By Tim Miller

This article brings jointly the non-public, communal, and nationwide political strands that interweave during the author's paintings from its beginnings and defines his position as a latest artist, activist, and homosexual guy.

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Away from all this. When I was a kid I remember making a trip into downtown Los Angeles for the first time. I was maybe three or four years old. Me and my family were going to this big movie theater downtown to see this big movie How the West Was Won. I think it was about 1962. This was a movie with about a million actors in it and told the story of this family over lots of years as they moved west. It had buffalo and wars and river rapids and a train robbery and all kinds of exciting stuff. It was a Cinerama movie and they showed it on this monster screen and I remember hiding my eyes when this guy gets killed in the Civil War.

He really loved it out in Arizona. He kept looking for water on the land but he never did find a drop. It was probably there somewhere. 23  :    When I was a really little boy I was out in Arizona at Christmas time with about a million of my cousins. I was walking around with my Grandpa in one of the barns and he gave me something. There was this contest going on at this gas station chain in Arizona where you collected these plastic coins that had all the United States presidents on them.

But there weren’t enough to go around. This came after the lawnmower dance and before the lifelike recreation of the Hindenburg disaster. People liked being that close to me. . It isn’t unreasonable to just want a little order in your life. But sometimes that’s too much to ask for and you just have to sweep everything into a pile and forget about things making sense or fitting together. Maybe this is where faith or something comes in. Or maybe you just get your brains blown out by a big gun. .

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