June 30, 2010

June 20, 2010

The Amber Room

hidden behind unassuming wallpaper, plundered by Nazis, then disappeared in the chaotic aftermath of WWII. the mystery of the Amber Room - where did it go?


sketch for 'giant folded napkin' sculpture, reminscent of that feeling that if you unfold it, you will never be capable of putting back together again, just so. there can be no going back.

June 19, 2010

The Intrepid Shamus

The Raymond Chandler Mystery Map of Los Angeles. Locales frequented by Philip Marlowe, the way LA used to be, as described by Raymond Chandler. Painstakingly researched, it resides somewhere between fiction and reality, with Chandler's Los Angeles overlapping the city in it's present state, revealing buildings and locations Chandler attempted to disguise and camouflage, nestled amongst iconic sites like Union Station and The Chinese Theatre.
I am in awe of the cartographical detective who created this.

Hollywood, Bay City, Los Angeles.

June 16, 2010


at Sopstationen, a treasure trove of one man's junk. featuring a wall of fame with a veritable who's who of bearded fishermen sporting pipes.

Bird Watching

seen last night

seen this afternoon

June 15, 2010


Rejointed - a piece of writing by Molly Samsell on my exhibition DOVE TAIL JOINT at Enjoy Public Art Gallery last year. Read the text here.

June 12, 2010


from 'Rhubarb' (1969)

The word 'Rhubarb' is used by actors and extras to simulate a low key conversation, mumbling and general hubbub, particularly in crowd scenes. The word was used due to its lack of harsh sounding consonants, and spoken by a large group of people, unsynchronized, effectively created a continuous murmur.
When a few actors gathered backstage and represented ‘noise without’ made by a mob, they intoned the sonorous word ‘rhubarb’. The action was called ‘rhubarbing’, the actors ‘rhubarbers’.

The Eric Sykes' 1969 short film 'Rhubarb' plays on this insensible babble, with the script consisting entirely of the repeated word 'Rhubarb'. This was later remade by Sykes in 1980 under the title 'Rhubarb Rhubarb'.

June 9, 2010

Maiden Century

100 always feels like a pretty large number.From this eve - homemade pasta salad, posters for Don't Die On My Doorstep on the poster wall, amp coasting on castors, and mysterious blue rock, respectively. Go down, people of the mud!

June 6, 2010

Park n' Ride

In the park on a summer's day, where kids can cruise around in cars attached to a track.

June 5, 2010

CLIMAX! The Long Goodbye


Corpse Walks Away During Drama on TV

And the dead man got up and slowly walked away...

No doubt about it. Thousands of televiewers were talking about it yesterday.
It seems that on the new high-budgeted CBS dramatic series, Climax, which had its debut on KNXT (2) Thursday night, actor Tristam Coffin was lying under a blanket and Detective Dick Powell was talking about having the body removed when the actor arose from the dead and strolled off scene.
Powell and the other actors went right on talking as if nothing had happened. And the show went on and the private eye finally solved the murder, leaving televiewers a little perplexed.
CBS blushingly explained yesterday that Coffin thought the scene was over and that he was off-camera when he took his macabre stroll.

- Los Angeles Times (October 1954)


CLIMAX! On its premier from Hollywood last night the new Climax series reached a totally unexpected climax. For it's opener, the series presented a tight, taut Raymond Chandler murder thriller titled, "The Long Goodbye", starring Dick Powell as a private eye.
The action had moved to it's moment of greatest impact. An alcoholic author had just been mysteriously shot. A blanket was drawn over the body and while the viewers sought to figure out who killed the victim, the body got up and crawled off-stage on all fours, dragging the blanket atop him.
We haven't seen a camera booboo so ludicrous since the early days of tv when WBKB put on "Arsenic and [Old] Lace", and the corpse in the window seat suddenly came to life.
Despite this bobble, this was a great show with Powell turning in a top-grade performance as a casual, cool detective, who unraveled a complicated case, but I'll be he will always insist on a filmed show in the future to avoid such boners, even though he had no part in causing this one.

- Chicago Daily Tribune (October 1954)