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Merkley???: calling art “WORK” is oxymoronsville 2000

San Francisco’s self proclaimed #nuisance Merkley??? roams around the city with photo results like:

 Merkley???: calling art WORK is oxymoronsville 2000 tv snakes San Francisco photography naked girls merkley holy bible groceries censorship

 Merkley???: calling art WORK is oxymoronsville 2000 tv snakes San Francisco photography naked girls merkley holy bible groceries censorship

 Merkley???: calling art WORK is oxymoronsville 2000 tv snakes San Francisco photography naked girls merkley holy bible groceries censorship

 Merkley???: calling art WORK is oxymoronsville 2000 tv snakes San Francisco photography naked girls merkley holy bible groceries censorship

His statement on his Flickr profile says plenty about his whimsical, anti-establishment attitude. In quotes:

1. I’m Not a Photographer.

2. 95% of the people you see in my pictures are friends, ex girlfriends, current girlfriends, some girl’s girlfriend, some random dudes and a couple gays here and there. 

I know these people.Guess who doesn’t know them. The Robot Camera Machine.The Robot Camera Machine is a dirty rotten box of bolts that don’t know shit. The stuff it does to people with it’s ten billion watt flash is nothing less than barbaric, freezing them, killing them, exposing their zits and warts and clogged pores and such. 

The Robot Camera Machine LIES.Fuck The Robot Camera Machine and it’s cruel robot camera machineness. 

Using a Robot COMPUTER Machine, I take the LIES The Robot Camera Machine tells and replace them with…. ummm… groceries, flying pets…….and a bunch of other bullshit. 

Fuck the robots.
Bless the robots.

ALSO, no meetings were held in the making of ANY of these photos.

The Inept take meetings as the Adept take naps.

These are the people, objects and artists that have most influenced the work you see here. Ha — I said “work” calling art “WORK” is oxymoronsville 2000.

Oh yeah, influences…not neccesarily in order:
Devo
Dr. Seuss
Vargas
Norman Rockwell
Wes Anderson
Jim Henson
Apple Computers
Adobe
Pixar
Gary Larson and the one panel cartoon format.
Glamour Shots (you know from the mall)
The entire lowrider aesthetic
Post Mormon Repression Correction and perhaps most significantly and despite my staunch atheism, these three words: Do unto others…

Jesus stole that line I bet.

End quote.