Frank's blog

Rafi & Angela / at the end of the world

 OK proceeding carefully due to malfunctions and my own daydream of arting. When I was younger I was obsessed with the idea of the end of the world. Most especially when I was psychotic and pre-post psychotic in the mid 1970's. I became obsessed with Hebrew Mysticism and the Kabbalah. I have a small library of books just on this subject area. The thing about this obsession was it was really a symptom of my crisis in life. I was at an odd crossroads where all the options were onerus.

Eternal Return / How Frankie Learned to Art

Yo, long time no blog, my webmaster and son Sam here on Thanksgiving visit gets my blog to work again. I had some good ideas which perished in a couple of blog crashes, now Sam says the blog is attached to a different type of server that allows one blog site to crash without taking all the other blogs on that server with it. // So I was writing about a large painting that I made in 1970 entering the collections at the Walker Art Center just as I pushed save the text vanished into the electronic abyss.

Why I Like Dick Tracy

When I was a kid Dick Tracy was the lead comic in the Chicago Tribune, the Tribune was the voice of conservative Republican politics. And the Tracy comic reflected the law and order viewpoint of the Tribune which endorsed Dick Nixon and Barry Goldwater. The editorial content of the paper permeated everything including the comics . Dick Tracy always got his man and his very silhouette struck fear in the criminals he pursued in serial fashion.

Little Franky Artist of The Wild Frontier 2012

 The wild frontier was a Davy Crockett lyric, he was the King of The Wild Frontier. Jack Kennedy used frontier as a political metaphor as his New Frontier, the first president to be born in 20th century. And he was Irish Catholic which of course means he was from Boston, Harvard of course. But I was taken with the concept of new frontiers and most especially in outer space, the moon explorations were a Kennedy interest. So I was thinking about being a little boy. I was a good kid albeit mouthy, I was typical Finnlander a real storyteller. My father wanted me to shut up.

How Rothko became a brand

 Art about art is nothing new but it's been a part of my work most of my career. I am a post-modern I was born too late to be part of the big shows that make modern art such a vivid style, even later styles such as abstract expressionism were done before I arrived. Pop art was the reigning style and I loved it and dived right in wouldn't you? /// Recently I thought out loud about how much my art was formed by this post-modern age, and I think making art about art is one constant throughout the history of art.

The Museum Without Weiners

  Stu Mead visited Vienna at the time of a big language art show at the Kunsthalle Wien. Toni Stoos the curator showed Stu through the show and our vitrine of Artpolice and Man Bag zines/ 1993  thanks to Mike Kelley and Jim Shaw for facilitating exhibition. Stu was in Austria from his home base in Berlin. Stu was so natural about seeing his art in such a bone hard venue, such a coup. Stoos xeroxed more copies of the Man Bag when the supply ran out a lovely intervention.

 Victorine Meurend (Meurent) Manet's favorite model beyween 1862-1875

Installation Chicago Artpolice Exhibition 1983/ Dreaming Of Wittgenstein's Poke.

  The photo above is from an installation in Chicago of the Artpolice group as it was at that time 1983. The review in the Trib was dismissive but the show was fabulous even after the cops left and the dancing proceeded. Fritz Wolfmeyer our man in Chicago for the show had fallen for the gallery girl so his prep work was unfinished. Hudson{ later ran Feature in NYC} ran the performance space that was on the other side of the wall at Randolph Street Gallery, he was a peach and remains a good friend of the project (most especially Man Bag subsidiary).

Panty Paradise< Beaux Arts - Sexe/Artistes

 Yo Yo - I used to tell my kids stories. Indeed I sometimes wonder if that isn't the same thing I do when I teach or speak in public.

 my form of address is whomever deigns to listen, to hear me wander about in my files, my obsessions, my conceits.  It was only in

 this talking about art, about sex, incest , Hebrew Mysticism et al.  I was painting in a garage at 4100 39th Av. watching/listening

 to OJ Trial on my portable tv. 1995 Kathy Halbreich was the director of the Walker Art Center then and I was starting to make

Gout /art and how my blog lost it's way/ New Top Ten Philosophers

 I was given TO PHILOSOPHICAL  ideas and day dreaming as a child. My mother encouraged me to be me which I found very helpful along life's way. My father used to call me the professor even when I was in grade school. Sort of disparaging name as in the famous film The Blue Angel where "the professor" becomes a clown chasing after Marlena Dietrich .. European working class people like my Dad see professor as someone whose a sophist and a minor authority figure, an academic. Of course I just had a very active mind and imagination and I was very visual.

Gout of July / How Baby Got Her Face

  Babyface is a blessing and a bit of a curse. Indeed the whole idea of good looking people having a leg up in the workplace. When I first taught at the art college I was 24 years old and looking much younger than that, my sense of things was my destiny was with the students, since the core faculty was rather older. I was used for photo ops to make the school look younger more of the times, at the time I didn't realize the degree to which advertising and promotion occupied the minds of the administrators.

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