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“Mission Statement” by Richard F. Yates

MISSION STATEMENT As The Primitive Entertainment Workshop nears its sixth birthday, it suddenly occurred to me that I’ve never written a proper “MISSION STATEMENT,” although, to be fair, I’ve written dozens of manifestos and rants that more or less defined … Continue reading

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PRIMITIVE CONJURATIONS – LIES FOR ART AND LIVING by Richard F. Yates

My new book is final out and ready for human consumption!!! It’s part absurdist sci-fi social critique AND part outsider art manifesto! The book chronicles the misadventures of a fictional art collective who are attempting to promote creativity and individual … Continue reading

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“Read a Damn Book – 064: Dada and Surrealism: A Very Short Introduction”

Few ideologies or movements have influenced me as much as Dada, and as such, I try to read everything I can about those merry pranksters, so when I spotted this little book, I got pretty excited. Being a former scholarly-type, … Continue reading

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“Restricted Airspace” by Richard F. Yates

In my art (and writing and life in general) I try to represent the randomness and absurdity of existence. (I usually fail at this, but trying is still fun.) Sometimes my attempts are humorous, often they are ugly, and sometimes—out … Continue reading

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“Process (Behind the Scenes)” by Richard F. Yates

Constantly drawing. Always have a scrap of paper or chunk of cardboard or notebook at hand. I’ve been an “artist” (though decidedly unprofessional) since I was a kid. I remember being six or seven years old and drawing monsters, and … Continue reading

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“Monstrosity” by Charlie Centipede

For some people, Halloween is over. Time to put the monsters and ghosts and bunnies away until next year. But I disagree. The world is clearly haunted (or—at the very least—horrific) all year round, not just in the autumn. If … Continue reading

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“The Gesture” by Richard F. Yates

All we have is the gesture. As an average citizen, a not-born-rich, not particularly athletic, not super intelligent, not well trained, DEFINITELY NOT LUCKY, average human being, I’ll never have my artwork in the Louvre, and I’ll never be on … Continue reading

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