Monday, November 30, 2009

makes me laugh out loud with happiness

alice barlow with her granddaughter for 89 north.

new direction

I'm still working through the evolution of wheat pasted images.  I decided to do this by using up what enlargements I have already rather than getting new work printed.  These images of Marie Madman reflect the influence of John Baldessari.  I'd thought I'd get this piece up yesterday but the weather prevented it.

It occurred to me last night that the positioning of Marie's legs and the shoes she's wearing are and image of my mom from my childhood.  O well.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

introducing jocko

                                                    jocko @ night

                                                    jocko on wood

                                                    jocko negre

it's been too long...

Yote, Steph and I were supposed to go out pasting today.  It was super cold however.  Instead, I started playing with a concept I got from a cd by jazz musician titled "Revolt of the Negro Lawn Jockeys."  God, I love that title.  It conjured up all sorts of images and I remembered an image of a lawn jockey I took in West Virginia back in 1983 or so.

That led me to inquire about the history of the lawn jockey image.  The history is interesting and controversial.  Some say that the figure represents a slave of George Washington, Jocko Graves, who froze to death holding a lantern trying to help Washington's troops to safely return from their crossing of the Delaware River.  Other stories say the figure was used to help runaway slaves on the underground railroad.  Regardless, it's a figure that takes me back to my childhood and I feel it is ready for reappropriation.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

radmilla at moon rise

cow springs trading post