Portrait by Remo Frangiosa

Philly-Bob’s Free-for-All 2022

One man's visual art, largely consisting of digital manipulations of images, taken from (1) my own photographs/videos, (2) downloaded from the Public Domain, or (3) utilized under the Fair Use provision of copyright law. Also, occasional prose observations on politics and life.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL IN THE FIFTIES
 

A photo from the 1954 "Street & Smith's College Football Preview." The equipment, especially the helmet, are outdated. The caption reads:

"GEORGE GALUSKA, Wyoming fullback, cracks Denver line for 8-yard-gain as teams play 13-13 tie. Bugs Carter (85), Cowboy end, hastens to block out Jim Bowen (left), Denver back 05 Martin Hicks (right) gets set to tackle."
Denver ended up winning the 1954 conference championship.
Link1: https://archive.org/details/street-smith-1954-college-football-yearbook-c/.
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June 23, 2022


JUNKERS G38 COMMERCIAL AIRLINER
 

From a nostalgic thread on the Reddit "K" Weapons board, imagining plane designs that could have been but never were. A photograph of the 1929 Junkers G38. Notice how large the wings are. The engines were enclosed in the wing, along with passengers. The explanatory text: "You'll never service a plane engine from inside the wing during flight with your old gray haired mechanic senpai [master]... .Why even live?"

In the background is a pattern from a 1979 book of anime (Link2)

A diagram of the G38's innovative wing design is at Link3.

Link1: https://boards.4channel.org/k/thread/54099927
Link2: https://archive.org/details/animage-1979-v-008-february.
Link3: https://books.google.com/books?id=QuIDAAAAMBAJ&pg=RA1-PA72&dq=Popular+Mechanics+1931+curtiss&hl=en&ei=Nij_TMTzG43InAeavtDBCw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CCkQ6AEwAjgK#v=onepage&q=Popular%20Mechanics%201931%20curtiss&f=true



June 22, 2022


STEGANOGRAPHY AND DERBY JERSEYS
 

Pure pattern. Foreground is "Retrospection," a Dingbat Font from Studio369 (Link1). It is a steganographic font. Background is the riding silks from the 2019 Kentucky Derby (Link2).

Link1: https://www.dafont.com/retrospection.font
Link2: https://archive.org/details/silks_rtkd_silks_distribute_4-24-19


June 19, 2022


SORCERESS OF SURREALISM
 

At her work desk, Spanish surrealist artist Remedios Varo working. The photo is undated. Inset in upper left is her 1959 painting "Presencia Inquietante" (Link1; trans: 'Haunting Presence'). Original here. The painting shows the artist at work in a high-backed chair; but inside the chair is an evil imp distracting her by licking her neck. She died in Mexico in 1963.

Link1: https://archive.org/details/cartas-suenos-y-otros-textos-varo-remedios-z-lib.org

June 19, 2022


TWO DARK-HAIRED BEAUTIES
 

One, in the center, chin resting on hand before a friendly cup of coffee, is a cartoon character in Neil Gaiman's masterful comic/fantasy series "Sandman". Her name is Death, and she is the opposite of previous depictions of death. As Wikipedia explains:

"Death instead appears as an attractive, pale goth girl dressed in casual clothes — often a black top and jeans. She also wears a silver ankh on a chain around her neck, and has a marking similar to the eye of Horus around her right eye. She is pleasant, down-to-earth, perky, and has been a nurturing figure for both incarnations of [Sandman]. This irony has helped make Death one of the most popular characters from [the series]. "

In the background is actress Jennifer Connelly, when she was just 21, during a photo shoot posing with her reflection before a full-length mirror, dressed in nothing but a thong (Link2). Connelly, a beauty to my Boomer generation, is now 52 and has aged gracefully. She is married to actor Paul Bettany.

Link1: https://archive.org/details/B-001-038-072-ALL
Link2: https://i.redd.it/yr3h3feqbe591.jpg

June 16, 2022


VILLAGE SCENE FROM RUSSIAN READER
 

Illustration used as two-page inside cover for a 1989 book of high-school readings, Избранное (Link1; trans: "Favorites"). Scene depicts three soldiers in lower left, a steaming locomotive in center, and a train station at right.

The rectangle in lower right was used for Cyrillic text; I filled it with background brown and superimposed my logo/brand. Later, at a friend's suggestion, I re-did it so that my logo does not cover the image area, although I had to fake the original woodcut or linoleum block style in the rectangle.

Link1: https://archive.org/details/B-001-038-072-ALL

June 11, 2022


SOPHISTICATED COUPLE HAVE A TENSE MOMENT
 
Illustration by Rico Tomaso for a serialized story "Too Many Cooks" by Rex Stout in a 1938 issue of "American Magazine" (Link1). The magazine was published (by various owners) between 1906 and 1956.
Link1: https://archive.org/details/TheAmericanMagazineV126N01193807

June 11, 2022


STANLEY STEAMER, 1911
 
Overall picture and illustrations of parts for 1911 Stanley Steamer motor car (Link1). A Stanley Steamer set the record for the fastest mile in an automobile in 1906. Shown is the five-passenger touring car, sold for $1,500.

I'm reminded of the car because I got an Uber ride in a Tesla M3 -- hot car of the moment -- today. Sells for $45,000.

Link1: https://archive.org/details/stanley-steam-cars-1911

June 10, 2022


HAPPY 80th BIRTHDAY, JANICE
 
Image from the 1973 Russian fairy tale "Кровь Людская Не Водица" (Link1; trans: 'Human Blood is not Water').

Dingbat (representing Bearded Bob offering a flower) from recent Spanish designer Woodcutter's font "DrawnX" (Link2)

Link1: https://archive.org/details/1973_20220604
Link2: https://www.dafont.com/woodcutter-s-drawnx.font

June 7, 2022


ILLUSTRATION FROM FORENSICS TEXT
 
Photo from 1947 Russian book "Судебная Медицина" (Link1; trans: 'Forensic Medicine') showing the effect of a gun shot wound to the right temple at close range. The book was a textbook for law schools.
Link1:https://archive.org/details/1947_20220604

June 5, 2022


TANK BODY & TURRET RUSTING IN UKRAINIAN RIVER
 
From the 4-chan weapons board, an unidentified aerial photo from the Ukraine war, apparently showing a ruined Russian tank rusting in the swirling waters of a Ukrainian river. Russian river crossings have been a disaster in the war.
Link1: https://boards.4channel.org/k/thread/53847387

June 4, 2022


DANCERS AND PLANT
 
Images from November 2019 survey of Internet, downloaded with some difficulty from Google Cloud storage. Betrayed once again by a big computer monopoly.

Background is a 1970 Polaroid photo by Daniel Boudinet, used as a frontispiece in a 2015 Arabic translation of Roland Barthes' "The Light Room" (Link1)

On top of that, an early 18th century tempera painting by Italian sculptor Antonio Canova of three dancing girls (Link2)

Foreground is a rendering of a flowering plant (Leptolaena multiflora) found only in Madagascar, from the 1806 "Histoire des végétaux recueilles dans les isles australes d'Afrique" (Link3; trans: 'History of the plants collected in the southern islands of Africa') .

Link1: https://archive.org/details/20191110_20191110_0728
Link2: https://www.museocanova.it/le-danzatrici-di-canova-a-tempera-4.
Link3: https://archive.org/details/CAT11024889

June 1-3, 2022


UPPER PENINSULA CHAINS
 
Combination of snapshots taken on a trip to Michigan's lovely upper peninsula in 2018.
Link1: Photos by Bob Moore

May 30, 2022


WHITE SPRAY ON GRAY METAL & CONCRETE
 
Combination of images taken walking around city. White spray paint and pavement.
Link1: Photos by Bob Moore

May 30, 2022


POST-SURGERY VIEWPOINT
   
TRIGGER WARNING: Male Genitals Smart-phone camera view of my legs and torso as I awoke from surgery. Three-pronged catheter visible near center, draining fluids from my poor, misused penis (bottom center, magenta; now festooned in gauze strip bunting). Fluids then drip through transparent tubes, over the bedside to a collection bag. Open-backed hospital gown on lower right, orange hospital socks at top left.

Next, my understanding of the anatomy issues involved. Urine flows through a channel in the prostate gland. When prostate enlarges, urine flow is reduced. The wings have nothing to do with the subject, they're just there for decorative purposes.

Link1: Photo & graphic by Bob Moore

May 29-30, 2022


RACING TO RECOVERY, RED TO YELLOW
 
A drawing showing bodily pressure points, from the 1999 "The Art Of Shen Ku: The First Intergalactic Artform Of The Entire Universe" (Link1). The lavishly illustrated book contains a lot of New Age and survivalist material gathered by a psuedonymous 'Zeek.'

As I recover from my surgery, I measure my progress on a gradient between red and yellow in the liquid collected in my out-of-body catheter drainage bag. Red is blood, from the damage done by surgery, and yellow is urine. As I recover from the surgery, the yellow is becoming more and more prominent. I used a red-to-yellow gradient on top of this piece.

Link1: https://archive.org/details/the-art-of-shen-ku-the-first-intergalactic-artform-of-the-entire-universe-pdfdrive/

May 22, 2022


FRAMING ELEMENTS IN A PHOTO
   
Illustration from an undated but recent booklet by two Polish psychologists about the treatment of patients who have suffered trauma, "Broszura Trauma" (Link1; trans: 'Trauma Brochure') showing a girl sitting moodily at a kitchen table. The image is "clip art" produced by English photographer Cathy Sinker (Link2).
Link1: https://archive.org/details/broszura_trauma
Link2: https://cathysinker.co.uk/

May 18, 2022


ESCAPING ADOBE, THINKING ABOUT CROPS
 
Experimenting with a new Photo Editing program, Affinity Photo, which may allow me to escape the expensive Adobe Photoshop contract with its buggy updating program. The program is having a Spring sale, half-off, or $27. Used it to create this image.


May 16, 2022


LADIES' GARDEN CLUB, CURATIVE BEETS, AND PSYCHEDELIC ICON
 
A digital assemblage consisting of three parts:
Link1: https://archive.org/details/convorbiri-literare-anul-lxxvii-nr.-3-martie-1944
Link2: https://archive.org/details/enciclopedia-de-plantas-que-curan-018-ediliba-1987
Link3: https://archive.org/details/carlisle-clover-club-1916-1917

May 14, 2022


RUSSIA & UKRAINE: DIFFERENT TIMES
 
An assemblage of black & white photos from the 1975 Russian "Вечным Сынам Отчизны" (Link1: trans; 'Eternal Sons of the Fatherland'), commemorating Russian casualties in the victory over Germany in World War 2. What's tragic is that Russia and Ukraine were on the same side in that war, and this year Russia has invaded Ukraine and is bombing the helpless population.

As Russian propaganda, the book is large and photographs are high-resolution. Worth taking a look at. I was attracted to a particular form of statues/monuments that were made with concrete.

Link1: https://archive.org/details/1975_20220509

May 11, 2022


WASH DAY IN EARLY GILEAD
 


May 10, 2022


QUEENS, PHILATELIC AND CHESS
 


May 6, 2022


FUTURIST ITALY, 100 YEARS AGO
 


April 27, 2022


SKIPPING ROPE
 

I have switched from making the frame 10% of original to 20%. In other words, if width is 2000 pixels, I make height 140% (instead of 120%). I like the look in the frames. Used the 20%/large frame in last two images.

The background/overlaid pattern is a decorative rooster motif used on the cover of a 1990 Russian first-grade reading textbook "Русский Язык. Учебник Для 1 Класса" (Link1: trans: 'Russian LanguageTextbook For 1st Class').

The images of children jumping/skipping rope are from the 1969 Russian children's picture book "Веревочка" (Link2: trans: 'Rope').

It is purely a coincidence that I have been using Russian images a lot lately. Basically, I want to separate myself from today's widespread hatred of Russians because of the atrocities of Putin's troops and mercenaries in Ukraine. Japan committed horrible atrocities during World II in China, but it was a matter of ideology (militarism, emperor worship, racism) and when the ideology was ended, Japan rejoined the world of civilized states contributing to world culture. When the sickness of Putin's kleptocratic dictatorship ends, Russia will once again rejoin the civilized world, the home of Tchaikovsky and Tolstoy.


Link1: https://archive.org/details/1-.-.-.-1990
Link2: https://archive.org/details/1969_20220422

April 24, 2022


AWKWARD MOMENT IN A MAISON DE PLAISIR
 

A digital assemblage -- my new term -- from five elements. Busy-ness and texture are part of my style, but this may be too busy, I'm not sure.

Background image is a brothel party scene of top-hatted men and fashionable women, from the 1909 French "Maisons De Plaisir Et Distractions Parisiennes" (Link1; trans: 'Houses Of Pleasure And Parisian Distractions'). The image is blue because colors have been inverted.

Superimposed on that are two copies of a photograph of a falling and breaking wine glass, used to demonstrate the relative elasticity of materials, from the 2000 Lithuanian "Mokslas: mokyklinė enciklopedija: 2000 svarbiausių temų apie mokslą" (Link2: trans: 'Science: A school encyclopedia: 2000 major topics about science').

There are also two images from the 1993 Mexican "Puros Cuentos. Historia de la historieta en México 1934-1950" (Link3; trans: ''Pure Tales. History of the comic strip in Mexico 1934-1950'). The first image is the startled woman in the center, from the undated cover of a Mexican magazine, captioned "Socorro! Bandidos!" (trans: 'Help! Bandits!). Another image, duplicated at the bottom corners, is a cartoonish maid looking on disapprovingly (source unknown).

Last image is a photograph from a Chinese trade catalog, showing rubber silicon seals, running top-to-bottom in the center of the image. (Link4)


Link1: https://archive.org/details/maisons-de-plaisir-et-distractions-parisiennes
Link2: https://archive.org/details/ardley.-.-mokykline.enciklopedija..-2001
Link3: https://archive.org/details/puroscuentoshistoriahistorietamexico
Link4: https://archive.org/details/silicone-rubber-seals

April 22, 2022


POST WORLD WAR II RUBBLE REMOVAL
 

A colorizing digital treatment of an old black & white photo.

Sometime in Europe after the carnage of World War II, a group of teenage scouts (The Union of Polish Youth) work together to repair bombed buildings in Warsaw. The girls form a human chain to hand-carry street rubble, the boys (in the background) use pick-axes to take apart collapsing walls. The image appears in a Lithuanian translation of Anne Applebaum's 2013 book "Geležinė uždanga: Rytų Europos sugniuždymas, 1944-1956" (Link1: trans: 'The Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956')

I look forward to the time Putin is gone and the people of Europe (even Russia) will pitch in to repair the physical damage from Putin's desperate bombing of cities.


Link1: https://archive.org/details/applebaum.-.-gelezine.uzdanga.-2013.-lt


April 21, 2022


BOB'S GOOD FRIDAY CHANT: CUZ A MAN DIES YOUNG (0:27)

A religious chant I wrote years ago, meant to be sung on Good Friday from 3 PM to 5 PM, which was the supposed time of Christ's crucifixion in the Catholic Church where I was raised. It was customary for the devout to "keep the silence" during those hours.

In a secular version, the song is the same except, at the end, the names of all the people who have died in the last year are read.

The words are below. The intention is for maximum vocal improvisation in the long 'e' in Keeeeep. "Oncha" is a contraction for "Won't you".

Keeeeep the Silence
'Oncha Keeeeeep the Silence
'Oncha Keeeeeep the Silence
'Cuz A Man Dies Young
Da-da dada duh

The devotion required participants to vividly imagine Jesus' suffering. It was part of the church's Stations of the Cross tradition. One year, as an altar boy, I carried a cross in the procession from station-to-station.

April 20, 2022



WHAT EUROPE MEANS TO ME
 

A composite ("digital assemblage") of three images.

In the deep background, under a camouflage net, two soldiers in gas masks service a guided missile (bottom right to top left) from a 1965 issue of the East German soldier's magazine "Armee-Rundschau" (Link1; trans: 'Army Review').

Next, bottom, three puppet figures created by the Russian artist and puppet designer Nina Simonovich-Efimova from her 1982 memoir "Notes of the Artist" (Link2).

Behind the puppets, a display of crystal/glass work from the 1922 "The Glass and Mosaic Industries of Venice" (Link3).


Link1: https://archive.org/details/ar-1965-01
Link2: https://archive.org/details/1982_20220416
Link3: https://archive.org/details/glass-and-mosaic-industries


April 18-19, 2022


PATTERN OVERLAY EXPERIMENT
 

An artistic experiment, combining two digitally adjusted technical illustrations from the 2006 book "Broadband Planar Antennas: Design and Application" (Link1). A planar antenna is "a directional antenna in which all the elements are in one plane".

At the four corners are segments of the universal symbol for "Biohazard", from a dingbat font by the Spanish type designer "Woodcutter" Manero (Link2). For background on the Biohazard symbol, see Link3.

All the elements of this image were originally black-and-white. The colors were added by computer, specifically a utility in the Gimp G'Mics filter package: Testing, called "Autofill Coloring Book;" and some style transformations in Dreamscope.

I intend to enter this in piece in the Plastic Club's Member's Medal show. It is either a sign of continuing improvement or appalling confusion that I usually enter my latest work into this show, which is intended to highlight the best work the member has done all year.


Link1: https://archive.org/details/broadband-planar-antennas-design-and-application
Link2: https://www.dafont.com/laboratory.font?sort=date
Link3: https://99percentinvisible.org/article/biohazard-symbol-designed-to-be-memorable-but-meaningless/

April 16, 2022


SOPHISTICATED LADIES IN 1934 CIGARETTE ADS
 

Two illustrations for Regina brand cigarettes, appearing in the 1934 "Le vie d'Italia" magazine (Link1; trans: 'Life in Italy').

The background is a popular military camouflage called MultiCam (Link2). The image appeared on 4-Chan's "K (weapons)" bulletin board.

"MultiCam has a background of a brown to light tan gradient, overprinted with a dark green, olive green, and lime green gradient and a top layer of opaque dark brown and cream-colored shapes spread throughout the pattern. This allows for the overall appearance to change from predominantly green to predominantly brown in different areas of the fabric, while having smaller shapes to break up the larger background areas. The MultiCam color scheme in Hex triplet is as follows:(i) Cream 524 B8A78B; (ii) Dark Brown 530 48352F; (iii) Tan 525 967860; (iv) Brown 529 6F573F; (v) Dark Green 528 5A613F; (vi) Olive 527 8C7D50; and (vii) Pale Green 526 85755C."
Link1: https://archive.org/details/2022-04-13-02-35
Link2: https://i.4cdn.org/k/1649979299099.png


April 15, 2022


INVOCATION & ADMONITION: J.D.F.
 

Another in my series of postcards reminding my friends, family and neighbors Not To Fall. The last one was January 31. The message, as I said then: "Nothing can destroy your quality of life more quickly than a broken bone from a moment's slip on the snow or stumble on a stairway." I am usually inspired to do one of these when I come across an attractive stairway, as above.

The image is taken from Ernst Gombrich's revised 1950 "History of Art." translated into Spanish. (Link1) It shows an 1893 staircase from the Hotel Tassel in Brussels designed by Victor Horta.

Link1: https://archive.org/details/GombrichErnstHHistoriaDelArte


April 15, 2022


SKATEBOARDER, STUDENTS ASCEND ROPES
 



April 11, 2022


SHOWGIRL, SPOTLIGHT, SOLDIER WOOING WITH ACCORDION
 



April 10, 2022


WOODEN CAR MODEL & AZTEC WARRIOR UNIFORMS
 
A 15-inch wooden model of a 1937 Pontiac appeared in a 1994 edition of "Woodworker's Journal" (Link1). The background is composed of various diagrams showing construction details, digitally altered. The foreground is two copies of the completed model, at different scales, overlapping.

Behind the car is a chart showing the uniforms of the Aztec army at the time of their conquest by Cortes from the 2007 Lithuanian "Žymiausios visų laikų kelionės" (Link2: trans: 'The most famous trips of all time').

Link1: https://archive.org/details/wood-workers-journal-nov-dec-1994
Link2: https://archive.org/details/zymiausios.visu.laiku.keliones.-2007.-lt

April 10, 2022


JANICE AND ANNE
 
Photo of Janice and her visiting friend Anne. Anne brought flowers for our friend Ted's opening.



April 9 2022


WATER-COOLED RADIO TRANSMITTER 1930'S
   
The cover of a 1931 German electronics magazine, "Funkschau" (Link1), showing an American radio transmitter with water carried through spiral pipes to cool it.

Second version includes a cartoon from the 1974 "Co-Evolution Quarterly" (Link2) showing a black dog and a white dog chasing each other, ouroboros-style.

Undecided on whether to include the ironic black-and-white pop element in my work as a signature. The first image has a good texture, but is it enough?

Link1: https://archive.org/details/funkschau-1931-heft-39
Link2: https://archive.org/details/issue01_202204/page/10/mode/1up

April 7, 2022


TWO MORE POINTS ON UKRAINE
 

Point one: Russian aggression in the Ukraine is NOT the number one problem facing the world. Climate change is. And Putin's warlord dictator childishness is just distracting us all from dealing with climate issues.

Point two: Climate change -- melting ice in the Arctic -- will help out Putin's dream of a revived Russian empire. His Northern Sea Route would allow Russia to ship oil directly to China -- without using dollars. (See the orange and white dashed line on the right of the map above, from Link1; click on map to enlarge.) Global sea traffic could bypass the Suez Canal. Normally I would shrug this off as normal technological innovation and economic competition, but having witnessed Russian brutality in Ukraine, I don't feel any obligation to play fair. I would like the United States and other countries involved in the Northern Sea Route to resist this development using all the Putinesque tactics of transparent lies, mass media misinformation, strained legalisms -- even military force.

A busy Northern Sea Route would also give the U.S. a new Northern neighbor. I love Canada as friendly neighbor along our shared 5,000 mile border. My family spent summers in Canada and as a boy the Canadian/U.S. border was lightly policed, you just needed a drivers license to cross. But I am not at all happy with the prospect of Putin-era Russia with its rapacious conscript army as a Northern neighbor.


Here is a recent (April 3) video press release by the Russian state atomic energy company Rosatom about an Arctic voyage of a nuclear-powered icebreaker (Link2):

For a more military view of Arctic developments see The War Zone. And here is a recent (April 5) report on Canadian arctic defense.

Link1: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Sea_Route
Link2: https://twitter.com/Russia


April 4, 2022


1936 OLYMPICS GYMNAST, ANCIENT RUINS, 50'S WAITRESS
 



April 3, 2022


UKRAINIAN ANIME WITH SHOULDER-CARRY MISSILE LAUNCHER
 

A cartoon figure showing a a young Ukrainian soldier holding a Javelin anti-tank guided missile launcher and an automatic rifle (Link1), originally taken from 4-chan's "K" (Weapons) board. Gender can not be determined from the drawing, but from the context of anime big-eyed imagery and the religious icons of that region showing Mary, the mother of Jesus, it is a young female warrior. Artist is not identified.

Link1: i.pinimg.com/originals/f0/14/fc/f014fc82808ef478aaf48d78c929f8e9.jpg

April 1, 2022


STREAM OF VISUAL CONSCIOUSNESS COLLAGE IV: BOYHOOD
 



March 31, 2022


STREAM OF VISUAL CONSCIOUSNESS COLLAGE III: MAYA
 



March 29, 2022


STREAM OF ATTENTION COLLAGE II: MODEL WITH MIRROR
 

A digitally-altered 2002 photo by Parisian photographer Guy Lequerrec showing a model studying her three reflections in two mirrors, from a Chinese magazine called "张悦然:鲤·系列" (Link1; trans: 'Zhang Yueran: Carp Series').

Balancing in the upper right corner, a photograph of a nude woman posing next to a brass gong, from the 1934 pulp magazine "Spicy Stories" (Link2)

Link1: https://archive.org/details/20220320_20220320_1719/%E5%BC%A0%E6%82%A6%E7%84%B6%EF%BC%9A%E9%B2%A4%C2%B7%E5%8F%98%E8%80%81
Link2: https://archive.org/details/spicy-stories-september-1934

March 27, 2022


STREAM OF ATTENTION COLLAGE
 

Central image is a skeleton, an old (11th? 16th? century) engraving, from a 1994 Russian book "Философия смерти" (Link1; trans: 'The Philosophy of Death'); the accompanying text reads: "German engraving of the 11th century, symbolically representing death. In the hands of death is a coffin with a funeral stretcher and an hourglass, a symbol of the strictness of the life span allotted to a person."

Behind that is a collage consisting of (a) a decorative ceiling appearing in a 1996 catalog of the period rooms at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art (Link2); (b) a display of coins from the 1911 French travel book "Du Khorassan au pays des Backhtiaris, trois mois de voyage en Persez" (Link3; trans: 'From Khorassan to the land of the Backhtiaris, three months of travel in Persia'); and (c) a drawing of a milling machine from a 1958 textbook "Ball Tube and Rod Mills" (Link4)

Below and to the left of the skeleton engraving is a photograph of a nude woman seated in a window, from the 1934 pulp magazine "Spicy Stories" (Link5)

Also, above and below the skeleton engraving are copies of a diagram showing old-fashioned iron rifle sights, from an online discussion in 4chan's "K" (Weapons) board, about their usefulness in combat (Link6).

Link1: https://archive.org/details/B-001-037-207-ALL
Link2: https://archive.org/details/p15324coll10_96980
Link3: https://archive.org/details/gri_33125014240549
Link4: https://archive.org/details/ball-tube-and-rod-mills-rose-and-sullivan-2/
Link5: https://archive.org/details/spicy-stories-september-1934
Link6: https://boards.4channel.org/k/thread/52575530


March 25, 2022


SUFFERING SOULS
 
Illustration by Hungarian hyperrealist Etienne Sandorfi for an article by medical conspiracy theorist Gary Null entitled "You Are the Victim" which ran in the 1987 "Penthouse" magazine (Link1)
Link1: https://archive.org/details/penthouse-1987-10-b

March 22, 2022


HEALTH UPDATE
 

I have resolved to work more on my writing than on my art. As I near the end of my days, there's a few things I want to get down. Expand text, reduce complexity of image.


This 77-year-old man is having prostate problems. A young man's prostate is about 22 cubic centimeters in volume. The ultrasound shows that my current prostaste is 90 cc. As a result of this enlargement, I have not been able to pee freely since January 6 and I wear a urinary catheter (an external bladder), with associated practical problems. Actually, I switch between two catheters: a 2000-cc night catheter and a 1000-cc day catheter.

I am getting decent care -- two ambulance trips, frequent visits from a home healthcare nurse, appointments at the urology department of HUP, and visits with my expensive local concierge doctor.

The only thing that bothers me is the incredibly slow progress of my treatment. It looks like it will be Spring before I will be able to return to normal peeing-- if I ever will. The catheterization also means I am not able to masturbate or have sex.

At my last Plastic Club live artist's workshop, I did a drawing (See above) about my woes, using ink and crayon , intended to honor the spirit of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's paintings about her painful back injury, The figure on the left shows me with the enlarged prostate, the figure on the right shows me with a catheter. At top, the view from the emergency room window as I lay sleepless on the first night.



March 20, 2022


TWO MORE POINTS ON UKRAINE
 

I have resolved to work more on my writing than on my art. As I near the end of my days, there's a few things I want to get down. Expand text, reduce complexity of image.

First, let me address some issues raised by the Ukrainian war, which I am following obsessively -- four hours a day:

(1) Thirty years ago, United States Secretary of State James Baker assured Russian diplomats that the U.S. would never let Ukraine into NATO -- but the then U.S. president at the time (G.H.W. Bush) went back on the deal. (Footnote1; see March 14 entry) This is horrendous foreign policy practice on the U.S. side. This doesn't excuse Russia's brutal invasion, but it may provide a chance for the U.S. to offer Russia an "exit ramp" for Putin's disastrous policy. ("American and Russian diplomats had a misunderstanding on Ukraine, we understand that. And Ukraine did not have a seat at the table. Can we help Putin and Zelensky come to some agreement for an immediate cease-fire -- maybe no entrance to NATO for ten years or until the Russian Federal Assembly [Russian Congress] revokes this condition, and then only after a free election supervised by UN. Meanwhile, Russia goes back to its 2013 borders and works (as neighbors) with Ukraine on repairing the physical and spiritual damage caused by the warfare.").

And let this count forever as a black mark on the record of Republican President Bush. You fucked up bad and brought us to the brink of World War III. Does President Biden feel obliged to honor agreements reached by his Secretary of State with foreign governments? Of course he does.

(2) The question has been raised: Why are American progressives more upset about dead Ukrainians than about dead Syrians? Is it because Ukrainians are white? Perhaps partially, but I think the main cause was the extreme complexity of the Syrian situation. It was never clear (to me, at least) who was fighting whom in Syria, with US, Islamists, Turkey, and Russia disguising their identities behind acronymic proxies. In Ukraine, it's simple: Russia vs. Ukraine, Putin vs. Zelensky. A much simpler two-party game, with a convenient comic-book villain and hero.


Footnote1: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Baker: "In May 1990, Soviet Union's reformist leader Mikhail Gorbachev visited the U.S. for talks with President Bush; there, he agreed to allow a reunified Germany to be a part of NATO. He later revealed that he had agreed to do so because James Baker promised that NATO troops would not be posted to eastern Germany and that the military alliance would not expand into Eastern Europe. Privately, Bush ignored Baker's assurances and later pushed for NATO's eastwards expansion. "

Image notes: image is a videogame scene (from Warhammer) posted (but since removed) by a user on 4Chan's "K" (Weapons) board, with the face of the videogame character "God Emperor of Mankind" (Link1) replaced by the face of Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Link2). I added the arrow pointing to the enlargement of Zelenskyy's face.

LINKS:

Link1: https://warhammer40k.fandom.com/wiki/Emperor_of_Mankind
Link2: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volodymyr_Zelenskyy


March 18, 2022


MOVIE POSTER MONTAGE OVER PATTERN PLAY
 
The movie poster image is from the press book for the 1938 film "Drums" (Link1), which tells the story of a British officer in Imperial India. A British troop is warned of a massacre by a friendly Indian prince (top right) who plays a danger signal on the "Sacred Drum of Tokot".

Two patterns are combined in the background:

First pattern is a square brick from the 1892 "Catalogue of moulded and ornamental brick" (Link2).

Second pattern is a page of technical drawings from the 2000 Ukrainian book "Креслення Сидоренко" (Link3; trans: 'Sidorenko's Drawings'; alternate title 'Technical Drawing') for vocational school students.). The author is V.I. Sidorenko.

LINKS:

Link1: https://archive.org/details/pressbook-ua-drums
Link2: https://archive.org/details/central-press-brick-1900s-a
Link3: https://archive.org/details/kreslennya-sidorenko


March 16, 2022


VALLIVERSARY COUPLE
   

Leftmost image is a picture of the Indian god (blue, Krishna) and goddess (Radhi) playing together as children. The image is related to the Valentine's Day image of the two grown-up deities from February 12, 2022 (right),

St. Patrick's Day 37 years ago is when Janice and I moved from casual conversation at the workplace to secret post-work meetings for intense love-making. I think the intimacy of that sex led to the comfort we now have with our aging physical bodies.

Anyway, this will be my anniversary card.


The left image is the cover of a 1992 Russian book "Кухня Кришны" (Link1; trans: 'Krishna's Kitchen') recently uploaded to the Internet. The Russian uploader is clearly upset by the war between Russia and Ukraine; he included this confusing comment: "To understand how karma can cause war, consider an example from the Vedas. Sometimes a fire starts in a bamboo forest as a result of the friction of trees against each other. The real cause of the fire, however, is not the trees, but the wind that moves them. Trees are just tools. Similarly, the principle of karma indicates that the US and the USSR are not the true causes of the friction that has arisen between them, a friction that could ignite the fire of an atomic war. The true cause is the imperceptible wind of karma, born outwardly innocent inhabitants of the world." This is not helpful, pal.

LINKS:


Link1: https://archive.org/details/B-001-037-061-ALL

March 16, 2022


WITCH, WATCHWORK, AND MANUSCRIPT ILLUMINATION
 

Ooops. Pushed wrong button and links to sources are gone.

LINKS: NA]



March 15, 2022


SOME HISTORY ON UKRAINE AND NATO
 

I don't understand the ins-and-outs of U.S. foreign policy, but this 1990 memorandum of a conversation (if accurate, above) between George H.W. Bush's Secretary of State James Baker and Russian representatives seems to indicate that America promised not to expand NATO "one inch to the East" of its then-current borders. Which gives some credence to Putin's demand that Ukraine should not be included in NATO.

Read the history of NATO expansion on Wikipedia and it seems to show that "[a]ccording to polls conducted between 2005 and 2013, Ukrainian public support of NATO membership remained low. However, since the Russo-Ukrainian War and Annexation of Crimea, public support for Ukrainian membership in NATO has risen greatly. Since June 2014, polls showed that about 50% of those asked supported Ukrainian NATO membership. Some 69% of Ukrainians want to join NATO, according to a June 2017 poll by the Democratic Initiatives Foundation, compared to 28% support in 2012 when Yanukovych [Zelenskyy's predecessor] was in power." (Link2)

In other words, Putin's bullying tactics, besides revealing to the whole world the weaknesses of Russian military forces, have also been self-defeating, assuming that the Ukrainian people's opinion on NATO membership will someday count.

CORRECTION: Wrong prez and Secretary of State: it was George H.W. Bush and James Baker, not Ronald Reagan and Howard Baker. (Thanks, Al). Looking at the Wikipedia article on Baker (Link3), the facts are still puzzling: "In May 1990, Soviet Union's reformist leader Mikhail Gorbachev visited the U.S. for talks with President Bush; there, he agreed to allow a reunified Germany to be a part of NATO. He later revealed that he had agreed to do so because James Baker promised that NATO troops would not be posted to eastern Germany and that the military alliance would not expand into Eastern Europe. Privately, Bush ignored Baker's assurances and later pushed for NATO's eastwards expansion."

LINKS:

Link1: https://archive.org/details/navo-eastward-expansion/
Link2: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukraine%E2%80%93NATO_relations
Link3: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Baker

March 14, 2022


ONE IMAGE: TWO STORIES
 

First story: sometimes people ask where I get my images. Here is one source, an organization, The Public Domain Review that covers material in the public domain. Indeed, that's where I got the design in the frame of this image: an article "Love and Longing in the Seaweed Album" in the Review discussed 19th century pictures of seaweed; the image shown is a 1790 design for printed cotton by William Kilburn (Link1). I recommended subscribing to The Public Domain Review, or at least getting on its mailing list.

The second story is about the English King Henry VIII, who was seeking a wife. One of the possible marriage candidates was Anne of Cleves, and Henry commissioned artist Hans Holbein to a portrait of her (Link2). In the center is that portrait. Henry saw it, and decided to marry Anne. But the marriage, according to Henry, was never consummated, the marriage was annulled in two weeks, and Holbein's reputation was diminished.

Unlike most of my images, there was very little digital alteration of either the frame or the picture.

LINKS:

Link1: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Design_for_a_printed_cotton_by_William_Kilburn,_seaweed_pattern.jpg
Link2: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Anne_of_Cleves#/media/File:AnneCleves.jpg

March 11, 2022


DIME-STORE PATTERN AND CHERUB
 

Background is a collage of glassware and lace from a reprint of the 1913 mail order catalog of Detroit's early dime store, "Kresge's Katalog 5 Cent and 10 Cent Merchandise" (Link1).

Foreground is a decorative page ornament, a pretty childlike figure, from a 1941 issue of a Brazilian Methodist children's magazine, "Revista Bem-Te-Vi" (Link2). The magazine's odd name is from the song of the Great Kiskadee, well-known in South America.

LINKS:

Link1: https://archive.org/details/kresges-katalog
Link2: https://archive.org/details/bt-194111


March 5, 2022


EUROPEAN DRAGONS CONTEND
 

An illustration from the 1561 "Der Stadt Worms Reformation" (Link1; trans: 'The City of Worms Reformation'), a collection of revised laws. It shows two dragons wrestling; the dragon is the symbol of the German city of Worms. The image is in the public domain. It nicely expresses the horror I feel as I follow developments in the Ukraine.

Note I changed the colors of my logo to the blue and yellow of Ukraine. The situation is complicated because of (1) Ukraine's dark history of anti-semitism in World War II and (2) the West's sympathy for the suffering white people of Ukraine is a lot more than its sympathy for the suffering brown people of the Middle East. And there is some reality to Putin's historic, sentimental vision of a former Russian empire. although in reality it's just myth, like the Holy Grail.

But those are just footnotes in comparison to the events as they are unfolding: the deaths, the suffering, the flagrant violation of international law, and the attractive character of Ukraine's quirky Jewish ex-comedian leader in comparison to the cold, merciless Russian leader.

LINKS:

Link1: https://archive.org/details/derstadtwormsreformation/

March 4, 2022


SUNDAY BREAKFAST SEVEN DECADES AGO
 

A scene of domestic order from the United States of the 1940's -- the land I was born into -- as Mom pours waffle batter into an electric waffle press, with a heaping portion of sausage roll-ups, pats of butter and a dispenser of maple syrup nearby. The recipe appears in the 1940 "The New Sealtest Book of Recipes and Menus" (Link1). Incidentally, the recipes in this book will be used in the heavenly kitchen, if I have anything to say about it.

The kitchen scene is overlaid with two patterns.

The first is a fabric pattern from a 1999 catalog of ancient Peruvian textiles in the style of the Nazca Culture, "Mary Frame Textiles De Estilo Nasca" (Link2).

The second pattern is an urban skyscape from a 2022 "Kit for curators" by photographer Maria Pons (Link3).

LINKS:

Link1: https://archive.org/details/sealtest_202112
Link2: https://archive.org/details/mary-frame-textiles-de-estilo-nasca-textiles-of-the-nasca-style
Link3: https://archive.org/details/kit-para-kuradores-02-03-2022

March 2, 2022


UKRAINIAN FOLK ART DESTROYED IN BOMBING (0:60)

SOURCES:

Lives are not all that are lost in modern aerial bombing. Some 25 of the works of Ukrainian folk artist Maria Prymchenko (Link1, Link2) were burnt in a Russian bombing attack on a Kyiv museum (Link3). Note the wildly imaginative titles she gives to her works.

LINKS:

Link1: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Prymachenko
Link2: https://www.wikiart.org/en/maria-primachenko
Link3: https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/russia-ukraine-crisis/russia-ukraine-war-ukrainian-artist-maria-pryimachenkos-works-destroyed-in-kyiv-articleshow.html
March 1, 2022

FOUR-CENTURIES-OLD UKRAINIAN ILLUMINATION
 

A modified image of a page from the Peresopnytsia Gospel, a 16th-century illuminated manuscript (Link1) of the four Christian gospels. The slogan "SLAVA UKRAINI!" is a Ukrainian national salute.

The historic bible is stored in Kyiv, in Ukraine's National Library. The city is currently under bombardment from missiles as part of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.


SOURCES

LINKS: Link1: https://www.pinterest.com.mx/pin/293719206938292596/



February 28, 2022


GIRLS LIGHT VOTIVE CANDLES FOR UKRAINE
 

Respected Yale History professor Tim Snyder has been closely following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and included the following image in a post on Twitter (Link1). It shows two young English girls wearing Ukrainian hair garlands, lighting a votive candle in a church for the safety of victims of the Russian attack on Ukraine

The caption: "My friends are in basements, in flight, and under fire. Help." The post includes ways to help the Ukrainian resistance -- donations for humanitarian assistance, medical supplies, and protective equipment at sites that accept credit cards.

Snyder gives no source for the photo but it was run in the local newspaper of Gloucester.

Note: Resolution for UN General Assembly to meet on Ukraine conflict was vetoed by Russia, with only India, China, and the United Arab Emirates abstaining, the other 11 nations voting for General Assembly to hold meeting.


SOURCES

LINKS: Link1: https://snyder.substack.com/p/a-few-more-ways-to-help-ukrainians?utm_source=url



February 26, 2022




TASMANIAN TREATY
 

Four days between entries.


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February 24, 2022


METALLIC SPIRIT OVER CYRILLIC ALPHABET
 

A week between entries. Clearly, a low-productivity period for me after my Sepsis-ode and the slow rate of progress in moving through the medical system for treatment of my enlarged prostate. This has reduced my general energy level (although I still get out of the house every day for errands). Productivity was also impacted by a video piece that just didn't seem to work out. I may return to it.

Reading a book about climate change, "Falter" by Bill McKibben. McKibben is starting an organization called "Third Act", activism for folks in my age group (Link1).


SOURCES:

Flying in the foreground, a metallic 'Lady of the Future', a detail of a painting by fantasy artist Julie Bell. It appears in a picture book "Twin Visions" (Link2) by Bell and her husband and artistic partner Boris Vallejo.

In the background, a chart from a 1958 Russian book on typography, "Построение шрифтов" (Link3w; trans: 'Type Construction'). The accompanying text explains "The table illustrates the changes in the style of the letter A of the Russian alphabet from 1021 (letter number 18) to 1835 (letter number 54)."

LINKS:

Link1: https://vtdigger.org/2021/09/02/bill-mckibben-launches-third-act-to-rally-older-americans-around-climate-change/
Link2: https://archive.org/details/twin-vision-masgical-art-boris-vallejo-and-julie-bell
Link3: https://archive.org/details/1958_postroenie-shriftov




February 20, 2022


INDIAN VILLAGE FESTIVAL BAND
 

I initially selected the image because I was worrying about the massing of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border; a European war was the nightmare I was born into. At first glance, the image looked military.

But when I examined the image more closely (I couldn't read the text, which was in the Indian dialect of Telegu), I saw that it presented a less scary image, of a band of men carrying instruments walking behind a group of synchronized marching women, an image from a New Orleans or Philly Mummers parade.

The image was on the cover of a 1990 issue of an Indian literary magazine, "Srujana" (Link1; trans: 'Creation').

SOURCES:

LINKS:

Link1: https://archive.org/details/Srujana172_Feb90.pdf


February 13, 2022


VALENTINE RAHDA
 

From Hindu mythology, the blue-skinned lord Krishna and his lover Rahda. Rahda was the childhood playmate of Krishna, then became his beloved consort (but not wife) when they grew up. Krishna and Rahda are "worshipped as the combined forms of feminine as well as the masculine realities of God." Her images are beautiful. (Link1) This painting is from the cover of a recent religious book "Radha Shodasanama Stotram" (Link2).

The hearts in the frame are from the dingbat font "Hearts Salad" by the Spanish bad-boy Woodcutter (Link3).

This is my Valentine's Day card for Janice, who has been loving and tender throughout this period of illness and confusion. (There were moments during my 104-degree fever that I didn't recognize her.)

I hope the image shows how comfortably the male and female bodies fit together, not just the reproductive bits, but the hips and limbs and hollows, after decades of holding on to one another.

SOURCES:

LINKS;

Link1: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=radha&atb=v1-1&iax=images&ia=images
Link2: https://archive.org/details/radha-shodasanama-stotram
Link3: https://www.dafont.com/hearts-salad.font


February 12, 2022


ANCIENT EUROPEAN SYMBOLS
 

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February 7, 2022


WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL COLLAGE
 

SOURCES:

PHOTOS: Action scenes of University of Nebraska women's volleyball team, from various media guides (Link1).

LINKS;

Link1: https://archive.org/search.php?query=subject%3A%22Nebraska+Media+Guide%22

February 5, 2022


PATTERN OF HUBCAPS & FESTIVE DESSERTS
 

SOURCES:

FOREGROUND: Display of decorative automobile hubcaps, source not available.

BACKGROUND 1: Photo of desserts from the 1940 "300 Tasty, Healthful Dairy Dishes" (Link1). Caption reads: 'Bring the Spring garden to your luncheon table with the pastry tube, cream cheese and salad greens."

BACKGROUND 2: Drawing of female nude by anime illustrator Olivier Vatine "Vatine Sketchbook 3" (Link2)

LINKS:

Link1: https://archive.org/details/desert_20220130
Link2: https://archive.org/details/comix-buro-sketchbook-3

February 3, 2022


JUST DONT FALL
 

"Just Dont Fall" is the latest in my series of post cards, a wintertime incantation, reminding all my friends to step carefully -- that nothing can destroy your quality of life more quickly than a broken bone from a moment's fall in the snow or a stumble on the stairway.

SOURCES:

IMAGE: Photo from 1931 book "Encyclopédie de l'architecture : constructions modernes. Tome III" (Link1; trans: 'Encyclopedia of architecture: modern constructions. Volume III') by Albert Morancé. It shows the stairway of a hotel in the Parisian neighborhood of Montmartre.

LINKS:

Link1: https://archive.org/details/frapn02-encyclopedie-de-l-architecture-constructions-modernes-tome-3-1931

January 31, 2022


Explanation, sources, and links accidentally deleted
 

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January 30, 2022


WORLD WAR ONE CRUISER, GUN CREW AND SCHOOLGIRLS
 

An image suggested by my recent medical drama, where the bacteria Enterobacter cloacae got into my urinary tract and then my bloodstream. I woke up with a fever and Janice took me to the emergency room. The hotshot medical team at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) tracked it down and found the right combination of antibiotics to make it go away. Condition is called Sepsis and can be fatal.

The mental metaphor in my mind doing this piece: the battle cruiser ready to go find the target (=HUP and my doctor), and the hardy gun crew ready to do battle (=the scientists) tracking down the offending bacteria using high tech. The girls are a nod to the lovely women (doctors and nurses) who took care of me.

SOURCES:

BACKGROUND: Printed circuit board for Atari ST computer, from 1988 electronic magazine "Elektor Electronics" (Link1)

FOREGROUND (TOP): Photo of World War 1 Russian Black Sea cruiser "Ochakov" at anchor, from the 1986 Russian book in the series Remarkable Ships, "Крейсер Очаков" (Link2; trans: 'Cruiser Ochakov')

FOREGROUND (BOTTOM): Photo of gun crew from Link2

FOREGROUND (MIDDLE RIGHT): Photo of two schoolgirls looking at a picture book, from 1972 Polish book "Wychowanie Przedszkolne W Polsce Ludowe" (Link3; trans: 'Pre-school education in Poland')

LINKS:

Link1: https://archive.org/details/elektor_electronics-1988_11
Link2: https://archive.org/details/B-001-036-897-ALL
Link3: https://archive.org/details/zofia-woznicka-wychowanie-przedszkolne-w-polsce-ludowej-1972

January 27, 2022



FOSSILS AND YOUNG MAIDEN OVER TRELLIS
 

Folks into Copyright Law and Public Domain issues celebrate every January, as the law allows new items to enter into the public domain ("The public domain consists of all the creative work to which no exclusive intellectual property rights apply.") In 2022, book and music from 1896 enter into the public domain. For part of this image, I went to a listing of 40,000 books published in 1896, presented by Hathi Trust Digital Library. Here's one good general listing of public domain sources.

SOURCES:

FIGURE: Photo appearing in 1979 issue of Polish cinema journal "Film" (Link1), showing actress and writer Christine Pascal in the 1979 Polish drama "Panny z Wilka" (Link2' trans: 'Maids of Wilko') playing the youngest of five sisters revisited by their tutor after a long absence. Pascal (Link3) died in 1996, committing suicide in a mental hospital; suicide had long been a subject of her writing.

FOSSILS: Two illustrations from 1896 Paleontology book "Die Leitfossilien" (Link4: trans: 'The Lead Fossils') by German scholar Ernst Koken. (Link5)

BACKGROUND: Illustration from 1896 manual on winemaking, "La taille de la vigne: étude comparée des divers systèmes de taille" (Link6: trans: 'The pruning of the vine: comparative study of various pruning systems') showing grapevines on trellises.

LINKS:

Link1: https://archive.org/details/film-1979-01-07-nr-01
Link2: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Maids_of_Wilko
Link3: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christine_Pascal
Link4: https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/009222165
Link5: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernst_Koken
Link4: https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/009176710



January 21, 2022



POLISH VIOLINIST IN THE CASTLE OF ARAGON
 

An experiment in balancing a busy, busy background with a quiet foreground figure, when the color palettes are close. Again, an image produced from images found in a one-hour trawl of my favorite source and then a few hours of digital image assembly. It is purely unplanned and spontaneous.

SOURCES:

FOREGROUND: Polish actress Krystyna Janda in the 1980 Polish film "The Orchestra Conductor", from a still in the 1980 Polish cinema journal "Film" (Link1). Janda played Marta, a young violinist who discovers her mother had an affair with the conductor, John Gielgud.

BACKGROUND: Images of red and yellow heraldry from the kingdom (now city) of Aragon in Spain, from the 1995 picture book "Coat of Arms of Aragon" (Link2). The lineage was transmitted through the line of women, not men, as was the usual practice at the time.

LINKS:

Link1: https://archive.org/details/film-1980-03-16-nr-11
Link2: https://archive.org/details/blason-de-aragon

January 19, 2022



INDIAN BARBELLER WHILE TWIGGY POSES ON A PROP MOON
 
Combining disparate images from a single online 1.5-hour trawl. The trawl, plus the artistic collage-making that followed, helped me recover from a sense of lethargy.

In the center, boyishly-thin English actress Twiggy, dressed as a traditional commedia dell'arte clown, perches on a cardboard crescent moon. She is flanked by the imposing duplicate figures of 70-year-old Indian barbell trainer Capt. (Army or Police?) J.N. Bannerjee. Barely visible in the background are some microphotographs of reproductive cells of the Octopbus.


SOURCES:

BACKGROUND FIGURE: From the 1973 Polish movie magazine "Film" (Link1), a photo of English model Twiggy in the 1971 movie "Boy Friend".

SEATED MAN: Photograph from 1930 Indian exercise handbook "Muscle Control And Barbell Exercise." (Link2). Caption reads ''Capt. J.N. Bannerjee, Bar-at-law At the age of Seventy." Image is doubled.

BACKGROUND TEXTURE: Matrix of microscopic slides from 2020 book "Invertebrata Embryology & Reproduction" (Link3)

LINKS:

Link1: https://archive.org/details/film-1973-12-30-nr-48
Link2: https://archive.org/details/217858632-muscle-control-and-barbell-exercise
Link3: https://archive.org/details/Invertebrata-embryology-reproduction-2020

January 17, 2022


JAMES BROWN VIA SINGAPORE CLUB SINGER (0:27)

SOURCES:

IMAGE: Illustrations for 1898 science fiction novel "Through The Earth" by American author Clement Fezandie (Link1), digitally altered. Caption reads: "Up He Went, Spinning like a Top."

MUSIC: 1965 Song "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" written by James Brown, performed in 1971 by Singaporean singer 'Sakura' (Link2)

SHAPE: A template for a geometric shape (attach at tabs) from an undated Spanish-language "Plantillas De Poliedros" (Link3; trans 'Polyhedron Templates')

TEXT: "Egyptian Letters" 2021 dingbat font by Ding Bang (Link4)

LINKS:

Link1: https://archive.org/details/through-the-earth
Link2: https://archive.org/details/lp_sakura_2
Link3: https://archive.org/details/plantillas-de-poliedros-imprimir-2do
Link4: https://www.dafont.com/egyptian-letters.font

January 17, 2022



3D MOTOR
 
A 3-D template for a triangle, with a picture of a motor superimposed.

SOURCES:

Photo of automotive motor from 1929 "Audel's Electric Library" (Link1)

A template for a paper triangle (attach at tabs) from an undated Spanish-language "Plantillas De Poliedros" (Link2; trans 'Polyhedron Templates')

LINKS:

Link1: https://archive.org/details/audels-electric-library-vol-8
Link2: https://archive.org/details/plantillas-de-poliedros-imprimir-2do/mode/2up


January 13, 2022



CALMING IMAGE: RUSSIAN FARM WORKER SIFTING FLAX SEEDS
 
After a very upsetting week that included a 7.5 hour visit to a COVID-stressed big-city emergency room, I chose what I think is a very calming image. A woman in a farm dress patiently sorting flax seeds.

SOURCES:

IMAGE: Photograph from 1929 Russian book "Методика Селекции Льна И Конопли" (Link1; trans 'Flax And Hemp Breeding Technique') shows a young woman washing out flax seeds with tap water. She holds in her hand a tweezer. The book was written before Lysenkoism (Link2) crippled Russian biology research.

LINKS:

Link1: https://archive.org/details/1929_20220106
Link2: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/12/trofim-lysenko-soviet-union-russia/548786/


January 11, 2022



DISTANCING MYSELF FROM AUTHORITARIAN ATROCITY
 

Another snapshot from my pessimistic worldview. The idea is that as a privileged American I get to observe from safety (like from a bus) the awful atrocities that have happened in my lifetime. And there's little I have been able to do to prevent or relieve them.


SOURCES:

FOREGROUND: Photograph of driver's seat and dash of a General Electric bus from a 1929 edition of Audel's 12-volume Electricity Guide (Link1)

BACKGROUND: 1991 painting of 1937 Nanjing Massacre (Link2) of Chinese citizens by Japanese troops by Chinese artist Li Zijian (Link3)

LINKS:

Link1: https://archive.org/details/audels-electric-library-vol-8
Link2: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanjing_Massacre
Link3: https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1080087.shtml

January 5, 2022


KHARMA CHAMELEON (0:41)

Looking over human literature, a whole lot of the most imaginative work has been done in the service of wildly implausible spiritual theories. The figure "Spiritual Symbol Man" is meant to represent the variety of these theories.

Although I don't understand Russian, I gather the Russian song about Green Grass -- sung by the tragic Red Army Chorus -- is a children's song:

Green grass, it's my pleasure.
Green grass, this is my duvet [blanket].
When I think about it, I lie down on it.
When I think about it, I sit on it.

SOURCES:

IMAGE: Illustration from 1994 Russian book "Astrology and Myth" by Semira V. Vetash (Link1), showing the Hindu deity Indra.

TEXT: "Egyptian Letters" 2021 dingbat font by Ding Bang (Link2)

MUSIC: Excerpt from song 'Green Grass/Travička Zelena' from 1959 album "The Red Army Marches In Hi-Fi" by The Alexandrov Red Army Ensemble (Link3); in 2016, 64 members of the ensemble were killed in the crash of a Russian Tu-154.

LINKS:

Link1: https://archive.org/details/semira-v.-vetash-astrology-and-myth
Link2: https://www.dafont.com/egyptian-letters.font?sort=date
Link3: https://archive.org/details/lp_the-red-army-marches-in-hi-fi_the-alexandrov-red-army-ensemble-boris-ale
January 4, 2022


BACKWARDS VIEW OF INHUMANITY (0:41)

Have set myself the goal of one video per week. But this holiday week has been hard, with three false starts -- and I'm not happy with this one.

Not a happy view of human nature as I stumble into 2022. Let's hope the January 6 committee restores my faith.

SOURCES:

IMAGE (Left): Bodies piled up in stairway below a second-floor interrogation center in Cambodian prison camp during Khmer Rouge rule in the 1970's, from a travelers visit to a current museum on the site (Link1)

IMAGE: Illustration of space vehicle control room from 1965 book "Orbiting Stations: Stopovers to Space Travel" (Link2)

MUSIC: Excerpt from "Largo & Allegro Vivo" on record "Cello Colours" by André Navarra; Jacqueline Dussol (Link3)

LINKS:

Link1: https://www.keepcalmandwander.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Tuol-Sleng-Genocide-Museum-Cambodia-171.jpg
Link2: https://archive.org/details/orbiting-stations
Link3: https://archive.org/details/lp_cello-colours_andr-navarra-jacqueline-dussol

January 3, 2022



CATHOLIC ROSARY / VIKING RUNESTONE / 2022
 

A kind of artistic commemoration of the two strands of my religious past: (1) the Roman Catholic rosary of my childhood and (2) the Runic writing of my old European ancestors.


Also, a note of the New Year, using Woodcutter's "Bad Times" font. (Link3)

SOURCES:

IMAGE1: Photo of 9th Century Viking Runes carved on 5-ton granite slab in Sweden, from 1923 "Walzel Handbuch Der Literaturwissenschaft" (Link1; trans 'Walzel Handbook of Literary Studies')

IMAGE2: Image from cover of undated pamphlet describing the Roman Catholic prayer beads known as the "Franciscan Crown or the Rosary of the Seven Joys of the Blessed Virgin" (Link2)

LINKS:

Link1: https://archive.org/details/walzel-handbuch-der-literaturwissenschaft-bd-12.1
Link2: https://archive.org/details/franciscan-crown
Link3: https://www.dafont.com/bad-times.font

December 27, 2021



COVER OF SLEAZY PAPERBACK NOVEL
 

SOURCES:

IMAGE: Cover of 1961 35-cent paperback "Brother and Sister: A Tender, Compassionate Novel Of Incestuous Love" by Donald Westlake (Link1) writing under the psuedonym Edwin West. Cover artist not credited.

LINKS

Link1: https://archive.org/details/brother-and-sister-by-edwin-west

December 25, 2021

TWO WAYS OF LIFE (1:02)

My 77th birthday. Dinner with friends at a local bar with good food and a pool table -- how long since I've done that? Used to do that three times a week in the old days. Accepting a certain amount of Covid risk.

I feel loved and secure in my place in the world -- but time is running down for an overweight, underexercised near-octagenarian. Every project, every piece, could be my last. I'm okay with that.

SOURCES:

MUSIC: Excerpt from 1967 sacred song "Dies Irae: Oratorio Dedicated to the Memory of Those Murdered at Auschwitz" by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki (Link1)

IMAGES: Illustrations from 1900 "Горькие плоды пьянства. Альбом рисунков, изоброажающих вред пьянства" (Link2; trans 'The bitter fruits of drunkenness. Album of drawings depicting the harm of drunkenness') published by Alexander Nevsky Sobriety Society, St. Petersburg.

LINKS:

Link1: https://archive.org/details/lp_penderecki-dies-irae-auschwitz-oratorium_henryk-czyzh-orkiestra-filharmonii-im-karo
Link2: https://archive.org/details/gorkie_plody_pyanstva
December 23, 2021


MOURNING A PET
 

SOURCES:

IMAGE: Photo by Bob Moore
December 22, 2021



ARCHIVE: Webpage Proprietor's Portraits
         
         
Time to change my image at top of this web page. The new image is a small pencil portrait done by Remo Frangiosa. It was done while I sat for Remo's portrait class over a two-week period at Philadelphia's historic Plastic Club in September, 2015.
The second image is a larger painting I commissioned from the Plastic Club's Andy Hoffmann.

Next are two other images also used as masthead portraits. Third image is an iPad self-portait in a coffee shop (approx. 2014). It is probably the best representation of my revulsion at the aging process and my sadness at the prospect of diminishing cognitive powers.
Fourth is an attempt to limit portrait to the fewest number of facial features and still be recognizable (approx. 2012). (Sorry: unlike the other images on this page, these masthead pictures don't enlarge when clicked...)
Fifth is a drawing done in our Open Studio workshop by Meri Collier, a Toronto-based artist and member of the Plastic Club.


To contact Philly-Bob, email me at bobmoore [at symbol] pobox.com (of course, replace "[at symbol]" with "@"].

Masthead Portrait by Remo Frangiosa, 2015

12/27/2021