Like a Pollock am I
Alongside never, forever and reality I lie
With a small twist I am an excuse
Without said twist I am no use
If these clues make your answers fall short
A hint most deserved will aid your effort

Identify me.

Hint 1:

I'm sorry, my friend, but we will never meet;
I must exist without you and you without me

Hint 2:

Now that we're onto the topic of 'to be'
I'll add that my name itself defies me

Hint 3:

My antonyms can be any
And all in all are a lot
My synonyms are not many
I tell you, zilch, nada, squat

Reasoning for answer (SPOILER)

Jackson Pollock is an abstract artist and 'never', 'forever' and 'reality' are abstract concepts
An example of an excuse through a linguistic twist: 'What are you up to?' 'Nothing.'
When taken literally, nothing is, well, good for nothing.
We can never meet nothing because as soon as we exist, nothingness doesn't.
A name is a thing - a word is a thing. Therefore, naming it or identifying it in any way renders 'nothing' nonexistent.
Synonyms and antonyms are obvious, there's a reason that was my giveaway hint.

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Are you:

Nothing

Because: Like a Pollock am I

Jackson Pollock's paintings look like nothing to the untrained eye.

Alongside never, forever and reality I lie

"nothing" is a concept similar to those above.

With a small twist I am an excuse

"nothing to do with me!" (or similar)

Without said twist I am no use

"nothing" is not very useful

Hint one:

you can't meet nothing and must exist without nothing.

Hint two:

If you give a name to nothing, it becomes something, so it stops being nothing.

Hint three:

Most things are something, so they would be antonyms of nothing, and zilch, nada, squat are examples of the few synonyms that nothing has.

  • @kanoo changed answer – AHKieran Nov 9 at 14:09
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    You have the correct answer. I will add my reasoning to my question (in spoilers of course) - you got most of it, your reasoning just differs from mine in the Pollock line and hint one – kanoo Nov 9 at 14:38

Are you:

The word 'not'?

Like a Pollock am I

A quick google suggests that "not Pollock" is a thing

Alongside never, forever and reality I lie

Doesn't fit perfectly here, but the words are abstract concepts

With a small twist I am an excuse

'not' becomes "can not" or "will not", which are excuses

Without said twist I am no use

a 'knot' without the twist used to tie the knot is of no use

First Clue:

Alludes to the idea of one existing without the other, which is what the 'not' operator (usually '!') means in mathematics and programming

Second Clue:

"To be or not to be" is what sent me down this path, and that a name of 'not' is self-defiant because "not not" is a double negative, which becomes a positive

  • You are very close! – kanoo Nov 9 at 13:42

Are you:

A red herring?

Like a Pollock am I

A real herring is a sea fish, like the pollock.

I'm sorry, my friend, but we will never meet

A "red herring" is a figurative expression referring to a logical fallacy. So you won't ever "meet" a red herring because it doesn't exist. Most of your clues seem to imply abstract concepts.

  • Yes, most of my clues do imply abstract concepts. Try a different path with Pollock (although it seems that you've gotten where I was going with that anyway) – kanoo Nov 9 at 13:43

I could be wrong but this fits for some of the clues:

Jackson

Like a Pollock am I

Jackson Pollock the famous painter.

Alongside never, forever and reality I lie

There is another famous Jackson with the last name Galaxy that could fit this.

With a small twist I am an excuse

If you change the j to a b you would have 'back son' which could suggest your back hurt and be an excuse

Without said twist I am no use

I someone said you have 'Jack son' then you have nothing which would be of no use.

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    Nice try, sometimes along the right track. But no – kanoo Nov 8 at 17:44

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