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Act Two


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Act Two


ACT TWo: PINK

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Drops and Spills


Drops and Spills


DROPS AND SPILLS

 

ANIMATION AUTOMATICALLY ADVANCES

 
Artist in the studio, or basement, or garage.
Poke at masculine kitsch.
The fine art of black and white “studio” photography.
Stoic male models, in between acting gigs, adorned illustrated elements — cartoon splats, venetian clouds, bloodshot eyeballs, and teddy bears.
"Drops and Spills" is presented as a wall piece, in which the slideshow above appears in the center frame.

"Drops and Spills" is presented as a wall piece, in which the slideshow above appears in the center frame.

FROM "DROPS AND SPILLS," INDIVIDUAL FRAME, MULTMEDIA ANIMATION     CLICK TO ENLARGE

 

Drops and Spills, individual frames

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Inside Every Man


Inside Every Man


inside every man

INSIDE EVERY MAN, LETTERPRESS CARDS ON FABRIANO, 4 X 6 IN EACH IMAGE

Played like a word game: phrases carefully letter-set and framed. Later, fractured into words, words to letters. The game points in one direction - to fragility - frayed, pink, threaded, bound. And to another toward innuendo (biting Jacob? Edward?).

Morph to a slight-of-hand trick: logos made to float mysteriously above symbols of absence and vulnerability. One the wall (see detail) the fragments are corralled together by over-done, nested gold gilt frames. Underscore the obsessive need to frame nothing(ness) correctly.

zinc etching on rives BFK, each print 18 x 24 in

DETAIL, "INSIDE EVERY MAN"

INSTALLATION VIEW, "PUNCH/DROWN  "

INSTALLATION VIEW, "PUNCH/DROWN"

Bits of ietterpress, papercraft, scrapbooking tape, prize ribbons, children’s bandaids, rubbers stamps and gilded wood - maleness, like art, is largely overdone. When the frame is glitzier than the thing itself . . .

FROM "PUNCH/DROWN"   CLICK TO ENLARGE

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Playboys


Playboys


TOM,BURT&LORENZO

zinc etching on rives BFK, each print 18 x 24 in

Paper skin pulled taught over ligament.
Ligament glued to solid bone
Vise grip. Broken grid.
My “neuro-skeletal matrix”
(or other linguistic device used to rationalize the sub-dermal).
Scalenes, bolted. Drift down.
Cranial, cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral.
The interior abdominal wall.
Perineum. Pooling.
Punch, then drown.

THE IDOLS AND TOONS, MASHED WITH TAPE, COLLAGE, 30 X 22 INCHES

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Reagan Heart Liberace


Reagan Heart Liberace


REAGAN HEART LIBERACE

Pictured left then right: the two champs of the million-dollar smile. A decade later, the viral gut punch. Don’t speak it aloud, neither one, bound together. “Not hard to do, really. The Times would not even permit the word gay until 1987.” Or, “US President Ronald Reagan first mentions the word ‘AIDS’ five years after it was identified.” The showgirl, the bodybuilder, and the guy the yoke’s on. Backlash and/or bashback.

DETAIL FROM "REAGAN HEART LIBERACE"     CLICK TO ENLARGE

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Action Figure


Action Figure


ACTION FIGURE

Skin vs plastic, brought to you by Marvel
The chiseled physique, whittled from silicone
Man vs positionable limbs
Invincibility at four inches tall
The passion of the fight?
Your pecs won’t protect you.

FROM "ACTION FIGURE," TABLE-TOP PHOTO    CLICK TO ENLARGE

 

END ACT TWO