Sunday, July 12, 2020

"Archangel (Sinister)"




















Photograph stapled to cover of religious pamphlet, 6 x 3.75 inches, Saturday, July 11th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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Saturday, July 11, 2020

"The Sky Was All Violet"




















Pen, crayon, lipstick and pencil on paper, 8.5 x 5.5 inches, Friday, July 10th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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"The Sky Was All Violet"




















Pen, crayon, lipstick and pencil on paper, 8.5 x 5.5 inches, Friday, July 10th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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"The Sky Was All Violet"





















Pen, crayon and lipstick on paper, 8.5 x 5.5 inches, Friday, July 10th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

In Which I Send a Piece of Original Art to My Alma Mater, Don Bosco Technical Institute, Rosemead, California

I went to high school at Don Bosco Technical Institute in Rosemead, California.  At that time, it was a five year program - three years of high school, then two years of junior college (I studied electronics), and you left with an A.S. Degree.  Now, I believe, it is a four year high school only.  The team name was "The Techmen".  One cheerleader from a "sister" school was incredibly sexy, I remember that.  Bosco Tech was all boys, and run by the Salesians.

Recently, they sent me a letter asking for money.  I decided I might have something far more valuable for them.


That's right, I thought it might be best for me to send them some original art.  I also included this note.


(There is no alumni museum.)

And, so, the art -


To be clear that cross was made out of strips of cardboard from a Pabst Blue Ribbon 12-pack.  It's not very big, couple inches at most.  Not sure how much money it would fetch if they tried to put it out on the open market.

Oh, and the envelope -


(In case you wanted to send some $$$ their way.)

Hate the sinner, love the sin.

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"Crucifix"




















An original IBL photograph taken Thursday, June 18th, 2020, Normandy Apartments, Ellis and Gough, San Francisco.

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Monday, June 8, 2020

"Primeval Skyline II"




















An original IBL photograph taken Friday, June 5th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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"Primeval Skyline I"




















An original IBL photograph taken Friday, June 5th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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Saturday, June 6, 2020

"Bully Pulpit"




















An original IBL photograph taken Saturday, May 30th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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"American Pastoral"




















An original IBL photograph taken Friday, May 29th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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"Ever Since I Put Your Picture In A Frame"




















An original IBL photograph taken Friday, May 29th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

"Lucifer"




















An original IBL photograph taken Friday, May 22nd, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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Saturday, May 9, 2020

"The Kingdom of Heaven"




















Torn face of Jesus (cardboard, source unknown) stapled to the artist's baptismal certificate, 11 x 7 inches, Thursday, May 7th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

(Note - the black line in the middle is not part of the piece.  My neighbor, Martin Aguilar, suggested that I might not want to have my mother's maiden name out on the internet.)

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"For Those About To Rock, We Salute You"




















An original IBL photograph taken Sunday, May 3rd, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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"Selfie with Priest and Altar Boy"




















An original IBL photograph taken Saturday, November 9th, 2019, Vintage Bank Antiques, Petaluma, CA.

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Spade and Archer




















And so this is a follow-up to my previous post, regarding books that fall apart in your hands as you are reading them.  This one was a hard back, green cover, and had 5 Hammett novels.  You have perhaps seen this edition in used bookstores or, you know, it's on your shelf.  From 1945 or so I think.  Anyway, this one fell apart about three years ago and I saved some of the pieces.  The title page I framed and sent to my friend Steve Goldstein in Queens, New York, as he is a big fan and thought he would appreciate.  He put it up in his office in Manhattan and now, sheltered in place, he and the title page are separated by the East River, and likely I think there are tears in both boroughs.  But it was the first page of "Falcon" I wanted for myself, and finally framed it two nights ago.

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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man




















Sometimes you own a book so long, and it was used and old when you bought it in the first place, and while you are reading it, it just falls apart in your hands.  That happened to my copy of "Portrait" maybe five years ago.  I decided to take the title page and frame it, and it hangs on the wall above my computer where I look at it every day.  The back cover and front cover I turned into postcards and LIKELY sent to Rashid Robinson though the U.S. Mail, because I do this book cover mail thing with him.  And that's it, only to say this is a lead in to the next blog entry, so hope to see you there soon.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

"The Nine Salutations to Saint Michael (Condensed)"




















Pencil, crayon, lipstick, charred wood, glue, and torn strips from religious tract on torn cardboard, 8 x  5.25 inches, Sunday, April 5th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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"Tocayo" (Intended for Michael Fox)

A two-sided piece - first the front:

And, then, the back:


Pen on torn page from religious tract, 5 7/8 x  3.75 inches, Sunday, April 5th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

"Amy (sic) What You Wanna Do?"
















Torn - escort ad, Ikea instructions, R Bar receipt (SAN FRANCISCO, RESPECT!) and Gagosian program, then cellophane taped to a 1997 photograph taken in Fort Bragg, CA.  4 x 6 inches, Sunday, March 22nd, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

Gift to Michael Fox, Beacon, New York.



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"I Died For Your Sins Motherfucker and Don't You Forget It"




















An original IBL photograph taken Sunday, March 15th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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"Peep Show"




















An original IBL photograph taken Sunday, March 15th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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Friday, February 28, 2020

"Cold Gin for Dave Kuehn"
















Pencil, pen, crayon, lipstick and cellophane tape on cardboard, 5 x 5 inches, Friday, February 28th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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"Decapitated Bathroom Cross w/ Arm-crook, Copper Wire, and Failing Diamond Dot Wallpaper" - Guest Art by Geoff Bankowski




















Geoff Bankowski kindly allowed me to post this here; he took it on Capitol Hill in Seattle in the bathroom of a Mexican restaurant on February 7th, 2020.  He knows what I like.

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"Crucifixion (Encaustic)"
















An original IBL photograph taken Thursday, February 27th, 2020, 12th Street BART Station, Oakland, CA.

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

"Margaret Murray, 417 Downey Road, Los Angeles (Approximately 17 Years of Age), Practices Her Signature Inside the Front Cover of a Book of Shakespeare, Circa 1922"




















Torn page glued to cardboard, cardboard glued to wooden frame, 7.5 x 5.5 inches, Sunday, February 16th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

"I Moved On Her Like A Bitch"
















Prayer card, flag decal, file card, felt pen and glue, 4.75 x 6.5 inches, Friday, February 14th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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"I Moved On Her Like A Bitch"




















Torn escort ad and torn menu (Oyster Bar, NYC) glued to prayer card, 5.5 x 3 inches, Friday, February 14th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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"I Moved On Her Like A Bitch"
















Index card, torn prayer card, child's drawing (name withheld to protect the innocent), lipstick, charred wood and glue, 5.25 x 7 3/8 inches, Friday, February 14th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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"Every Child A Wanted Child"
















Torn escort ads glued to torn page from my baby book, 4 1/8 x 8 inches, Friday, February 14th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

"Twin Towers"




















Torn image from church magazine, feminine product disposal bag and glue on cardboard, 11.75 x 4 inches and 11.5 x 4 inches, Friday, January 31st, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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"Twin Towers"




















Match, glue and matchbox, 2 3/8 x 7/8 x .25 inches (each), Sunday, January 26th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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"Twin Towers"




















Matchbook, glue and torn escort ad, 7.25 x 1.5 and 7.75 x 1.5 inches, Sunday, January 26th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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"Twin Towers"




















Felt marker, lipstick, charred wood, glue, film strip and staples on cardboard,  11 5/8 x 3.25 and 11.75 x 4 inches, Sunday, January 26th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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"Our Pa's Each Own One of the World Trade Centers, For a Kiss and a Smile I'll Give Mine All To You"




















Felt pen, lipstick and pencil on coaster, 3.5 x 3.5 inches,  Sunday, May 6th, 2018, Ted's Montana Grill, Denver.

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"Baby's Open Grave"




















Torn found photograph, felt pen and matchbox,  2.25 x 1 3/8 x .5 inches, Sunday, January 26th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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Friday, January 24, 2020

"Tootsie at Her Father's Grave, Likely Middlesex County, New Jersey, 1936"
















Family photos glued to cardboard, 7.5 x 9.5 inches, Sunday, January 19th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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(Untitled)




















An original IBL photograph taken Saturday, January 18th, 2020, at the Uptown, Mission District, San Francisco.

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

"The Child Understanding the Approaching Infanticide" and "The Infanticide"
















Torn cocktail napkins glued to cocktail napkins glued to cardboard, plus charred wood, 6.25 x 12.25 inches, Saturday, January 11th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.  (The original torn napkins and idea conceived January 19th, 2019, at the bar at Original Joe's in North Beach.  I think of these as two separate pieces mounted together.)

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And the Previous Four (4) Would Be Hung, I Believe, In This Pattern
















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"I Need A Truck To Haul All My Crosses In"





















Found photograph glued to a reclaimed scrap of art from Michael Fox (goache on "a kind of watercolor paper made in India"), 10 x 6.5 inches, Saturday, January 11th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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"They Only Ever Call Me By My Childhood Name"




















Found photograph glued to a reclaimed scrap of art from Michael Fox (goache on "a kind of watercolor paper made in India"), 10 x 6 inches, Saturday, January 11th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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"Why Does It Take a Funeral, Boy, To Bring You Back To Town?"




















Found photograph glued to a reclaimed scrap of art from Michael Fox (goache on "a kind of watercolor paper made in India"), 9.5 x 6.25 inches, Saturday, January 11th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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"Mama, Mama Please - No More Deckhands"




















Torn Catholic solicitation glued to a reclaimed scrap of art from Michael Fox (goache on "a kind of watercolor paper made in India"), 7.75 x 8 inches, Saturday, January 11th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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Saturday, January 4, 2020

"The Sixteens"




















An original IBL photograph taken Friday, January 3rd, 2020, 1600 block of Greenwich Street, between Gough and Franklin, San Francisco.

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"Mission Bar Cross"




















An original IBL photograph taken Saturday, December 28th, 2019, Mission Bar, San Francisco.

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