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SAFETY

“If I told you that, to be safe, you need only follow my instructions…would you do that?”
~Hierophant, Land of the Dead

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Monofilament

I’ve been thinking about doing something in a plastic Norelco tape case for a while. My late friend Tim made me a mixed tape when we were in High School – it’s music we listened to while painting my Mom’s kitchen an absurd shade of yellow. We discovered punk together, mostly thanks to Tim’s older brother J, and the DIY-ness made a lasting impression on both of us.

This tape is one of the few physical objects I still have from Tim, and a reminder of how empowering that summer was. I lost all of Tim’s letters during a move years ago.  I envy my buddy Neil’s ability to organize and archive letters and stuff from the past – I wish I had been more careful when I was younger. So, I used Tim’s tape case for this piece.

This piece (along with a few others) is going to be in an upcoming exhibit at the American Visionary Art Museum, along with a page from one of my letters to Tim (courtesy of Tim’s parents).

I still miss Tim. Yet, I am convinced that the people we Love don’t really leave us when they die. This was the a primary theme in my Memento Mori show at School33 – it’s a comforting, hopeful thought, and something I know like I know like I know.

If you sit quietly and dream well, you can visit with your people on the other side in your own yellow kitchen.

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HOSSENFEFFER & THE CURRY GOAT ATTACK

Dr. F was attacked in his kitchen, and this is how he lost his real name. The Rabbit and the Goat burst in took his name from him. His quest to find himself ensued.

This piece is a re-do of one of my early paper cut-out experiments.

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SHIPWRECK LAKE

Not far from the lonely swamp is shipwreck lake. It’s not uncommon for naive sailors to dock at this small town to enjoy its legendary hospitality (beer), only to loose their ship and sometimes crew during the night. No one is really sure why the ships go down…

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Vanitas

One can’t have an exhibition called Memento Mori without having a Vanitas, can they? There are a lot of things in that book.

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AS ABOVE, SO BELOW

René Treviño kindly gave me this G-Shock tin. The shape lends itself to showing identical, parallel realities between our world and The Land of the Dead.

 

As Above, So Below

From Wikipedia:

These words circulate throughout occult and magical circles, and they come from Hermetic texts. The concept was first laid out in The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, in the words “That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above, corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracles of the One Thing.”

In accordance with the various levels of reality: physical, emotional, and mental, this relates that what happens on any level happens on every other. This is however more often used in the sense of the microcosm and the macrocosm. The microcosm is oneself, and the macrocosm is the universe. The macrocosm is as the microcosm, and vice versa; within each lies the other, and through understanding one (usually the microcosm) you can understand the other.