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”
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
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.
Self Portrait, 2021, Long Beach, California
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
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
Joseph Keim Campbell, Washington State University
Michael O’Rourke, University of Idaho
David Shier, Washington State University
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
The past is a most beautiful thing; remembered through ash as seen in a storm
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
. . . 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