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“And The Secret Words Is…” February 10, 2009

Filed under: collage 10x10,Gallery at the Temple of TILE (Stephen),Hucka D. — baker Blinker @ 8:45 pm

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“Alright Hucka D., let’s get to it.”

Hucka D.:

Ok, then: “Ant” is a leftover “word” from “Willows Diamond”, the preceding collage [in the Wheeler series]. That’s the “secret” word, then. Or secret world, perhaps. But what is “Ant”? In one way, it’s your friend Anthony…

bb:

Yeah, but I don’t think we should say his actual name.

Hucka D.:

Believe me, he’ll never read this. He’s got too much on his plate already. And that’s one of the points of this collage. You’ll never really hear from him again… until perhaps much later in life, when he’s more at the stage you are currently. Don’t worry about it… that’s part of the meaning. A lot of it.

bb:

Thanks for that. A lot of this, then, is about the inability to keep male friends as I get older. Or, really, when I was younger as well. It’s something that’s been hit home recently, especially. On the other hand, I get along strikingly well with all my women friends.

Hucka D.:

Women are generally wiser, that’s why. You are wise if not really wise. You are wise enough. Women are wiser than men, in general. Older in spirit.

bb:

Interesting reason. A lot of it is competition, which I don’t think comes from mainly my end any more.

Hucka D.:

All you are looking for is respect, which you deserve. You’ve worked hard, but that’s not the point. You are on a path. “And the Secret Word Is…” is part of that path, along that path. A true friend should ask you about what you’re doing creatively, for that’s a very large part of you. Otherwise, they really can’t be your friend. You have to have that creative connection. You can give, but you also have to receive. Since your line of work has little to do with your true interests, then that’s also an additional barrier for many people.

bb:

All my co-worker male “friends” are either considerably older or considerably younger than myself.

Hucka D.:

You must talk about these things. The blog is for that as well.

bb:

I think this collage does represent “another world”, like Anthony has his other world that he has to deal with now. Separate from mine. And that’s ok. But it’s not true friendship.

Hucka D.:

No. You must recognize that. Establishing someone as the “golden boy” because they helped you at a difficult time in your job is not the same as forging them into a lifetime friend. The forging has to be mutual. So you must look to who you really have. And that’s working out really well, isn’t it? It’s like everything, everyone, baker b. You have to self edit in life. The things that mark you stay with you. You don’t loose people, really. They stay with you. But you must also let go in the present moment. This collage animation you’ve just created is 2 worlds, two separate things that once were more one thing.

bb:

This is also, a bit, about Headburro Antfarm, perhaps my closest compatriot in Second Life, even though I never see the guy inworld.

Hucka D.:

It’s the blogs that unite you more. And also exploration of this quite fascinating virtual reality; you both are constantly amazed. And the tie-in with the Forest of Kahruvel, where you both are sort of “from”. As well as me, for that matter. Rodeo.

bb:

That’s yet another world.

Hucka D.:

Anthony did not want to know about SL, even though he knew you were really into it. That’s where he draws a line, because it doesn’t suit his own needs in education, and because his own compatriots do not agree with its premise of non-restriction. But this is what the subconscious really is, baker b. All this smut and sex and porn… there’s that, and also the really, really creative stuff going on. And there’s even overlaps between the two, if you want to get technical. That’s what your Ant. doesn’t like, like he didn’t care for the lesbian love scene in Mulholland Drive.

bb:

I thought it was very realistic.

Hucka D.:

Ant. is confused. We all self edit, you see. He edited out, in your talk at the coffee shop, your announcement that your closest compatriot in SL is half *ant*elope, half man. He literally cut you off at that point.

bb:

Yeah. He didn’t mean to. I’m sure I cut him off at times.

Hucka D.:

But it was a synchronistic moment, a telling moment. And it translates directly into this new collage, if you will notice.

bb:

Anthony *becomes* the Ant.

Hucka D.”

Right.

bb:

Let’s move on to other aspects of the collage… perhaps getting back to that particular subject later on. What amazed me about this collage is that the curtain or drape appears again in the background with the walking stick insect. Anther insect, like “Ant”, or “Ants”,and positioned just to the left of this blocked word in the collage. One of his legs also directly points to this central word.

Hucka D.:

But is the secret word — or world — “Ant” or “Ants”?

bb:

I guess it could be two Ants, since Anthony and Headburro Antfarm are involved.

Hucka D.:

Ant. is scared of synchronicity.

bb:

Yeah. A leg on the opposite side of the walking stick’s frame seems to project behind the see-through curtain. There’s an “A” just to the curtain’s left, in turn.

I should add here that the word “Ant” does not appear *causally* because I wanted to point out the Antfarm-Anthony overlap previously discussed. No, it is just the 3 letters leftover from the previous collage, formerly in the word “Restaurant”. The word “Ant” here is cued to the end of the “Resta” in the former collage.
The two remaining letters of “restaurant” also appear in Willows Diamond: “Ur”. All rest on that top line of the collage, where the background mossman also stands upon.

Hucka D.:

I think the two different mossmen represent the two different worlds in question, one you and one the “Ants”. Yeah, the overall synchronicity of the picture must be emphasized. You didn’t plan any of this… consciously. And the unconscious aspect physically manifested in, for example, the sign you found in a search for “The Diamonds” plus “Missouri”, that isolated the word “Ant” from a “Resaur*ant*” sign. That was before you started either of these collages.

bb:

The camera seems to represent a bridge between the two mossmen.

Hucka D.:

You take pictures of people and remember them that way. You *project* onto people and remember them that way as well. Turn them “golden”. You must extract the projection.

bb:

I was going to talk about the curtain, and the rather bizarre *synchronicity* with the almost same sized and same designed sign from “Willows Diamond”, one perpendicular in relation to the other. When you create the animation*, you can particularly see it.

Hucka D.:

The curtain is in front of the mossman’s head in the 2nd collage, while the twinned sign is behind the same mossman’s head in the 1st. We’re of course talking about the foreground mossman in this case. And also this image, the curtain that is, first appears in the 4th collages of the Wheeler series, just before “Willows Diamond”. This would be “Edward(ston) Station ((Gallery))” [ESG]. There a doctored face of one of the Beatles — Paul and not George, as you originally thought — emerges from behind the curtain. Is this the real face of the mossman in the second picture? Is his head facing the viewer now instead of away from it, as it was in “Willow Diamond”? Is that why it must remain behind the curtain? Is it too unbelievable to see?

bb:

Like synchronicity must be kept behind the curtain, sometimes. The concept of, that is.

Hucka D.:

The walking stick unites, like the walking path unites galleries on either side in your Yapland, like your Edwardston Station Gallery and the Ornaglpyhics gallery. You should study that art more, then.

bb:

Hold on, Hucka D. I’m going to go ahead and pull that collage up in a window as well and study further…

[baker b. pulls up collage image, as he said]

bb:

Ok Hucka D., I’m just going to leave that in a separate window, like the rest. Let’s move to the haystack in the front, then. Obviously this is another symbol of Seathwaite Fell, as it is strongly associated with Haystack Butte [Montana]and also the Lake District’s Haystacks in the Oblong collage series, also a part of my art 10×10 like the current Wheeler series.

Hucka D.:

Obvious.

bb:

Yet here the walking stick seems to merge with a stick protruding from the top of the haystack. There’s also the fact that the haystack kind of mirrors both the texture and color, to some extent — a rather obvious association can be drawn, at any rate — of the two purple trunked palm trees at the top of the collage.

Hucka D.:

The stick comes out of the hay. Both of ’em.

bb:

“And the Special Word Is…” seems to represent relative chaos in comparison to the order depicted in “Willows Diamond”. This is seen in the word “Diamond”, for instance. The blocked word DIAMOND is all in a line in the former collage. Here the same blocks — from the sign of “The Diamonds” restaurant in Missouri — are scattered across the left top of the collage. The beginning letter of the orderly DIAMOND, D, is kept in the second collage as if to emphasize the contrast. Newton and Jasper?

Hucka D.:

Right. Control and chaos. Two sides of reality.

bb:

To back up just a bit, I shoudl also add that the stick poking out of the top of the haystack protrudes through the willows’ diamond more clearly depicted in that part of the shared backdrop in “Willows Diamond”. This represents Seathwaite Fell itself.

Hucka D.:

More than that.

bb:

Ok, I’ll think about that. To close, perhaps, I should also mention that the palm tree(s) of “And The Secret Word Is…” and the willow tree(s) of the twin collage “Willows Diamond” both appear together in the first collage of the Wheeler series, “Benwheelerworld”. At the time, we speculated that they must, together, represent the new gallery in Stephen itself, directly resonating with the newly planted willow and palm trees there, directly in line with each other north to south, and in the center of the front of the gallery as well. Does this, again, relate to the gallery?

Hucka D.:

We better end.

bb:

Thank you.

* to create the animation yourself, pull up “Willows Diamond” and “And The Secret Word Is…” in separate windows and toggle back and forth between them.

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