The south wall of my bedroom is where the hodge-podge flourishes. Sundry items collected throughout my life.
There were casualties in the past year’s chaos. In 1956 I saved my allowance for the dimestore at the corner of Roscoe Blvd. and White Oak Avenue in Northridge. I had my eye on and purchased a green ceramic Mama Squirrel. To her neck was tethered a gold chain that harnessed her two babies at either end.
Her issue were lost years ago and Mama S succumbed recently. She got clipped by the tail end of a step ladder and crashed on the floor.
That’s one way to handle old sentiment.
I know why the caged deer sing. They’re sick of being paraded around by backwoods carny folk and gawked at for five bucks a pop.
America’s sainted widow. Before she married into billions and ascended into (shopping) heaven.
Ecstasy! Victorian style
Just another pretty boy. Modern retablo from Mexico City.
My stab at a Cornell box. Ahhh.
Wabash, Indiana’s Deluxe Coils captured in a two-dimensional loneliness reminiscent of De Chirico
What emerging demographic were they aiming at in 1975.
The library floats, floats on.
Vintage Stalin figure from the Cathedral of the Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg. No one spilled more than Uncle Joe.
Chacun son tour (wait your turn). Rue de Rivoli souvenir from my first Paris trip, mid-80’s.
Sri Lankan mask, sort of R. Crumb.
Jesus Up the Middle for the Score! Catholic propaganda to win the trust of 11 year old boys. One below-the-belt tackle at a time.
I’ve always had a love/hate thing with Beaux-Arts. I’m childishly drawn to the grandeur but, as Diana Vreeland said, “the eye needs to travel” and with all that frou-frou which way does it go? Considering that almost all of its stylistic elements are from previous eras and that its success is based on new construction methods that allowed it to be produced on a large-scale, it’s not that original.