Monday, 20 February 2017
Mr. Bones was excited to attend his church bingo night with the theme of "Myths & Legends." He got started on his card, but then a call came in on his bone phone, and he had to step out to take the call. Unfortunately, he bingoed more than once while he was gone, but he couldn't collect the prizes because he wasn't there to cry out "Bingo!"
The imagery in each square derives from a specific myth or legend. In Column 1 Row 5, for example, is the story of Cupid and Venus. In Column 4 Row 4 is that of Saturn eating his children. The artists include William Blake, Hieronymus Bosch, Sandro Botticelli, Agnolo Bronzini, Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Francisco de Goya, Gustave Doré, Caspar David Friedrich, Tonie Roos, Salomen Trismosin and Ferdinand von Wright. Mr. Bones is a Zapotec interpretation of the Aztec God of Death, 1300 C.E.
I hope the concept of church bingo night is not too obscure to our friends across the pond. =smile=
"The War of the Worlds" was an episode of the American radio drama anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was performed as a Halloween episode of the series on Sunday, October 30, 1938, and aired over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network. Directed and narrated by actor and future filmmaker Orson Welles, the episode was an adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds (1898). It became famous for allegedly causing mass panic, although the reality of the panic is disputed as the program had relatively few listeners.
Sunday, 19 February 2017
Artist Jon Foster, of IUOMA (International Union of Mail Artists), mails "Add and Return" cards to anyone who sends him their mailing address. The template for what you see here is one of those cards, modified by yours truly with cut-paper collage, rubber stamps, and markers.
Why "No Laughing Matter?" Because even though American TV comedians (including news commentators) are having a heyday of humor since the Combover Clown was elected President, I'm afraid I'm not laughing. Donald J. Trump may not be the Great Cthulhu, from whom several myths derive—frankly, I doubt he's intelligent enough to be one of Lovecraft's Elder Gods—but it seems to me he's at the center of a tentacular network of greed and corruption. Even, eventually, of bloodshed.
I sometimes use frames to set off material that I don't wish to consciously acknowledge: hence, a brown frame with images of fertility/creativity goddesses wearing the pink knitted "kitty hats" that women wore during the March on Washington and at other protests.