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“Stranger Than Strange” February 12, 2009

Filed under: collage 10x10,Gallery at the Temple of TILE (Stephen),Hucka D. — baker Blinker @ 8:36 pm

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“Collage producing’s really starting to heat up Hucka D. I guess this same thing happened in the Hidlago series: around the middle the pace started to pick up.”

Hucka D.:

You have to relearn the art each series. That’s tough. But the correct way to proceed.

bb:

I saw especially my newest collages in a new way today, Hucka. As *funny*. Without any seriousness. Especially the last one I have a draft for, this “Stranger Than Strange.”

Hucka D.:

As Edna indicated, your works are both serious and funny at once.

bb:

Now it was this Stranger Creek Blog that I’ve actually added to my blog roll here which shed this new light on the collages. And, perhaps, our talking about them is also funny?

Hucka D.:

Yes. Ha ha.

bb:

I wonder if this is how Ant. saw them?

Hucka D.:

He probably didn’t see the meaning, or understand why you were doing them. I would venture to say, though, that this is the first *serious* art you’ve actually accomplished. It’s taken quite a bit of your time to do. Not a one hit wonder.

bb:

The 10×10 structure has kept me relatively focused.

Hucka D.:

The connections behind your art are becoming, um, stranger. Stranger than strange, then. Stranger. Anagram to Stanger still, though.

bb:

I don’t think I’m going to create an adequate interpretation tonight, Hucka D. I mean, “we” won’t.

Hucka D.:

Let’s give it a shot, though. Stranger Creek. This is an actual location in Kansas. But as you know now, there’s no town called Stranger Creek, despite the claims of the blog of the same name. You, however, didn’t pick the location because of the blog. You only learned about that afterwards. You only picked Stranger Creek because you forgot you were actually wanting to look up *Strange* Creek, which, for a while now, has been connected to The Residents, and I’m talking about the rock group now.

bb:

Classic rock I might add.

Hucka D.:

You first found these cliffs on Stranger Creek through another web site. But basically the same view of the creek is recorded in the photo fronting the greeting page of the Stranger Creek blog. You need to study that further.

bb:

This is obviously related to, especially perhaps, the 4th collage of the Wheeler series, or “ESG”. We have the SL photograph of The Resident in a neighboring gallery again, but this time all the faces have been either edited out or, in one case, replaced by another face altogether.

Hucka D.:

But you still have a Resident, because you have an eyeball topped head in a suit still, in the far right, lower corner. He is holding a kitchen sink, which we know comes from the Lake District once more, Rosethwaite in particular. It layed or perhaps still lays in a grassy field there. You must go. But out of the sink rises the Edwardston Station Gallery sign, or the top part, just as it was pictured in “ESG”. If you look closely, however, the eyeball seems more attached to the sign than to the suited body… there’s a gap. Then on the other side of the sign — left to the viewer — we have what’s called Wet Rock. There are 3 versions of Wet Rock found in this collage, just as in “Haystacks Hanging” from the Oblong series. So, what do you think baker b.? I think this is you and your gallery. The gallery and, especially, the new art within, from the new Wheeler series, such as the current collage “Stranger Than Strange”, rises up from a base of synchronicity — sink. What we’re talking about right here and right now.

bb:

I think it means *I* think that the Ornaglyph gallery is currently better than my own.

Hucka D.:

It is. As far as galleries go. As far as the advancement of a consistent style goes.

bb:

But the owner has turned into a Resident image. Not the Paul figure emerging from behind the curtain in “ESG” but from a more advanced album itself. Their most advanced album in many ways. This is the red face placed atop the similarly red face of the owner. I think it’s the owner anyway.

Hucka D.:

Red like Satan beside him or her, then. What does *that* mean?

bb:

It has to be a bit of a joke. You have the hand coming out from between the two hoofed feet. The Devil is sewing, and with a Wilson Wheeler sewing machine, like the ones in the second collage of the series, “Wilsonia Driver”.

Hucka D.:

Why don’t you pull that collage up, then, and stare at it. We’ll stare at it together.

(pause as bb pulls up said collage)

bb:

I’m not sure if I see any more connections between the two collages.

Hucka D.:

The grass, though. Both sew on “grass”.

bb:

I believe that’s a carpet in “Stranger Than Strange”.

Hucka D.:

Carpet of grass. Wilsonia. Carpet. Plants.

bb:

Interesting point, because Wilsonia backhousei grows into a carpet-like cover. Actually in looking it up it’s called a matforming subshrub. Mat instead of carpet.

Hucka D.:

Stitching together time. Making backwards forwards and visa versa. Wheeler-Wilson.

bb:

Maybe Satan here represents the Golden Dodder, trying to strangle out the Wilsonia backhousei again like in this former collage. Yes, in re-reading our interpretation of that earlier collage, Hucka D., I think Satan here is the strangling golden dodder. Strangling Wilsonia, the Green. Sewing and weaving it’s lethal magic.

Hucka D.:

Fabricated…

bb:

Like the Stranger Creek town itself in the blog. Fabric. Fabricated fabric.

Hucka D.:

The red faced woman is not really the gallery owner across from you now. She has been transformed into another fictional device, through the visiting Resident, which is now *you*. You are carrying your gallery in a sink like someone would carry a plant into an office he’s just moved into. Sometimes people make planters out of kitchen sinks, even. You have planted yourself in Yapland. Moved in beside the older gallery here. You can look in, *listen* in, to the older gallery any time you wish. Listen, look, learn. It’s a, “don’t notice me I’m just setting up my desk” kind of situation, but people do notice. They notice, they worry, then they move on to their own concerns. That’s one interpretation. But the red faced woman on the mat, um, green carpet is not really the gallery owner across the way any longer. She has become a reflection of the red Satan beside her now. She has become the strangler herself of Wilsonia. She holds a dead fish on her lap.

bb:

Several of the pictures elements of “Stranger Than Strange” 1st show up in the 10×10 in this collage from the Greenup series, called “One Pink.” We have the suited eyeball fellow again. We have the dead fish and also the bird sculpture. I suppose that’s it.

Hucka D.:

Why don’t you finish this collage tomorrow, study up on that Greenup collage in Floydada, perhaps, and we’ll chat more tomorrow.

bb:

Thank you.

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