George Hugnet

30 03 2011

Hugnet was part of the surrealist movement in the 30s. He was later expelled from the group. In a lot of his work he seems preoccupied with females. But he does little with the form. Like a lot of early collages, his work appears frantic, slapped down in a  hurry to give an impression of a lack of concentrated thought. As if the images did not come from intelligence but impulse.

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Grete Stern

29 03 2011

Grete Stern was an emigre from Nazi Germany who moved to England and finally to Argentina. The images in her work grow into new images. I find her work exciting and very clever. If I had seen her work when I was young I would have said that she had a great influence on me. Many of her(visual) ideas are similar to my own. But I only discovered her recently.Although much of her work had a commercial/utilitarian purpose, illustrating dreams of readers of a woman’s magazine, the images stand on their own without explanation.

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Toshiko Okanoue

28 03 2011

Okanoue’s work reminds me of much of the collage work that I was first exposed. It has a dream like surreal quality about it. It treats the images it uses from a fairly 2 dimensional perspective. Heads are replaced by typewriters etc. And some of the work, either moves from being very straightforward (simple to see), to being messy. But still I enjoy it. It appears to me that the artist was having fun and I like that.

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Philippe Halsman

27 03 2011

These images have become iconic they are seen so often. Halsman collaborated with Dali on them. It is difficult to separate the two. They almost appear to have been created by photoshop but this of course was decades before PS.  Halsman also took wonderful pictures of famous people. This photo of Brando is one of my favourites.

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24 03 2011

My son has tourettes. It is a disorder of the nervous system. He also has Attention Deficit Disorder. He is not hyper active. We had him tested with all kinds of doctors when he was young. He is very intelligent. In intelligent tests he scored in the top 5% of the population. He is a talented artist. But he is disorganized, untidy, and when under stress he can be very intense. He worked for my wife’s company, a large accounting firm in Toronto. He worked in their mail room for four years. And then he was fired. For being so intense. They had a policy in the mailroom of not talking to our son. Our son thought it might have been because he was a visual minority. He got along fine with most of the people he worked with but they were afraid to talk to him lest they be centred out as well. (We learned this from one of the girls who worked in the mailroom.) Our son’s boss did not like his attitude, his intensity. She was put off by all the symptoms (though minor) of his tourettes. They sent our son to an anger management interview. The psychiatrist who spoke to him (over several interviews) told him that he didn’t have anger problems. Nevertheless, our son lost his job. At this same time this accounting firm was running a campaign to support the investigation and education of the public on tourette syndrome. A couple of weeks after our son left the company, the woman that fired him asked my wife for a donation to the tourette program. She was in charge of the campaign for the company. This is the way big corporations work.

Flirtatious Ideas

23 03 2011

Flirtatious ideas. Like the hangover from the 1960s. The marijuana induced elation over one of our own thoughts. Writing it down. Only to discover the next day that it was banal, unoriginal, and silly. I have one now. Blogging induces them. Its about romantic love. And promiscuity. Or at least one night stands. Love is treated in pulp fiction, “B” movies, Hallmark cards, as if it was the 3rd person in a relationship. Its a drug that has consumed them. “I’ve never felt this way before.” “I wake up and all I think about is you.” etc. In an affair in which both parties are deeply involved with each other, the third party is belittled. Until marriage or its equivalent takes over and the couple become friends. So in a moment of *7%3# logic I propose that love can only exist between couples who hardly know each other. The passion is at its highest when their bodies are consumed with each other. When they dare to be creative. When communication lasts hours instead of moments. And its highest expression is the orgy. Or for those who are shy, the one night stand… See what’s happened. The flirtatious idea. When you write it down. Just sounds silly.

Val Telburg

22 03 2011

Mr. Telburg used a lot of double exposures and depth of vision to create earie dreamlike photos. I think he would have loved photoshop and their layers.

Clarence John Laughlin

21 03 2011

He was called the first surreal photographer in America. Most of the collages are staged and then photographed. It makes for some very interesting work.

Guelph Jazz Art Auction

19 03 2011

The Guelph Jazz Art Auction.


Day Shift – jazz novel

18 03 2011

The first of three jazz novels has been released. It is called Day Shift. The idea of jazz novels came to me while listening to CDs from the swing, big band eras. Previously I had written a group of poems/illustrations called The Saints of Jazz. These jazz novels work on 3 levels. The interlocking stories do not follow a straight A to B to C format. One story works off another, some times repeating portions of a previous story line. The images in the story are not consistent. They will take root in the moment, (my drifting th oughts) or they will come from another source (i.e. a jazz tune). The rhythm of the sentences is jazz like. The line breaks are based on the beat of the story. I decided to break all the rules of grammar I knew while retaining enough structure to make the stories readable and enjoyable.