Saw Chris Karcher and his son Friday at Walker Art Center. The boy is a fan. And it was fun to show them the exhibit. Chris had a drawing in the show a very fabulous old Artpolice piece in pen and ink from 1980. It is truely one of my great works of youthful Frankie Gaard. The painting is there too and it looks good but for me the drawing has a cathetic charge like bolt of inspirations.
I was writing about my notebooks and the turning of mere paper and ink into dinero. I'm going to shoot some more from the notebooks now that they are here. The books were on loan to Walker for 2 years. So I have been looking at them and thinking what I want to shoot. Some early books are already yellow. It's easy to tell when I'm broke by the materials and wild contents. The whole of the notebooks is thousands of pages. Going back to the early 1970's or before. A sort of incoherent diary, written and drawn by a part-time madman and professor.
My father spoke with an accent from his native country, it reminded me that their was a world beyond the shores of our red white and blue land. Indeed it wasn't all that unusual my playmates across the alley Magnus and Erik were also born in Norway like my dad. Many immigrant parents were anxious for their children to be as American as possible because they understood being a foreigner was not good in the post war days of the red scare. The administration of Dwight Eisenhower was fraught with passive aggressive realities.
When I painted this diamond it was a sign that I was slipping sliding away. The first time I flipped I sprinkled this diamond with marijuana. What a fucking mistake, though it looked nice, it was a homage to Ad. Reinhardt one of my art heroes. He was so intense those black paintings of his drove me and ordinary citizens bonkers. His art comics collage montage works on paper often published in art magazines in the late 1950's and later in ARTFORUM and ArtNews . About the odd view he had of the art world.
My friend Mike Kelley died last week, it came just as my big survey show at the Walker so it was a pretty intense conflict for me very keen sense of the bi-polar nature of life. I felt the loss more than I expected I really felt like a comrade had a bias they say in the city of lost angels. I knew Kelley for many years and he was a square dealer no bullshit like a cowboy. He was one of the people in my life who I most enjoyed talking with and seeing his art. He was a very intense man and his art is often very difficult.
The photo of my installation at Walker is the first photo I've seen of the entire piece. I worked on it with considerable assistance for a week and I think the impression it makes is very positive. Albeit a bit architectonic given the room and it's Swiss authors. But hey I love architecture part of the fun of going to art school in Chicago was the amazing buildings. Thing is working that big reminded me how great it is to work really extra large.
Jpg. Photo of corner of portrait wall from Twitter feed Walker Art Center January 26, 2012
Tired but I think it's something spectacular and still grounded in our hard times , it's taking nothing
and making something. Gold from dross matter, it's the sort of alchemy that is often practiced in hopes
of food money. Betsy Carpenter (the curator designing my exhibition at WAC ) has included a thesis
The much dreaded art writer for the Minneapolis StarTribune visited my place today and I'm alive to write about it.
Actually now that we are both quite old I suspect we are able to tolerant one another. Though my friends in New
York have nothing good to say about Mary!! But it's like in a 12 Step Program change what you can and know
what you can't change ie. final outcomes. If I ran the schools the sign on the wall would say --
Drinking Alcohol KILLS BRAIN CELLS .
God bless Rihanna! I recall some advertising copy for a book by Simon Reynolds to wit < Pop or a better world you can't have both> it stuck in my mind for several years now . As for Americans pop does seem the choice, besides how would make this world better? Meanwhile pop music gives us pleasure and food for thought, maybe not the best food but something to chew on. The domination of pop by Hip Hop is amazing given where it started not too long ago.
My taste for blogging has waned of late, however I do want to send everyone the latest on my survey show coming next month at Walker Art Center. I found the new calendar magazine at the museum Saturday with my pony painting on the cover, that made me very happy. The print job is so beautiful best I've had even better than Penthouse Magazine painting I got paid for, very precise very delicate and jewel-like colors.