Saturday, May 9, 2020
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.)
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.
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.
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
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.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
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.
Friday, February 28, 2020
"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.
gb: IBL; mm
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.
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Sunday, February 9, 2020
"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.
Friday, January 24, 2020
Family photos glued to cardboard, 7.5 x 9.5 inches, Sunday, January 19th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.
Sunday, January 12, 2020
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.)
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.