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July 7, 2020

Brian Guilbert "Party People" 2020 oil on paper 24 x 30 in.
Brian Guilbert “Party People” 2020 oil on paper 24 x 30 in.

Winning is effortless. Anybody can win. Not every high roller proves capable of sustaining a heavy loss. Famous gamblers die with nothing left to their names but fame. The story has been repeated so many times it’s like a rerun. Why do we come back? There is a poetics to gambling, as well as aesthetics, modestly denoted “style” by players. What players boast of is the indulgent lifestyle. It is rewarded, after all. The house encourages risk by offering perks to lavish spenders. The value of this fact can be seen in that winning and losing remain more-or-less even. There is no escaping the sense that the hose has its own system. Economy of scale, and therefore, the source, is subject to the possibility of competing systems, contrasting the differences of any strategy, and category of success. This is not a denial of objective reality, but the confirmation of a broad view of probabilities, and hence contextual. A system is not only an effective tool of pure thought, but one which is not really needed, and thus thinking promotes thinking, and, ultimately, they cannot be separated.

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