Portrait by Remo Frangiosa

Philly-Bob’s Free-for-All 2020

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.

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CLASS EXERCISE (Still)

Actress Maly Delschaft in the 1925 German film "Sudenbabel" (Link1: trans: 'Babylon'). I will be using this image in m Zoom Class Sunday on Style Transfer for Collage and Photo. It is from a 1920's German movie magazine.
SOURCES:  TBA 

August 7, 2020

THE LUCKIEST KID IN THE WORLD (Still)

This is Tim Sullivan who was the bat boy for the 1937 New York Yankees, from a photo in "Pic" magazine (Link1). Along the right side, inverted, is a Japanese {?} font shown in Vol. 15 of "The Complete Commercial Artist" (Link2), a short-lived periodical that highlighted modernism.
SOURCES:  

Link1: archive.org/details/pic-v-01-n-07-1937-11
Link2: archive.org/details/lfaperiodicalsccartist0009

August 7, 2020

SHAPE-SHIFTING DEMON-SEED ALIEN DNA LOVING PRESIDENT (Still)

A Style Transfer work posted in the Reddit Dreamscape board by The Responsible Shed (Link1). Headline is his. I think it should be 'Alien-DNA-Loving', but what do I know? I would also prefer it mentioned Trump's reptilian origins (in Trump's early training by Lizard-King lawyer Roy Cohn).
SOURCES:  

Link1: www.reddit.com/r/deepdream/comments/i1ks9b/shapeshifting_demonseed_alien_dna_loving_president/

August 5, 2020

MY SISTER, THE QUEEN OF ROMANIA (Still)

Our family has a private joke. When my wife and I went out for dinner with my sister one night, we had a waitress who was what Janice and I call a "Ph.D. waitress" -- clearly a very bright person in a relatively humble job. She was friendly and smart and playful. But my sister sometimes demands extra service and attention from wait-people: "Are these eggs free range? Can I get the potatoes on a separate plate?" Now my sister is friendly and playful and tips well, but this sometimes embarasses us.
Anyway the four of us -- me, wife, sister, waitress -- were goofing around and I said to the waitress, pointing to my sister: "You have to understand: she is the Queen of Romania on her American tour. In her country, you would be beheaded." We all had a laugh.
Anyway, here's the real Queen of Roumania, Her Majesty Pauline Elizabeth (1843-1916) in her national costume, from an 1882 book. She was an impressive person, who collected and published Romanian folk tales. She was also considered as a suitable mate for a future King of England but when he was shown her photograph he "was unmoved."
Digging into the Queen's work product, I took one of the illustrations from her book of Romanian fairy tales and jazzed it up. Caption: "A lovely fairy appeared before them."

SOURCES: 

IMAGE: Photo from 1882 "Roumania Past And Present" by James Samuelson (Link1) 
IMAGE: Illustration from 1901 "A Real Queen's Fairy Tales" (Link2)(

Link1: archive.org/details/james-samuelson-roumania-past-and-present-1882
Link2: archive.org/details/arealqueensfair00sylvgoog
August 5, 2020

DRAMATIC 1920'S TREE LADY WITH DECORATION (Still)

Another collage from a 1920's German movie magazine.
SOURCES:  TBA

August 4, 2020

COLLAGE AFTER ZOOM CLASS II (Still)

Another collage from 1920's farm magazine.
SOURCES:  TBA

August 4, 2020

COLLAGE AFTER ZOOM CLASS (Still)

Collage, done after class on collage techniques by Laura Storck. It was done during a time when I felt crowded and threatened.
SOURCES: 

IMAGE1 (Crows):  Image from ad in 1925 "American Agriculturist" with four birds representing threats to farmer's crops (Aphis, Red Mite, Scale, Apple Red Bug). Doubled and reversed. (Link1)
IMAGE2 (Sitar player): Masthead image from 1949 issue of Indian literary magazine "Bharathi". (Link2)
IMAGE3 (Far left & right) : Tripod parts depicting heads of legendary Griffins (half bird, half lion), from 1909 book "Petites bronzes, terres-cuites, antiquitiés diverses" (Link3; trans: 'Small bronzes, terracotta, various antiques')
IMAGE4 (Background squares): Code-breaking puzzle from 2015 game "Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes" (Link4)

Link1:  archive.org/details/americanagricul123
Link2: archive.org/details/bharathi19490501
Link3:  archive.org/details/gri_33125000862876
Link4:  archive.org/details/keeptalkingandnobodyexplodesbombdefusalmanualv1

August 4, 2020

PONDERING FARMER'S WOES (Still)

Image from an advertisement in a 1925 farm magazine, showing a dairy farmer contemplating all the risks he faces. It's worth reading the listed misfortunes. I knew all of them except "garget", which is inflammation of a cow's udder. I love the hand-lettering and the directness of address. The company is selling feed. In the background, a stormy harbor scene from a Dutch magazine.
SOURCES: 

IMAGE:  Ad from 1925 "American Agriculturist" for Detroit company Larrowe Milling. (Link1)
BACKGROUND: Cover photo of storm in harbor from 1990 issue of Dutch magazine "Mens und Wetenschap" (Link2; trans: 'People nd Science')

Link1:  archive.org/details/americanagricul123
Link2:  archive.org/details/menw-1990-06

August 2, 2020

BALLERINA IN GERMAN EXPRESSIONIST COMEDY (Still)


Swedish prima ballerina and film actress Jenny Hasselqvist in a studio shot for the 1925 German silent film Die Perruque (trans: 'The Wig').
SOURCES: 

IMAGE: From 1925 German film magazine "Der Kinematograph,"
a publicity photo showing star for "Die Perruque" (Link1)

LINK1:  archive.org/details/kinematograph-1925-02

August 1, 2020

SUITOR CLIMBS IN WINDOW IN OLD WORLD ROMANCE (Still)


From a 1925 German film magazine, a publicity shot from the movie "Zur Chronik von Grieshuus" (trans: 'The Chronicles of the Gray House'), a relatively unknown expressionist film like "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari"). The scene shows a son of nobility (Paul Hartmann) who has fallen in love with a the daughter of a serf (Lil Dagover). He is climbing through a window to visit her. It is an old-fashioned melodrama with haunted castles and ruined families.
SOURCES: 

IMAGE: From 1925 German film magazine "Der Kinematograph,"
a publicity photo for "Zur Chronik von Grieshuus" (Link1)

LINK1:  archive.org/details/kinematograph-1925-02

July 31, 2020

PUTTING ON SHOES BEFORE A DATE (Still)


This is dedicated to my nephew's wife Mollie, who once complimented a colored pencil drawing of an antique shoe drawn by Janice's mother that I uploaded to a previous blog. Mollie said "I like shoes!" and I realized for the first time that shoes have a certain functional beauty.
SOURCES:

IMAGE: Cover of 1923 issue of Canadian trade magazine, "Shoe and Leather Journal" (Link1)
BACKGROUND: Drawing of Medusa-headed Starfish from 1789 "The Naturalist's Miscellany : or Coloured Figures of Natural Objects" (Link2)

Link1:  archive.org/details/shoeandleatherjour1923
Link2:  archive.org/details/naturalistsmisc3shaw

July 30, 2020



FARM FLAPPERS & OLD MEN (Still)


TBA
SOURCES: TBA

July 29, 2020

BLONDE & MICROSCOPIC SEAWEED (Still)


TBA
SOURCES: TBA

July 28, 2020

MICROSCOPIC BACTERIA & KEROSENE STOVE (Still)

A 1920's farmer's wife holds a pan before her kerosene stove; in the background, a photograph of bacteria through a microscope. I indulged myself by buying a 1600x digital microscope that plugs into the computer, so you may see more microscopic imagery here. When this world is so ugly with disease, anti-science disease denial, and a creeping federal police state, I turn inward.
SOURCES:
 
IMAGE1: Kerosene stove advertised in 1927 "American Agriculturalist" magazine (Link1; mislabeled as 1847 at citation)

IMAGE2: Microscope photo of bacteria (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/americanagricul120
Link2:  Photo via Good Free Photos

July 27, 2020

FILM-MAKING MACHINE & FLING GIRL (Still)

Drawing of large film-mastering machine from a 1931 German film trade magazine, with added touch of ink drawing of actress Renate Muller.
 
SOURCES  

IMAGE (Machine): Advertisement from 1931 issue of German film trade magazine "Der Kinematograph" (Link1)

IMAGE (Woman): Ink drawing of Renate Muller in film "Der Kleine Seitenspring" (Link1; trans: 'The Little Fling')

Link1: archive.org/details/kinematograph-1931-08
 
July 26, 2020

FOUR HOME-SEWN FARM-WIFE DRESSES, 1927 (Still)

The clothing and hair styles are vaguely familiar, but mainly I remember the look and crisp ironed touch of hand-made clothing. Sadly. now you seem them mainly worn by women in polygamous "Sister-Wife" cults. My mother was 19 at the time of these designs, and her high school pictures show similar hair styles. Surprisingly, my wife has a lot of those old sewing skills, but never uses them except to repair favorite items of clothing. Frankly, I find these 95-year-old styles kind of sexy.
 
SOURCES  

IMAGE: Four dress patterns advertised in 1927 "American Agriculturalist" magazine (Link1; mislabeled as 1847 at citation)

Link1: archive.org/details/americanagricul120
July 26, 2020
FIGURE MODEL BEFORE NACELLE (Still)

After a brief hiatus working on a new technique (the Doubled Dot technique), I return with this photo of a Plastic Club figure model against a busy background of an aircraft nacelle (streamlined storage compartment) with filter patterns. The Doubled Dot technique was used on the background, but is barely visible.
 
SOURCES:  

MODEL: Evelyn B. Plastic Club figure model picture from her online gallery (Link1)
BACKGROUND: Photo from aircraft company literature (Link2)

Link1: ebfmgallery.wordpress.com/108-2/ 
Link2: Location not recorded 
July 25, 2020


A CURE FOR WOMEN'S FATIGUE (Still)

An image of an unhappy housewife at her ironing board, from an ad for a headache remedy in a Brazilian film magazine from 1930. The Bayer product is called Cafiaspirina, and promises relief from "headaches, teeth, ears, nerve pain and rheumatic diseases, consequences from past nights and alcoholic excesses, etc."
Technically, this image marks a new discovery. Click on the image repeatedly until it is full-size on your screen and notice the "dotty" treatment of the image combined with the halftone treatment of the frame.
In the background are also an Incan "quipu" -- a knotted string used to count objects -- and a photo of a collapsing house of cards. Sources not recorded.
 
SOURCES:   

IMAGES: Drug advertisement in 1930 Brazilian movie magazine "Cinearte" (Link1)

Link1: archive.org/details/per162531_1930_00210 

July 23, 2020

MORE 1930's CELEBRITIES (Still)

Why so much German cinema? Well, one of my main sources of imagery (The Media History Digital Library) just uploaded a bunch of old German film magazines and their uploads are relatively high quality. (If you visit the Media History site, click to display by "Date Archived.")

Truthfully, I think my treatments give these illustrations, finely drawn in pen and ink, a kind of ghostly look -- a connection between my Coronavirus times and their prewar Nazi times. Still experimenting with styles.

 
SOURCES:   

IMAGES: Studio advertisement from July 1932 issue of German film magazine "Der Kinematograph" (Link1). 
Pictured, clockwise from top left: Gitta Alpar, Brigitte Helm, Gustaf Grundgrens, Dorothea Wieck, Max Hansen.

Link1: archive.org/details/kinematograph-1932-07 

July 23, 2020

1930's CELEBRITIES (Still)

Experimenting with new graphic techniques on a rainy summer day. Moving black-and-white old-movie illustrations about like puzzle pieces or blocks. Also, one of my style transfer filters is inverted and doubled. Underlying frame size is set to 125% of original. Aim is to develop unique, identifiable style.
 
SOURCES:  

IMAGES: From 1931 issue of German film magazine "Der Kinematograph", Emil Jannings and Anna Sten
in "Sturm der  Leidenschaft" (trans. 'Storm of Passion') and (in circles) Joan Crawford
in "Irrwege des Lebens" (trans. 'Wrong Ways of Living') (Link1)

Link1: archive.org/details/kinematograph-1931-10 


July 22, 2020

LIONS IN COLLAGE (Still)

In 1931, MGM released the adventure-romance film "Trader Horn", the story of a little girl kidnapped from her missionary parents who grew up to be the "White Goddess" who ruthlessly ruled an African tribe -- until two traders find and rescue her. It was the first film shot in Africa and audiences loved the animal scenes. The German film magazine "Kinematograph" advertised the premiere with renderings of roaring lions. Two of the drawings are superimposed in this image. In one, a lion twists away from a spear in its head; the other lion, in background, roars, its teeth visible in upper left.

The movie was the first non-documentary film set in Africa; filming was said to be so arduous that actress Edwina Booth (shown here in a 7-minute sequence of glamour shots) quit movie-making.

 
SOURCES:  

IMAGES: Lions shown in 1931 issue of German film magazine "Der Kinematograph" (Link1)

Link1: archive.org/details/kinematograph-1931-10 


July 22, 2020

LONG AGO LONG JOHNS (Still)

In this hot summer without the usual beachy pleasures, we look at an 84-year-old "Monkey Ward" (as my parents called it) mail order catalog and recall the wooly wintry underclothes of yesteryear, like "Union Suits". The overall picture may be visually confusing, but the foreground picture of the woman on the right (in what the catalog calls "Comfysnugs") gives comfort, sweetness, and dimension. (Revised to remove grumpiness. Nobody cares that I had a bad day yesterday.)
 
SOURCES:   

IMAGE1 (Left): Two male models posing with arms crossed (Mr. Clean style) dressed in woolen "Union Suits" (long underwear) from a 1936 Montgomery Ward bargain sales catalog. (Link1)

IMAGE2 (Right): Model showing women's winter-weight "Comfysnugs" from same catalog.

LINK1:  archive.org/details/wardsgreatestbargainsalein64years

July 21, 2020

TURN-OF-THE-LAST-CENTURY HUNK (Still)

This is Jack Bay, a 1902 football star and a big man in Astoria, Oregon, from a photograph in the town's charming, gossipy historical magazine "Cumtux" (which is Chinook jargon for "to know or inform"). Bay went on to run "Jack Bay Farm," a memoir explains, which made him "either a gentleman farmer or a kept man." Anyway, a bit of male beauty to make up for all the female glamour I have provided here. , and got nowhere.
 
SOURCES: 

IMAGE: Photo from 2010 edition of "Cumtux" published by the Clatsop (Oregon) County Historical Society (Link1).

LINK1:  archive.org/details/cumtux.20103004


July 20, 2020

RIO DE JANEIRO VENDOR OF CHARMS & DREAMS (Still)

Experimenting with new style, here reverting to Square Format. The original is much larger. It's announcing the publication of a Brazilian movie magazine's annual issue. Advertising text says it is a book of "charms and dreams" on sale at newstands now. The background is a treatment of the magazines displayed on the peculiarly glamorous vendor's table.
 
SOURCES: 

IMAGE: Photo of magazine news agent used in advertisement in 1930 Brazilian movie magazine "Cinearte" announcing the magazine's annual issue (Link1). 

LINK1: archive.org/details/per162531_1930_00208

July 19, 2020

LABORATORY PROCEDURES (Still)

While we lead our quarantined mask-muffled lives, some folks are working in research laboratories seeking a vaccine against Covid-19. This image is intended to honor them; notice how much of it is hands-on. Pictured here are a few steps in much less rigorous biochemical exercise, testing (I think) whether a sample has developed immunity to certain troublesome bacteria. It's from a laboratory procedures textbook.
Many people say that they will not return to their regular activities until a vaccine is discovered. I'm advocating that position for vulnerable people at the Plastic Club, where I'm on the Board.
But unfortunately with the Trump administration, who will you believe about which vaccine to take? Trump? Pence? Ivanka? I'm not going to take any vaccine until Doctors Tony Fauci and Francis Collins recommend it. If you're interested in the subject, here's a 28-minute lecture (Link2) by Fauci and Collins on 7/6/2020 at the National Institute of Health. They're fallible, but they're bona-fide experts and not corrupt. (Tony: blink twice if they've kidnapped your family.)
 
SOURCES:  

IMAGE:  Illustrations of Modified Kirby-Bauer method to determine whether a sample is susceptible to toxic bacteria from the 2003 "Basic Laboratory Procedures In Clinical Bacteriology" by the World Health Organization. (Link1)

Link1: archive.org/details/basic-laboratory-procedures-in-clinical-bacteriology-second-edition
Link2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=85rYYMTXXck&authuser=0
July 18, 2020

SERAGLIO SCENE WITH STREET AND PLANES (Still)

I am aware of my old man's tendency toward scopophilia -- the attraction to images of physically-attractive young women, also known as voyeurism. I occasionally resolve to back away from the glamour girl images, but this image led me astray.

I only glanced at the picture momentarily when I copied it aside for later use. I thought it was an actor declaiming a speech in some staging of an old Greek tragedy. I liked the composition.

But when I went back I found it was a photograph from a 1934 magazine article called "Their Homes are Harems" by an Englishman describing in panting detail "the secrets of harem life and the veiled mysteries of the East." It is a prime example of Europe's lascivious fascination with orientalism. For instance, here, from that article, is author Col. P.T. Etherton's description of the "houris" he saw when visiting a warlord in Turkistan (now China).

"As a rule, the girls of Turkistan have fair complexions and black hair; the carefully chosen collection of a powerful war-lord, however, often contains the most varied types.

"Girls with tiny feet and hands and the figures of Venus can confront you; dainty Chinese women flit about like butterflies amongst the coarser women of western Mongolia. Samarkand sends fairer, blue-eyed girls, glad-eyed beauties of the harem, who would almost pass for Europeans. From Georgia come the sensuous and voluptuous types; from Caucasia, smiling feminine merchandise full of temperament and fire."


Glad-eyed? Merchandise? Anyway, this picture is captioned: "This woman would not turn her face to the camera; to take a photograph in the harem at all was the utmost concession."

The woman leaning against the column has two underlying patterns: (1) an identification chart of Nazi war planes and (2) a photograph of wood block pavement (I think) from a recent but undated work of artistic mapmaking.

 
SOURCES:

IMAGE: Harem photo from a 1934 issue of British magazine "The Passing Show" (Link1)

BACKGROUND1: Identification chart of German planes from 1945 issue of "Popular Mechanics" (Link2)

BACKGROUND2: Paving or wall pattern from undated Spanish book "Cartografies de l'Entern" (Link3; trans: 'Mapmaking of the Environment'); the volume is interesting, like so much published in Catalan.

Link1:  archive.org/details/the-passing-show-v-03n-142-new-series-1934-12-08
Link2:  archive.org/details/mechanix-illustrated-1945.05.missing-6-pgs-anon.-malefactor
Link3:  archive.org/details/cartografies-neus-lozano-sanfelix/mode/2up
July 17, 2020

TWO CARTOON STYLES (Still)

Superimposing a couple drawing styles that caught my eye: (1) a boy in a wide hat riding a dog or donkey, from an advertisement in a 1930 Brazilian movie magazine for a children's magazine 'O Tico Tico' and (2) an illustration from a 1994 girls' book "The Dork Diaries" written and illustrated by Rachel Renée Russell. Original drawings shown in the upper right and lower left of the digital collage, also shown below, as originals.
 
 
SOURCES: 

IMAGE (Boy):  Drawing from advertisement in 1930 issue of Brazilian film magazine "Cinearte" (Link1)

IMAGE (Girl): Illustration from 1994 book "Tales from a Not So Best Friend Forever" in the girls' series "The Dork Diaries" (Link2)

Link1:  archive.org/details/per162531_1930_00209
Link2: archive.org/details/dork-diaries-14-tales-from-a-not-so-best-friend-forever_202007
July 17, 2020

NEVER-NEVER LAND LUXURY (Still)
 
1930's American movie star Nancy Carroll poses for a studio shot, holding some sort of feathered pinwheel and lounging in her high heels.
 
SOURCES: 

IMAGE:  Photograph from 1930 issue of Brazilian film magazine "Cinearte" (Link1)

Link1:  archive.org/details/per162531_1930_00209
July 16, 2020

100-YEAR-OLD GLAMOUR GIRLS (Still)
 
1920's film stars from a German film trade magazine. Pictured are Gloria Swanson, Pauline Starke, and Louise Brooks. The image is sent through three online style transfers and combined in Photoshop.
 
SOURCES: 

IMAGE:  A collage of two overlaid pages from a 1929 issue of German film magazine "Der Kinematograph". The visible page is headlined "O! Diese Anlichkeit" (Link1; trans 'O! The Prettiness').  (Link1)

Link1:  https://archive.org/details/kinematograph-1929-07
July 15, 2020

WHEELS WITHIN WHEELS (Still)
 
A collage: an old hardware catalog illustration set against a photo of a window pane wet with condensation; redone next morning.
 
SOURCES: 

IMAGE: Illustration from 1914 "Sun Foundry Illustrated Catalogue" showing assortment of cast metal wheels (Link1)

BACKGROUND: Photo of window condensation from 2019 report "Condensation In Buildings" (Link2)

Link1:  archive.org/details/a-c-harley-co.-1914
Link2:  archive.org/details/handbook-condensation-in-buildings-2019
July 15, 2020

EV AND WREATH (Still)
 
Plastic Club laid-off figure model Evelyn B. uploaded some new pictures to her gallery/website. I set her self-portrait inside a wreath from an old book on the meaning of flowers. Some new techniques here: backing off from the Color Halftone texture, switching to a different vendor for style transfer: DreamScope. It's a flat $10/month.
Zoom class went well, except for a few hiccups and my forgetting to hit RECORD button. Attendees seemed to enjoy it. Here is a PDF form of the presentation: Five Tips for Modifying Digital Images.
 
SOURCES: 

MODEL: Evelyn B. new figure model picture (Link1)
WREATH: From 1890 "The artistic language of flowers" (Link2)

Link1: ebfmgallery.wordpress.com/108-2/
Link2: archive.org/details/artisticlanguag00

July 14, 2020

OLD MOVIE ENHANCEMENT & COLLAGE (Still)
 
Two movie stars from silent movie era, from a 1929 German movie magazine 'Kinematograph'.
Have been unproductive because I'm preparing for a Zoom class tomorrow.
 
SOURCES:

IMAGE: Photo of American actress Dolores Costello in 1928 movie "Noah's Ark" (Link1)
IMAGE (INSET): Line drawing of German actor Conrad Veidt in 1929 movie "Das Lande ohne Frauen" (Link1; trans: 'The Land Without Women')

Link1: https://archive.org/details/kinematograph-1929-07
July 5, 2020

TWO POSES OF IRENE CASTLE (Still)
 
Influential dance teacher Irene Castle who, along with her husband Vernon, revived the popularity of modern dance in the 1920's.
 
SOURCES:

IMAGE: Two poses of ballroom dancer and dance teacher Irene Castle, from 1921 issue of Brazilian movie magazine "Revista A Scena Muda" (Link1;  trans 'Scene Change Magazine)

Link1: archive.org/details/s192112010040a000

July 5, 2020

BEETLES & MOSQUITOS & DANCER (Still)
 
Confusing unfestive Fourth of July. As you may know, I am currently following a rather inflexible set of procedures, which I have recently written down. Feel I am going to make some big changes in this process.
 
SOURCES:

BACKGROUND1:  Six mosquitos from 1986 "Moustiques de France: bibliographie et répartition" (Link1)
BACKGROUND2: Beetles from "Two hand-painted volumes of Coleoptera illustrated by Francis du Boulay" (Link2)
DANCER: File photo of classical ballet dancer Christine Du Boulay Ellis (relationship to Francis du Boulay not known; coincidence?) in her 2019 obituary (Link3)

Link1: archive.org/details/moustiquesdefra30mous
Link2: archive.org/details/twohandpaintedv1dubo
Link3: dance.land/christine-du-boulay-ellis-obituary

July 4, 2020

ANTI-TRUMP POSTER OVER GERMAN STUDIO PHOTO (Still)
 
This started out as an image I saw as I was waking up, orange with white lines.
 
SOURCES:

IMAGE: Photograph from 1926 German film magazine "Der Kinematograph" showing actress Mary Kid at dressing
table, captioned 'Heimlich Sünder' (trans: Secretly Sinner) (Link1)

BACKGROUND: Anti-Trump poster by Mark Fox and Angie Wang, portraying Trump as devil on orange background (Link2).
For more info on this activist art studio, see Link3. They are doing
fundraising for three more anti-Trump posters, see Link4.

Link1: archive.org/details/kinematograph-1926-06
Link2: letterformarchive.org/news/mark-fox-and-angie-wang
Link3: www.fastcompany.com/3065072/whos-behind-that-anti-trump-art
Link4: www.kickstarter.com/projects/whitelies/trump-lord-of-the-lies-and-white-lies-matter-posters

July 3 2020

NORMA TALMADGE OVER A SPEEDBALL ALPHABET (Still)
 
I love the pen-and-ink illustrations from the movie studios in the 20's, before photography began to dominate. The artist is E.R. Higgins. Here the movie-ad is superimposed on a page from the Speedball pen book, a strong influence on me as a teenager.
 
SOURCES:

FOREGROUND: Actress Norma Talmadge in an illustration in the press book for the 1927 movie "The Dove" (Link1)

BACKGROUND: An alphabet (called Art Lettering) from an undated edition of the Speedball Lettering book (Link2)
 
 Link1: archive.org/details/pressbook-ua-the-dove
 Link2: archive.org/details/LFASpeedball0111

July 2 2020

PYTHIA, VIRGIN PRIESTESS AND PROPHET(Still)
   



 
SOURCES: 
IMAGE: Original chalk or pastel illustration from the 1985 book "The Mystery Of Atlantis ( Time Machine No. 8)" (Link1)

OVERLAY: Stylized fish from 1954 "Modern Belgian Woodengravers" (Link2). 
It is tilted; I include it because it is so cute, although the artist is not identified and Google Images finds no match. The book is worth a look. I briefly considered this as a new logo. Link1: archive.org/details/jim-gasperini-the-mystery-of-atlantis-time-machine-no.-8-1985 Link2: archive.org/details/woodcuts2
July 2 2020

OBSERVATION ON SENSE OF TASTE (Still)
 

Someone cooked a pizza with Reese's Peanut Butter Cup topping. Two of the greatest tastes in American cuisine, but together the thought of them is revolting.

 
SOURCES: 

IMAGE: Downloaded 6/30/2020 from 4Chan message board.

July 1 2020


ZOOM MEETING COLLEAGUE (Still)
 

Every Tuesday night during the Quarantine I have been joining a ZOOM meeting of artists associated with the Plastic Club. Since I am officially the ZOOM host, I am The Teacher, that is, I kind of monitor and run things. I haven't been a formal teacher for forty years, since I was a second-grade teacher in Detroit. This means I am revisiting the peculiar psychological stresses of teaching, like the nagging guilt that you have mistreated or ignored one of your students. In tonight's ZOOM meeting, Mike and Sarah needed personal attention due to a technical problem, and I slighted them. Being artists, here is my artistic apology to them: a picture of Mike, slightly younger, after going through my standard photo processing. I got the picture because Sarah uploaded it to her Facebook account.
 
SOURCES: 

IMAGE: Photograph of Michael Nathan uploaded to Facebook, presumably by Sarah Watkins Nathan (Link1).

June 30 2020


ARAB MANUSCRIPT: LOVERS IN PAVILION (Still)
 

Another attempt at treating Persian miniatures. this one from approx. 1570, from the Iranian city of Masshad. It depicts two lovers cuddling under a pavilion. The page is flipped horizontally.
 
SOURCES: 

IMAGE: Illustration (Link1) from 1976 "Islamic Painting And The Arts
Of The Book (The Keir Collection)" Link1: https://archive.org/details/islamic-painting-and-the-arts-of-the-book
June 29, 2020


ON SOVIET CONSTITUTION REFORM (1:15)

 
SOURCES:

RADIO: Archived report of June 22, 1941, German invasion of Russia (Link1) from Russia Twitter feed
BACKGROUND VIDEO: "Virtual Immortal Regiment" broadcast showing pictures of today's Soviet citizens
next to pictures of their relatives killed in WW2 (Link2)
PHOTO (Couple): Old WW2 photo of Ivan and Maria Lapenkov (Link3)
PHOTO (Putin): News file photo
BALLOT (Yes/No): News reports

Link1: https://t.co/vzxsD2aNWE
Link2: www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=9&v=ou-db0tiCgk
Link3: www.svoboda.org/a/28468521.html
June 29, 2020

CHORUS LINE AND SEA PLANT (Still)
 

Hollywood studio shot combined with nature book sea fern.
 
SOURCES: tba

June 29, 2020

ARABIC TITLE PAGE WITH ANGELS (Still)
     

I've always been disappointed that so few book in Arabic have illustrations that are suitable for my treatment. But then I ran across this volume, consisting mainly of old Persian miniatures used in manuscript books, and am rethinking my views.
This is a highly patterned title page, with four angels, reversed. It has the general composition of a Persian rug, but note the treatment of the four angels.
Next to that, a different, simplified treatment of the title page.
And finally a third treatment, much simpler to perform.

 
SOURCES: 

IMAGE: Illustration (Link1) from 1976 "Islamic Painting And The Arts
Of The Book (The Keir Collection)" showing a 1444 manuscript
title page from Shiraz (or Yazd) in present-day Iran. Link1: https://archive.org/details/islamic-painting-and-the-arts-of-the-book
June 28, 2020


ANCIENT ARTHROPOD WITH ANUNNAKI WINGS (Still)
 
At 75, one is entitled to invent a mythological "brand" for one self. In this piece, I take the extinct arthropod insect trilobite I previously used as a personal device. I add to it stylized wings used to depict the Annunaki (the oldest deities from the time of the Sumerians, Akkadians, Assyrians, and Babylonians).
Will I keep it? Does it represent a change in my spiritual/artistic/career position? Where will I go after the Coronavirus quarantine?

 
SOURCES: 

WINGS: Illustration from "Двенадцатая Планета)" (Link1; trans: 'Twelfth Planet'), a widely discredited book
by Zachariah Sitchin espousing a theory that 'Ancient Astronauts' from a hidden 12th planet settled earth. Link1: https://archive.org/details/20200621_20200621_1815
June 26, 2020

DETAIL, HAMMERED COPPER BAS RELIEF (Still)
 
The full piece by Oscar Jespers was exhibited in the Belgian Pavilion at the 1935 Paris World's Fair. Barely visible in the background are the full bas relief and a photo of the marching sailors from the recent Moscow V-E Day Parade.
During Jespers' lifetime, Belgium controlled parts of Africa, with many atrocities. Jespers was apparently exposed to the modernistic simplicities of African sculpture, as was Picasso.
 
SOURCES: TBA
June 26, 2020
ON MY WALK 2DAY 6: SIDEWALK GREEN AND MOVIE STILLS (Still)
 

 
SOURCES: TBA
June 25, 2020


ON MY WALK 2DAY 5: BRICK, TAR PAPER, CHIPBOARD (Still)
 

 
SOURCES: TBA
June 25, 2020

IMPROVISATION: SCHOONER, STAMP, SNAKE (Still)
 

As a boy, I collected stamps. There was always one stamp that I thought was the most beautiful: the British 1913 Seahorse stamp, below, in green, although I thought it looked best in a kind of purple rose color:

Combined it with some other images and got this...
 
SOURCES: TBA
June 25, 2020
RED HANNAH ON HEIROGLYPHS (Still)
 

SOURCES: TBA June 23, 2020


OLD PEOPLE SEX BY DELFAU (Still)
 
Georges Delfau was a 20th century French artist who claimed the genre of "ordinary sex" -- between old and out-of-shape people. Here, are two older woman playing with a dildo (or a vegetable) in a typical middle-class French drawing room.
SOURCES: TBA June 22, 2020


ON MY WALK TODAY 4 (Still)
 
A casual walk today -- more or less around the block -- and I saw this broken window on a bus stop, from last month's property damage protests.
VIDEO VERSION: RUMINATION ON BROKEN WINDOW (0:55)
Having trouble with "audio ducking" -- adjusting music track to play under voice track. Subject matter is practically random and stream of consciousness. Confused about my future, which is why the text for these videos may not make sense -- like this one.

 
SOURCES:

VIDEO & TEXT by Bob Moore, June 2020, bus stop at 22nd & Chestnut, Philadelphia
MUSIC: Excerpt from song "An Ode to Transhumanism - Escaped Trees" by Le Colibri Necrophile on album 'The World Is Over' (Link1)
CARTOON: Excerpt from 2002 movie "Ice Age" uploaded to 4Chan 'Cartoons and Animation' thread (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/VA_The_World_is_Over__A_side
Link2: boards.4channel.org/wsg/thread/3482606


June 21-22, 2020


POMPEII JUST BEFORE THE VOLCANO (Still)
 
In her chambers, a pampered daughter of the Roman aristocracy has her hair prepared by a servant while another servant gives her a pedicure. All will soon change when Mount Vesuvius erupts!
I like the 1913 silent version, because it's closer to the original Bulwer-Lyton story. Blind Nidia saves a pair of lovers because she can navigate in the darkness and takes them to a boat -- but brave Nidia does not get on the boat and stays behind to perish for unrequited love.

VIDEO VERSION: REMEMBERING POMPEII (0:48)

 
SOURCES:

VIDEO: Excerpt from 1913 Italian silent film "Gli Ultimi Giorni di Pompei" (trans. The Last Days of Pompeii) (Link1)
IMAGE: Publicity photo from 1926 German movie magazine "Der Kinematograph" showing publicity photo from 'Die Letzten Tage von Pompeji' (Link2)
PAINTING: History painting by Russian artist Karl Bryullov produced in 1830–1833 (Link3)
STATUE: Randolph Rogers "Nydia, the Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii" (Link4)
MUSIC: Excerpt from 1634 "Canzon à canto solo" by Girolamo Frescobaldi (Link5)

Link1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGIcZd8mJZE
Link2: archive.org/details/kinematograph-1926-01
Link3: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Karl_Brullov_-_The_Last_Day_of_Pompeii_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg
Link4: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Blind_Flower_Girl_of_Pompeii_01.jpg#/media/File:Blind_Flower_Girl_of_Pompeii_01.jpg
Link5: imslp.org/wiki/Canzon_%C3%A0_canto_solo,_F_8.01c_(Frescobaldi,_Girolamo)#IMSLP632263. Permlink imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/632263
June 20-21. 2020

BUG PASTICHE (Still)
 
These still pieces only take about four hours.

BUG PASTICHE VIDEO (0:45)

 
SOURCES:

BUG: Drawing from 1789 "The naturalist's miscellany : or coloured figures of natural objects; drawn and described immediately from nature" (Link1)
STILL BACKGROUND: Layout of flowers and leaves of Garcinia plant, from 1977 Australian nature journal "Austrobaileya" (Link2)
VIDEO BACKGROUND: Assembly scene from Spanish version of 1936 movie "The Charge of the Light Brigade" (Link3)
PHOTO AND NARRATION: Bob Moore, 6/18-19/2020

Link1: archive.org/details/naturalistsmisc1shaw
Link2: archive.org/details/austrobaileya9quee
Link3: NA; related: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SccPuVdv13I

June 18-19, 2020

LOOSE AND LONG ENDS (0:42)

Fifth experiment in video/diary/haiku. Not sure I've mastered the content here, but I'm developing a form.
 
SOURCES:

PHYSICS VIDEO: "Golf Ball Hitting Steel Super Slo Mo" (Link1) uploaded 2009 by Billy Karloff. It's not really a golf ball,
commenters say, it's a foam rubber ball included in kids' toy golf sets.
SOLDIERS: Photo from "World War 1: The Definitive Visual Guide from Sarajevo to Versailles" (Link2) showing English soldiers
assembled for a speech from commanding officer after breaking the Hindenberg defensive line in October 1918.
HALLWAY: Background for ZOOM screen, source unknown.
GIRL: Photo from 2020 Spanish erotic magazine "Lascivia Revista" (Link3)
MUSIC: Song "Rib 3" from American computer music artist Thomas Parks (Link4)

Link1: www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=7&v=aMqM13EUSKw
Link2: b-ok.org/book/2644799/50bd9b
Link3: archive.org/details/lascivia-67-2020-05
Link4: archive.org/details/thomasparkshortribs_202006
June 18, 2020


APOCALYPTIC FEARS LIKE THE 80'S (0:36)

Fourth experiment in video/diary/haiku.
 
SOURCES:

VIDEO: Excerpts from compilation "Nuclear-Bomb Explosions" uploaded 2012 by German Manuel Fries (Link1) 
MUSIC: Excerpt from 2020 song "Locked Up" on album 'Albion' by Russian music project Alex Mason (Link2)
PHOTOS & TEXT: Bob Moore, June 2010
TITLE is from a rock and roll song (Link3) contained in my 1980 music anthology "The Robbie Panek Songbook" 

Link1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gD_TL1BqFg&t=4s
Link2: archive.org/details/enrmp461_alex_mason_-_albion
Link3: zer0sum.net/poetry//walking.htm
June 14, 2020


ON THE WAY TO THE WATER (0:46)

Third experiment in video/diary/haiku. One mistake in my reading: I meant the word "elegance" to be dripping with sarcasm, but ex-actress Janice says I didn't quite make it.
 
SOURCES:

PHOTO and VIDEO by Bob Moore, 6/13/2020

MUSIC: Excerpt from 2013 piano composition "Tsutsuji" (Azaleas) by Japanese composer and sound engineer Yoshio Chino (Link1; permlink Link2). Chino says "I enjoy watching movies that use my music. I want to assist any kind of person making a video (such as film producers , promotional agencies , Vloggers , etc.) by making music. I am using SoundCloud to promote my music." (Link3) See his compilation "My Favorite Movies that Use My Music" (Link4). 

Link1: imslp.org/wiki/Tsutsuji_(Chino,_Yoshio)#IMSLP631504
Link2: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/631504
Link3: soundcloud.com/chino-yoshio
Link4: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXuP_kFHhhoEL3XzlacYKWiZ-841_JpRW

June 14, 2020


SPRAY PAINT IN AN ALLEY (0:38)

Another experiment in video/diary/haiku. Using music from American musician who specializes in composing music to accompany haiku.
 

SOURCES:

PHOTOS by Bob Moore, June 2020
MUSIC: Excerpt from 2020 composition "Wild Sea" by Maryland-based George L Smyth (Link1) Smyth writes music to accompany haiku.
This one was written to accompany:
  A wild sea-
  In the distance over Sado
  The Milky Way.

Link1: archive.org/details/a-wild-sea


June 13, 2020


SIDEWALK ACCESS COVER WITH RAIN AND LEAVES (0:50)

(Later): An experimental use of video to present my still images, also to highlight my short writing. Using my ugly face as a branding mechanism, as much as the extinct trilobite logo.
 
(Earlier): On one of my walks, I snapped a picture of the metal cover that a city utility had placed over a hole in the sidewalk for access to plumbing or wiring. It was early Fall. There had been a bit of a shower and some leaves had drifted into the puddles.
 
SOURCES:

IMAGE: Photo by Bob Moore, Fall 2020

June 12, 2020


HOUSE PAINTER'S WALL NOTES (Still)
 
On one of my walks, I ran across a residential building slated for repainting. The owner and painting contractor were communicating about color schemes via paint swatches on an outside wall. The building was slated to be completed by November 2019, according to the building permit posted, but it's not done yet.
In processing the photo, I very lightly drew borders around the color swatches -- the outside-the-line nature of the brushed swatches offended my sense of order. That may have been a mistake.
 
SOURCES:

IMAGE: Photo by Bob Moore, March 2020

June 11, 2020


BROKEN CENTER CITY STORE WINDOW (Still)
 
Encouraged by a participant in our Tuesday Night Digital Share -- a bunch of artists who show what they've been working on using ZOOM's "Screen Share" function -- I have decided to transition in my work to original photographs, taken on walks around the city. Besides getting out of my public domain rut, this will also encourage me to get outside and get exercise.
This picture was taken a couple weeks ago on a walk around my Rittenhouse Square neighborhood after a night of angry protestors breaking windows. I think it was a Chase Manhattan ATM. The property damage has since quieted down and most businesses are open -- although they still have plywood up. The George Floyd protests and the Corona Virus pandemic have not really inconvenienced me that much.
I am glad to see so many young whites protesting police brutality against blacks. The elimination of racist cop behavior is a major goal in America, but it is confusing that the mass media are presenting rapper celebrities with names like Killer Mike and Charlemagne the God and slogans like "Defund the Police" as workable social change strategy. Much more reliable black spokesman is John Ridley, who wrote "12 Years a Slave."
As a young man in Detroit, I was involved in protests against a Detroit police strategy called STRESS (Stop Robberies Enjoy Safe Streets) which edged into armed vigilante squads. I believed then that the answer was independent civilian boards reviewing police actions. Now forty years later, I found out that those civilian review boards have been downgraded to powerless "advisory" roles by all-powerful police unions -- and I hold black leadership, the politicians and ministers, responsible for that, for taking their eyes off the ball. Without independent civilian review boards, there is no recourse for minorities brutalized by police but protest and violence.
 
SOURCES:

IMAGE: Photo by Bob Moore, March 2020

June 10, 2020


ASMODEUS IN MANUSCRIPT INITIAL "V" (Still)
 
Calligraphic decorations on a 12th century holy book. Figure depicted is a character called "the lame devil," a demon on crutches, surrounded by various snakes and figures. The demon is also known as Asmodeus, a very scary figure in the world of demonology. Follow the link if you want to enter a black hole of mythology going all the way from the ancient Kabbalah to today's "Dungeons and Dragons." Just don't lose your way.
Inscription in Latin says that the book is connected to the Fourth Century "Desert Mother" Saint Eustochius.
Lettering at top is a chapter heading: "Explicit liber terlius, incipit liber quartus" (End Book Three, Beginning Book Four). Lettering on side says: "Vellem si fieri posset Eustochium" (I would like to, if it had been possible, Eustochium -- bad Google translation).
 
SOURCES: 

IMAGE: Illustration from 1841 "Essai sur la calligraphie des manuscrits du moyen-âge et sur les ornements des premiers Livres d'heures imprimés" (Link1; trans: 'Essay on the calligraphy of manuscripts from the Middle Ages and on the ornaments of the first printed Hours Books')

Link1: archive.org/details/EssaiSurLaCalligraphie

June 9, 2020


ANGELS FROM EAST EUROPEAN PRAYER BOOK (Still)
 
Decorative page headings from a Catholic book of prayers, poems, and saint-of-the-day almanac from Belarusia in 1929. Part of radiactive disaster area Chernobyl is in Belarusia.
 
SOURCES: 

IMAGE: Illustrations for heads of chapters from a 1929 Belarussian "Kalendaryk Chryścijanskaj dumki dla biełaruskaj moładzi" (Link1; trans. 'Calendar of Christian Thoughts for Belarusian youth')

Link1: archive.org/details/kalendaryk-chryscijanskaj-dumki-dla-bielaruskaj-moladzi-na-1929-hod

June 9, 2020


TINY AIR-COOLED GASOLINE ENGINES (Still)
 
I remember the buzzing sound of those two-cycle engines, as they powered model airplanes in tethered circles on the playgrounds of my youth. Their fuel tanks could be filled with an eyedropper. You started them by quickly and briskly rotating the propeller, just like an old car, until the motor "caught"; nowadays, high-end model planes have electric ignitions and jet engines.
 
SOURCES: 

IMAGE: Illustration for article 'Popular Power Plants' in 1954 "Air Trails Model Annual" (Link1)
 
Link: archive.org/details/air-trails-model-annual-1954

June 8, 2020


WHIMSICAL ALTERNATIVE PRESS ILLUSTRATION (Still)
 
In the 60's I worked on an "alternative paper" (Detroit's Fifth Estate). Understaffed and stoned, people did many jobs. I did art and writing and advertising sales; this illustration is from another alternative paper, from Texas. Typical of the alternative press of the time, it is trippy and amateur and imaginative.
 
SOURCES: 

IMAGE: Collage in 1969 issue of Austin's "Space City News" illustrating article 'Snake Lady Tells All: A Day at the Circus,' composed of photo by Darlene Burleson and drawing by Kerry Fitzgerald. (Link1) 
 
Link: archive.org/details/spacecitynews01spac_2

June 7, 2020


SIGNIFICANT OTHER'S BIRTHDAY (Still)
 
Happy birthday, Janice. 30-plus years together.
 
SOURCES: 

IMAGE1: Wreath from 1842 "Le langage des fleurs" (Link1)
IMAGE2: Monogram letter "J" from Berlin Monogram Font (Link2) combined with Hobo Standard font.

Link1: archive.org/details/langagedesfleur00marta
Link2: www.dafont.com/berlin-monogram.font
June 6, 2020


ZOOMING MY LIFE AWAY (Still)
 
Screenshot of me zooming.
 
SOURCES: NA

June 5, 2020


CELEBRITY BEAUTIES OF THEIR TIME (Still)
   
First image is 22-year-old Joan Crawford on the cover of a 1928 movie fan magazine. Second image, also from a movie magazine, is less well known Gwen Lee. To some extent, these represent an intuition that celebrity beauty culture tends to produce monsters.
 
SOURCES: 

IMAGE1: Cover of 1928 Brazilian magazine "Cinearte" (Link1)
IMAGE2: Cover of different issue of 1928 Brazilian magazine "Cinearte" (Link20

LINK1: archive.org/details/per162531_1928_00145
LINK2: archive.org/details/c192812030147a000-mesclado
June 4-5, 2020


UNSUCCESSFUL VIRTUAL BACKGROUND FOR ZOOM (Still)
 
For those who communicate online with groups of people via ZOOM, there is a function to add a "virtual background" so your particular environment is not visible. Colored ones tend to flicker at the edges, black and white ones seem to work better. Here is my attempt to create a virtual background. Historical Note: My paternal grandfather was a "sand hog" -- tunnel digger -- for excavation under the Chicago river. (Later: unfortunately it didn't work, but I still like the image.)
 
SOURCES: 

IMAGE1: Illustration from the 1934 book "Construction of the Subway and the Plan of the City of Moscow." Caption reads "Finishing Work on the Tunnel." (Link1)

LINK1: archive.org/details/kaganovich-lazar.-construction-of-the-subway-and-the-plan-of-the-city-of-moscow
June 3, 2020


GERMAN CINEMA & CIRCUIT BOARD (Still)
 
TBA
SOURCES: 


June 3, 2020


NEWFOUND FOSSIL, BALL-&-CHAIN FLAIL, DRAGON HEADS (Still)
 
Reversal of my usual pattern, with iconic logo trilobite as major focus on the full page and a silent-movie star as a branding logo in the lower right corner. The star is Colleen Moore from a 1925 German magazine.
SOURCES: 

IMAGE1: The trilobite is from a posting in Reddit's Trilobite board group by user PaintTheKill, bragging that he finally found a trilobite in the Hudson Valley of New York state (Link1)

IMAGE2: The silent movie star in an oval is flapper Colleen Moore from a 1925 German magazine "Kinematograph" (Link2)

IMAGE3: Drawing of a dragon from an issue of the German movie magazine "Licthbild-Bühne" (Link not available) 

IMAGE4: Illustration from 2005 "Hafted weapons in medieval renaissance Europe" showing a weapon the author calls a "kettenmorgenstern" (chain morning star) a spiked ball attached by a chain to a pole. (Link3)

 
Link1: www.reddit.com/r/trilobites/comments/gt9li9/finally_found_a_trilobite_hudson_valley_ny/
Link2: archive.org/details/kinematograph-1925-05
Link3: archive.org/details/hafted-weapons-2005

June 1, 2020


INTERSPECIES BUG BATTLE (0:40)


TBA
SOURCES:

FOREGROUND VIDEO: Clip from @NatureIsMetal Twitter feed, "Praying Mantis eats Murder Hornet" uploaded May 24, 2020 (Link1)
Earlier version uploaded May 8 "Praying Mantis Eats a Murder Hornet’s Head in Gnarly Video" July 22, 2019 (Link2)

BACKGROUND VIDEO: Clip from @NatureIsMetal Twitter feed, "Wild Wolf" uploaded May 29, 2020 (Link3)

MUSIC: "Album Leaf" 2020 composition for piano by Englishman Andrei Anghel (Link4)

Link1: twitter.com/i/status/1264622028017020930; also www.youtube.com/watch?v=cn3OQsr-aRc&feature=youtu.be
Link2: nerdist.com/article/praying-mantis-eats-murder-hornet/
Link2: https://twitter.com/i/status/1266231729011822593
Link4: imslp.org/wiki/Album_leaf_(Anghel,_Andrei); permlink imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/628273



May 31, 2020


I DREAMT I PLAYED BADMINTON (Still)
- 
SOURCES: 

IMAGE: A Maidenform bra ad from a 1950 Ladies' Home Journal. (Link1)

OVERLAY SILHOUETTE: Dancer from 1925 German movie magazine (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/ladieshomejourna67janwyet
Link2: archive.org/details/kinematograph-1925-05
May 30, 2020


HAFTED WEAPONS (Still)
- 
Deadly weapons from 1000 years ago. A "guisarme" is an early peasant weapon, created by attaching a metal tool to long pole. Violence is on my mind because I foresee street fighting in this country, especially if Trump cancels the 2020 election one way or another.
SOURCES: 

IMAGES: Pictures of two medieval "guisarmes" (or pole weapons) from a Stockholm museum, from the 2005 "Hafted weapons in medieval renaissance Europe"(Link1).

Link1: archive.org/details/hafted-weapons-2005

May 29, 2020


NERVOUS GUN MOLL (1:13)


TBA
SOURCES:

VIDEO & AUDIO: Scene from 1948 movie "Railroaded" featuring John Ireland and Jane Randolph (Link1)

MUSIC: "Sleep" 2013 piano composition by Yoshio Chino (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/railroaded1947_202003
Link2: imslp.org/wiki/Sleep_(Chino,_Yoshio)#IMSLP627929; permlink imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/627929

May 28, 2020


J'ACCUSE & PIXIES (Still)
- 
SOURCES: 

Right: Pen-and-ink drawing from 1919 studio press book for film "J'Accuse" (Link1)

Left: A page of Leroy Neiman's "Femlins" (curvaceous naked cartoon figures with thick black hair, black stockings, black gloves) working out in a gym from a collection of Neiman's work (Link2)


Link1: archive.org/details/pressbook-ua-i-accuse
Link2: archive.org/details/leroyneimanfemlin50thanniversarycollection023

May 28, 2020


NANOSCALE PHOTOGRAPHS AND TRAIN SIGNALS (Still)
- 
In the background, four Scanning Electron Microscope photographs of silica sand at different magnifications, from a book on porous silicon nanocrystals. Across the foreground is an illustration of signals used by train conductors to signal the locomotive engineer.
SOURCES:  

BACKGROUND: Illustration from undated book "Silicon Nanocrystals" (Link1)

FOREGROUND: Chart of seven trainman signals (with light, hand or flag) from 1934 edition of "Railroad Stories" (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/silicon-nanocrystals-fundamentals-synthesis-applications
Link2: archive.org/details/railroad-stories-v-14-n-03-1934-06

May 26, 2020


MOVIE STAR WITH INTERFERENCE PATTERN (Still)
- 
SOURCES:

FOREGROUND: Cover photograph of Olive Borden, a silent-film actress
known as The Joy Girl, from a 1928 issue of "Cinearte", a Portuguese
movie magazine (Link1). Note her tragic biography (Link2)

OVERLAY: Photograph of subway tracks on buckled bricks, from the 1938
book "“Metro and the past of Moscow. Essays on the geology, history
and archeology of Moscow” (Link3).

Link1: archive.org/details/per162531_1928_00125 
Link2: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olive_Borden
Link3: archive.org/details/metro_i_proshloe_moskvy_1938

May 26, 2020


POWER GROWS FROM THE BARREL OF A GUN (0:58)


TBA
SOURCES:

VIDEO & AUDIO: Scene from 1952 movie "The Fighter" featuring Richard Conte and Lee J. Cobb, based on a
short story by Jack London. Conte enters a winner-take-all boxing match to get the money for the guns.

MUSIC: Chiptune composition (Link2) from Nino Virtual (Reynosa Tamaulipas) on 2015 album "Sonido Lagunero"
(trans. Sound of the Lagoon District of Mexico). Also known as "cumbia." Chiptunes are "synthesized
electronic music made using the programmable sound generator sound chips in vintage arcade machines" (Link3) 

Link1: archive.org/details/thefighter1952
Link2: archive.org/details/mysg008 
Link3: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiptune

May 25, 2020


PLASTIC CLUB FIGURE MODEL'S "LIMB-O" (Still)
- 
Evelyn B., the quarantine-unemployed Plastic Club figure model mentioned in my May 14 entry, uploaded a new set of photographs to her free online portfolio (Link1), called "Limb-O." This is based on one of them.
SOURCES: 

Link1: ebfmgallery.wordpress.com/
 
May 24, 2020


COLLAGE: ANIME TEEN & SPANISH PARTY (Still)
- 
SOURCES: 

BACKGROUND 1: Two-page spread overlaid to one page of Japanese anime
actress Reika Nakajima from 1999 edition of videogame magazine
"Famitsu." Previously used in May 23 image.(Link1)

BACKGROUND 2: Explicit photograph of a ten-plus-person orgy from a Spanish porn magazine, "Lascivia" (Link2) 

Link1: archive.org/details/famitsu0570
Link2: archive.org/details/lascivia-07-2015-05 (has since been removed)
 
May 24, 2020


MAGICIAN'S ASSISTANT REBELS (0:33)


TBA
SOURCES:

VIDEO & AUDIO: From 1945 film "The Great Flamarion" (Link1). Vaudeville magician Erich von Stroheim
 hears the truth from assistant Mary Beth Hughes in backstage scene.

Link1: archive.org/details/thegreatflamarion1945_202003 


May 23, 2020


DOLLS & ANIME ACTRESS (Still)
 
Center, some dollheads inside a thorn oval. Behind, snapshots of Asian girl in fan magazine.
SOURCES: 

OVAL: Design for base of a dragon made with 3D pen, from a
2019 crafts magazine "Book Of Making Volume 2"(Link1)

DOLLS: Illustration of doll heads from advertisement in 1990 issue of
collector's magazine "The Inside Collector" (Link2)

BACKGROUND: Two-page spread overlaid to one page of Japanese anime actress
Reika Nakajima from 1999 edition of videogame magazine "Famitsu" (Link3) 

Link1: archive.org/details/BookOfMakingVol2
Link2: archive.org/details/the-inside-collector-v1n4
Link3: archive.org/details/famitsu0570

 
May 23, 2020


JO-JO & FRENCH VASE (Still)
- 
SOURCES:
 
Top, two Japanese comic characters from the popular series, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
from a 1999 edition of videogame magazine "Famitsu" (Link1)

Bottom, detail of a pattern from a Camille Faure Art Deco vase.

Link1: archive.org/details/famitsu0570
Link2: www.artnet.com/artists/camille-faur%C3%A9/

May 22, 2020


HEART-WARMING MARY AND ORPHANS (Still)
 
An interesting experiment in interfering patterns, but then I overlay it with a studio press-kit pen-and-ink illustration of Mary Pickford in "Sparrows", and the interference effect is overpowered. (Later, redone to square format.)
SOURCES: 

BACKGROUND: Two fabric patterns from 1897 picture book "Japan: described 
and illustrated by the Japanese, v.5" (Link1)

FOREGROUND: Pen and ink drawing offered to theatres in studio pressbook for 
1926 premiere of Mary Pickford in "Sparrows" (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/gvr-japan-v05-images
Link2: archive.org/details/pressbook-ua-sparrows
 
May 21, 2020


SCHEMING FORTIES SEDUCTRESS (0:40)


TBA
SOURCES:

VIDEO & AUDIO: Scene from 1948 film noir "Sleep, My Love" with Don Ameche and Hazel Brooks (Link1) 
MUSIC: 2017 composition "Improviser No. 1" by Felipe Brandes from 'Improviser aux Souhaits d'Amour, Op.37 (Link2; trans: 'Improvise to the Wishes of Love')

Link1: archive.org/details/sleepmylove1948
Link2: imslp.org/wiki/Improvisier_aux_Souhaits_d%27Amour,_Op.37_(Brandes,_Felipe)#IMSLP626782; permlink: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/626782 


May 20, 2020


SEX WORKER KILLED BY INCEL(Still)
 
Photo of 24-year-old Ashley Arzaga (and her daughter). Arzaga was stabbed to death by a 17-year-old "incel" at a massage parlor in North York, a suburb of Toronto. A fascinating (and long) discussion of this killing and the development of incels" (involuntary celibates) into a terrorist group here.
You can sample the incels at www.reddit.com/r/Standardcels (motto: "Place for men who are single because females lack quality") or www.reddit.com/r/ITears/.
SOURCES:

IMAGE: Photograph of victim in massage parlor killing, from Canadian newspaper "The Star" (Link1).

Link1: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2020/05/19/stabbing-attack-at-north-york-massage-parlour-was-incel-terrorism-police-say.html"


 
May 20, 2020


IMPROVISATION ON CELEBRITIES & PHONE SCREENS (Still)
     
Mexican Spitfire, the Black Prince, the Girl with the Curls.
SOURCES: TBA


 
May 17-18, 2020


IMPROMPTU ON PIXEL PHONE SCREEN (Still)
 
TBA
SOURCES: TBA


 
May 16, 2020


TALENTED WW2 ARTIST IN FLIGHT TRAINING (Still)
   
In 1943, some English airmen were sent to Alberta, Canada, for training. The trainees published an annual magazine, "Three Rivers," a kind of yearbook and literary journal. The December 1943 issue included some caricatures and drawings by the Royal Air Force's D.C. Hickling. Here is an illustration by Hickling to a short story called "Flivver for Hitler."
Second image shows some of Hickley's ink caricatures, laid upon his landscape print used as a cover for the issue.
Did the talented Hickling survive the bitter air battles over Britain and France? The online record is mute. His work in this magazine may be the only record we have of his talent.
SOURCES: 

IMAGE: Illustration for short story in December 1943 issue of magazine for No. 32 Elementary Flying Training School in Canada (Link1)

Link1: archive.org/details/N022713
 
May 15, 2020


QUARANTINE MODEL (Still)
 
Thursday night. An image created from a photograph in a portfolio uploaded by a former Plastic Club model, Evelyn B. The quarantine has hit artists' models' incomes hard. Usually, Plastic Club models insist that their images only be drawn or painted, but Evelyn put no limitation on creating art direct-from-photo, as here.
The background comes from a phone wallpaper recently created by Google for its Pixel 4a phone.
SOURCES: TBA

FOREGROUND: Photograph from an online portfolio by figure model Evelyn B. (Link1)
BACKGROUND: A wallpaper for phones created by Google for its Pixel phone (Link2) 

Link1: ebfmgallery.wordpress.com/
Link2: www.xda-developers.com/google-pixel-4a-wallpapers-leak-download/

 
May 14, 2020


1920 MAGAZINE COVER (Still)
 
SOURCES: 

IMAGE: Cover illustration for 1920 "Saturday Evening Post," by American illustrator Coles Phillips (Link1)

Link1: archive.org/details/0011919FebruaryPopularScience 

 
May 14, 2020


ASIAN HAIR BOB (Still)
 
Wednesday night. From an ad for a videogame in a Japanese magazine, a young Asian woman uses scissors to cut off her long hair. The background is a matrix of insect body parts from a museum journal.
SOURCES: 

IMAGE (Figure): Photograph used in advertisement for video game in 2002 Famitsu X-Box magazine (Link1)
IMAGE (Background): Body parts of cicada from 2019 issue of "Records of the Australian Museum" (Link2)
 
Link1: archive.org/details/famitsuxbox200202_202005
Link2: archive.org/details/recordsaustrali71austf
 
May 13, 2020


DEATH THROES (Still)
 
An old painting from World War I, digitally altered and recolored. See article about "The Grotesque and Erotic Illustrations of Richard Müller" (Link2)
SOURCES: 

IMAGE: Painting "Todeskampf" (Death Agony) by Richard Muller (1874-1954) reproduced in 1917 edition of German magazine 'Reclams Universum' (Link1)

Link1: archive.org/details/reclams-universum-1917-08
Link2: art-sheep.com/erotic-illustrations-of-richard-muller-1874-1954/
May 11, 2020


PENNSYLVANIA PLAGUES 2020 (Still)
 
Taking a previous work (April 29), and adapting it to Square format -- and adding the Lantern fly that bedeviled this state a few months ago. Also using the Latin date for 2020: MMXX. The background is a display of Austro-Hungarian military medals.
Then there were the Australian brush fires.
SOURCES: TBA 

May 10, 2020


THE WISDOM OF BATMAN'S BUTLER (1:11)


TBA
SOURCES:

VIDEO & BACKGROUND AUDIO: Nuclear test hits desert ghost town from 1953 film "Split Second" (Link1)

FOREGROUND AUDIO: Speech by Alfred Pennyworth (Michael Caine) from 2008 superhero film "Dark Knight" (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/splitsecond1953_202004
Link2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=efHCdKb5UWc

May 9, 2020


VIRUS AMID QUANTUM-NANO-ENTITIES (Still)
 
Saturday morning sleeping spouse meditation on Covid-19 virus.
SOURCES: TBA 

May 9, 2020


SEXUAL EXPRESSION OLD AND NOT-SO-OLD (Still)
 
Ancient stone figures copulate, and early 20th century cosmopolitans worry about sex. Foreground is image advertising a 1937 sex manual, "Eugenics and Sex Harmony" by H.H. Rubin. Rubin was eventually expelled from The New York Medical Society for his interest in patent medicine and radioactive devices like the "Radiendocrinator". After World War II revealed the extremes of racial purity thinking in Germany, Eugenics became unpopular.
SOURCES: 

IMAGE (Bottom): From an advertisement in 1937 "Real Northwest Magazine" for a book 'Eugenics and Sex Harmony' (Link1). 

IMAGE (Background): 13th century sandstone carving of couple embracing from 1973 "Art of Tantra" (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/EugenicsAndSexHarmony
Link2: archive.org/details/art-of-tantra-english

May 8, 2020


NOIR: GIRL KIDNAPPED BY BASHFUL BRUTE (1:07)


From a 50's film noir, Raymond Burr plays a bashful, retarded giant who kidnaps a girl -- played by new starlet, 18-year-old Natalie Woods. I like taking these old movies and zipping them down to the short core.
SOURCES:

VIDEO & AUDIO: From 1956 "A Cry in the Night" with 18-year-old Natalie Wood and Raymond Burr (Link1)

Link1: archive.org/details/acryinthenight1956

May 8, 2020


TANTRIC GODDESS OVER GEOMETRIC PRINCIPLE (Still)
 
Here I am being influenced by a religious tradition of which I know very little. A 17th century bronze statue of a Dakini, a sacred female spirit of intense passion in Hinduism and Buddhuism. The statue overlays a sheet from a manuscript (ca. 1700) captioned illustrating the process of projective-evolution of the universe, from the same book.
SOURCES: 

IMAGE (Foreground): Statue shown in 1973 "Art of Tantra" (Link1)
IMAGE (Background): Painting from 1973 "Art of Tantra" (Link1)

Link1: archive.org/details/art-of-tantra-english  
May 7, 2020


DREAMY SCHOOLGIRL DOING HOMEWORK (Still)
 
Not sure why I'm doing all these early 20th century advertising images, trying to recreate the false comfort of the simple America of my childhood. Perhaps the idea is, as I confront mortality, an old man in plague times, I want to say Once I was alive and this was real and I remember it! Here is a cover from a 1944 Canadian farm magazine, showing a girl in front of books and papers. The image is superimposed on an illustration from a Russian children's book.
SOURCES:

IMAGE (Foreground): Cover of a 1944 issue of "The Country Guide" (Link1)
IMAGE (Background): Illustration for Russian children's book "Дело В Т Шляпе" (Link2; trans: 'The Dark Hat Case')

Link1: archive.org/details/N027576
Link2: archive.org/details/20200505_20200505_1818
May 7, 2020


SURVIVAL OF THE BIGGEST (0:30)

Wednesday morning. First animation in a while, but I'm getting more confident in the form.
SOURCES:

VIDEO: Clip "Gone" uploaded to @NatureIsMetal Twitter feed on May 3 (Link1). Commenters speculated that the big fish was a Largemouth Bass (Link2).

MUSIC: Song "Dante" from 2019 10-part Hayden Roberts composition 'Dances of the Dead' (Link3). Roberts was born in 2004 and lives in Lomax, Illinois. 

Link1: pic.twitter.com/iIIwwZFl40
Link2: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Largemouth_bass
Link3: imslp.org/wiki/The_Dances_of_the_Dead_(Roberts,_Hayden)#IMSLP623116; permlink: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/577742




May 6, 2020

FARM WIFE ON SHARK SKIN WALLPAPER (Still)
 
Tuesday night after digital sharing ZOOM session.
From a 'Call Them Up' ad for long-distance telephone service, "with any Telephone point in Canada, United States, Mexico, and the Continent" -- for instance, Winnipeg to Vancouver, $4.50 for three minutes.
SOURCES: 

IMAGE (Girl on phone): Image from ad for Manitoba Telephone System in 1932 issue of "Canadian Radio" magazine (Link1)

IMAGE (Background): Enlarged drawing of shark fish scales from 1939 issue of Smithsonian "Proceedings" article on 'Two New Atlantic  Species of Dog Shark" (Link2) 

Link1: archive.org/details/N026576
Link2: archive.org/details/biostor-14333
May 6, 2020


TAHITIAN PRINCESS TEKAU (Still)
 
A magazine illustration for a 1922 article on The South Seas, with the caption: A PRINCESS OF TAHITI: Tekau, daughter of the former Queen, who lives with her mother at Papeete, and is accomplished in European and native ways.
SOURCES: 

IMAGE: From the 1922 edition of "The Mentor" magazine (Link1)

Link1: archive.org/details/the-mentor-v-10n-01-1922-02.-crowell-darwin-dregs
May 4, 2020


HORSES FIGHTING (Still)
 
Illustration for boy's adventure story in a 1944 issue of a Canadian magazine, accompanying an article "Thunderhead" and with a caption: The horses staggered like wrestlers, Thunderhead forcing the albino backwards with his forelegs. The artist is Clarence Tillenius.
SOURCES: 

IMAGE: Illustration to an article with a hero horse "Thunderhead", appearing in a 1944 issue of "The Country Guide" (Link1)

Link1: https://archive.org/details/N027576

May 4, 2020


PLANES IN FLIGHT FORMATION (Still)
 
A flight of five Piaggo Avantis executive turboprops, an unusual and elegant Italian design with three wings. The company, however, has gone bankrupt.
SOURCES: 

IMAGE: Illustration from 2019 magazine "Aeroplane Aviation Archive" (Link1)

Link1: archive.org/details/aeroplane-aviation-archive-issue-41-01-01-2019

May 4, 2020


MONTAGE OF MEN AND BIRDS (Still)
 

SOURCES: 

IMAGE1 (Background): Matrix of nine men, from 1916 German magazine "Reclams Universum (Link1)
IMAGE2 (Foreground): Photograph of birds taking to the air from  undated booklet "Fishing waters and game haunts of western Canada" (Link2)


Link1: archive.org/details/reclams-universum-1916-17
Link2: archive.org/details/N021500

May 3, 2020


SAD FAN PIC; CHECK YOUR PILLS (Still)
 
This drawing appeared on the fan subreddit for the HBO television series "Euphoria" with the following message, uploaded by user "sa5m_i_am":
Hi Euphoria fandom — This is a picture my sister drew a few months before she died on 2/29/20 from an accidental overdose. I haven't watched the show much, but I wanted to share her art with the fandom and also say, please guys test your pills. I hope fan art is ok here, she never shared her art much.
The drawing is slightly altered by me. "Euphoria" is a gritty drama about high school students, somewhat perplexing for senior citizen voyeurs like myself. It portrays a hyper-sexualized, hyper-violent, and drug-addicted high school. This scene shows a moment when M-F transexual Jules Vaughn (left, played by Hunter Schafer) relaxes with oxycodone addict Rue Bennett (played by former Disney star Zendaya) in the series' central relationship.
I am genuinely saddened by the death of the talented young artist who did this drawing and, in the interest of the uploader's wish, here is information about how to check your pills.
SOURCES: 

IMAGE: Fan Art uploaded 6 days ago by sa5m_i_am to Reddit subreddit "Euphoria" (Link1)

Link1: www.reddit.com/r/euphoria/comments/g98s6e/hi_euphoria_f

May 3, 2020


FROM A SIMPLER TIME (Still)
 
Belgian artist Marcel Marlier (1930-2011) specialized in children's themes. This is the cover of one of a series of book about "Martine."

SOURCES: 

IMAGE: Cover to 1958 French children's book "Martine a la foire", illustrated by Belgian illustrator Marcel Merlier (Link1)

Link1: archive.org/details/martine-a-la-foire

May 2, 2020


AFTER PSYCHEDELIC MUSHROOMS (Still)
 
In a French Natural History journal, researchers gave an artist a mixture composed of Mexican mushrooms. This was the portrait the artist produced, somewhat altered by me.
I miss psychedelics. I indulged in the late 60's, noteworthy for a bout of fucking in Ann Arbor, during which I somehow saw inside both her and my body at the same time. But thereafter the supply of psychedelics was corrupted by gangsters, so "acid" often turned out to be animal tranquilizers, and I stopped taking them.

SOURCES: 

IMAGE: Illustration from 1926 article by pioneering Psilocybin researcher Roger Heim's 
in "Archives du Muséum national d'histoire naturelle" 'Experiences nouvelles 
d'ingesion de Psilocybes Hallucinogenes' (Link1)

Link1: archive.org/details/archivesdumuseu9muse

May 2, 2020

MAGIC RUG TO TAKE ME AWAY (Still)
 
Two German book covers and some fake fossils.

SOURCES: TBA

May 2, 2020

MEDITATING OVER THREATS TO CIVILIZATION (Still)
   
A frustrating full day of work on the Corona Virus, resulting in two images. One is memories of Marsden Hartley's mournful painting for a lost lover in World War II plus the stylized Coronavirus. Second image is those two references, plus the spotted lantern fly that infested Philadelphia last summer. Along with the Australian brush fires and a local infestation of scabies, it's been a hell of a year.

SOURCES: TBA

April 29, 2020

THE POST-INDUSTRIAL UNFETTERED CAPITALISM END POINT (0:44)

Monday night.
SOURCES:

VIDEO1 (Car): "Even the Engine!!!" uploaded to Twitter "EngineeringVids" feed by [deleted] (Link1)
VIDEO2 (Other shredding): "Dangerous Machine Destroys Everything in The World" from La Machine (Link2) 
MUSIC: Excerpts from 2020 song "Face Two Face" by Brazilian Caos Sonoro on album 'Split' with Antoine Trauma (Link1)

Link1: twitter.com/engineeringvids/status/1254249768324198402
Link2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRhfSc8ivLg 
Link3: archive.org/details/PLATARECS224 



April 27, 2020

HOSTESS WOMAN OVER SLIDES (Still)
 
A montage of elements, with a four-box background of microscopic photographs of biological sample and a 1916 Canadian calendar girl (complete with flower tucked in belt).

SOURCES:
 
IMAGE1: Sales clerk on 1916 calendar by Saskatchewan (Canada) clothing company Jack Wood Limited (Link1)
IMAGE2 (Top Background): Photomicrographs of Crowngall plant disease in 1913 U.S. "Journal of agricultural research" (Link2)
IMAGE2 (Bottom Background): Section of chicken intestine showing Roundworm parasites, from 1946 "Internal parasites of poultry" from Alberta (Canada) Department of Agriculture (Link3)

Link1: archive.org/details/P011041
Link2: archive.org/details/journalagricult25unit
Link3: archive.org/details/P010744

April 27, 2020

ROBOTIC FUTURE OF SURGERY (Still)
 
At the U.S. Navy Medical Center in San Diego, a surgical technologist prepares robotic instruments in an operating room. Robotic procedures are less invasive than traditional surgery; the surgeon's instruments enter the body through small incisions.
One of these years the cow valve inserted in my heart 10 years ago will have to be replaced. I hope that by then thoracoscopic surgery will have been perfected, so they won't have to send me into deep, hallucinatory sedation before they hook me up to an artificial blood pump, break my rib cage in two, and push their fingers into my chest cavity -- as they did last time, leaving the iconic "zipper" scar on my chest.

SOURCES: 

IMAGE: 2019 photograph from U.S. Navy Medicine FLICKR site (Link1)

Link1: www.flickr.com/photos/navymedicine/49815036302/

April 26, 2020

AVIAN COURTSHIP RITUAL (Still)
 
The state bird of Pennsylvania is the Ruffed Grouse, noteworthy for its mating display of a drumbeat song, created by beating its wings together. A homeowner in Alberta, Canada, caught four photographs of the bird's percussive display one evening on a backyard log. Listen to the sexy sound here.
SOURCES: 

IMAGE 1 Article "Drumming Ruffed Grouse" from 2018 issue of the Canadian nature magazine 'Blue Jay' (Link1)

Link1: https://archive.org/details/bluejay763sask

April 26, 2020

SPEAKING WITH YOUR HANDS (AND FACE) (0:40)

Young women signing phrases as part of a sign language dictionary project.
SOURCES:

VIDEO1: American Sign Languiage for "Advocate-for Person" uploaded 2020 by Harley Hamilton (Link1)
VIDEO2: American Sign Languiage for "Adorable" uploaded 2020 by Harley Hamilton (Link2)
SYMBOL: Logo used to mark "Video Interpreter" stations in public places (Link3)
MUSIC: Excerpt from 1994 "Laudato sii o mi Signore, Op.6" by Omar Caputi (Link4)

Link1: archive.org/details/advocateASL2 
Link2: archive.org/details/adorableASL
Link3: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Video_interpreter.svg
Link4: imslp.org/wiki/Laudato_sii_o_mi_Signore_(Caputi,_Omar)#IMSLP621364; permlink: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/621364 

April 25, 2020

SKY IS BIOLOGY, FLESH IS HISTORY (Still)
 

Another montage overlay, with three layers: a Romantic painting of a girl ("The Virgin") and two children, a book illustration of Byzantine Emperor Justinian and wife Theodora from a Romanian history, and an artist's visualization of human cells.
Note: Justinian's reign was marked by the Bubonic Plague.
Recently a friend introduced me to the old gospel/blues song based on the biblical parable of the wise and foolish virgins, Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning. Kind of fits my mood that the old world is ending.
SOURCES: 

IMAGE1: 1906 Painting "The Virgin" by Abbott H. Thayer, from 1920 issue of 'Random records of a lifetime' (Link1)
IMAGE2: Illustration of Justinian and Theodora from 1912 Romanian "Istoria Universala sau Istoria Lumii" (Link2; trans:'Universal History or History of the World')
IMAGE3: Illustration from 2009 "The machinery of life" by David Goodsell (Link3)

Link1: archive.org/details/randomrecordsli12holm
Link2: archive.org/details/n.-iorga-istoria-universala-i
Link3: archive.org/details/machineryoflife2009

April 24, 2020

THE FEVER DREAM OF STYLE AND WEALTH (Still)
 

Another interference study. Foreground is a fashionable woman showing off her new car to a friend. The interfering image is a doctor's study of how a naked crippled boy rises from a prone position to a standing position.
Because I may enter this onto the Plastic Club Quarantine Facebook page, I decided to switch to square format as a last step in the process. I think that discipline helped me to eliminate unnecessary elements.
SOURCES: 

IMAGE 1 (Dominant): Illustration for advertisement for Chevrolet Six -- $475 f.o.b. Flint -- as a second family car in 1932 "McCalls" magazine (Link1)
IMAGE 2 (Interference): Photos illustrating an article on 'Pseudo Hypertrophic Paralysis' from 1901 "Clinical Journal" (Link2). They show the steps an affected boy goes through rising from prone to standing positions.  

Link1: archive.org/details/mc-calls-v-059-n-08-1932-05
Link2: archive.org/details/the-clinical-journal-18

April 24, 2020

SCREEN FASHION PLATES AND FASHIONS (Still)
 

First, a definition: "A collage is a composition of materials and objects pasted over a surface; a montage is a single composition created by juxtaposing a series of pieces of paper, photos or other media to create an artistic image."
This is a montage/overlay created from a two-page spread on fashions in a 1917 movie magazine. I am attracted to this because of the ornate/art deco page design, so different from today's precise geometric page design. Note the hand-drawn garland decoration unifying the two separate pages.
Note also the square image dimensions, done in preparation for uploading it to the Plastic Club Facebook Quarantine page.
SOURCES: 

IMAGE (Foreground): Two page spread in 1917 "Motion Picture" magazine (Link1)
IMAGE (Background): Microscopic images of body parts of Goblin Spider (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/motionpicturemag13moti
Link2: archive.org/details/goblinspidergen00plati

April 23, 2020

MUSCLE MAN WITH MIRROR (Still)
 

An overlay, a page from an old physical culture magazine (article: "I Can Do More Work and Do It Better") on top of a page of Arabic book ads.

SOURCES: 

IMAGE (Foreground): Photos of man doing exercises, from 1920 issue of "Physical Culture" (Link1)

IMAGE (Background): Page of book covers in ad from Arabic magazine "GishgjGishgj" (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/physical-culture-v-45n-05-1920-05-11-12-142
Link2: archive.org/details/GishgjGishgj

April 22, 2020

SEEKER OF WISDOM AND TRUTH (Still)
 

Late night doodling. Another interference study. Woman's portrait from an old ad overlaid on engraved image of a collection of fossils.

SOURCES: TBA


April 21, 2020

KILLER COMES FOR DINNER (1:55)

Highly abridged version of a Hitchcock film noir.
SOURCE:

VIDEO & AUDIO: Excerpted from Alfred Hitchcock's 1943 "Shadow of a Doubt". a psychological thriller/film noir starring Joseph Cotten and Teresa Wright (Link1)

Link1: archive.org/details/shadowofadoubt1943_202003

April 20, 2020

ANCIENT BATTLE SCENE, ROME V. GERMANY (Still)
 

Marble relief decorating an Italian sarcophagus shows helmeted Roman soldiers defeating Germanic tribes, during the reign of Marcus Aurelius (161-180 CE).

SOURCES: TBA


April 20, 2020

TEENAGE SURGERY PATIENT, 1900 (Still)
 

From a black-and-white photograph showing a 15-year-old female patient, partially disrobed, to illustrate a surgeon's article on problems in the jaw published in a 1900 issue of the London-based "Clinical Journal."

SOURCES:

IMAGE: Illustration from 1900 edition of "The Clinical Journal" for an article 'On the Form of 
the Alveolar Arch' (Link1)

Link1: archive.org/details/the-clinical-journal-17


April 19, 2020

EARLY 20TH CENTURY COWBOY STAR (Still)
 

A minimal alteration to a black-and-white page from an old movie fan magazine, showing cowboy star Bill Hart.

SOURCES:

MAGAZINE PAGE: From 1917-1918 volume of magazine "Motion Picture Magazine" (Link1)

Link1: archive.org/details/motionpicturemag14moti


April 18, 2020

NAVAL RELIEF FOR NEW YORK CITY (0:44)

Another form of interference. Animation of an unusual knot -- a double bowline -- superimposed on a timelapse of the USNS Comfort going up the East River to dock.
SOURCES:

VIDEO1: Official Flickr page of U.S. Navy Medicine, "Timelapse of USNS Comfort Arriving in NYC", March 30, 2020 (Link1)
VIDEO2: Double bowline knot demonstration uploaded March 13, 2020 to @Engineering'vids Twitter feed (Link2)
MUSIC: Excerpt from 2020 "Abondance" track by Switzerland-based group Floating Mind on album 'Multiple EP' (Link3)

Link1: www.flickr.com/photos/navymedicine/49722207722/
Link2: twitter.com/i/status/1249769653183737863
Link3: archive.org/details/monokrak233floatingmind_multipleEP

April 17, 2020

SECOND EXPERIMENT IN INTERFERENCE (Still)
 

Another experiment in Interference. If/when printed, this piece would be nearly six feet high. Some of the obscured elements are young women without clothes on. On the lower left, you can see a breast. On the right, a tastefully-lit backside.
A third element is a group of butterflies, and a fourth element is a set of 1920's mass-marketed dinner ware.
SOURCES:

FIGURE1 (Right): Photograph from 2017 "Volo Magazine" #55 (Link1)
FIGURE2 (Left): Photograph from 2017 "Volo Magazine" #53 (Link2)
IMAGE (Butterflies): Diagram from 2009  "Insect Biodiversity" (Link3)
IMAGE (Plates): Ad from 1920-21 "Motion Picture Magazine" (Link4)

Link1: archive.org/details/volon55201711
Link2: archive.org/details/volon53201709
Link3: archive.org/details/r.g.foottitp.h.adler2009insectbiodiversity
Link4: archive.org/details/motionpicturemag20brew


April 17, 2020

EXPERIMENT IN INTERFERENCE (Still)
 

One of the things I experiment with is interference -- the result of overlaying one pattern over another. Here, three elements are involved: an old ad for a set of cooking pans, a display of magazine cover pages, and a mysterious set of symbols -- a rebus perhaps -- from a Russian magazine.
I'm not sure the end-result is pleasing to the eye, especially in the tiny thumbnail shown here; it will be much larger when I print it, almost four feet tall. I know it's barely comprehensible, except for the housewife at her stove in the upper right corner. But the overall look seems to express how I see the world today -- alien, confusing, uncomfortable, full of texture without meaning, with only a small space for me and my insignificance.

With all my whining, my hometown buddy Hugh sends this clip (Link4) to cheer me up.

For years, I've heard quotes from and references to Eddie Lawrence's Old Philosopher routine. As the Old Philosopher advises, rest assured that, despite his occasional grumbling, Philly-Bob will "never give up, never give up, never give up — [two drumbeats] — that ship!"
SOURCES: 

IMAGE (Colored Background): Collage of covers of other World War 2 books, from the 2017 Italian book "Paracadutisti: Biografie Di Conoscere La Storia" (Link1; trans: 'Parachutists: Biographies Of Knowing History') 
IMAGE2 (Children's puzzle): "Each design represents a letter." From 1917-1918 volume of magazine "Motion Picture Magazine" (Link2)
IMAGE3 (Ad): Advertisement for $2.75 5-piece aluminum cook set from Chicago mail order firm, from 1922 issue of "Popular Magazine" (Link3) 
VIDEO: Clip of Eddie Lawrence routine (Link4), Date and source unknown, one commenter says it is a clip from a 1991 Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary TV special. There is an early 45 with the routine on the Coral label. (Link5)  

Link1: archive.org/details/biografiediconoscerelastoria_20200413
Link2: archive.org/details/motionpicturemag14moti 
Link3: archive.org/details/popularmagazinev064n0219220507
Link4: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qty7IP8wlXM
Link5: archive.org/details/78_the-old-philosopher_eddie-lawrence-the-sentimental-four_gbia0101290b/The+Old+Philosopher+-+Eddie+Lawrence+-+The+Sentimental+Four.flac

April 16, 2020

EXTRAVAGANT PAGE LAYOUT FOR 1917 FILM FANS (Still)
 

This is a page devoted to Margaret Thompson, a silent-movie actress, in a 1917 issue of "Motion Picture Magazine." Note the exuberance of the frames and decoration around these studio publicity shots by famed Hollywood photographer Albert Witzel. You don't see that anywhere today. Page layout has been largely taken over by a minimalist Swiss system of rectangles. There are some of my alteration to this page -- the addition of my signature trilobite and the use of a couple filters at neuralstyle.art, the Kandinsky filter and the Abstractism filter -- but the layout and decorations are from the original.

SOURCES:

MAGAZINE PAGE: From 1917-1918 volume of magazine "Motion Picture Magazine" (Link1)

Link1: archive.org/details/motionpicturemag14moti

April 15, 2020

MY EXTINCT SPIRIT ANIMAL (0:43)

Tuesday night after a difficult ZOOM meeting.
SOURCES:

VIDEO: "Trilobite fossil approximately 400 million years old" uploaded on March 20, 2020 to @GeologyPage Twitter feed (Link1)

MUSIC: Piano accompaniment for operatic song "Occhi di Fata" by Luigi Denza, 1846-1922 (Link2; trans: 'Fairy Eyes')

Link1: twitter.com/GeologyPage/status/1241816920023842816
Link2: imslp.org/wiki/Occhi_di_fata_(Denza,_Luigi)#IMSLP618889; Permlink imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/618889



April 14, 2020

BETTY BRONSON OVER CAVE PAINTING & AS MARY(Still)
   

Sad quarantine Easter. Betty Bronson, a silent-film actress who transitioned to talkies, is shown, superimposed on a prehistoric cave painting.
Next to that is a picture of Bronson in her role as Mary, mother of Jesus, in the 1925 film Ben Hur. She also played the title role in "Peter Pan."

SOURCES:

IMAGE (Background): Cave painting from "The Rock And Gem Book: and other treasures of the narural world" (Link1)

IMAGE (Foreground): Betty Bronson on cover of 1927 issue of "Cinearte" (Link2)
 
SECOND IMAGE: Bronson as Mary in 1925 movie "Ben Hur" (Link3)

Link1: archive.org/details/therockandgembooksmithsoniandk
Link2: archive.org/details/cinearte_1927_00078
Link3: www.pinterest.com/pin/402720391659137219/

April 12, 2020

DECORATIVE COVER AND VIRUS (Still)
 

Sometimes I like to take an old typographic solution and adapt it to different uses. Here, a flyer for a medical conference, with a border of swimming micro-organisms; I substitute my own text for the original text and add a contemporary photo.

SOURCES: 

IMAGE1: Decorative border used on a poster advertising a 1989 medical conference on "Pathogen Strategies: Evasion and Suppression of the Immune System" (Link1)

IMAGE2: Illustration from 2020 issue of "Medicina Narrativa" devoted to COVID-19 virus (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/tobacco_nqlv0000
Link2: archive.org/details/medicinanarrativa_202004



April 11, 2020

RELOADING AMMUNITION VIDEO (0:32)

A correspondent asked whether the anti-gun P.C. police caused me to remove this video. This was not the case. It simply disappeared during a careless copy and paste. I'm glad someone is checking my work. I remember back in the professional digital publishing world, there was always a sharp-eyed proofreader to catch lapses.
SOURCES: 
 
VIDEO: "Manufacturing Ammunition" looped GIF file uploaded in 2014 to SubReddit 'woahdude' by user 0generic0throwaway0 (Link1)

MUSIC (Intro): Excerpt from 2015 song "Miserere Mei" on album 'Cantica Mysterii' by Carlotta Ferrari (Link2)

MUSIC (Remainder): Excerpt from 1998 song "Concorde" on album 'Trémolo Raquídeo' by Argentinian group Sinapsis (Link3; trans: 'Spinal Trembling')

Link1: www.reddit.com/r/woahdude/comments/1veypi/industrial_ammunition_manufacturing
Link2: imslp.org/wiki/Cantica_Mysterii_(Ferrari,_Carlotta)#IMSLP618766; permlink: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/618766
Link3: archive.org/details/sinapsis-tremoloraquideo



April 10 & 27, 2020

PILOT'S CABIN FOR EARLY HIGH-ALTITUDE PLANE (Still)
 

A picture of the pilot's compartment of a 1933 Junkers JU-49, a one-off German plane designed to fly into the stratosphere. It was able to climb to 47,000 feet. I like the confusion of dials and the look of the leather padding.
Household crisis on a Quarantine Friday: GE microwave oven breaks after 20 years of service. Ordered another oven, but won't get here for five days.
SOURCES: 

IMAGE1: Photo From a 1975 edition of "Le fanatique de L’AVIATION" (Link1). 

Link1: archive.org/details/lefana066 

April 10, 2020

MOVING THROUGH SNOW-COVERED TREES (0:47)

Two days of experiment trying to learn how to mask out on section of a video.
SOURCES

VIDEO: Snowboarding through the hills in Finland, uploaded by Night Rider on April 6 to EarthBeauty17 Twitter feed (Link1)

MUSIC: Excerpts from 2020 "Through The City" by American composer George L Smyth (Link2)

Link1: t.co/9RwSPE1XMs
Link2: archive.org/details/throughthecity 


April 10, 2020

VIRGIN MARY WITH BUTTERFLIES AND SHELLS (Still)
 

Woke up with a picture in my head this Thursday morning, a dream remnant, mainly memorable for its color -- light green, a tint; like the paint on my family home's walls in the 1950's. This approaches that.

SOURCES: 

IMAGE1 (Woman & Butterflies): Frontispiece of 1955 book "Fount of our joy; Madonna legends for dramatization."  
Caption explains: "In the old Syrian calendar, August 15th is called 'Our Lady’s Easter' — Fitha Mariam. The butterfly is the Medieval symbol of the Resurrection." (Link1)
IMAGE2 & IMAGE3 (Shells): Two overlaid collages of Ammonite shells from 1866 issue of "Memorie della Società italiana di scienze naturali e del Museo civico di storia naturale di Milano" (Link2; trans 'Memoirs of the Italian Society of Natural Sciences and of the Civic Museum of Natural History of Milan') Link1: archive.org/details/fountofourjoy Link2: archive.org/details/memoriedellasoc13soci

April 9, 2020

TWO QUARRELING SCORPIONS AND DEATH'S HEAD (Still)
 

Dark images as the Quarantine wears on. Two desert scorpions fighting, plus a death's head, over a bed of fossils.
Up late last night studying new video technique, moving masks in Corel VideoStudio. Frustrating, no product, but I think I can figure it out.

SOURCES: 

IMAGE1 (Scorpions): Illustration from 1941 "Generalkommando Des Deutschen Afrikakorps Marsch Und Kampf" (Link1)
IMAGE2 (Skull): Image (without caption) from undated "Thee Psychick's Bible" (Link2)
IMAGE3 (Background): 'Fossils' chapter title page from 2016 "The Rock And Gem Book: and other treasures of the narural world" (Link3) 

Link1: archive.org/details/generalkommandodesdeutschenafrikakorpsmarschundkampfdesdakband11941deit1943215s.scan_202004
Link2: archive.org/details/genesisporridgetheepsychickbible_202004
Link3: archive.org/details/therockandgembooksmithsoniandk


April 9, 2020

FANCIFUL TYPOGRAPHY FROM 1800 (Still)
 

Moody finger exercise on a Tuesday night, another play upon old sheet music, and another borrowing of a mandala-like graphic used by Gurdjieff followers.
I entered the world of graphic design around 1964, at a student newspaper, which used hot lead and linotype machines. I recognize in this 1800 text ("A Robyn") the use of that old-time hot-lead, movable type, and metal ruler typography technology, all gathered into what I remember was a "form" or holder. It would be hard to duplicate that effect today.
SOURCES:

IMAGE1 (Background): 1913 painting "Cosmic Sychromy" by American painter Morgan Russell (Link1)
IMAGE2 (Center): Cover of undated "The Herald of Harmony: Collin" by Rhea Gera (Link2)
IMAGE3 (Text): Fanciful treatment of name of composer (Alfred Robyn) on cover of 1800 sheet music for song "Melodie Celeste: Nocturne" (Link3)
 
Link1: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgan_Russell
Link2: archive.org/details/theheraldofharmonygurdjieffouspenskycollin_19_o
Link3: archive.org/details/b10010403


April 7, 2020

BRUTAL BEAUTY OF AN OCEAN STORM (0:49)

Contemporary thrills at sea, accompanied by the overture to the "Victory at Sea Suite" by Richard Rodgers and Robert Bennett. This music was my first introduction to classical music. The team producing the documentary series included historian Samuel Eliot Morrison and TV exec David Sarnoff, with a budget of $500,000 and free access to the Navy's records. An awesome achievement by the Greatest Generation.
SOURCES:

VIDEO: Uncredited and undated clip uploaded to "EarthBeauty17" Twitter feed on April 13 (Link1)

MUSIC: Excerpt from 1952 "Victory at Sea Suite" by Richard Rodgers (Link2)

Link1: twitter.com/i/status/1246194812660920322
Link2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3dwsRSA6KE

April 7, 2020

MANDALA AND EYE CHART (Still)
 

Escaping from reality on a Monday night. Combining two images from the fertile field of spiritual study formed around George Gurdjieff, of whom I know little except that I don't think he's a charlatan and he has attracted many intelligent followers over the years. Combining that with a 1946-era eye chart.
SOURCES:

IMAGE1 (Background): Illustration from "The Whirling Ecstacy: Gurdjieff, Ouspensky, Collin" (Link1)
IMAGE2 (Center): Illustration "Nature Under the Sun," from 'The Mysteries Of The Seed: Gurdjieff, Ouspensky, Collin' (Link2)
IMAGE3: Vision Testing Charts from 1946 "The Eyes Of Industry" (Link3)

Link1: archive.org/details/thewhirlingecstacygurdjieffouspenskycollin_599_J
Link2: archive.org/details/themysteriesoftheseedgurdjieffouspenskycollin_191_m
Link3: archive.org/details/theeyesofindustry 


April 7, 2020

PURITAN MOM, SOLDIER SON AND ANOTHER COUPLE (Still)
 

Foolin' around on a Sunday night. This is another very large file, 3900 x 5500 pixels. When the quarantine is over, I may return to the craft workshop NextFab to do some large scale printing with my buddy Ted.
SOURCES:

IMAGE1: Cover of sheet music for 1917 song "America here's my boy" (Link1)
IMAGE2 (Lower Right): Illustration from 1924 edition of humor magazine "The Judge" (Link2)
IMAGE3 (Top): Wood fiber carving from undated catalog of Decorators Supply Corp., Chicago (Link3) 
IMAGE4 (Bottom): Cover of sheet music for 1900 song "Baby pulled the pussy's tail" (Link4)

Link1: archive.org/details/b10010403
Link2: archive.org/details/judgev087n224819241129
Link3: archive.org/details/woodfibrecarvingscatalog123
Link4: archive.org/details/b10040584


April 6, 2020

SUICIDE MOTORCYCLE RALLY (1:28)

TO COME
SOURCES:

VIDEO: Excerpt from 1974 Japanese film "Catastrophe 1999" based on the teachings of Nostradamus (Link1)

MUSIC: 2020 "Canon in F-sharp minor" by Andrea Turchetto (Link2) Permlink (Link3)

Link1: archive.org/details/379480699
Link2: imslp.org/wiki/Canon_in_F-sharp_minor_(Turchetto,_Andrea)#IMSLP617397
Link4: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/616430


April 5, 2020

POCKET WATCHES OVER LINOLEUM (Still)
   

Playful Friday night's digital doodle: a catalog page of stem-winding pocket watches over a sample of linoleum pattern. It is very large (3800 px by 5500 px). Zoom in to full size (may take several mouse clicks) and look at what has happened.
Second version focuses on the deformations in the clock faces, and adds text to communicate a mood reflecting the dislocation of our daily lives.

SOURCES: 

IMAGES: Pages from 1918 catalog of wholesalers G. W. Huntley, Chicago (Link1)
1 - Low cost American pocket watches costing less than $3.
2 - Cook's high-grade printed linoleum sample.

FONT: "Doctor Terror" by the talented Spanish typographer Woodcutter (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/g.w.huntleyco.chicagosummer1918
Link2: www.dafont.com/doctor-terror.font


April 4, 2020

ENTWINED SERPENTS: MEDICAL SYMBOL (Still)
   

The Caduceus, symbol of medical science, goes back to Greek mythology and old alchemical secret symbols. Here are a couple of the double dragons from a book on Alchemy. They are medieval decorations from churches in Italy and Switzerland. This is my gesture of thanks to the medical personnel who are working hard and at personal risk during this Corona Virus pandemic.
Second image is Irish or Anglo-Saxon double dragon on what is called the "world tree." The pre-Nazi swastikas on the tree trunk represent the movement of the heavens. Each dragon is composed of twelve stars (or suns) representing the months.
All three are placed upon a pattern of 1980's traincar graffiti.
I believe I fixed a long-standing computer problem caused by using a USB thumbstick drive instead of hard-drive as my Photoshop scratch disk.
Later: Turns out that, according to Wikipedia, the usage of the entwined serpent is a historical -- if widespread -- misunderstanding: "The caduceus is the traditional symbol of Hermes and features two snakes winding around an often winged staff. It is often mistakenly used as a symbol of medicine instead of the Rod of Asclepius, especially in the United States. The two-snake caduceus design has ancient and consistent associations with trade, eloquence, negotiation, alchemy and wisdom. The modern use of the caduceus as a symbol of medicine became established in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th century as a result of documented mistakes, misunderstandings and confusion."
SOURCES:

IMAGES: From 1960 book by Titus Burckhardt "Alchemy: Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul" (Link1)

Link1: archive.org/details/alchemyscienceofthecosmosscienceofthesoultitusburckhardt_60_B


April 3, 2020

PICTURES FROM INSIDE A WIND TURBINE (1:28)

Another frolic with industrial/engineering imagery, combined with music that Janice and I both enjoyed listening to on a Quarantine evening. The musician describes himself variously as "hard-style" and "ambient, electronic." All I know is I like it. Check the album out here.
SOURCES

IMAGES: Combined views from top of and FROM inside tower of Enercon wind turbine, taken by engineer Jack Dedekials (Link1)

MUSIC: Excerpts from "Traffic Lights." song from 2020 album 'Similaries and Tonal Differences' by Polish DJ and "hard style" music producer Genox (Link2)

Link1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mdGnuQ3KKs&feature=youtu.be
Link2: archive.org/details/enrmp457_genox_-_similarities


April 1, 2020

JAZZ AGE SPACE FORCE (Still)
 

Title pages of late 19th century sheet music are often decorated with text set in ornate printer's ornaments. I've always wanted to see how those old-fashioned swirls and curlicues would do when text was removed and they were enhanced. Here, such a desisgn is used to frase a still from one of Olympic swimmer Buster Crabbe's hokey but enjoyable science fiction stories as Flash Gordon, featuring the terrifying Ming the Merciless.
Having trouble with color calibration on my Photoshop. Not sure why.
SOURCES:

IMAGE1: Buster Crabbe and Jean Rogers in "Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars" from 1938 issue of 'Sight and Sound' (Link1)
IMAGE2: Cover decoration for 1870 sheet music for song "Sweet Memories of Thee" (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/sightandsoundv007n027193810bfigb
Link2: archive.org/details/b10016557


April 1, 2020

UNKNOWN SOURCE, UNKNOWN LANGUAGE (1:28)

No attribution for this. Uploaded anonymously. It seems to show a young construction worker (possibly Armenian, according to online guesswork) singing a Bollywood song at an unfinished job site. I liked his performance. I liked the way he handled the other workers.
SOURCES:

VIDEO & AUDIO: From unsourced file "BOLLYWOOD.WEBM" uploaded by Anonymous to 4CHAN.ORG WSG board (Link1). 

LINK1: i.4cdn.org/wsg/1585114818602.webm



March 31, 2020

PLAYING WITH PATTERNS FROM OLD MAIL ORDER CATALOG (Still)
 

Clothing fabric patterns shown in the 1956 Montgomery-Ward catalog (Link1). The patterns are separated swatches, but I like to combine them into a single texture. It is combined with an illustration of a pink phlox flower from the 1840 "Florist's Journal" (Link2).
Here's the main thing I'm doing for my community during the quarantine, other than occasional wellness checks on vulnerable friends. I'm running a Facebook album of "quarantine work" for the Plastic Club.
SOURCE:

Link1: archive.org/details/montgomerywardalbany1956springandsummer
Link2: archive.org/details/floristsjournal9184unse


March 30, 2020

INTERPRETATIONS OF FOUR MEXICAN RELIGIOUS IMAGES (Still)
 

Four illustrations from a religious book from Western Mexico. Note that the image on the right can be seen to depict a girl facing a knife-wielding man in the desert.
SOURCE: 

IMAGES: From the 1997 book "Los Exvotos Del Occidente De México" (Link1; trans: 'Votive Offerings from Western Mexico")

Link1: archive.org/details/belardmarianneyverrierphilippe.losexvotosdeloccidentedemexico19972013

March 30, 2020

BOWLING ALLEY MACHINERY AND NONSENSE SONG (0:33)

Odd combination of machine and musician.
SOURCES:

VIDEO: Bowling pin reset system, from EngineeringVids Twitter feed (Link1)

MUSIC: "Chacarron" 2006 song (Link2) by Panamanian musician 'El Chombo' (Link3)

Link1: twitter.com/i/status/1243741581280251904
Link2: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chacarron_Macarron
Link3: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlW7T0SUH0E


March 29, 2020

INTERPRETATIONS OF ELEPHANT-HEADED HINDU MYTH (Still)
 

An interpretation of two images of the Hindu mythological figure Ganesha, the elephant-headed entity. Visual depictions of Ganesha are fascinating.
SOURCE: 

IMAGES: From a 1984 edition of the Indian magazine promoting Teluga language, "Andhra Patrika" (Link1)

Link1: archive.org/details/andhrapatrikamag19840907

March 28, 2020

CELLULAR HUNTING TRIP (0:43)

Depressed person: "Nobody cares about me".
White blood cells: "Are we a joke to you?".
Red blood cells:: “Just smile and wave boys..”
SOURCES:

IMAGE: Microscope footage showing a neutrophil (white blood cell) chasing Staphylococcus aureus among red blood cells, produced by David Rogers in the 1950's (Link1)

MUSIC: Song "Milk3" on album 'Digital Milk' by Thomas Park and Mystified (Link2)

Link1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnlULOjUhSQ
Link2: archive.org/details/DigitalMilk


March 28, 2020

WARD'S CATALOG PATTERNS AND SODA FOUNTAIN EQUIPMENT (Still)
 

The fun of putting together crepe and batiste fabric patterns and topping them with a doubled image of an old-fashion cast-iron carbonizer machine,
SOURCE: 

IMAGE: Carbonizer from 1926 catalog "Soda Fountains & Supplies" (Link1)
BACKGROUND: Combined fabric patterns from 1936 Montgomery-Ward Catalog (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/sodafountainssupplies
Link2: archive.org/details/wardsgreatestbargainsalein64years

March 26, 2020

TRACKS THROUGH A STREET MARKET (1:00)

--> Six times a day, a small train travels 42 miles through Thailand. Along the way, it passes through a bustling seafood market, inches from the vendor's stall. The passage of the train is a tourist attraction.
This video is at the very edge of graphic intelligibility, but I like the busy-ness. The overhead view was "stretched" approximately 200%, making it longer. The music (another sample of the videogame remix genre) is odd and not exactly appropriate -- but I like the lush music combined with the visual density.
SOURCES

OVERHEAD VIEW: "Maeklong Railway Market" from VTravel Twitter feed (Link1)
STREET VIEW: YouTube video "The Train Arrives" (Link2)

MUSIC: Remix of music from videogame "The Legend of Zelda" by Rebecca Tripp (Link3)

Link1: twitter.com/i/status/1216166457068879872
Link2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vH0VPW-PuEE
Link3: ocremix.org/remix/OCR04049


March 25, 2020

WHEN EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED (0:52)

--> I sense that the unregulated capitalist system is collapsing around me. Caption quotes Graham Greene: "Every act of creation is first an act of destruction." The blocks used are Kapla wooden toys.
Note link in upper right (new) to sources of many videos. Also, note that music comes from an unusual website known as Overclocked Remix, with fan remixes of videogame sounds.
SOURCES

VIDEO & AUDIO: From Milky Way Astronomers Twitter feed March 22, 2020 (Link1)
MUSIC: 2015 remix of videosounds, "ThisIstheMoment" by OCRemix (Link2)

Link1: twitter.com/i/status/1241899514308542465
Link2: archive.org/details/Apex2015-ThisIstheMoment


March 24, 2020

UKRAINIAN LADY (Still)
 

Simple treatment of cover image from 1934 issue of short-lived Ukrainian women's magazine, "Нова хата" (Link1: trans 'New House').
SOURCE:

Link1: archive.org/details/Nova-xata--1934--9


March 24, 2020

RESTORED VOLCANO VID WITH GAMER SOUNDTRACK (2:25)

--> In the course of switching between two machines, accidentally deleted this one. Retreiving it.
SOURCES

VIDEO: Footage taken from GoPro camera left in Hawaii's Kilauea volcano (Link1). See story (Link2)

MUSIC: 2009 song "Reprise" from remix of videogame soundtrack 'Impulse' by 12 Followers-Meteo Xavier (Link3)

Link1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOIw62TXYkg
Link2: www.sfgate.com/news/article/Lava-melts-Go-Pro-video-Hawaii-Kilauea-volcano-12354155.php
Link3: archive.org/details/ImpulseOriginalSoundtrack12FollowersMeteoXavier


March 2?, 2020

FANTASY ON GLASS AND STATUETTE (Still)
 

Playful harvest of images from latest tour of Internet. Escapism in a time of stress.
SOURCES:

IMAGE1: Image of deep-cut glassware from 1918 home furnishings catalog of G.W. Huntley & Co. (Link1)
IMAGE2: Ancient bronze plaque of mountain goat from Pakistan, from 2007 "Kushans, On The Cusp Of An Era: Art In The Pre Kuṣāṇa World" (Link2)
BACKGROUND: Marbled end paper from undated "Nouvelle methode de guitarre / par Gatayes" (Link3)

Link1: archive.org/details/g.w.huntleyco.chicagosummer1918
Link2: archive.org/details/kushansonthecuspofaneraartintheprekusanaworlddmsrinivasanedbrill_541_pup
Link3: archive.org/details/1492221001


March 23, 2020

THE DISCOVERY OF ANCIENT LIFE(0:52)

--> Fossils: in my humble opinion, more precious but less valued than diamonds.
SOURCES

VIDEO & AUDIO: Finding a jurassic fossil in Yorkshire. from EarthBeauty17 Twitter site (Link1)

MUSIC: 2020 ukelele song "Aloha Idiota" by Lu Krautman on Tipsypoodl label (Link2)

Link1: twitter.com/i/status/1241392433952366592 
Link2: archive.org/details/Krautman-Aloha_Iditota



March 22, 2020

KEEP ONESELF UNSTAINED FROM THE WORLD (Still)
 
My natural instinct during this Corona-crisis has been to reach out from my medically-prescribed isolation to check on the welfare of those people in my circle of friends and neighbors who are alone. Luckily, they have largely been healthy and well-provided for. This verse from the letter of James (supposedly the brother of Jesus) captures that instinct.
Back in Detroit, decades ago, I worked with a WDET sound engineer who pointed out the Epistle's text to me and said he had set it to music. The words have always stuck with me and I've wondered what the engineer's melody was. Anybody want to write one?
This brief excursion into James' thinking reminded me of another controversy in Christianity. You know how Protestants always say salvation happens through faith alone, and not through good works? Well, here's another quote from James: "If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, 'Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled'; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead." So I guess I'm on the Catholic side of the Catholic v. Protestant argument that bloodily raged through Europe in past centuries.
On a more contemporary and political note, check out a 3:02 video of preaching by today's Evangelical leaders being superstitious idiots about the Corona virus.
SOURCES

IMAGE1: Semaphore flag signal chart from 1967 "The Official Boy Scout handbook" (Link1)
IMAGE2: Illustration from 1929 Ukrainian women's magazine "Нова хата" (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/officialboyscout71967boys
Link2: archive.org/details/Nova-xata--1929--6


March 21, 2020

EARLY PLAGUE VICTIMS & TAMIL WOMAN (Still)
 
Composition from old books.
SOURCES

IMAGE (LEFT): Aztecs suffering from Smallpox after 16th century Cortes invasion, from undated "A people and a nation : a history of the United States" (Link1)
IMAGE (RIGHT): Tamil woman from Ceylon, from undated "The Smaller British Possessions (Europe and Asia)" (Link2; reversed)
IMAGE (BACKGROUND): Photographs from 2010 "A new genus of the spider family Caponiidae from the West Indies" (Link3)
IMAGE (BACKGROUND): Sample from 1905 "Graphology : how to read character from handwriting" (Link4)

Link1: archive.org/details/peopleandnationa00tunb
Link2: archive.org/details/smallerbrit
Link3: archive.org/details/newgenusspiderf00sayn
Link4: archive.org/details/graphologyhowtor00howa

March 19, 2020

EARLY NUCLEAR EXPLOSION (1:05)

--> Finding beauty in the brutal.
SOURCES

VIDEO: Rare color footage of 1955 Russian test of a nuclear torpedo on the Arctic Ocean (Link1)

MUSIC: Piano Sonata No. 1 by Australian composer Nicholas Locke (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/sovietnucleartorpedotest1955_202003
Link2: imslp.org/wiki/Piano_Sonata_No.1_in_F_Minor,_Op.16_No.1_(Locke,_Nicholas)#IMSLP612849, permalink imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/612850 



March 18, 2020

ANNIVERSARY CARD FOR JANICE (Still)
 
Who would I rather be isolated with? We're binging right now on two recent television series, Justified on Hulu and Friday Night Lights on Comcast StarzEncore.
SOURCES:

ADVERTISING: From 1908 "Catalogue of everything for the garden" by Peter Henderson & Co. (Link1). Original text is "Henderson's Collection of Vegetable Seeds." 

GRAPHIC: Jewelry illustratio from 1867 "Catalogue of the celebrated Esterhazy jewels" (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/catalogueeveryt00hendn
Link2: archive.org/details/frick-31072003612357

March 17, 2020

COLLAGE OF ARCHITECT'S MATERIALS & PORN (Still)
 
In my explorations of the Internet, I run across a lot of porn. Usually, I don't use them in my creative work, but I'm always on the lookout for unusual compositions. Here, upside-down model/porn star Lena Nichole, with 18-year-old private parts obscured by brick, patterned glass, and paint swatches.
SOURCES:

IMAGES from 1949 edition of Sweet's catalog library of building products (Link1). The library is still published (Link2).
 - PATTERNED GLASS: "Meteor" figured glass from Southwestern Sheet Glass, p. 174

IMAGES from 1931 edition of Ramsay's Architectural Catalogue (Link3)
 - BRICKS: from N.S.W State Brick Works, p. 41
 - COLOR SAMPLES: Industrial lacqueurs from Hardie Trading, p. 216

IMAGE Model Lena Nichole from 2007 "Barely Legal" (Link4)

Link1: archive.org/details/sweetsfilearchitceturalsections712
Link2: sweets.construction.com
Link3: archive.org/details/wlrichardsoned1931
Link4: archive.org/details/BarelyLegalMagazine


March 16, 2020

GLOOM-ACCUSTOMED RUSSIANS DON'T CARE ABOUT PANDEMIC (0:30)

30,000 fans at a recent Russian football match, when most other nations have banned crowds in stadiums. The Russian fans have this gangster attitude (much like Philadelphia Flyer fans), professing not to give a fuck about Corona Virus. Interesting discussion in comments section about life expectancy in Russia and Soviet vodka-fueled resilience after Hitler and Stalin; also, a discussion of the phrase's grammar in comments: the verb is Future Perfect.)
Sorry that I messed up the timing of the claps: "We're all going to die (clap) (clap)".
SOURCES

VIDEO & AUDIO: From 2020 Russian football match between Venit and Ural, after other nations banned crowds because of COV-19 pandemic. (Link1)

Link1: www.reddit.com/r/ANormalDayInRussia/comments/fiotgj/all_countries_panic_due_to_coronavirus_russia/ 


March 16, 2020

CORRUPT REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER AS PRESIDENT (0:19)

Short-sighted man makes bad decision.
SOURCE:

Presidential press conference, February 26, 2020

Backgroound: www.snopes.com/fact-check/trump-fire-pandemic-team/



March 15, 2020

HOMAGE TO 19th CENTURY TYPOGRAPHY & LOVE (Still)
 
Here is the title page of the 1900 sheet music for the song "Say, Suz! How 'bout you?" by George Thatcher (Link1), published as a supplement to a St.Louis newspaper. (A different time in America, when newspapers published sheet music and lovers kept "steady company"!) The words:
If I knew where I could find a nice convenient little flat
in a good neighborhood
I'd have it fixed and furnished
and settle down at that.
Yes I would.if I could
cause I'm getting tired of
living like I used to
and there's someone I've just been introduced to
she must think a lot of me 
cause she smiled and modestly hung her head
when I said:

CHORUS:
Say, Suz, do you think you would refuse!
If I said you wuz de only gal I'd choose
to be my steady company
Say, Suz, how 'bout you?

Also part of the collage: a terra cotta plaque excavated from a temple at Bhita, said to show the arrival of a king, illustration from the book "Shakuntala", which tells the tale of a Shakuntala, a beautiful female in Hindu mythology (Link2_.
SOURCES:
Link1: archive.org/details/b10170121
Link2: archive.org/details/shakuntalaromilatharparpenguinbooksltd_202003_175_b

March 14, 2020

NEW SONG FROM MY FAVORITE CLASSICAL COMPOSER (1:27)

Australian Nicholas Locke with a playful, upbeat piece, just published.
SOURCES

IMAGE1: 1785 American coin marked "Immune Columbia" (Link1)
IMAGE2: Pattern for tea napkin from 1894 French magazine "La Mode Pratique" (Link2)
IMAGE3: Image of diseased tissue from 1838 "Pathological anatomy. Illustrations of the elementary forms of disease" (Link3)
Filters applied from online dreamscopeapp.com and neuralstyle.art

MUSIC: "Allego Scherzando" movement of Nicholas Locke's 2019 'Piano Sonata No.3 in A Major' (Link4)

Link1: archive.org/details/immunecolumbiaphot1970epnrf
Link2: archive.org/details/lmp36-1894p
Link3: archive.org/details/McGillLibrary-osl_pathological_anatomy_carswell_folioC321p1838-20093
Link4: imslp.org/wiki/Piano_Sonata_No.3_in_A_Major,_Op.16_No.3_(Locke,_Nicholas)#IMSLP612858; permlink: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/612860



March 13, 2020

COLLAGE: COINS OVER HITLER CONTACTS (Still)
 
A whimsical if haunting image: at bottom, a photographic contact sheet of smiling Adolf Hitler mingling with children in native costume, from a 1980 pro-Nazi Italian book "L' Ultimo Signore Degli Arii" (Link1: trans 'The Last Lord of the Arii'). [Arii=Aryans?] The translated caption reads "The Fuhrer with the children of Goebbels."
On top of that, a page of portrait medallions of the day's celebrities from the 1867 Parisian "Les Médaillons de David d'Angers" (Link2). Sent through a couple online filters. Note: to avoid confusion, I indicate whether an image is a video (with time) or still image in the title.
SOURCES:
Link1: archive.org/details/lultimosignoredegliarii
Link2: archive.org/details/gri_33125010713119 

March 12, 2020

DANISH FOLK-TALE OF BLIND PRINCESS (1:19)

From an old movie, the 1913 "King Rene's Daughter," starring the beautiful Maude Fealey. Iolanthe is raised in isolation in a beautiful garden, not knowing she is blind, until her 16th birthday, when a Moorish physician cures her.
Change in format in this one. Opening with action, not title.
SOURCES

VIDEO: From 2011 "The Beautiful Maude Fealy: Unseen Scenes from her Movies" by Syrian-Greek director Zouan Kortis (Link1)
 
MUSIC: Anna Netrebko sings Tchaikovsky's lyric opera "Iolanta" in 2007 (Link2)

Link1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oXGXHU_w4k
Link2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MIm95N7L00



March 11, 2020

OLD SEED CATALOG ILLUSTRATION (Still)
 
Experimenting with using filters on illustrations from old seed catalogs, specifically the well-illustrated 1907 "Catalogue of everything for the garden" (Link1) from Peter Henderson & Co.
SOURCES: 
Link1: archive.org/details/catalogueeveryt00hendm/page/10/mode/thumb

March 10, 2020
1950'S HOLY CARDS (Still)
     
Going through boxes in storage, ran across my sister's Sunday missal, that thick black-leather-bound collection of daily Roman Catholic prayers. The missal included "Holy Cards" tucked among the pages. Many were idealized images of Mary, "The Blessed Virgin". You can see why these Marian images were so popular among Catholic schoolgirls of European origin; they saw themselves.
But there was also a darker side, as shown in another Holy Card to honor Pope Pius X. Pius X, who served from 1903-1914, was a stern anti-modernist, who required Catholic teachers to profess an Oath Against Modernism. Dig into the institutions that Pius X founded, and you'll find the roots of the bitter split in today's Catholic church, especially Sedevacantism
The original images are somewhat altered with digital filters in my signature style.
SOURCES: NA

March 9, 2020
TRUSTING THE IMMUNE SYSTEM (0:41)

From a film noir about a glamorous woman who smuggles a fortune in diamonds into New York City -- along with a case of Typhoid Fever.
A note about my accomodation to the Corona virus. I do three things: 1) I reduce social activities, 2) I follow the doctors' hand-washing regime, and 3) I wash my face frequently, which reduces the number of itches in my face and beard; it is so hard to keep my hands away from my face.
SOURCES

VIDEO & AUDIO from 1950 film noir "The Killer That Stalked New York" (Link1)
IMAGE: Recoloring of illustration from 1935 pulp magazine "The Blue Book" by John Clymer (Link2)
MUSIC: 2018 organ composition "Requiem a voce sola" by Carlotta Ferrari
IMAGE2: Ergodynamic illustration from 1960 catalog of hospital furnishings from Maysteel (Link4)

Link1: archive.org/details/thekillerthatstalkednewyork1950
Link2: archive.org/details/bluebookv060n05193503p126132/page/n
Link3: imslp.org/wiki/Requiem_a_voce_sola_(Ferrari%2C_Carlotta) Permalink: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/549265
Link4: archive.org/details/maysteelcatalogplanningguide206 


March 7, 2020
FANCIFUL COLLAGE WITH MANHATTAN BEAUTY (0:58)

A new source of Film Noir films will allow me to do mashups with old black & white footage. I re-use here the work from previous Scarf design.
SOURCES

FOREGROUND: 4Chan Fantasy matrix of current movie stars with Dreamscape filter applied (Link1)
BACKGROUND VIDEO & AUDIO: Scene of Hedy Lamarr entering Manhattan office, from 1947 film noir "Dishonored Lady" (Link2)
MUSIC: Song "Longes IV" by Brazilian musician George Christian on album 'Longes' (Link3)

Link1: dreamscopeapp.com/
Link2: archive.org/details/dishonoredlady1947usafeaturinghedylamarrdennisokeefejohnloderfilmnoirfullmovie_202001G
Link3: archive.org/details/mhrk235

March 5, 2020
POLITICAL STATEMENT (1:10)

Done before Biden's win on Super-Tuesday. I'll vote for Biden if the Democratic convention chooses him, but without enthusiasm. His victory is a stand for the economic status quo, which has spiralled into crushing inequality in my lifetime, as measured by the Gini Coefficient.
SOURCES

IMAGE: Digital filter treatments of color swatches from 1960 catalog of Gotham Chalkboard and Trim (Link1)
MUSIC: 2020 Song "Morskie Oko" by collaborative 'Ethernet Orchestra.' (Link2) Explanation of group. (Link3)

Link1: archive.org/details/gothamchalkboardandtrimco.inc.126
Link2: archive.org/details/pn150/pn150_13_ethernet-orchestra_morskie-oko.mp3
Link3: ethernetorchestra.net/
  

March 5, 2020
EXPERIMENTS WITH FABRIC
   
Considering whether to do a textile piece for an upcoming show at the Plastic Club. Image is a matrix of 100 Hollywood beauties from 4CHAN, distorted by filters. I visualize this as a scarf, but I'm not good enough on that sewing machine to hem four sides. Our sewing machine is as plastic, new-model Singer, that uses a redesigned bobbin/thread arrangement that I can't figure out. Click to see full-aize.
The original is shown below:
 
SOURCES

NA

March 4, 2020
EXPERIMENT DURING REPAIR OF AILING COMPUTER (1:57)

Text to come.
SOURCES

IMAGE: Ornament from 1907 book "Magyar díszítő művészet" (Link1, trans: 'Hungarian decorative art')

MUSIC: Song called "d('-')m('-')m^('-')^w('-')w('-')P" on soundtrack '12 Followers-Meteo Xavier' (Link2; song title without explanation}. Group uses musical
technique called 'overclocking', an electronic technique that reuses videogame soundtracks.

FILTERS: Named filters applied to original image, the first 12 from neuralstyle.art and the final three from dreamscopeapp.com.

Link1: archive.org/details/gri_33125015600626
Link2: archive.org/details/ImpulseOriginalSoundtrack12FollowersMeteoXavier

February 24, 2020
MULTINATIONAL SURREALIST WOMAN SET TO BRAZILIAN PIANO (2:04)

A prolific modern composer is 45-year-old Carlotta Ferrari, who composes mainly churchy music for the organ. Ferrari generously publishes her work to share with others. The industrious Italian also typesets scores for her compositions. Recently I noticed that on some of these self-published scores, she includes illustrations. I looked up some of these illustrations (often using Reverse-Image-Search) and discovered Ferrari's taste in visual art shares a lot with her musical art: accomplished, female, spiritual, often unheralded and unrecognized in the male art world.
Today, we're looking at one of Ferrari's sources, Spanish artist Remedios Varo. Varo produced a lot of haunting, mystical paintings in her day. (The music is not by Ferrari, but a wild piece by a contemporary Latin American musician, Ingris Soares.)
Varo influences artists today, including Ferrari and my wife's friend Eileen Kennedy.
SOURCES

VIDEO: Animations of paintings by Remedios Varo, a Spanish surrealist artist working in Spain, France, and Mexico. (Link1)

MUSIC: Song "Hazaar Tarike" on 2020 compilation album 'Livecoderas Latinoamericanas' by LILA 1, performed by Brazilian Ingrid Soares (Link2)

Link1: www.wikiart.org/en/remedios-varo
Link2: archive.org/details/A22012_LILA_I



February 23, 2020
UKRAINIAN GRAPHIC DESIGNER & ELECTRONIC MIX(0:44)

A random collection of images from a famous Ukrainian graphic designer, including the 500-hryvnia bank note he designed. The images are combined with curious electronic/computer sounds plus tape composition by Wheatley Afton.
SOURCES

VIDEO: Images from 1930 collection "Heorhii Narbuto: mystetsko-istorychnyi narys" (Link1: trans: 'Georgy Narbut: artistic and historical development'). Narbut was the leading Ukrainian graphic designer of the 20th century. Other images from Wikipedia.

MUSIC & AUDIO: Title song from 2020 album "Go for a Punch" by Wheatley Afton (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/frick-31072003679216
Link2: archive.org/details/cover_20200210


February 16, 2020
TO FLEE POLITICS IN A UNIFORM OF FEATHERS (1:33)

Note: I don't know Spanish, so I didn't understand the words of the lovely song by Cacatarsis. But I liked the song: its relaxed pace, its switch between male and female voice, etc. There is no connection between the images in the video and the words of the song.
Luckily, a friend in my Plastic Club sketching class, who hails from Puerto Rico, was able to translate. Did a second version, using Linda's translation, somewhat revised by me.
SOURCES:

MUSIC: Song "Uniforme Plumoso" (Link1; trans: Feather Uniform") from 2019 album by Colombian group 'Cacatarsis', recorded in Berlin. (Link1) (Translation from Spanish by Bob Moore and Linda Avila.)

BACKGROUND VIDEO: Clip of 8 girls dancing on video-sharing site TikTok.com (Link2)
IMAGE 1: Cover illustration of 1923 "Ekspressionizm; Katalog der Ausstellung der Aquarellisten-Clubs der Genossenschaft der Bildenden Künstler Wiens" (Link3: trans: 'Expressionizm; Catalog of the exhibition of the watercolorists' clubs of the Cooperative of Fine Artists of Vienna')
IMAGE 2: Portrait of Empress Elisabeth of Austria from "Monographie de la Basilique de Saint Epvre à Nancy" (Link4: trans: 'Monograph of the Basilica of Saint Epvre in Nancy')
IMAGE 3: "Chatelaine," design for a biscuit poster, from 1897 "Alphonse Mucha et son oeuvre" (Link5)
IMAGE 4: "Jeanne Aux Champs," from 1903 'Jeanne d'Arc dans l'art' (Link6; trans: 'Joan of Arc in Art')
IMAGE 5: Painting by French Symbolist Maurice Chabas from 1928 "Catalogue des œuvres de Maurice Chabas: calme et poésie dans la nature et queques œuvres d'ordre spirituel" (Link7: trans: 'Catalog of works by Maurice Chabas: calm and poetry in nature and some works of a spiritual nature')
IMAGE 6: Engraving from 1763 "Musei Kirkeriani in Romano Soc. Jesu collegio aereaa" (Link8: trans: 'Museum Kirkeriano the Roman Soc. Jesus College')
IMAGE 7: Illustration from 1933 "Wystawa zbiorowa prac Leona Kowalskiego w Palacu sztuki w Krakowie" (Link9: trans:  'Collective exhibition of Leon Kowalski's works at the Palace of Arts in Krakow')

Link1: archive.org/details/cacatarsis
Link2: i.4cdn.org/wsg/1581345634379.webm
Link3: archive.org/details/frick-31072002623686
Link4: archive.org/details/gri_33125013356007
Link5: archive.org/details/frick-31072001412883
Link6: archive.org/details/frick-31072001936360
Link7: archive.org/details/frick-31072003683879
Link8: archive.org/details/gri_33125008257889
Link9: archive.org/details/frick-31072003782705



February 14, 2020
SCHIFF ARGUES FROM COMMON SENSE DURING IMPEACHMENT (0:51)

A significant moment in Rep. Adam Schiff's closing argument during Trump's impeachment trial. Everybody knows that adding a rider that would help him politically onto a foreign aid package is typical Trumpian deal-making. Trump was acquitted without censure or apology, and America has moved one step closer to a rigged undemocratic system built around a money-grubbing reality-show host. Vote for the Democrat -- sny Democrat --on November 6!
Smyth, who did the music, is an interesting composer. He does a curious genre based on haiku; see his collection here. The haiku he built this composition around is:
In ihe beach breeze
my travels forgotten…
evening cool
Check out his blog Racket in my Head, motto: "Sharing the noise with everyone".
I'm depressed about Trump and climate change and the spread of proto-fascism around the world, as well as a painful social experience last night. But I feel better when I look at Smyth's work. Maybe amid this decline, there are spots of world-class creativity.
SOURCES:

VIDEO & AUDIO 1: CNN News footage "Schiff gets choked up during Trump impeachment trial" (Link1) Jan. 23, 2020
VIDEO OVERLAY 1: Stock footage "De Focus Bokeh Leak Light Orange" (Link2)
VIDEO OVERLAY 2: Stock footage "Slow Motion Match Strike" (Link3)
VIDEO OVERLAY 3: Stock footage "Film Burn Special Effect" (Link4)
MUSIC: "In the Beach Breeze" 2020 Haiku-based composition by Maryland composer George L. Smyth (Link5)

Link1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZYV6qDU4Lk
Link2: archive.org/details/DeFocusBokehLeakLightOrangeAndShineFreeFootageHD1
Link3: archive.org/details/SlowMotionMatchStrikeHorizontal
Link4: archive.org/details/FilmBurn
Link5: archive.org/details/inthebeachbreeze; also see glsmyth.bandcamp.com/


February 8, 2020
CHINESE COMPOSER'S WORRIES ABOUT CORONA VIRUS (2:35)

For some time, I have been watching the prolific musical product of Chinese-born composer Shuwen Zhang. He was educated in the U.S., but I can't tell from his online info whether he's in the U.S. or China right now. But you can easily imagine how concerned he is at the virus that has killed thousands in China. I was surprised to see this unusual, recently published (Feb. 3) piece, using the traditional classical form of the fugue, but with weird instrumentation -- wooden blocks, voices, and big Chinese gongs. (Note: I do not understand what a fugue is.) It reminds me not to get too focused on American concerns and remember that artists from all cultures are using the tools of their art to express their fears. The score of the piece is displayed against a background showing the workings of an automatic rifle. In some sense, Shuwen's composition is magical thinking, a superstitious spell. Usually I'm against magical thinking, but in the creative world I drop my objections.
SOURCES

VIDEO1: Video of automatic rifle action. date and source unknown
MUSIC & SCORE: 2020 composition "Anti-NCoV Scripture/Anti-Epidemic Fugue" (Link1) by Chinese music teacher Shuwen Zhang

Link1: imslp.org/wiki/Anti-NCoV_Fugue_(Zhang,_Shuwen)#IMSLP608291; permalink: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/608291


February 7, 2020
COSSACK SPIRIT, RUSSIAN ROADS (3:02)

As time passes, my work method becomes clear: spend some time everyday exploring the Internet, and eventually some subject or clip captures my attention. A dark hole opens. In this case, it is a fierce, warlike Russian song. The songwriter grew up in civilized Russian cities, but spent his summers with his Cossack grandparents in the country. The end of the song embraces punishment of invading countries, as Russia did to Germany in WW2.
The translation is given below: SOURCES:
VIDEO & MUSIC: Russian actor and songwriter Igor Rasteryaev performs his "Russian Roads" (Link1) about the role of bad weather in Russian history, humbling invaders like Hitler and Napoleon. The video was shot in the forest along the Road of Life (Link2), the ice road used to resupply besieged Leningrad between 1941 and 1943. The song also mentions Ivan Susanin (Link3), who, under torture, in 1613 "guided" invading troops into the Russian forest, where they disappeared.  

Link1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DljgSrTbNE; without English subtitles: www.youtube.com/watch?v=37l7P5V1eXU
Link2: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Road_of_Life; www.facebook.com/pages/Road-of-Life/103121266394558
Link3: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Susanin


Along the crying earth, not feeling jackboots, Our bloodless detachment's escaping from the enemies Is eating sorrel leaves on the run, Is staying overnight in a gully under an arrow-wood bush. It's impossible to rest for us -- run away, run away, run away. And our pretending friends are staying abroad. And watching closely how we are being beaten. And only the long roads are absolutely for us. Wipe your tears, rest a little, I'm Russian road. Retreat and I cover your retreat with mud and water. But they're head over ears in mud, up to eyes in water. Some time later the enemies ran us down again. they're attacking us more strongly, are just about to overkill us. But the biting frosts are rushing to help us. Rest, wipe your bitter tears, We are Russian frosts. As enticing by Moscow, we'll freeze the enemies, cover them with melancholy. The nature is like our own mother in the war, But it was time to hide, now it's time to advance, And soon we're appeared in the enemy towns. And began to destroy all around, oversmashed. Broke off to pieces, thrashed into ruins. And as crushing, we explained the moaning enemies. Remember our strange tactical method. When we retreat - it means we advance. Together with frosts and forests, Susanin's ahead. Just God gave us Russian road. Russian road, Russian road, Russian road.

February 2, 2020
OLD MAN'S RED DANCE (5:15)

Watching Grammies, Impeachment; not too productive.
SOURCES:

VIDEO 1: Spanish singer Rosalia performs "Juro Que Malament" at 2020 Grammy ceremony (Link1; trans: 'I swear badly')
VIDEO 2: European folk dancers performing "Радость моя Улетай" (Link2; trans: 'My Joy Flies Away')
VIDEO 3: News coverage of Corona virus in China and Russia
MUSIC: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1792 "Requiem" (Link3)

Link1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoKQAXSMy4c 
Link2: i.4cdn.org/wsg/1575709800977.webm
Link3: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMP5hso2w_k

January 31, 2020

ARCHAEOLOGISTS DISCOVERY (0:55)

Not very productive. Distracted by impeachment drama. Had a show of my videos at my residence, It was part of a group show, a bit noisy, and I'm not sure anyone understood what I'm doing.
Interesting music discovery: an electronic group from Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
SOURCES

VIDEO & SOUND: Excerpt from 1940 movie "Phantom of Chinatown" (Link1)
MUSIC: 2020 song "Autumn" by Uzbekistan music project Aquatone (Link2)
BACKGROUND IMAGE 1: Illustration of 12th century paten of Saint Bernward from "Guelf Treasure" (Link3)
BACKGROUND IMAGE 2: Illustration of Frederick I of Germany from 2004 "Fighting for Christendom: Holy War and the Crusades" (Link4)

Link1: archive.org/details/phantom_of_chinatown
Link2: archive.org/details/aquatone-autumn-re
Link3: archive.org/details/guelftreasure
Link4: archive.org/details/christophertyermanfightingforchristendomholywarandthecrusades_202001

January 26, 2020
UGLY DESTRUCTIVE WOMAN'S FASHION (2:13)

Brought to mind by the foot problems of two septuagenarian women I know. High-heeled shoes in the 60's and hard acrobatic roller-skating leaving both with unhealthy feet. Reminding me of the Asian practice of foot-binding. .
I thought I found the perfect music for this one.
SOURCES

VIDEO: Excerpt from 1996 German documentary "Sex in China" (Link1)
MUSIC: Song "The Great Ambuscade" by Lui Tsun Yuen from 1964 album 'Exotic Music Of Ancient China' (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/sexinchinanachholbedarfinsachenaufklarung
Link2: archive.org/details/lp_exotic-music-of-ancient-china_lui-tsun-yuen



January 20, 2020
VIDEO MASHUP: WEDGWOOD CHINA, MONARCHIC FLAGS, SUN SHOWER (1:54)

Another video mashup. Started with Wedgwood china. As a boy, my family would visit Windsor, Ontario, which had the unusual distinction of having four downtown stores selling fine china. First noticed Wedgwood there. Later, find out about Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795), an English businessman involved in public affairs such as the abolition of slavery. (Compare him to the businessman who runs U.S. today!) Flags are from someone who actually believes that monarchies are the best political system. Ran across music last, and chose the title from the composer's notes.
A lot of trouble on this one too. Turns out one of my flash drives has a problem (I think).
SOURCES

VIDEO 1: Page from 1924 catalog by Josiah Wedgwood & Sons, English manufacturer of chinaware (Link1)
VIDEO 2: "Monarchial Standards of the World" collection by The Mad Monarchist (Link2)
MUSIC: "Kitsune no Yomeiri," 2010 composition by Roberto Novegno performed by the composer in 2018 (Link3); the title is from a Japanese idiom for a rain shower while the sun shines, (literal meaning: foxes' wedding)

Link1: archive.org/details/frick-31072003726165
Link2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Peu67V6XqHs&t=55s; Mad Monarchist website: madmonarchist.blogspot.com/
Link3: imslp.org/wiki/Kitsune_no_Yomeiri,_tbp_115_(Novegno,_Roberto)#IMSLP605855; permlink: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/605855


January 19, 2020
COLLAGE: FLUID DYNAMICS AND CHRISTMAS CAROL (2:24)

A montage of two visual and two audio sources. A lot of trouble with this one, took twice as long as usual.
SOURCES

VIDEO: Russian educational film on fluid dynamics in ink jets (Link1)
VIDEO & AUDIO 1: Performance by Libera Cantoria Pisani (Link2) of Carlotta Ferrari's 2018 choral work "In Questa Sacra Notte" (Link3)
AUDIO 2: Song from 2020 album "Psi" by Moscow-based electronic musicians WNRI (Link4) 

Link1: archive.org/details/ajujohbkm4m
Link2: www.cantoriapisani.it/
Link3: imslp.org/wiki/In_questa_sacra_notte_(Ferrari,_Carlotta)#IMSLP605413; permalink: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/605413
Link4: archive.org/details/wmri-psi


January 17, 2020
EASTERN EUROPEAN FEMALE SINGING TROUPE (2:32)

Joyful women, beautiful voices, haunting song. The translation (below) reveals a restrained poem that combines an awareness of the bloody struggle for survival (the eagle attacked the swans) with a fondness for girlish fashion. (Remember: "down" in this case refers to a bird's soft, fluffy feathers.)
If you go to the group's website (Link1), you can see a higher resolution version of this video; my graphic treatment fuzzes and texturizes the original video, aiming at an aesthetic, nostalgic, dreamy effect.
POEM:
At the sea, blue sea
There was a floating flock of white swans
And where did the gray-white eagle come from?
It dispersed the flock around the blue sea
White down rose to heaven,
Gray feathers fell on a green meadow
And who will collect these feathers?
- A beautiful girl

SOURCES:
VIDEO & SOUND: Polish singing group Laboratorium Piesni (Link1; 'Female World/Ethno/Spiritual/Mystic Folk Music') performing traditional Belarusian song  "Sztoj pa moru" (Link2; trans: "At the sea"). 

Link1: laboratoriumpiesni.pl/en
Link2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=04fEWQOwUD4

January 16, 2020
MUSIC NOTATION SIGN OF THE TIMES
 
Above, a clever holiday card from a musician friend. Time signatures are a notational convention used in Western musical notation to specify how many beats are contained in each measure, and which note value is equivalent to a beat. I vaguely comprehend 4/4 and 3/4 (waltz) rhythms, and my musician friend tells me that 5/4 is the time used in Dave Brubeck's masterful Take Five. Here's an article from Wikipedia on unusual time signatures. Of course, the political meaning of this musical joke is plain.

I've been a bit unproductive visually these days, because I've gotten heavily into reading. Some samplings:

"I always think that the absence of bad luck is the most important thing in life."
-- Peter Piot, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, survivor of 1976 and 2014 Ebola outbreaks, quoted in Richard Preston's Crisis in the Red Zone, 2019

"We held hands and rejoiced in each other's company as we had not necessarily done when young and bemused by each other's closeness, now relishing it! When young I had wondered why the aged were capable of such affection, and I attributed it to a soft-headedness But death is close and touches are precious and the beloved remains beautiful even to the aged swain. This had been delightful to discover."
-- Thomas Keneally, The Book of Science and Antiquities, 2018

I've also begun reading English novelist Ken Follett's The Century Trilogy a mammoth historical epic that follows five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English and Welsh - as they experience the events of the 20th century. The first two books of the trilogy come to some 2000 pages!
SOURCE:

Music notation adapted from a T-Shirt design

January 14, 2019
MY FATHER'S FAVORITE SONG (2:03)

My Dad was a World War II hero, an Infantry Captain in Patton's army. Dad won medals, but he measured his success by how many of his men he was able to bring back safe and sound. Not surprisingly, Dad's favorite song was this rousing call for good men to come together to resist tyranny. It's from New Moon, a 1928 operetta with music by Sigmund Romberg and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, among others. Some say it was "Broadway's last hit operetta", as the Golden Age of musicals approached.
This is from a 1940 remake with Nelson Eddy, as an aristocrat-in-hiding leading an army of peasants. It was revived in New York during the run-up to the Iraq war, and although the modern audience jeered at the male brotherhood the lyrics espouse, they cheered at the play's statement "One can be loyal to one's country and yet forswear its leader".
The song, with its heavy dose of testoserone, doesn't fit the mood today, when box-office-conscious Hollywood casts teenage girls as action heroes, male action heroes are ironic and silly, and armies are formed with careful attention to diversity requirements.
We have a male suicide rate almost four times as high as for females. Many young males, hectored on politically correct, identity-divided college campuses for their white male privilege, gravitated in 2016 to the Neo-Nazi Alt-Right, where instead of being attacked they were celebrated and became keyboard warriors in Donald Trump's election victory.

I know about toxic masculinity. I know about the horrors of war. And I know that the lyrics in this version have been sanitized (original lyrics: "For the strong obey / When a strong man shows them the way.") But all I know is things have changed and I'm not sure we're better off. I feel displaced -- and I suspect my father would too.
SOURCE:
VIDEO & AUDIO: Song "Stout Hearted Men" from the 1940 movie version of the operetta "New Moon" with Nelson Eddy (Link1)

Link1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vjqfvZVReM


January 10, 2020

BIBLICAL YEARNING & HOPE (0:54)

Had a nice night Christmas Eve, singing Christmas carols. But was disappointed that my favorite carol was not in the songbook and some folks had never heard of it. Here, from my Catholic 1950's, is "O Come O Come Emmanuel." I am fond of its music, which sounds Middle Eastern, and the words, that express the longing of suffering people for things to improve.
SOURCE:
MUSIC: Traditional 12th Century Christian hymn "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," 1861 version, by Concordia Publishing (Link1) 
BACKGROUND VIDEO 1: Scenes from 1961 video "Atomic Weatherman" by U.S. Department of Energy (Link2)
BACKGROUND VIDEO 2: Scenes from 1984 David Attenborough documentary "The Living Planet" (Link3)
BACKGROUND IMAGE: Illustration of Borenote Marble from 1915 catalog "Building and Ornamental Stones of Australia" (Link4)

Link1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xtpJ4Q_Q-4   
Link2: ia600409.us.archive.org/4/items/AtomicWeatherman
Link3: archive.org/details/thelivingplanetaportraitoftheearth12newworlds
Link4: archive.org/details/rtbaker1915


January 8, 2020
CONFRONTING MORTALITY [IN GERMAN] (0:47)

Gert 3000's liner note to his album explains: ""Unfortunately, my oncologist thinks I have only months to live. Happily, to err is human. I still have a glance of hope in me and a fighting spirit. But the situation is serious and it does not look good for me. Therefore, I want generally to terminate my meek music production habits and release all the unreleased stuff that is lying around on my computer. Unlike other people, I have been warned about my potential demise and I can take things in my own hands. It's a bit like packing for a flight I don't know the departure time. But just having the stuff out in the web is a relief for me."

Note: I speak no German, so I have no idea what Gert 3000 is saying here. Also, his words may have been mangled in editing. I am using his German as a vocal instrument here.
I do think he has a little English, though: at the very end, "Somebody help me?"
SOURCE:
MUSIC: Remix of song "Alive" by Gert 3000 on album 'Gemischter Chor Waldenburg' (Link1), part of his 'Final Fight Series' uploaded after his oncologist told him he had "only months to live."

IMAGE: Illustration of Warialda Marble from 1915 catalog "Building and Ornamental Stones of Australia" (Link2)

Link1: archive.org/details/GT1188
Link2: archive.org/details/rtbaker1915


January 7, 2020

AS A CONTINENT BURNS (2:46)

Another area of concern, the bush fires in Australia. The right-wing head of Australia is a climate-change denialist who believes in prayer for rain and a carbon-based economy. To quote actor Russell Crowe's message at an award ceremony tonight: "Make no mistake. The tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate change-based. We need to act based on science, move our global workforce to renewable energy and respect our planet for the unique and amazing place it is. That way we all have a future, thank you."
Music is by Australian composer Nicholas Locke; I've used his music before. I like his work a lot and he publishes his music with generous public domain terms. He wrote the piece two years ago on a vacation to a tourist area in Queensland, Australia.

SOURCE:
VIDEO: "Aerial Footage Shows Scale of Fires in Australia" by VOA News (Link1)
BACKGROUND: Illustrations from 1915 catalog "Building and Ornamental Stones of Australia" (Link2)
MUSIC: Composition for piano and strings, "Harvey Range - Barringha" from 2018 'Townsville Suite Op. 13' by Nicholas Locke (Link3) 

Link1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQpBiYI_7M0
Link2: archive.org/details/rtbaker1915
Link3: imslp.org/wiki/Townsville_Suite,_Op.13_(Locke,_Nicholas); permalink imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/557122 


January 6, 2020
FOND BEFORE-NUCLEAR-ARMAGEDDON MEMORIES (0:53)

With Trump's Wag-the-Dog military maneuver in the Middle East, I am nervous that war will break out. And these days, with I-think-I'm-smarter-than-everybody Trump on one side and religious zealots on the other side, all bets are off. Lots of chatter on the social media about "#WWIII" -- World War III. My confidence that the building I live in will still be standing in ten years is reduced by some small but measurable quantity.
Which brings to mind a form I've been noticing among the young social media outlaws on bad-boy 4Chan.org: threads titled "comfy." Amid the porn and gore and racism of 4Chan, these are glimpses into some kind of universal desire for comfort. (Unfortunately, in the lawless 4Chan world, no one pays much attention to copyright, so I don't know who filmed these scenes or who made the music.)
With this piece, I am imagining the modern world is destroyed and I am looking back sadly from the ruins on the comforts I once took for granted before everything blew up, like leisurely walks through suburban streets.
This piece also marks a change in my working routine. Instead of working from the laptop in the living room, I'm working from the desktop in my studio. More power, but I will miss sitting in the living room with Janice.

SOURCE:
VIDEO: Posting on "Comfy" thread on 4chan.org WSG (Work Safe Gif) by Anonymous (Link1)
MUSIC: Same, musician not identified 

Link1: boards.4channel.org/wsg/thread/3170649


January 4, 2020
INCREDIBLE CHINESE CONSTRUCTION MACHINE (1:36)

A palate cleanser after the dark video from Somalia on 12/31: brilliant engineering builds a bridge without cranes. Man moves forward with ingenuity and science, not violence and religion.
SOURCE:
VIDEO: Massive Chinese bridge construction machine in action (Link1), manufactured by Wowjoint Machinery Company (Link2)
MUSIC: 2020 Song "011001" on album 'Unexpected Loss' by Bulgarian group This Communication (Link3) 

Link1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKGYs71N72c
Link2: wowjoint.com/
Link3: archive.org/details/mhrk229


January 2, 2020

NEW YEAR WORST WISHES FROM TERRORISTS (1:36)

A dark new year's malediction from the jihadist "Islamic State" in Somalia, calling for overseas followers to murder someone -- anyone -- in developed countries, hoping such terrorist attacks will eventually force all Western countries to pay a tax to the Islamic State. The video was uploaded yesterday (12/30). Note the above average production values, but be cautious about clicking on these links.
Jizyah is "a per capita yearly tax historically levied on non-Muslim subjects, called the dhimma, permanently residing in Muslim lands governed by Islamic law ." SOURCE:
VIDEO & AUDIO: Video press release from militant jihadist group in Somalia, uploaded December 30, 2019 (Link1)

Link1: archive.org/details/UYGsffswdaq


December 31, 2019

TRAGIC HIPPY SOUL SONGSTRESS (1:26)

I have been greatly enjoying music, in all its many forms, lately. I think my visual treatments add to the simple look of the music videos. Look at the YouTube comments for this section for some interesting back-and-forth on today's music versus yesterday's music. Myself, I'll take Janis over Beyonce.
SOURCE:
VIDEO & AUDIO: Janis Joplin December 1969 appearance on "This is Tom Jones" TV show (Link1); 10 months later, Joplin was dead of a heroin overdose at the age of 27. The song is 'Raise Your Hand.'
BACKGROUND IMAGE: Illustration of wool rug pattern from 1975 "The Silk Road And The Shoso In" by Ryoichi Hayashi

Link1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZmiefQ5y4U
Link2: archive.org/details/thesilkroadandtheshosoin


December 30, 2019

FORGOTTEN FEMALE FILM-MAKER(2:17)

Lee Dick was a female film-maker of the 30's and 40's who did industrial films with her own unique touch. Here is part of a film she did for a mining commission. A couple things were going against Dick. Her name did not identify her as a woman, which may have been helpful 80 years ago, but is not helpful in gathering scholarly attention today. Do a Google search on her name and you get a lot of male genitalia and Asian filmstars. The only article I was able to find about her is by NYU Ph.D. candidate Tanya Goldman and all but a summary are stashed behind a paywall in the academic Journal of Feminist History. (From the summary: "Dick challenges perceived divisions between often overlapping spheres of nonfiction filmmaking and invokes tensions between personal and institutional authorship within a sponsored, and deeply collaborative, media context. Her largely unexamined career is a window into gendered labor and mid-twentieth-century media production.") She is also a very weird film-maker, as this crescendo montage shows.
SOURCE:
VIDEO & AUDIO: Segment from 1940 documentary "Men and Dust" by little-known film-maker Lee Child (Link1)
BACKGROUND IMAGE: Woodcuts from 1556 book on mining techniques, "De Re Metallica" by Georg Agricola (Link2; trans: 'On the Nature of Metals')   

Link1: archive.org/details/Men_and_Dust
Link2: archive.org/details/deremetallica50agri/page/45


December 28, 2019

GEOPOLITICAL MANEUVERING BY SOVIETS (0:58)

Lots of worrisome stuff going on in the world, a few mentioned here. I am not satisfied with this piece, may decide to do it over (or may not).
SOURCE:
VIDEO & SOUND: Military graveyard with flags near Dnipro, Ukraine from 2019 Twitter posting by Taras Kuzio (Link1); source of music is not identified. See interview with Kuzio.
VIDEO 2: From Physics-astronomy.org Twitter feed, 2017 launch of a Russian "Bastion" coastal defense missile in Arctic, said to be Hypersonic (Link2) 
VIDEO 3: Scene of traffic leaving Idlib province in tweet (Link3) from Syrian pediatrician Amani Ballour; her caption: "They left their homes and memories because of the brutality of Assad regime and Russia. They don't know where to go." 
PHOTO: 2015 photo of Donald Trump from wikimedia (Link4

Link1: twitter.com/TarasKuzio/status/1209769639623966721
Link2: twitter.com/m7mds91/status/1209686819878531072 
Link3: twitter.com/i/status/1209755811653787651
Link4: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Trump_SQ.png


December 26, 2019

IRTHDAYBay ARDCay (1:08)

Product of a full day of birthday work. They say Ginger Rogers was so bored during rehearsal that she substituted a Pig Latin version for the song "We're in the Money." The producers liked it, and kept it in. Pig Latin is an interesting subject, popular in the 1950's youth: here is an English to Pig Latin translator.

Also made a card to be distributed to friends, below. Later: Some interest from my all boys' high school alumni association -- a crew of men facing the same 75th birthday, in using the image as a 75th birthday theme
 
SOURCE FOR CARD:
IMAGE: Illustration from 1954 "Leica Photography" magazine, showing trapeze artist climbing (Link1)
FILTER: Various online filters from www.neuralstyle.art applied to image (Link2)
FONT: "Streamzy" by Indonesian font designer Bangkit Tri Setiadi (Link3)

Link1: archive.org/details/leicaphotographyv07n02summer1954d.d.teolijr.a.c.
Link2: www.neuralstyle.art
Link3: www.dafont.com/streamzy.font

December 23, 2019
SHERLOCK HOLMES' SOUL MATE (3:02)

Tribute to smart, attractive women.

SOURCE:
VIDEO & AUDIO: 1946 movie "Dressed to Kill" with Basil Rathbone (Link1)
MUSIC: "Danny Boy" performed 2013 by James Galway (Link2)
ADLERS: Poster "The Many Incarnations of Irene Adler" (Link3) 
PELOSI: Illustration from CNN "Internet Light Up Over Pelosi's Sunglasses" (Link4) 

Link1: ia800605.us.archive.org/14/items/DressedToKill720p1946/DressedToKill720p.mp4
Link2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xv1rI1kFvwA
Link3: adleresque-infinite.tumblr.com/image/185190792064
Link4: www.cnn.com › nancy-pelosi-sunglasses-trump-meeting-moos-ebof-pkg-vpx


December 23, 2019
NEW CLOSING PANEL (0:11)

Experimenting with new closing shot for 2020. Video in background (Link1) shows New Zealand high school performing a Maori war dance in 2015. Not sure whether this will make it as my closing panel next year: it's kind of noisy and aggressive, and at 11 seconds, it's too long.
But as I near my 75th birthday and my young man's swagger disappears, my testosterone levels dip, and I am pressured in social media to lose my cis* binary mindset, I feel kind of mad and heedless. Also: impeachment.
* CIS: Short for "cisgender" (opposite of "transgender"), used to describe someone whose gender identity matches their anatomical gender at birth.
SOURCE:
Link1: www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7752929/Moment-entire-school-performs-unique-haka-leaving-students-sign-respect.html

December 20, 2019

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Masthead Portrait by Remo Frangiosa, 2015

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