Saturday, October 17, 2020

"I Need a Truck"

Pen, pencil, stickers, glue, charred wood PLUS scoring on photograph, 4 x 6 inches, Monday, October 12th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.  Created and intended for Trip Allen, Green Lake, Seattle, WA.

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"Meteor Shower"


Torn paper bits, pen, glue and charred wood on torn paper, 2.25 x 2.5 inches, Saturday, October 10th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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"Happy Easter War Is Over"


Photograph with modifications plus charred wood and cellophane tape, 3.5 x 3.5 inches, Saturday, October 10th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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"Baby with Negated Blanket"


Photograph with modifications, 3.5 x 3.5 inches, Saturday, October 10th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.  Created and intended for Jan Iannuzzi, Manhattan New York, who currently has it in her possession.

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"Baby with Negated Diaper and Booties"

Photograph with modifications, 3.5 x 3.5 inches, Saturday, October 3rd, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.  Created and intended for Jan Iannuzzi, Manhattan New York, who currently has it in her possession.

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"Cross"


Pen, cellophane tape and charred wood on torn cardboard (Pabst packaging), 2 x 1.5 inches, Saturday, October 3rd, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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"A Day at the Races"

Glue, photo scrapings and charred wood on photograph, 3.5 x 3.5 inches, Saturday, October 3rd, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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"Baby with Negated (Collection of the Artist)"

Photograph with modifications, 3.75 x 3.75 inches, Saturday, October 3rd, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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"Negated"


Photo album page, 9.25 x 11 inches, Saturday, October 3rd, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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"Friends and Family of the Artist (Including But Not Limited to The Feet of Christ, The Priest He Was Named After, and His First Chihuahua Terrier - Misses That Dog Desperately)"


Photographs and photo album page, 9.5 x 12.75 inches, Saturday, October 3rd, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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"Friends of the Artist"

 

Photographs, photo album page and blue tape, 9 x 13.75 inches, Saturday, October 3rd, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

"Clockwise From Upper Left: Baby with Negated Father, Face, Wheels, Feet of Christ, Hands; Baby Negated (Ashes to Ashes)"


Photographs with modifications - plus glue and charred wood and scraped off bits of modified photos - on photo album page, 9.25 x 12.75 inches, Saturday, September 12th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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"A Day at the Races"


Glue and charred wood on photograph, 4 x 4 inches, Saturday, September 12th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.


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"Peeping Savannah: Domestic, 100% Real"

Torn escort ads, staples, glue and charred wood on Joss paper, 10 x 14.25 inches, Saturday, September 12th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.


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Sunday, September 6, 2020

"Annunciation in Black"


Pencil, crayon, lipstick, charred wood and glue on cardboard glued to more cardboard, 12 x 14.25 inches, Saturday, September 5th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.


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"Send Me a Postcard, Darling" (Front and Back)



Pencil, pen, crayon, lipstick, postage stamp, glue, torn page from religious tract and note from Reverend Don Spitz on torn cardboard, 5 x 7 inches, Saturday, September 5th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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"Call Me the Breeze"

Pencil, charred wood, glue, plus escort ads and other torn ephemera on childhood report card envelope,  6 3/8 x 4 inches, Saturday, August 29th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.


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Saturday, August 29, 2020

In Which I Send a Christmas Card to Michael Fox Around Easter Time, and He Makes Some Modifications and Returns It To Me

In March of this year I sent a Christmas card to my friend Michael Fox in Beacon, New York.  Let's call it "belated".


In April, Michael made some modifications to said card and returned it to me.  Just thought I would share that here.


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The Other One

I worked at Pacific Gas and Electric Company in San Francisco for about 11 years, from the late 90s until 2007.  Our department had a fair amount of people, let’s say fifty (though I don’t remember the exact number), and there were two Caucasian men who were gay and out.  I will call them Dennis and Marshall.  There was also a Filipina woman who worked there, and for a time we shared an office, and I liked her very much.  She was nothing but kind and generous to me always.  I will call her Maria.  One day Dennis approached me and told me this brief story – 

He was walking down the hall and bumped into Maria, and she greeted him and said, "Hello, Marshall."

"Oh, I'm Dennis," he responded.

"That's right," Maria said.  "You're the other one." 

"Cross" (Detail)


Lipstick on paper, a rubbing done by Danielle McArthur (transferred from my chest, see previous post for photograph), 23.5 x 13.25 inches, Friday, August 28th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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"Cross"


An original IBL photograph taken Friday, August 28th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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(Untitled)


An original IBL photograph taken Sunday, August 9th, 2020, on Geary Street between Polk and Larkin, Tenderloin, San Francisco.

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

"Baby with Negated Legs, Belly, Plastic Ball, Clock, Table Legs and Laundry Basket"


Photograph with modifications, 3.75 x 3.75 inches, Saturday, August 22nd, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.  Intended and created for Renee Sedliar, who took possession the next day.

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"Cross"

An original IBL photograph taken Sunday evening, August 23rd, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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"Negated Baby on Porch with Twin"


Two photographs, one with modifications, both 3.75 x 3.75 inches, and meant to be displayed next to each other.  Saturday, August 22nd, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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"Baby with Negated Arm, Hand and Door Knob"


Photograph with modifications, 3.75 x 3.75 inches, Saturday, August 22nd, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

JW Gacy Airport

 I bet if that was the name of the airport they would have changed it by now.


(John Wayne was a hero to some but he never meant shit to me.)


Sunday, August 9, 2020

All Four Capucin Monks in One Place

 

Photograph taken today, August 9th, 2020, just inside our front door.  From top to bottom see them in their original isolated state on blog posts from 8/9/20,  1/5/19, 8/24/18 and 2/13/18.

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"Capucin Monk with Nail Through Head"

 

Torn Mass card and nail, 1.25 x 1.75 inches, Sunday, August 9th, 2020, Myrtle Street, San Francisco.  

(Check out the other three in this series dated 2/13/18 and 8/24/18 and 1/5/19.)

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"The Visual Language of the Amtrak"

From awhile back.  As it happens to me sometimes, I carry things around thinking I might expand on them down the road.  And then, one day, I look at an item again for the millionth time and think, "No, that's actually it."  This one from nearly seven years ago when I was doing so many of these crosses.  Title by Danielle McArthur, pen and lipstick on torn paper, 4.5 x 6.5 inches, Thursday, November 21st, 2013, Little Red Hen, Green Lake.

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" 'Black Sheets of Rain' Postage Stamp (Date of Issue August, 8th, 2020) "

A fragment of recycled art from back in the Seattle days, I would think - pencil and felt pen and crayon on paper, then inserted into a torn photo album sleeve.  3.5 x 3.75 inches, Saturday, August 8th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.

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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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