Miksimum

is the index page for Jesse Miksic,
a digital dilettante dayjobbing as a UX designer

Loyally feeding the following beasts:

(follow and/or friend me -- if you appear to be a real person capable of passing the human tests, I will probably reciprocate)

General

  • @miksimum on Twitter A random sampling of thoughts and anxieties and signal-boosts and self-promotion.
  • Verbal

  • Benefit of the Doubt My outlet for Media Theory, also used to track other sources
  • @Miksimum on Medium Home to more politics and theory writing, plus reposts from Benefit of the Doubt
  • Berfrois.com A great site that kindly publishes my more polished critical writings
  • 366 Weird Movies An awesome site where I'm an on-and-off contributor
  • Goodreads My book reviews are long enough that I consider this an official creative outlet
  • Visual

  • @miksimum Tumblr Reposting all my visual art from Tumblr
  • @miksimum Instagram Visual art, plus occasional snapshots
  • Symbot on Flickr Digital photography, a hobby on temporary haitus
  • Overheated Media My short video work, on extended haitus since 2012
  • Recent Output

    Aggregated from Benefit of the Doubt and Tumblr, which gives the best representative sample of work in multiple media, I think

    Infiltration … More exercises in #abstract #color &...



    Infiltration

    More exercises in #abstract #color & contrast.

    #selftaught #art #practicemakesperfect #artistsofinstagram #painting #watercolor

    Posted on 22 April 2017 | 12:42 am

    Frost in the flow … Have a couple more ambitious...



    Frost in the flow

    Have a couple more ambitious paintings in the works. In the meantime, how bout some experiments?

    #watercolor #painting #abstractart #abstract #artistsofinstagram #practicemakesperfect #art #selftaught

    Posted on 21 April 2017 | 12:32 am

    Pole is trying to say something, but can’t get the words...



    Pole is trying to say something, but can’t get the words out quite right #blackandwhitephotography #peekskill

    Posted on 19 April 2017 | 10:39 pm

    A Manifesto, dedicated to Fernando Pessoa

    Your style is a straitjacket.

    You've figured out what you think is beautiful, and what kind of work you're committed to, and what kind of character you have as an artist, and this is your protective stance as you present yourself to the world. Every time you give the public a new artifact, a new piece of yourself, you put yourself at their mercy... and yet, you've shut out so many others. Because by choosing your style, you've excluded all other styles, and those exclusions have become part of your identity.

    Your identity is built on an unstable affirmative and a rigid infinity of negatives.

    I don't have a style. Each new work looks for a style, and they don't find it in me, and so they struggle. So my exclusions are washed away, and my potential fills the infinite space that my pretensions have vacated.

    . . . . .

    Your popularity is a poison.

    You know the taste of validation, of feedback and response and appreciation. It's a sweet acidity that penetrates every level of your praxis. It softens your commitment and puts cracks in your sovereignty, and once it's in there, it can't be washed out.

    You may embrace it. You may say you "do it for the fans," that your followers are "the most important thing to you." Some people love the things that are killing them.

    I have no fans. I've learned the long asceticism of failure, and it keeps my creative organs pure. If I love any of my own output, I know that it has a 100% approval rating, that the only person in the world who cares about it is enamored of it. Hate follows the same path.

    . . . . .

    Your productiveness is a failure mode.

    You know how to turn an idea into a product. You have a pipeline, a process, a series of technical steps that lead you to something complete, that you're happy with, that you can show the world. You've dug away the soft loam of unfinished projects.

    But that vast incompleteness was you at your most fertile, your most robust. When you finish a work, you strip away all its beautiful indecision, its vastness, the unfulfilled potential that gives it those cosmic roots. Each signature and sale is a cord of wood, and your range is notably short of trees.

    I don't finish projects, and they remain seeds and saplings in the primeval woodland of my imagination. I may produce artifacts, little bundles to burn as kindling or desiccated limbs shaped into walking sticks, but this only happens when the work has already died. And so I leave my best work to the wild, nascent, leafy, unrealized, hopeful and beautifully hopeless.

    . . . . .

    "And I wonder if my apparently negligible voice might not embody the essence of thousands of voices, the longing for self-expression of thousands of lives, the patience of millions of souls resigned like my own to their daily lot, their useless dreams, and their hopeless hopes."

    Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

    Posted on 7 April 2017 | 2:47 pm

    From a war with everyone to an empty battlefield on the frontier...



    From a war with everyone to an empty battlefield on the frontier of nowhere (a bonus from my work on that last #painting) .
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    #illustration #drawing #amdrawing #characterdesign #sketch #sketchbook #art #artistsofinstagram

    Posted on 7 April 2017 | 2:08 am

    After all that’s happened, why are you still sitting there? You...



    After all that’s happened, why are you still sitting there? You beast, you old fucker with your lead-paint plaster walls, your closed door, your leaky windows.

    Who was here when the fallout crept up the mountain? When the waves ate the eastern seaboard, when it got too hot for grass to grow on your incline? How is it that you’ll outlast me, and all of us? Not just my great grand-da who built you, but every human?

    Fuck you, you ungrateful bastard, sitting flushed on your bit of rock… you think you’ll be staring down when the last light goes out.

    I won’t let you have the pleasure. I won’t need to last much longer, to last longer than you.

    Posted on 2 April 2017 | 1:27 am

    “Of course I am going. Follow, sir, or take your leave,...



    “Of course I am going. Follow, sir, or take your leave, and stop asking such foolish questions.” (More in my series of figures in repose) #illustration #penandink #drawing #artistsofinstagram #art🎨 #sketch #sketchbook #characterdesign #lineart

    Posted on 27 March 2017 | 11:34 pm

    “Git a move on, youngen, this ain’t no different...



    “Git a move on, youngen, this ain’t no different than every other treacherous mountain path…” (more in my series of figures in repose) #characterdesign #sketchbook #sketch #art🎨 #artistsofinstagram #drawing #penandink #illustration

    Posted on 27 March 2017 | 8:05 pm

    “Da, droog, I am a long way from home, and I still have...



    “Da, droog, I am a long way from home, and I still have far to go!” (More from my series of figures in repose) #amdrawing #drawing #illustration #penandink #artistsofinstagram #art🎨 #sketch #sketchbook #characterdesign

    Posted on 25 March 2017 | 1:34 am

    “Honestly, I don’t think you want to know.”...



    “Honestly, I don’t think you want to know.” (More in my series of figures in repose) #characterdesign #art🎨 #artistsofinstagram #penandink #illustration #drawing #amdrawing

    Posted on 25 March 2017 | 1:01 am

    “Don’t worry, dude, the next place will be...



    “Don’t worry, dude, the next place will be better.” (More in my series of figures in repose) #drawing #sketchbook #sketch #illustration #penandink #artistsofinstagram #art🎨 #characterdesign

    Posted on 25 March 2017 | 12:18 am

    “Are there no beasts left to slay? No hymns left to...



    “Are there no beasts left to slay? No hymns left to sing?” Another entry in my series of figures in repose. #characterdesign #art🎨 #penandink #artistsofinstagram #illustration #sketch #sketchbook #drawing

    Posted on 24 March 2017 | 12:05 am

    “Alright, let’s get started.” (More in my...



    “Alright, let’s get started.” (More in my series of figures in repose) #sketch #artistsofinstagram #sketchbook #drawing #illustration #artistsofinstagram #penandink #art🎨 #characterdesign

    Posted on 23 March 2017 | 10:46 pm

    Working on a big #illustration for an unwritten story, and...



    Working on a big #illustration for an unwritten story, and couldn’t decide what kind of protag to cast… so I started sketching some ideas. Came up with a bunch! #illustration #series #sketch #sketchbook #penandink #drawing #drawings #art🎨 #artistsofinstagram #characterdesign … more to be posted later this week

    Posted on 22 March 2017 | 11:57 pm

    Been working on an illustration for an unwritten story, and...



    Been working on an illustration for an unwritten story, and couldn’t decide what kind of protag to cast, so I started sketching possible characters. I ended up with a bunch… #penandink #sketchbook #sketch #illustration #characterdesign #drawing #artistsofinstagram (some more later this week)

    Posted on 22 March 2017 | 11:50 pm