This is a game, called “GUESS THE MESS”.
In the commentary, guess who these messes belonged to, and win a prize. (I’ll find something to send along!) Also what does your work space look like? Any other examples of a mess, humble or of genius, are welcome. Were geniuses often messy? Or were they often as not neat?
ONE: A room in the house of a New York City hoarder, who was quite unhappy with the mess. His trash lives on, much of it saved in special cardboard “time capsules” that are opened at intervals at public exhibitions.
TWO: A rather untidy recording space. Don’t trip on the wires and clean up the crockery later.
THREE: Some might find it hard to work with this not Phallic representational statue collection, really sometimes a statue is just a statue.
FOUR: Why not paint in bed? I have a chronic illness and keeping the bedside neat is almost impossible. But let’s meet another creative, messy, and often bed bound, genius.
FIVE: Even an illustration can not clean up the mess that was this bedside work space, or his bed, or those papers a little too near the fire! His bedroom is now all neat and tidy and open to tourists. But this contemporary image gives a truer view of how the writer worked while confined to bed.
SIX: Let’s admit, working in bed works for a lot of us. Readers know I suffer from two chronic illnesses. I usually write and edit posts while resting in my very messy office/bed. Here a favorite French writer is hard at work. She overcame her husband claiming her work was HIS, and in the end gained fame and respect. He now is simply known as the man who stole his wife’s work.
SEVEN: Who doesn’t love this man? I also have a Snoopy. 100% genius, though I’m not sure where this photograph was taken, but he appears comfortable and at home here.
EIGHT: This author also took photographs. Not in a fancy studio. I enjoy the backdrop and general feeling of “What is important are the subjects.” Forget perfection, like the sun cutting into the corner, this genius enjoyed his hobby even if he hadn’t a perfect studio.
His tea parties were not conducted in a neat manner at all! They could get quite messy!
NINE: Pick a painting, any painting. I truly enjoy the works of this modern artist/businessman (the two go together). His homes and studios were always a clutter of canvases and creation. It was a combination works space/sales room.
TEN: If you look up the word “Genius” in the dictionary, his photograph is there. This is the desk of someone that lives a tidy life of math and science in his mind, but likes his desk a mess.
ELEVEN: A two parter. This studio is like many artist studios. While a minimalist, he liked his cleaning kept to a minimum also….
Part two: This photograph is a work of art, by Man Ray, of a work of art by the messy artist. This work was so covered in dust, as he took his time finishing it, that the mess itself became art. So both the piece and the photograph are considered genius by art historians today. If not for dust….
TWELVE: Your first book might have been written by this man using his messy desk.
THIRTEEN:A rather neat desk that now belongs to a terrific skeptic, who would be thrilled to be NUMBER THIRTEEN…and there was a previous owner that has a tie in to number EIGHT.
SO GUESS THE MESS!!!! Answer in the commentary below…..let’s see who can guess the most (and I would say win a prize). It’s not too hard… but I’ll need two answers for number thirteen!
BONUS MESSES!!!!! you don’t get to guess these, but please share your own MESS and I’ll gladly add it to the blog. This is from one of my favorite artists, who has made a name for himself with his incredible depictions of SPACE. If you haven’t checked out his site, you are missing out. His work combines technical skill with the ability to convey the spirit and personality of the subjects. The work space of SIMON KREGAR JR. (seriously, visit his site, you’ll be glad you did)