Monday, August 25, 2014
PUSAN LIBERTY by William Wantling the 6 x 6 bounces me down thewashboard roads, I see the sun-eaten walls of Korea, mygirl-wife & child in mud & straw hut back in Taegu & here I am meeting the SEAL as he sits on his roller-skate cartminus arms & legs but beneath his ass a million $’s worthof heroin – I make my buy walk through the 10,000 cam-era market-place, jeeps for sale, people for sale, I’meven for sale as I find the porch of Cutie’s suckahatchihouse and fix, sitting in the sun on the adobe veranda, thetwo Chinese agents come around to make their buy, 2 youngboys, they’re hooked bad & I charge them too much – we sitthere and fix, I fix again, the so-called Enemy & I, but just 3 angry boys lost in the immense absurdity of War and state suddenfriends who have decided that our hatred of Government exceedsour furthest imaginable limits
Friday, August 22, 2014
a common vegetable. Will any one assert that the surrounding inorganic elements of air, earth, heat, and water produce its peculiar form? Though some, or all, of these may be essential to its development, they are so only as its predetermined correlatives, without which its existence could not be manifested; and in like manner must the peculiar form of the vegetable preexist in its life, — in its idea, — in order to evolve by these assimilants its own proper organism. -TS ELIOT "Objective correlative"
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Liberty with scimitars -
The kilij is a scimitar used by the Turks and the Ottoman Empire; it appeared around the 15th century. The kilij is a unique kind of scimitar that has a slight taper down the straight of the blade until the last third of the sword, when it angles sharply and becomes deeper. After the First Barbary War, a bejeweled kilij was presented to the commanding Marine officer, thus beginning the tradition of granting, to all United States Marine Corps officers, the right to carry the ceremonial weapon as part of that tradition.Pus ultra is a response to the ancient idea of Plus Ultraand the idea of what lays unknown is open for inquisition and acquisition. Pus Ultra is the antidote to Plus Ultra. It is the phenomenon of sailing beyond the pillars of task and into the sargasso of ultimate realism. Famous Pustronauts Bas Jan Ader Donald Crowhurst http://www.gq.com/news-politics/newsmakers/201409/the-last-true-hermit?currentPage=2 and "Christopher Thomas Knight
"I did examine myself," he said. "Solitude did increase my perception. But here's the tricky thing—when I applied my increased perception to myself, I lost my identity. With no audience, no one to perform for, I was just there. There was no need to define myself; I became irrelevant. The moon was the minute hand, the seasons the hour hand. I didn't even have a name. I never felt lonely. To put it romantically: I was completely free." and this gem-"They will be playing Lynyrd Skynyrd songs in a thousand years,"CTK-
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Phill and Bill - "I cannot accept Burroughs' view that we have been invaded by an alien virus, an information virus, yet on the other hand I cannot readily dismiss this bizarre theory as mere paranoia on his part. I think he is onto something real and important, and that his statements do more good--far more good--than harm ...Burroughs may have indeed detected an "information virus" or something like an information virus, but my supposition is that, if you grant its existence, it is of long-standing... Where Burroughs and I sharply disagree is that my supposition is that if--if--and information life form exists (and this is indeed a bizarre and wild supposition), it is benign; it does not occlude us; on the contrary: it informs us (or perhaps it has no interest in doing either, but simply rides our own information traffic, using our media as a carrier) Selected Letters of PKD 1980-1982, p.146 As seen on Ted Hand's blog
Monday, August 04, 2014
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Sunday, July 20, 2014
The use of symbols in my work takes on a slightly different form. Rather than presenting a single image to stand for an idea or belief, I am compiling images to represent tropes, as a form of packaged thought. Trope is a Greek word that means turn, direction, or way-it is a literary device that works like a motif or cliché. I trend toward using this device in the Michel Foucault sense of addressing the relationship between power and knowledge, and how they are related to forms of personal or social control. I am relying on the relationships of multiple images in proximity to each other to inform the viewer and to assist them in the creation of meaning. The images are graphically direct and mostly representational within a range of personal abstraction to emphasize or de-emphasize relationships between ideas within tropes. I perceive these thought packages as interacting with ideas, and I see the ideas as living in the spaces between people or power and structures of belief. For example, a city skyline would fall under “city trope” and all the activity and the control structures associated with that system would be built into a silhouette or detailed representation of buildings. Here are a few of the active tropes and their representative actions in my current work . Increasingly I am discovering their intrinsic dualistic assertions of the mundane and super mundane : • Hair - human and animal. This representation is meant to convey a sense of bestial or primal nature. I find hair can also represent humanity in a humble light in the sense that hair is uncontrollable to some degree when it grows in places seen as socially unacceptable. Hair can also be used as an invitation to touch or indulge, with either pleasure or repulsion. This also implies voluntary loss of control. Other situations where I represent the use of hair is when I am trying to convey gender, life style or demographics. A more complex use of hair occurs when I am attempting to denote a particular biological process associated with a terrestrial perspective of reality as oppose to a non terrestrial based speculation of reality. Examples of the variety of hair I am using are: chest hair, long hair, short hair, style of hair, pubic hair, dominatrix hair, clown hair or theatrical hair. • Flesh- The functions of representations of flesh is very similar and often employed in conjunction with hair. Examples of the types of flesh I use are: Nude or clothed, bubbly flesh,old flesh, pressed flesh,and gravity filled flesh. • Deconstructed clothing Collar structures, stitching, shoes, soles, saddle stitches, socks, shirt collars, buttons, and belts are used in my work to denote class or social position. I also use detailed taxonomies of clothing as an indication of labor and self reliance. I personally take pride in being able to sew and maintain my own clothes. • Buildings I find buildings can be used as indications of social identity. Building elements can also act as extensions of body and body awareness and our relationship to our own mind or how we perceive and negotiate a sense of reality. These tropes might include ledges as indications of interior and exterior boundaries, windows as planes of transient awareness and experience with “the other” as a semi permeable membrane or boundary, gargoyles as guardians in the traditional sense of spiritual vulnerability, air conditioners (atmospheric control on a mundane level-personal awareness and relinquished control subconsciously), dumpsters as stages in our systems of elimination rejection waste or compromise with inefficient systems of commercial or material based cultural superstructures, skylines, cities, suburbs, rooflines and light industrial architectural language. The use of buildings as a device can also imply social density and myths of cultural awareness associated with varying demographics. • Non terrestrial space- This could also be called the speculative fiction trope as I use these elements to convey a sense of other and to potentially highlight traditional attitudes toward colonization or aggressive exploitation of weakness, aggressive use of victim advocacy or to reassure-assert ones own position of power and powerlessness. This is depicted as life support systems (space suits ^deconstructed clothing ^ ) or hegemonic real-estate of the atomic age, that includes pet dinosaurs and objectified human body parts. Less direct components of this trope may include : vehicles of exploration, Boundary-less forms (nebula), trans-dimensional forms of life yet discovered, much less comprehensible to earthly paradigms of informational manipulation or Victorian era age of reason classification. • Deviant behavior –I depict the cultural practice of deviant or behavioral resistance to social norms as an exploration of how people come to terms with ideas that are seen to be culturally threatening. Aggressive sexual posturing combined with partial or full nudity, latex, costumes or masks are meant to convey autonomy or at least passive aggressive sovereignty. So, these are just some of the devices I am using in an attempt to help the viewer find and create meaning in my works.