December 6th, 2010 / 6:12 pm

The Braindead Megaphone Don’t Have To Be Braindead But Maybe It Helps To Be A Litlidunno

Chris Johanson "Untitled (I am so glad…)" (2006) Acrylic on paper

“I was working with stuffed animals and I passed this shop that was a secondhand office supply place, and I saw this magnificent goat there, almost invisible with the dust.” — Robert Rauschenberg

"What up?"


“Like, you feel like you’re watching a brain working. It’s more cerebral in a weird way.
While not being, like, smart. Like, geniusly dumb, you know?” — Mike Mills on Mark Gonzales


“It’s really absurd to make… a human image, with paint, today, when you think about it…
But then all of a sudden, it was even more absurd not to do it.” — Willem de Kooning


Frank Stella cites Beckett as a source.


In the movie Beautiful Losers Chris Johanson says something like,
I would rather be braindead and here doing this.

excerpt from Harmony Korine's "Pigxtra"

A photo of Rauscheberg's "Monogram" (1959)

Even Cowgirls Get The Johns

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  1. Sean

      Monogram speaks to me. Always has. Thanks for this.

  2. mimi

      good stuff rey-rey

  3. jackie wang

      i saw beautiful losers at a film fest…there was a talk with the director afterward…twas inspiring. i’m a huge korine fan–my ex girlfriend got be the limited edition boxset reprint of his collected zines. so good.

  4. reynard seifert

      yeah they really prove it is possible to do the thing without over-thinking it i think