It was February 14th, 1998. It was the Saturday I turned 18. I went to a used book sale at the fairgrounds. Then I went to a casino on the Indian reservation with my friend, Vince: I won $250 (which is a lot of quarters) and thought I was doing well until Vince told me he had won $600. On the whole a bad introduction to legalized gambling.
We then went to see a movie called The Zero Effect. It was here that one of the key Hansonian principles came to me: the two obs.
I always say that the essence of my work relies fundamentally on two basic principles: objectivity and observation, or "the two obs" as I call them. My work relies on my ability to remain absolutely, purely objective, detached. I have mastered the fine art of detachment. And while it comes at some cost, this supreme objectivity is what makes me, I dare say, the greatest observer the world has ever known.
As a young man of eighteen, stepping out on the balcony of the AMC Esplanade 14, I knew that life would be different...forever.