Sunday, December 25, 2011

New podcast episode, new canvas, older masks

ZABRW - S01 Ep14 (Part 1) “North Korea, Zzorhn birthday, True Romance...”

Woooo, woooo, woooooo, Conspiracy theory, expensive beep, so ronery, wayne and shuster in a dungeon,lobbing buckshot through your neighbour’s window every six months,vice guide to NK slave camps, mining with acid, naked gun fragment, shiny thing, melt down libyan money, the light is shone behind the curtain behold the breadless sandwich, clipboard confessions, bypassing the wigger rastafarian, spoiler alert, Do you do everything Elvis tells you to do? ex-cop pisses off a Don, alabama’s corkscrew fight, superman has lex we have timmy64, ryan endorsez ronPaul, Eric wants it bigger, we hose the video feed and had to stop the audio feed, cat intermission behind the emerald curtain. Part 2 due by New Year; special guest?


Those are my notes for the first half of our most recent podcast. “The Zzorhn And BingoRage Wandercast” , Season 01, Episode 14 (Part 1), is now posted.

I want to clarify my point in the discussion of the Sicilian Ancestry scene between Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken. Dennis Hopper’s character knew he was going to die and reached back for the most base , encompassing, “historically plausible” and fearless insult that he can muster. The truth, of course, is more complicated than that. Google it. But, check this; A significant percentage of all asian men are descended from Genghis Khan, supposedly. That dude and his male heirs married, “conquested”, raped and orgied their way back and forth across half the known world, dropping his seed in all of his enemies, friends, uneasy neighbours and hosted diplomat’s wives. So who cares about the Moors in Sicily? As genetic insult, it seems sorta piddlin'.

Our second live attempt had switched from a 20-person voip chatserver to a free videocast streaming site. We lost some of the audio to creeping feedback; too many microphones and speakers locked into exotic feedback loops, three different laptops, two functioning cameras in a crumbly basement. The video seems to be encoded in some exotic flavour of flash video that defies editing, so far. Will work on a different video studio setup for next live attempt.

You can watch a portion of the live video at Ustream. Fair warning; it's a bit lame. I know there's a commercial and audio drop... fast forward to 03:04 after commercial, thanks.

New camera/usb microphone working out great; my fave xmas present, so far. Looking forward to new, impending audio projects. Going to do a sit-down with local boy made good, Ryan Mcmahon of the RedManLaughing Podcast, about the new media and probably - the democratisation and hustle of the new audience. Then there is the long-shelved audiobook reading...

The newest piece that I have been working on is the Rock Bass Uber Alles. It’s about 50 inches H x 24 inches W on unstretched canvas. The fish in this scene become more fully realised, the deeper they are. Their strict order is being trespassed, however. The meaningful layering, cut with lying thread.

Staying near my internet connection this Xmas, touching up some papier mache pieces that have been in semi-finished limbo. A layer of clearcoat to the painted pieces. A dash of red to the cheeks of this one, while slathering a base coat of scarlet for another’s first-paint.

"Blackbird" and "Rosy Cheeks". Acrylic on paper, 2011.

Cooking up a batch of paste to finish off a couple small sculptural pieces and a mask with a ragged edge. Layers and layers, squinting for thin spots ‘gainst halogen’s lamp. That’s how I’ll be spending the next couple days.


Both of these paper masks were "cast" from the same clay face. The papier mache process changes the soft clay and subsequent "copies" taken from the same sculptural form. Changes can be exaggerated in the fabrication process, after the initial paper cast is taken off the form. Then, of course, the final paint can make a world of difference.


"Rosy Cheeks" and the "Blackbird Mask" -above- are different generation casts of the same clay form... evolved.

The brave JohnnyCat shows his mettle, by furiously guarding the blaze orange hunting clothing, earning him the title of "Bestest hunting cat in whole house (when orange cat isn't listening)".


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