Wednesday, March 02, 2005

The Gap Between the Makeup and the Face

M was the first person I met to properly show me the logic of places which can only be experienced imaginatively. He is probably the most imaginative person I've ever met. M was effortlessly creative. His best friend J constantly berated him for laziness, and encouraged him to be productive, and not to do things that would ruin his health.


Thanks to M, I truly appreciate Marcel Duchamp, although I was heading that way when I met him. Thanks to M I play the game, Mornington Crescent. I once walked into a pub in the Hornsey Road where he was deep in conversation with someone. I came up to him on his blind side, said the phrase quietly into his ear, and exited through the other door without a backward glance. He was staggered. It was one of the few times I felt truly able to give something back.

My favourite place of M's explication has to be the gap between the makeup and the face. Whenever I see makeup in any prominent striking ugly or beautiful way, I think of the gap. When I see faces in the street which are clearly constructions for convenience and every day use, I think of the gap. When I sense the distance between someone's outer persona and inner psyche, I think of the gap. When I see makeup running angry black tracks down tearstained cheeks, I think of the gap. When I see a smudge of red on white cotton and know the person who smiles and kisses with those lips is now in another country on another continent half a world away, I think of the gap. Whenever they say on the Underground, "Mind The Gap", which they do frequently, I think of the gap. But not between the train and the platform. I think of the gap between the makeup and the face.
And then I think of the gap between the gap between the makeup and the face, and my conception of it...

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7 Comments:

At 2:41 PM, Blogger Clayton quoth...

now I'll be seeing gaps all day

 
At 10:13 PM, Blogger Chromatin quoth...

That's an interesting concept. I wear make-up to increase the gap - I figure that someone's bothered to see through the front then they're either pretty genuine or slightly weird.

 
At 12:36 AM, Blogger RuKsaK quoth...

I like the concept too and even moreso the way you approach it and write it.

 
At 12:37 AM, Blogger RuKsaK quoth...

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At 3:39 AM, Blogger transience quoth...

"when I see faces in the street which are clearly constructions for convenience and every day use, I think of the gap."

deek, you just summed up the last three hours of my day. public relations is all about the gap. i hate people. people stink. and my eyeliner is on straight, thank god.

 
At 4:49 AM, Blogger Laurie quoth...

Tomorrow I'll be gaping at everyone's gap.

 
At 1:30 AM, Blogger dave bones quoth...

I hope M isn't the fuckin socialistwanker M I know. he certainly doesn't need his head swelling.

ps. sorry I missed your gig last night my head was fucked due to 10 days in silence ignoring people at close quaters. blog is looking cool. hope to finnaly meet up soon.

the other socialistwanker.

 

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