18 December

notes on chronosomatics 239-247
1994.12.18

where does concept come from
2000.12.18

Re: some drawings
2002.12.18 14:27

18 December
2013.12.18 20:24     6607c



where does concept come from
2000.12.18

I realize that the argument can be made that both physical conception and mental conception are equally derived from concipio, therefore it is not necessarily so that the notion of mental conception reenacts physical conception. [Or does it?]

Re: some drawings
2002.12.18 14:27

It turns out that I very likely used a ball-point pen while drawing exactly 19 years ago today. Recent discussion here has gotten me thinking of things somewhat otherwise forgotten. I remembered that Hey Art Picasso How's Your Brother Dick was completed sometime in December 1983, so I got it out of storage to check the dates next to the signatures. Hey Art... comprises a series of 25 19.416x12 inch (golden section) panels, each with its own signature. The last 4 panels, numbers 22-25 in the series, are dated 12.21.83; number 21 (purposefully I now assume) has no date; numbers 19 and 20 are dated 12.20.83; number 18 is dated 12.19.83. Panel number 17 is dated only 83, as are all the preceding panels. Thus tomorrow 19 years ago marks the first time I dated a work (of art) down to the day, an 'event' of significance within my own development as an artist--at that time I was working with CAD for almost 3/4 of a year, and the more precise dating of my work (by hand) emulates the computer's precise dating of its output. Within 2 = Odd, Dick (1984), second of The Dick Manifestos, I started dating work completion down to the minute, and continued this practice at least through 1986 (and occasionally still do it these days down to the minute).

It turns out the ball-point pen drawing I (very likely) did 18 December 1983 is the precursor to the image of Anonymous Saint in Bikini while Jesus is Walking on Water. This data is somewhat useful to Playing the Pre-Shrine Curator because ASIBWJIWOW is not dated or signed. There is recent speculation that ASIBWJIWOW is the first artwork by Stephen Lauf after his completion of the first Self Portrait. I kind of remember wanting to do something completely "other" after the Self Portrait, and painting like a child on a heavy, flat piece of marble seemed to at least fulfill that intention.

p.s.
I used to design and execute Christmas cards to send to friends, for example, for Christmas 1987 there was a Madonna and Child on the front with the question, "What time is it Mommy?" The answer inside said, "It just turned A.D." This was a product of (the fictitious) Changing Times Cards. [I believe I still have the CAD database that generated this card.] Christmas 1984 saw my first CAD generated Christmas card, which I still own some electrostatic plotted versions of. Here the front was a big "POP" surrounded by jagged-edged concentric polygons like you would see in comic books. Inside read the message, "There's nothing like celebrating a Virgin giving birth!" This was a product of (the fictitious) It Only Happens Once Cards.

I miss the newspaper ads for the old Troc theater, which in the 1970s was the oldest burlesque house still operating in the USA--the Trocadaro is today a contemporary music performance venue in Philadelphia's Chinatown. Back in days before Christmas, the Troc advertised Aretha Holly: she'll deck ya!



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