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Thursday, September 10, 2015

THE LAST COLD WARRIOR

Khruschev and Kennedy are both dead. Tito is dead. Nehru and Nasser are dead. Patrice Lumumba and Che Guevara are dead. The Shah of Iran is dead. Yukio Mishima is dead. Fidel Castro is still combing his beard despite over 600 botched attempts to kill him.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Fibonacci Trapezoid with Honey Trap



Fibonacci Trapezoid with Honey Trap, 9" X 12", Tempura paint and newsprint on canvas.

Monday, April 27, 2015

CHARM CITY


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014

3,000 PAIRS OF WOMEN'S SHOES SIZE 8 1/2



THE LEGACY OF IMELDA AND FERDINAND MARCOS

During his flight into exile, Marcos was found to have 24 gold bricks and numerous diamonds in his luggage. He and his cronies are said to have absconded with ten billion dollars from the Philippine treasury.
Imelda would regularly spend three million dollars a day on a shopping spree. In her haste to leave her native land, she left 1,200 pairs of her shoes behind. With no money or inclination to preserve them, the Philippine government left them to rot in a basement. Termites ate the soles of many of the shoes and water damage ravaged the rest. 
She did not go barefoot, however. She owned a total of 3,000 pairs of women's shoes at the time of their exile.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

American patriotism spoofed in Klein's "Mr. Freedom" (1969)

Broadway by Light (William Klein - 1958)

Fight at McDonalds over breakfast menu



The City of Brotherly (Sisterly in this case) Shove.

Not being able to get food from Mickey Deez is a good thing.



If you wake up in the morning and you realize that you look like a beached 
Manatee, perhaps the last thing you need to eat is a Egg-a-muffin.
I was born in Philadelphia. 
I can understand the impulse to throw a snowball at Santa Claus but this 
exercise in violent gluttony us inexcusable.





Thursday, October 16, 2014

Source

LEMMY CAUTION

Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (1965)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

TOMATOES AND THE MIRACULOUS TRANSMOGRIFICATION OF FRUIT


TOMATOES

TRAVELING AT THE SPEED OF 

"X "

FROM THE 1ST STATE OF THE U. S. TO THE 2ND,

OVER AN ELONGATED PERIOD, 
(QUITE ELONGATED ACTUALLY)

THIS ELONGATED SPEED WE WILL CALL

"Y" 

THE TOMATOES WILL
EVENTUALLY AND INEVITABLY 
HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO BE REPLACED BY A MORE SEASONAL FRUIT SUCH AS

PUMPKINS.

IF

"Y"

RETAINS THE SAME RATE OF SPEED

(IF IT THE PACE CAN BE CALLED SPEED AT ALL)

PUMPKINS

CAN ONLY BE FOLLOWED BY 

SNOWBALLS

WHICH ARE CERTAINLY NOT A FRUIT, 
ALTHOUGH THEORETICALLY ABLE TO PROVIDE SUSTINENCE TO ANOTHER GENERATION OF 

TOMATOES

WHICH, EXACTLY LIKE THE 1ST BATCH
ARE AS UNLIKELY TO REACH THE 2ND STATE
AS THE ORIGINAL DELIVERY.

YET HOPE SPRINGS INFERNAL!

After all, it ain't as if they're coming from

BUFFALO.

PORTRAIT OF THE REVOLUTIONARY ARTIST GUSTAV METZGER

Monday, October 6, 2014

THE INEXORABLE MARCH OF TOTALITARIANISM

Tempura and newspaper clipping on cardboard mounted on board.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Tommy Schaefer on a Girl's Bike (In Memory of John Walsh RIP)

Let me tell you this about Tommy Schaefer. Tommy is a mythological character. He is six foot five inches tall, authentic, an original, one of the nicest guys you would ever want to meet and, at the end of his sixties, he is still one bad man. There is an army of much younger men that wish they had never wound this old street fighter up. Age has done little for his reputation as a bad ass
One day I was standing on Third Street talking to my dear friend John Walsh, since deceased. John was a funny guy and one of the most generous men on the planet. He worked on the docks for many years but by the time I met him he was retired on full disability. Whatever his disability, it certainly wasn't visible. John saw all the angles and worked them. 
Anyway, John (JW to his friends) and I were talking out on the street. It was a bright, sunny day, maybe in the early days of autumn. All of a sudden who rolls up on a bike but Tommy Schaefer. Tommy was all excited and determined to impart some salacious piece of neighborhood news to us but he never got around to it. We wouldn't let him speak. John and I demanded an explanation on why this old hard head was tooling around on a girl's bike. In fact, we were so busy breaking Tom's balls that we never let him explain himself. 
The more John and I laughed about the sight of Tommy of Tommy on a girl's bike, the madder he got. The more angry he got, the more we laughed. He kept trying to change the subject to no avail. By the time he pedaled away he had steam coming out of his ears.
John is dead so I break Tommy's balls twice as much about the bike in John's memory. Today I promised Tommy that if he would let me take his photograph on the girl's bike that I would never break his balls about it again. 
I fucking lied.


Sunday, September 28, 2014

The big fun!




The future wears a mustache but so did Joseph Stalin.

I dedicate this image to Bryan "The Brain" German.

I used to work with this guy. His name is Victor.
His personalty mimics is his appearance. He is sincere and nervous. His style is his complete lack of style. It would never occur to him that someone would make him the subject of an artwork. He will probably never know that he is the subject of an artwork.

I used to call him "Sabotage" after the Beastie Boys song of the same name. 
www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5rRZdiu1UE&list=RDz5rRZdiu1UE

The title of this image, "The big fun!" is also the name of one of my favorite Miles Davis albums.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRVvIovxPaA&list=PLB16218313C...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WATER TOWER IN FLAMES CAMDEN NEW JERSEY


How does a water tower catch on fire?
Since 1981, three Mayors of Camden have been convicted of crimes and sentenced to jail while in office.
On October 29, 2012, the FBI announced Camden was ranked first in violent crime per capita of cities with over 50,000 residents.
Camden has privatized its entire police force.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yxq5uMSV0yI
www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-aOy7madD4
Entire neighborhoods are now under heavy CCTV surveillance.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mbm0r1KmIs
Camden is directly across the Delaware River from Philadelphia PA.
Tempura on cardboard mounted on board, 14 1/4" X 18 1/4".

Friday, September 5, 2014

THE CLAMPDOWN



Premonition of a Clampdown, an Insurrection and Their Abject Futility.
No boiled beans this time around.
When I was three or four years old my parents took me to Philadelphia Museum of Art. My favorite artworks at the time were Soft Composition with Boiled Beans by Salvador Dali, Prometheus Bound by Peter Paul Rubens and Why Not Sneeze, Rose Sélavy? by Marcel Duchamp.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft_Construction_with_Boiled_Beans_(Premonition_of_Civil_War)
http://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/104468.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Why_Not_Sneeze,_Rose_Sélavy%3F
In the late fifties and early sixties, Why Not Sneeze, Rose Sélavy? was not protected by a Plexiglass vitrine as it is today. It sat on a shelf exposed, vulnerable to the touch of four year old wise guys. I knew that the cubes of marble were meant to be read as sugar cubes. I suspected that they were not what they appeared to be and I felt that the artist was fooling the viewer by substituting marble for sugar. To prove my hypotheses I stuck my finger in the cage to feel the cubes, much to the horror of the somnambulant guard. He began yelling and asked us to leave the museum. 
The only other person that I know who was ejected from PMA on his first visit was the remarkable painter Thomas Chimes. 
At age eighty-eight the museum gave Thomas a one man exhibition in their galleries.
It took Philadelphia Museum of Art fifty years to throw me out again. 
CLAMPDOWN: 18 1/4" X 24 1/4" tempura paint on cardboard mounted board, newspaper photographs circa 1984, matte medium, glue stick