Obviously I mean escape metaphorically, right? And ending with dominance. I think of escape artists, like Houdini, as a peculiarly 19th century sort of entertainment, and thus the antique frame and sepia coloring.
This past summer we had to take my father to a heart clinic in Anaheim, California, supposedly to have a heart valve replaced. It was a tense experience. Adding to the surrealism was the fact that Anaheim is Disneyland country, and we spent the night in a Disneyland-oriented hotel, replete with evening fireworks, while my parents were in the ICU.
A kineograph of facial expressions while talking to the camera. Speaking as a card-carrying old guy, the sepia faux-antique look seems appropriate. People say my work is humorous. Of course it is, but there’s a lot more than that going on.
I’m old enough that my father served in WW2, a war we fought to destroy fascism. And now I’m watching the rebirth of totalitarianism in my own country, the USA. I am horrified by the things our Dear President is saying, that any disagreement with him is tantamount to treason. I remember when they used “Love it or Leave it” during the Vietnam war, but we aren’t fighting a war now. This is all about Trump. Either support everything he says and does, or leave the country. That isn’t patriotism. That’s insanity. Now I know how the Nazi’s rose in 1930’s Germany. It’s actually easy to create a Cult of the Supreme Leader. We are in big trouble.
I love to walk. I love the freedom it gives. I used to walk non stop all day, exploring country or city. But as I age, it gets more challenging.
A very short list of a few of the things that have been significant to me over the years? El Saler beach, Valencia, Spain
I arrogantly place myself in the firmament, multiple times to make sure the point is made. The day I was there, in Tucson, the street was empty except for a florist’s van unloading flowers for an event. Flowers always seem to be part of these things, so I included them here to help hide the church. I have an uneasy relationship with religion, any religion. But the church is a nice building.