Ed Ruscha made a clever statement using banal materials and simple words .
It is not that I have to do that. No one is twisting my arm, really.
It is not that I must do that, as otherwise public scorn would twist my neck.
It is not that I can do that, for I don’t know if I can, actually.
This is RESOLVE at its best.
This is determination of a man who can’t avoid responsibility – and he is not necessarily happy to assume it either.
It is easy to know resolve in action movies, when the setting includes a countdown bomb display with 30 seconds to go, and the hero decides to stay and disarm the ticker or die.
It is more difficult to recognise resolve In the real life, when men have to show heroic resolution in mundane environment. Such as their own kitchen and dining table.
Hence the table mat.
Is this great art?
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