“State of the Workshop Address – January 2017” by Richard F. Yates


Well, now that we live in a Terry Gilliam-esque dystopia, I just wanted to ensure the world that The Primitive Entertainment Workshop WILL continue to report on all the monsters, ghosts, aliens, arts, jailhouse poetry, and cosmic weirdness happening in the universe, and we will continue to be weird while producing the only TRULY fake news stories that you KNOW you can’t believe in!

The Primitive Entertainment Workshop: Pushing fake news since 2013! (We started in 2012, but didn’t get into the deceit market for a couple of months…)

Now, as I’m sure you all know, we’re not just a FAKE NEWS outlet. I also want to talk about ART. (As essential for a happy, healthy humanoid as cookies, ice cream, laughter, and serotonin.) For those of you who are new to the P.E.W., or who have been brainwashed by the DELUGE of media (social and published and broadcast), you may be asking yourself, “WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS GUY? WHY CAN’T HE DRAW AN ACTUAL RABBIT? DOESN’T THAT SNAKE LOOK MORE LIKE A BIRD? WHY WOULD A MONSTER BE A FASHION MODEL???” And to a certain degree, I can understand the confusion. Let’s take a look at what’s really going on:

In the current “Post-Truth” world of “Alternative Facts,” qualities like REALISM and VERISIMILITUDE have become passé and uninteresting. (This MUST be how the Dada artists felt in the face of the great PROPAGANDA machine, as it churned away between the first and second world wars…) When NO truth matters, one uses NONSENSE to fight back. I prefer an Absurdist, Non-Representational, Visual-vs-Linguistic Juxtaposition of Minimalist, Primitivist Imagery accompanied by Semi-Compatible or Non-Compatible Titles and Text as my means of RESISTANCE. Asking the viewer to reconcile the visual data we provide for them with those mysterious or misleading titles can be hilarious, as it causes either confusion or laughter in the viewer, or sometimes both. Anger is also possible, but that’s a necessary risk in the WAR FOR REALITY!

This technique, PRIMITIVISM plus JUXTAPOSITION, is of course a RADICAL POLITICAL ACT. The current administration in the U.S. is asking people to ignore facts, ignore what they see with their own eyes, ignore all evidence, and just BELIEVE what they are told. I am presenting viewers with the same conditions: believe what they see with their own eyes or take the titles and text at face value. [The difference between The Primitive Entertainment Workshop and the REAL media is that we are telling you, up front, that we are lying. We are making ART, not presenting facts. We are ENTERTAINMENT—it’s in the name, people!!!]

Visitors to the Workshop are told that jagged lines are “emotions,” that fuzzy blobs are “angry,” that a misshapen monster is “the lovely Julie,” or that a few identical squiggles can be a pirate, the Mona Lisa, and Benjamin Franklin, all at the same time. It’s an exercise in perception and accountability, an intentional call to question verbal and linguistic certainty, and it’s funny as heck (to me, at least.)

Don’t be overwhelmed by what you see and hear in all the swampy media out there. When you need to disconnect with reality, come to US. We’ll lie to you, no doubt, but you’ll KNOW we’re lying, and you’ll feel more like you’re in control that way!

—Richard F. Yates (Monster in Chief of The P.E.W.)

[P.S. – Go eat a goddam cookie before the world ends.
Trust me, you will regret it if you don’t.]


About richardfyates

Compulsive creator of the bizarre and absurd. (Artist, writer, poet, provocateur...)
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