This was apparently the first time the F-word was used publicly, not only once but three or four times. Does that herald the new reality? I was at a church in one of the neighborhoods in Chicago at Easter-time… Actually, it was the church that my wife Rose was baptized at many years ago. The priest announced that the week before, two people were robbed at gunpoint coming out of the church. Unfortunately, things are the way they are, not the way we hope they are. There’s a great feeling of nostalgia coming out of the movies lately, and I’m sure that the people of today will look back with great nostalgia at things we don’t think twice about in our daily lives living in the early 2000’s.” (to be continued)

3 weeks, 2 days ago 0
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Previously unpublished remarks from Matt’s archive:

“Meditation, introspection about who and what you are—that’s a scary place to be. Sometimes you conclude you’re an ass. Well, then, figure out what you can do to change it. Or, if you like being an ass, paint an ass on your forehead, so at least you’ll know it every time you look in the mirror! When people meet you, they won’t know whether you’re coming or going!”

3 weeks, 3 days ago 0
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Previously unpublished remarks from Matt’s archive:

“I talked to a young woman today in my museum about the artist getting in touch with their own feelings about the finance end of art—the business end—versus the making of art. She asked me what I thought. My preaching blabber was all about the artist’s first and only thing they should do each and every day: get in touch with their artistic self. If everyone is painting a hula hoop, paint a smokestack. You don’t have to be like everyone else. An artist has a gift to be able to delve within their self, whether it’s articulated through art, poetry, music, silence, screaming, running… Whatever it is, it’s yours. Take it as a gift: a promise to yourself that you are you, and that you are comfortable with who you are. If you’re not, maybe you’re doing the wrong thing. If you can’t be comfortable within yourself, how can you be comfortable with doing anything else?”