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Justin Jacoby Smith is an organizer, web geek, Buddhist, and poet.

'the problem is that we are, and are about not to be'

"In 1965, in his studio in Warsaw, Roman Opałka began painting a process of counting – from one to infinity. Starting in the top left-hand corner of the canvas and finishing in the bottom right-hand corner, the tiny numbers were painted in horizontal rows. Each new canvas, which the artist called a 'detail', took up counting where the last left off. All details have the same title, "1965 / 1 – ∞"; the concept had no end, and the artist pledged his life to its execution: 'All my work is a single thing, the description from number one to infinity. A single thing, a single life.'"


The process was endless, but measured against its goal – infinity – it is as naught: 'the problem is that we are, and are about not to be'."