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  • "To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim." - Oscar Wilde
    "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain" - The Wizard of Oz
    "To the Batpole!" - Bruce Wayne

    Brush and easel have replaced pen and paper as the vehicles on which my inner visions ride forth for the edification and entertainment of myself and others. I'm finding far more pleasure, passion and simple, satisfying fun in the act of spreading paint on canvas than writing has provided me in years. Accordingly I've not been as active a Cowbirder as I once was. Don't for one moment assume I'm not reading the offerings that fill my inbox daily and perpetually. I read as many of you as I'm able.

    I try to be my best. I want to placate my CIA handlers while simultaneously re-assuring the cynics, skeptics and paranoiacs amongst my readership that I am not a spy. All is well. Enjoy your bread and circus. Fiddle away. Rome is not burning. The city is engaging in urban re-modification.

    I paint what I see, kids. What you see when you look at my visions is entirely up to you. Lull yourselves into comfortably numb passivity with a generous helping of the sweet, syrupy opiate of art-speak.

    I created this piece in my ongoing experiment to produce surreal & symbolic paintings absurdly expressed and providing the viewer with an abundance of kitschy, visually engaging imagery intended to stimulate narrative speculation.

    What the show means to the performer is not what it represents to the audience. The tale the painter weaves for himself with the images he puts on the canvas will not be the same narrative viewers construct for themselves as they look at the picture. The story itself varies depending on which area of the canvas draws focus at any given time.
    Three worlds, different yet intersecting, interfaced and not always entirely interactive overlap, convergent, complementary and creating a variety of narrative arcs by the very nature of their synergistic dynamic.

    Entertainment is an industry providing needed diversion for the audience, careers for performers and profits for promoters, producers and impresarios, while bearing entirely different but no less important and influential significance and meaning - both express and implicit- for each group concerned, as well as for popular culture in general.

    A crucial and delicate balance exists in every aspect of show business - between the purely artistic and the blatantly commercial, between the ethereal nature of the creative esthetic and the hard edged reality of the bottom line, between the roar of the greasepaint and the smell of the crowd.

    "If you liked the show let the hat know!" I used that line half a dozen times a day for years performing Flipped Out Fables on the dirt circuit. I've not taken the act out on the road in a long time. A weathered old itinerant showman wrote, "One gets old. One gets tired. One gets slow. After time the prospect of a settled existence seems somehow more profitable..."

    I feel like now, more than ever before, I understand the full implication of that statement. I've settled into a comfortable existence. It's not easy. There's no safety net. There is however indoor plumbing and no wheels under the house. Painting sales are helping to pay bills, a circumstance unforeseen and unanticipated when I first went into the studio last spring.

    Canvas and paper are now the stage upon which I tell my tales. The act of painting is the performance. The resulting image is a record of the act, an impression of an expression of experience, imbued with one meaning for the artist and containing an entirely separate significance for the audience.

    Thanks for your time! If you liked the show, let the hat know!

    Image: Live At The HollyWeird Bowl - Mixed media on 20" x 24" stretched canvas - by Poole, January 2015.
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