Letter from Sol Lewitt to Eva Hesse, April 14, 1965
Hesse had written to her friend Lewitt about being blocked. My favorite parts from what Lewitt wrote back:
Try and tickle something inside you, your “weird humor.” You belong in the most secret part of you. Don’t worry about cool, make your own uncool. Make your own, your own world… You must practice being stupid, dumb, unthinking, empty. Then you will be able to DO…
Try to do some BAD work—the worst you can think of and see what happens but mainly relax and let everything go to hell—you are not responsible for the world—you are only responsible for your work—so DO IT.
In other words: MAKE BAD ART.
You can read the whole letter in this PDF.
some good advice
I saw an exhibit on these two at the local art museum; their relationship was truly incredible, and they were both very gifted artists. You can read dozens of postcards sent between them, and they’re very inspiring.
mainly that first marriage. total doozy
discovering the taste and smell of someone the first time you make out with them. assuming you make out with hygienic people, it’s usually really nice.