My gallery is a living space
“Each of these items now lacking is the token of a change . . . “

FROM DAWN TO DECADENCE.
by Jacques Barzun

Technology allows me to interpret the “real” world.
My artwork provides a visual record of our surroundings by merging photographic, computer graphic and rendering tools.

Updated: 21 August 2021

You’ve got to climb to the top of Mount Everest
to reach the Valley of the Dolls.

Jacqueline Susann “Valley of the Dolls”

You’ve got to climb to the top of Mount Everest
to reach the Valley of the Dolls.

Jacqueline Susann “Valley of the Dolls”

Charlie Watts, portrait, 2021
Photo by: Victoria Will/Victoria Will/Invision/AP nov. 14, 2016

“… how can the sane get to know what it actually feels like to be mad? Or, short of being born again as a visionary, a medium, or a musical genius, how can we ever visit the worlds which, to Blake, to Swedenborg, to Johann Sebastian Bach, were home?”

The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley

Finally, the poet shows us how the will conducts itself under the influence of motives and reflection.

WORLD AS WILL AND IDEA, ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

“Why would anyone want to exchange something rich and good and endlessly interesting for something bad and thin and boring?”

Aldus Huxley “The Island”

myths and dreams

New York City Skyline, 2004

The poor boy was overwhelmed with confusion.

Brave New World
by Aldous Leonard Huxley

Store window, Prague, Czech Republic, 2003

“… a form of beauty, which is admired, but not on that account sought after …”

THE CRITIQUE OF PRACTICAL REASON By Immanuel Kant, 1788

Store window, Long Beach, CA, 2021

The Second Solidarity Hymn
“Come, Greater Being, Social Friend, Annihilating Twelve-in-One!
We long to die, for when we end, Our larger life has but begun.”

Brave New World
by Aldous Leonard Huxley

Prague Castle (Prazský Hrad), Prague, Czech Republic, 2003

“… a form of beauty, which is admired, but not on that account sought after …”

THE CRITIQUE OF PRACTICAL REASON By Immanuel Kant, 1788

The poor boy was overwhelmed with confusion.

Brave New World
by Aldous Leonard Huxley

Sluggo visits the Rose Bowl Swapmeet
Rose Bowl Swap Meet
1999

Junk on a flea market table
Rose Bowl Swap Meet
1999

Happiness is a good genius or a good familiar spirit.
‘What then are you doing here, phantom of imagination?

THE MEDITATIONS OF MARCUS AURELIUS ANTONINUS

Sugar Plum Fairy came and hit the streets
Looking for soul food and a place to eat
Went to the Apollo
You should’ve seen them go, go, go

Walk On The Wild Side, Song by Lou Reed

gluttony and intemperance

Long Beach, CA, 2021

The street I would walk down from where I worked in 1972 in NYC. The street crossed Madison and Lexington  Avenues.

My sister got me a job at Robert Anthony and Associates after I was released from college. The studio was comprised of Robert: the designer, there was a water color illustrator, a single stroke type illustrator, a paste-up person, myself: the apprentice, and a receptionist (that Robert Anthony was having an affair with).

I worked there 2 years and left as a production/paste-up artist.

Life was good.

Photo shot on Kodachrome Film, 1972.
Composed in Photoshop.

The phrase ‘our new, happy life’ recurred several times.

It had been a favourite of late with the Ministry of Plenty.

1984
George Orwell

Panda Bear Manufacturing and Distribution Facility, Oceania

“The world is my idea:”
this is a truth which holds good for everything that lives and knows, though man alone can bring it into reflective and abstract consciousness".

“The World As Will And Idea”
By Arthur Schopenhauer

Self Portrait, 2021, Long Beach, California

abstraction leaves untouched

2009, Maui, Hawaii

It is therefore an idle dream to think of someday getting along without direct dealings with what abstraction leaves untouched.

FROM DAWN TO DECADENCE by Jacques Barzun

“Deficiency of understanding we call stupidity: deficiency in the application of reason to practice we shall recognize later as foolishness: deficiency of judgment as silliness, and lastly, partial or entire deficiency of memory as madness.”

“The World As Will And Idea” By Arthur Schopenhauer

No Know: noKNOW
All the Ways to Say No
2021, Long Beach, California

The importance and value of language are anchored in its meaningfulness, but only because we have knowing access to this meaningfulness.

Meaning and Truth Investigations in Philosophical Semantics
Edited by
Joseph Keim Campbell, Washington State University
Michael O’Rourke, University of Idaho
David Shier, Washington State University

. . . a single enormous family ranging from a toothless great-grandmother to a month-old baby . . .

– George Orwell “1984”

ANITA COOKING

A Deception of Self

“I cannot comprehend but can to some extent apprehend in my thinking, and who is subject to no kind of deficiency. From this it is sufficiently clear that he cannot be a deceiver: for all cunning and deception presuppose some shortcoming, as is plain by the natural light”.

René Descartes, MEDITATIONS ON FIRST PHILOSOPHY

wonder and meaning

The past is a most beautiful thing; remembered through ash as seen in a storm

Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague, CZ
Turn of century building near Champollion Rd,
Marouf, Qasr El Nil, Cairo
Peleș Castle, Sinaia Romania
Square Root
Huntington-Gardens
Huntington Gardens, 2016
The Dakota
The Lemon
The Art Critic
Istanbul
brisitish-musium
Main Hall, British Museum, 2008
The National Center for the Preservation of Democracy is Closed

This acknowledgment of the power of wealth was previously made by Aristotle in his Politics,” and it is the basis of the modern commonplace that for democracy to be born and survive there must be a large middle class flanked by as few rich and as few poor as possible. This need justifies the legal and populist resistance to cartels, trusts, and big business when it gets too big. It also explains the 20C collapse of democracy into dictatorship in Central and Eastern Europe, in South America and the many new 20C nations of the Third World, and elsewhere: no middle class means no habits of self-restraint and compromise such as are generated by trade.   – Jacques Barzun, FROM DAWN TO DECADENC

From a photo I took at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, 2012, Los Angeles, California

. . . a dream is a personal experience of that deep, dark ground that is the support of our conscious lives, and a myth is the society’s dream. The myth is the public dream and the dream is the private myth. If your private myth, your dream, happens to coincide with that of the society, you are in good accord with your group. If it isn’t, you’ve got an adventure in the dark forest ahead of you.

– JOSEPH CAMPBELL with Bill Moyers
“The Power of Myth” 1991

Angkor Wat, 2002 – 2009
2002 original photos taken, 35mm film to finished digital construction, 2009.

Laser Alignment Installation
long Beach, California

Forgotten Youth

Tacoma, Washington, 2008

Santa Barbara, 2021.

Meret Basha
2010
Cairo, Egypt

Heed the Things You See

No Loitering, 2019
Los Angeles, California
Do Not Become Alarmed
Los Angeles, California
8 Dogs
2020
Long Beach, California

“I am I, and wish I wasn’t”; his self-consciousness was acute and stressing”.
jeff at 21

Aldous Leonard Huxley. “Brave New World”

Prague, 2011

Monkey in Window in Door in Amsterdam in Holland in 2004

Monkey Business Constructions 1 – 8

A Structural Biochemical Relationship

The Doors of Perception
by Aldous Huxley
Venerated Deity, 1999
Egypt, 2011
Graffiti on bluff retainer wall, Huntington Beach, California 1998
The Port of Long Beach from the Bluffs
2020
The Alley Clown, Via delle Fornaci, 43, 00165 Roma RM, Italy, 2097

The Captain Crunch Breakfast Cereal Series 1, 2, 3.

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wasgfa capten grawnfwyd brecwast 2
wasgfa capten grawnfwyd brecwast 3

Angkor Wat, 2002 – 2009
2002 original photos taken, 35mm film to finished digital construction, 2009.

Palacio de Aguas Corrientes
Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2011