'Calamity' © Ray Caesar
© ART Ray Caesar 2004
© INTERVIEW Brentley Frazer – Retort Magazine 2004
***FROM THE RETORT ARCHIVES PROJECT – BRINGING ALL THE LOST STUFF BACK TO THE SURFACE***
- Ray, thank you for taking the time for this interview. For those who don’t know you, tell us a bit about your background and how you came to be making art for a living.
Well! I started out going to school and working as a architect then somehow got into medical graphics and later in life worked for several years in animation and special effects. In between all that I have done questionable things like the time I sold pantyhose as a sideline business and a serious attempt at becoming a MUFON investigator ( Mutual UFO Network ). I spent 17 years working in a Children’s hospital and I suppose that’s why I am making these images today. I saw so much in that place that I can hardly talk or think about it without becoming emotional. I hated making art for so many years, It never occurred to me to show it in a gallery and I didn’t even want to put it up on my own wall. The act of making it was not pleasant but for some reason it was an obsession. I made a valiant attempt to quit and was doing quite well when My mother, Sister passed away from Cancer a few years ago. Now I had always had strange dreams and used to talk to people who apparently weren’t there when I was a kid but all that started happening again especially after the death of my Mother. She was always a bit strange and if anyone could find a way to come back and scare the shit out of me she was the one to do it. Anyway I started making pictures again and contacted a gallery for the first time on a whim. Now I am making art for a living…I guess my Mom was right after all…trust her to have the last word.
Continue reading ~ Interview with Ray Caesar →
What does the word “lucid” in lucid fiction represent, and which alternate words come close to being similar in meaning? Can the world “lucid” be used in the context of non-fiction?
“Lucid” in general means being clear, limpid, lit up, understanding and seeing clearly. It describes a person who is clear sighted and has full use of his faculties. It also describes something that in itself is shining and transparent.
So, I’m referring partly to the fiction that has been created by the controllers of our society through manipulation, brainwashing, deceits, mass media, and literary fiction, becoming more transparent, being more easily seen for what it is. A fictional illusion. And being seen through, illuminated by people who have lucid minds, being able to see clearly.
It also means that the fiction itself that we live in is becoming lucid, itself. The continuum, our paradigm, the morphogenetic field, can become more realistic, less obscured by the lies of our religious and political leaders, for example, the more one by one, we become lucid within the dream they have created for us.
Continue reading ~ Interview with Tantra Bensko (on Lucid Fiction) →
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