Torn page from The Ballad of the Sad Cafe and Other Stories WITH - portion of ANOTHER torn page, crayon, lipstick, pencil, cellophane tape, staples and charred wood, 6.5 x 4.25 inches, Friday, August, 27th, 2021, R Bar, San Francisco.
Friday, September 3, 2021
This is something I poached from an earlier piece that appeared in these very pages on October 13th, 2018. It never quite worked for me, but it was hanging around, and I decided to tear it in half and discard the bottom portion. And now it works for me just fine. Pencil, felt pen, crayon, charred wood, plastic cross and staples on cardboard with glue, 10.5 x 15.5 inches, Thursday, June 24th, 2021, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.
The first photograph is the interior view, and the second the exterior. The interior was annotated by my mother, though she might not have referred to it that way - two pink stickies and the underlined sentence. The exterior was annotated by Your Humble Narrator - escort ads, glue and small portion of matchbook. All of this on a religious pamphlet my mother sent me, 6.75 x 14 inches, June or (maybe?) July, 2021, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.
Monday, June 14, 2021
Scoring on photograph, 3.5 x 4.75 inches, Saturday, June 12th, 2021, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Painters' tape, cellophane tape, masking tape, pen, pencil, charcoal, glue, staples, torn piece from religious pamphlet and page from a collection of nun photos ALL ON record album sleeve, 12 x 12 inches, Saturday, May 15th, 2021, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.
Danielle always has some project that is in process, and sometimes she gets to a point where she's done with it, and is ready to move on, but she doesn't necessarily think it's finished. So I asked her for a couple of those a few months back, and she obliged. And they sat there for awhile and then one evening I pulled this one out and said to myself, "Why, that only needs a frame." So everything inside the rectangle is Danielle's (and I will not speculate on all the materials, but I think paint and charcoal and pencil for sure), and then the frame is mine. And the frame is - glue, pencil, felt pen, crayon, charcoal and lipstick. 14 x 17 inches, frame completed Saturday, April 10th, 2021, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.
Plastic Mary and Baby, paper towel and glue on album cover, 12 3/8 x 13.25 inches, Friday, April 9th, 2021, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.
Posted several of these Mercy Seats last month (the search function works if ye want to try it!), and should be more in the pipeline, too. Pen, pencil and lipstick on coaster, 3.75 x 3.75 inches, Saturday, March 27th, 2021, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.
Sunday, March 14, 2021
And so but then after doing the two previous Mercy Streets, I decided to work backward and do what I think of as a reverse draft, as often times the bigger pieces spring from things I have initially done on cocktail napkins and coasters. Which netted me this.
After doing the previous Mercy Seat, which took me several hours as I plotted out the aspects and materials, I thought it might be nice to just sort of do one in five minutes or less, which netted me this.
Pen on notebook paper with a staple, 3 1/8 x 3 inches, Saturday, March 24th, 2012, Little Red Hen, Green Lake, Seattle.
This was the very first version of Mercy Seat, from nearly nine years ago. It was on a larger piece of paper and sort of scribbled into the corner as a pretty basic idea. But I liked that basic idea, I did, and so did two more versions, larger, shortly after this, neither of which will be presented in these pages. And so but then I always meant to come back to it, and now I have, as you will see in subsequent posts.
Saturday, March 6, 2021
Charcoal, chalk, pencil, cellophane tape and lipstick on cocktail napkin, 5 x 4.5 inches, Saturday, February 27th, 2021, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.
Lipstick and pencil on torn page of, likely, Shakespeare; a book owned by my Aunt Margaret when she was a teenager in school in Los Angeles, approximately 100 years ago. 6.5 x 4.25 inches, Saturday, February 13th, 2021, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.
So what I was going to DO was make two little crosses, one for me and one for the Whitney (see subsequent post), but then Danielle walked out and was like, "What are you doing with those? Can I have them?" (Or words to that effect.) So, you know, I gave them to her. That's black painter's tape on the torn Pabst. One's like 3.25 x 2.25 and the other 2.5 x 2.25. Wednesday, January 27th, 2021, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.
Crayon, lipstick, felt pen, pencil, painters' tape, charcoal, cellophane tape, torn newspaper, torn envelope, torn matchbook and staple on butcher paper, 7.5 x 9.75 inches, Saturday, January 23rd, 2021, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.
Saturday, February 27, 2021
Look, I'll I'm saying is that in regard to a potentially unwanted advance by a Supreme Being on a fourteen year old girl, I just think that maybe that Supreme Being could have demonstrated better judgement and shown some real leadership in terms of respecting the age of consent, that's all.
Sunday, January 3, 2021
Saturday, January 2, 2021
I really wanted to try something bigger, and here is my first pass. Not unhappy with it.
Crayon, lipstick, felt pen, pencil, Christmas card glitter, charcoal, glue, painters' tape and stickers on butcher paper, 25.5 x 23.5 inches, early Wednesday morning, December 30th, 2020, Cathedral Hill, San Francisco.