Islamic Patterns

Cut-up-poem on painting on cardboard, prayer rug size. Instructions for use: aim directly towards the nearest conscientious brain.

↓ “Pray be …” or “Your part of Time”, 510 x 785 mm, mixed media on cardboard.
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Prayer_cardboard_txtApply and repeat. But be quick about it. We’re running out of time. And brains.

Thanks go out to the TSA for checking my suitcase for contraband and leaving a note about it, telling me that they would not be responsible for any damages done while doing their job. Also completely disregarding the sense of invasion afflicted upon yours truly. As you know, dear reader, I do not favor borders. In my opinion, the divides between nations, creeds, races and the like should not be enforced but celebrated with open minds, hearts and arms. (Looking at you, one-percenter)

So while it’s totally unrelated and I’m horrifically disgusted by the tearing down of historical artifacts in the Middle East in the abuse of religion (the latter being a waste of intellect anywhere at any time, anyway) I am studying ancient crafts and mathematical arts from mentioned region and paint geometrically inspired. Since I travel with an array of art materials always foraging wherever I go, some of those (beware of implied irony: very small containers of very suspicious liquids) probably were flagged in the x-ray.

The language of the TSA note is as passive aggressively daunting as anything anyone entering the US through the hands of the Homeland Security would ever experience. To assuage the asperity of that I chose to re-appropriate it. Cut it up to find the true message within their text. The result feels a little like a prayer, a polite request, doesn’t it?

To sincerely feel free
please appreciate
however unable

if you have the contents
necessary
to open this process
please do this.

your next questions
and your suggestions
break the locks on your
understanding

forced to Center:
on how to protect you
from this

your part of Time

 

Spring Collection 2015: still on cardboard, some more complex than others but all investigating patterns and their recognitions. As usual there is a discount when made in bulk.

↓ ”A Prayer And A Pizza” or “Bed With A Vision”, (260 ≈ 360 x 320 ≈ 370 mm, apx and respectively), mixed media on cardboard and parmesan.

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Yeah. On take-out cardboard mainly. (Thin crust, basil and roast peppers, well done) I had my medium delivered on a rainy day. And while waiting for her to come out of the shower I contemplated her architecture; at hand and out there. Both displayed in front of me for my viewing pleasures, shadows dancing in straight triangles, extending their corners. Then we drew the blinds to the world and tried to see it for what it really is.

↓ ”Grab” , (480 ≈ 270 x 290 ≈ 310 mm, apx and respectively), mixed media on cardboard.

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1/φ, 22/7, part of the Fibonacci sequence and a cat called Schrödinger. And why not? Just random scraps in random shapes that you try to sort in random order. Cause if beauty is in the hands of the beholder it will eventually find its way to you, play right in to your yearning eyes. So that piece is best viewed with your eyes closed. Unclenched.

↓ ”Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda” and “Oughta, Mighta, Gotcha” (480 ≈ 270 x 290 ≈ 310 mm, apx and respectively), mixed media on cardboard.

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Some cardboard boxes come with print. That makes it kinda ready-made. This one came in white, magenta and imperative words, full of spoiled surprises. That night I happened to dream I was making tea for a host of waiting people but I kept complicating it for myself, to a degree that it just became utterly impossible. And voilà: a piece on obligation and its pitfalls emerged. Hereby be warned. Adding a little spiritual geometry hopefully will detox it a bit.

↓ ”Autoportrait in Homemade Notation” or “Unfinished song in FM7 or something” (490 x 325 mm, apx and respectively), mixed media on fret-cardboard.

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I noodle. Mostly guitar. Start with a weird chord stacked all lop-sided and always end up with a quirky progression and a song that takes me places. Mostly I get lost there, but that seems the purpose of my most productive endeavours anyway. Here I put it on corrugated fibreboard from what seems to have been a moving box once and it kinda ended up visualising that process. This particular piece is best viewed on a somewhat crunchy tube amp and goes well with my fretless bass.

Update: finished stuff and works in progress. Lots of mixed media, acrylic and genitalia. Current soundtrack by Yasmin Hamdan, especially the song “Enta Fen, Again” from “Ya Nass”

↓”Official Target vs. Erlösung”, (440 x 375 mm, apx and respectively), mixed media on cardboard

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I am a pacifistic, anti-violence revolutionary, more-feminist-than-my-mother peace-lover first. Next I am a scientist, explorer, fighter, curiouser-than-your-cat mega-nerd. So I went to Springfield, MO and shot a police issue Glock 22, 9 mm, pistol, and much to my surprise I was actually able to do it -pull a trigger. The target wasn’t anthropomorphic, so that helped. It was by far the most violent thing I have ever experienced: the sheer force and brutal sound coming from my hand left me trembling with adrenalin. Back home the target and the experience went in to this piece; my way of making peace with it. Later I happened to be in Berlin, Germany,  on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and cut the word “Erlösung” (“Redemption/Salvation”. It’s a wordplay on “Endlösung”, “The Final Solution”) from a newspaper and incorporated it in the diptych. Adding and/or blocking out with intersecting diagrammatic graphics of reproductive organs of flowers and spiritual islamic geometric patterns is probably just a feeble-minded attempt to come to peace with all this violence.

↓”Stigma vs. Myopia”, (390 x 570 mm, apx and respectively), mixed media on cardboard

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↓  No title, (540 x 598 mm)

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↓”Stunted vs. Pacific”, (360 x 360 mm, apx and respectively), mixed media on cardboard

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↓  Work in progress: “Anther Penis Thing”, (595 x 460 mm) mixed media

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↓  Work in progress, (480 x 460 mm, apx and respectively), mixed media on cardboard

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↓  Work in progress, (480 x 460 mm, apx and respectively), mixed media on cardboard

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