Thursday, December 31, 2015

On the last day of a year that will never come again...

The Ballad of Johnny and June

And the days are not full enough
and the nights are not full enough
and life slips by like a field mouse
not shaking the grass.

--Ezra Pound (a supporter of fascism who was tried for treason, then declared insane
 and held for years in a mental hospital; often described as one of the finest poets of our age)

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A Folding Collaboration

We don't really know exactly what it folds and unfolds and ends up sprawling across the table.

  Collaboration No. 41 between Sabine Remy and Lynn Skordal, 
Stories of Adventure

Friday, December 18, 2015

...and Goodwill Toward Men

 The real differences around the world today are not between Jews and Arabs; Protestants and Catholics: Muslims, Croats, and Serbs.  The real differences are between those who embrace peace and those who would destroy it; between those who look to the future and those who cling to the past; between those who open their arms and those who are determined to clench their fists.

-- Bill Clinton, from a speech to the residents of Sarajevo, Bosnia, on December 22, 1997

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

WIP -- The Corvid Benevolent Society

Hard at work, collaging a series of cabinet cards to represent the mythical membership of a Victorian society formed to protect and honor crows and ravens.  Lovely people they were...

Monday, December 7, 2015

New Journal Time

Just beginning art journal no.'s the cover and the first three entries:


Yellow Tears (upper left), We Go To SF To See Something Fun (upper right), The Dream Life (lower center).

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

We Go to SF to See Something Fun

My good friend Robert Jackson is opening an exhibition in San Francisco at the Robert Tat Gallery, 49 Geary Street, Suite 410, near Union Square, December 5, 2015 through February 6, 2016.  The exhibit is called "Vernacular Vixens: Found Photographs of Women" [greatest title ever?] and it features vintage photographs of women, including press photos, double exposures, snapshots, negative prints, color images, etc., all drawn from Robert's enormous and fascinating collection of more than 11,000 found American photographs.  It will be should go, too!

Monday, November 30, 2015

It Took a Long Time...

...but I finally finished my artist's book about growing up nuclear.  This is a big ole heavy book (13" x 13" x 2") and I had fun adding canvas straps, studs, rusty metal letters, etc. to make it look nicely industrial.  The book was inspired by conversations four or five years ago with my daughters, who wondered what it was like to grow up with the threat of nuclear annihilation looming over your head.  It documents the inception of the nuclear age, beginning with the secret race to develop a devastating bomb through the arms race with Russia and the Cuban Missile Crisis, all as seen through the eyes of a little girl growing up in a small town called [yes, really] "Opportunity."

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

How Many People Killed By Guns Today?

In Which I Plant Tulips in the Head of
the Founder of the Open Carry Movement in Order To
Pacify His Second Amendment Brain

[Every day in America an average of 289 people are shot and 86 of them die...30 are murdered, 53 kill themselves, 2 die accidentally and one is shot in a police encounter.]

Just more of the same, I guess...

Monday, November 16, 2015

Four Chapters in a Long Story...

 First World Problems

 Only One Story


Find Who You Have Not Yet Become

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

After Three Days the Cats Began To Eat Her

"My Wife's Lovers," an oversized 1893  painting by Carl Kahler, sold recently to an undisclosed buyer for almost a million dollars by Sotheby's.  The work is a portrait of a dozen of the more than 300 cats that were owned by refined (and wealthy) cat lady, Kate Birdsall Johnson.  I have modified the painting to address the likely scenario following her death...

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Friday, November 6, 2015

Tooth and Claw

Secretary Birds

Interiors 4 (White Rhino & Helmeted Woodpecker)

Interiors 6 (Sulawesi cuscus)

Interiors 7 (Flying Fox Bat)

Interiors 8 (Cheetah)

Crowd-Sourcing a Kangaroo

Monday, October 26, 2015

Exhibition News, Winter 2015

Several pieces are winging their way eastward and southward for upcoming exhibitions, including:

Our Family, a refurbished Victorian photo album with collaged antique cabinet cards, will be included in "BLOOD QUANTUM," an exhibition of book and paper arts appearing at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR, November 6 -- December 19, 2015.

Mother, a multi-media collage pieces that includes paper, watercolour pencil, beads, hand-cut lettering and pigmented wax, will be on exhibit November 6 - 24, 2015, at Habitat Gallery, Denver, CO, as part of "The Best of..." exhibition.

And, finally, Dear Mary, an artist's book featuring embroidered vintage class photos, is headed to Philadelphia, PA, to appear in an exhibit entitled "Old Enough To Know Better," which is sponsored by the Women's Caucus for Art, Philadelphia Chapter, at Crane Arts Gallery 109, November 1-28, 2015.

Thanks to all for including my work!