I did a small photography job for Larry Wessel’s newest documentary Love.
For my work, Larry sent me a copy, and, after viewing, was so thrilled with his film, I had to write up a review over at IMDB.
I thought I’d share my words here as well, hoping to inspire a few to check it out.
“Beth Moore-Love is, to me, a rather unappreciated artist. Her work is spectacular; blazing in color, and containing a fascinatingly morbid tone. Most are unfamiliar with her paintings, so imagine the work of a less threatening Joe Coleman, with the sense of humor and style of Salvador Dali. Many of her paintings are vivid, yet personal, recreations of quite a number of grim moments in history, with a tad of added surrealism.
Admittedly, with a run time of 112 minutes, I didn’t know what to expect, and how it could be so lengthy. As I watched, it became extremely clear, and not only do I now understand, but was pretty captivated the entire time.
While going into her history, as she personally goes through her past, she deconstructs quite a number of her works. Explaining what she used as muse and reference, as well as why. Seeing that her paintings are highly detailed, there is a lot of zooming into her work so as to vividly see the intricacies of her style and struggle. Her efforts pay off, as do Wessel’s.
Additional anecdotes are provided by a handful who are (were) part of Moore-Love’s life, including Dale Caudill, Murrugun the Mystic and Stu Mead. Their recollections are often a hoot, as well as informative on the creation of the art, and even art scene of the 90s through today.
I gave it 10 stars, as it was informative, and enlightening, but mostly because it was a really fun watch.”
I will be part of the art show, New York Babylon, curated by Babylon Projects' Leonardo Casas, who put this together all the way from Chile, South America.
Opening March 5th,with live music, in Brooklyn at 721 Franklin Avenue. The works will be on display March 2 - 8 only, and other artists include Gea*, Shaun Partridge of the Partridge Family Temple, Casas himself, and a host of others.
On a rainy and foggy Saturday, I went to the Washington Heights area of Manhattan, near Ft. Washington and Ft. Tryon Park, to check out the remains of a Catholic saint.
Located just off 190 Street, is the St. Frances X. Cabrini Chapel, which holds the body of the first American to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church (in 1946).
Other than containing a mummified corpse, the building itself is no great feat of architecture, nor much of anything of interest, besides a few statues…
…and stained glass.
The body of Frances Xavier Cabrini (aka Mother Cabrini) was exhumed in 1933 (she died in 1917), and seeing it to be almost perfect, the congregation felt it to be a miracle, and placed her within a shrine, which was later re-designed by the architectural firm of De Sina & Pellegrino in 1957.
An interesting item of note is that the head of the good Mother isn’t there anymore, as, when she was sainted, her skull was kept at the wacky Vatican, just as all the noggins of all other saints are.
Out soon, with preorders starting today!
The Least Silent of Men, a chapbook on the subject of silence (my experiences during a 30-day vow of silence).
In North America: $20 postage paid for trade paperback, signed, and limited to 333 copies, with a hardcover, which is limited to only 10 copies, signed, and comes with special DVD, for $50.
The book contains a forward by artist George Petros, a lengthy article on my experience, as well as a transcript of the communication book I carried for that month.
The cover is a play on Barbara Kruger’s “Your Comfort”, redesigned by me, and executed by tattoo artist Liorcifer. Preorders are now available, by sending amount via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org - if no Paypal, then please check out my website for more ordering info.
Overseas orders start Valentine’s Day, and only paperback copies will be available.
In 1978, French label Tchou Livre-Disque released yet another 12” by Roger Roger (real name), but with a twist. Titled De La Musique & Des Secrets Pour Enchanter Vos Plantes the album wasn’t meant for humans.
Rather than the usual electronic Library Music they churned out, this record was equal parts neo-classical, and electronic music. This may have been due to that most of the music was collaborated with French electro-pioneer Georges Achille Teperino aka Nino Nardini.
If one can read French the liner notes (by Martin Monestier, who came up with the record’s concept) explain the music is designed to be played for plants to promote health and growth, as he points out how scientists show rock music kills plants.
Below is a track off this LP in case you have some plants around that need help. I send them my best.
Side A “Effluves” (6.3 Mb @ 64kbps)
Yesterday, I visited Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn to see the Prison Ship Martyr’s Monument - which is actually the 3rd one built. In 1808 it was first in Central Park, then in 1873 was moved to the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
The city of New York decided it wanted a bigger memorial, and the Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument was constructed in 1908.
It was designed by architect Stanford White, who also drew up the plans for the second Madison Square Garden and the Washington Square Monument.
Through the main doors of the crypt, there is a passageway which leads to a three-coffined chamber under the column. In these large coffins are held the remains (bones) of several thousand U.S. prisoners, which were held captive on British war ships.
After walking up the 99 steps, one comes up to the Doric column, which is granite, and measures 149 feet. It has two brass doors on the east and west side, and a plaque on its southern end.
Atop the column is a brass funerary urn, that is 23 feet tall and weighs 8 tons.
The urn was designed by sculptor Adolf Weinman, who also created the four brass eagles which are located on the four corners of the square containing the column.
There isn’t much more to see here, besides a plaque donated by Juan Carlos King of Spain, and other sundries.
I do wish one could enter the crypt, or even the column, but the times (and the powers that be) don’t allow it.
Still, it was an interesting visit to a small slice of the area’s history.
On the 24th, I took a walk into Bushwick to see something really weird, which I have begun calling the “Troutman Hanging Gardens”.
Hey, what do you do on Xmas Eve?
Anyhow, on Troutman Street (between Irving Ave and Knickerbocker Ave) in Brooklyn, there is a line of trees covered with toys, stuffed animals, paintings and other oddities.
As you walk upon them from either direction, it starts off small, where only one or two items hang from the trees.
But soon, you’ll find the trees covered.
Until you find the “Great Tree” in the center of the block.
Within this tree are cute items, like stuffed animals, but there are also odd ones, such as a gay Ken doll (complete with disco ball), and even a mask from the movie Scream.
Again, as you move away from the center, the trees get more and more bare, though some of the tschotskes are still eye catching.
No one is sure as to who has been doing this, or - at least - the locals ain’t saying. When asked, “Why?” many repeat, “To make our neighborhood look nicer.”
I’m not sure how “nice” this looks, but any answers to help solve this mystery are appreciated.