Saturday, July 4, 2015

Frankenstien the True Story 1973

Vernon Fischer

MoNSTEr 2015
oil and acrylic on paper
38 x 46 inches

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Eddie Carmel

Eddie and his parents in the 1940s
Diane Arbu, 1970
A Jewish giant at home with his parents in the Bronx, N.Y.C.

Back in the fifties at a Connecticut camp,I remember sitting next to your shoes by the swimming pool,
While you stood up in the deepest end.
You told me how all your clothing was custom made,
I think of you chanting the haftorah on one rainy Sabbath
in the gym by the foul line.
I remember when I put my hand in yours,
How it swallowed me up

Eddie the giant died last week,
Died with the curse of nowhere to hide,
Neither famous enough nor obscure enough.
Freckled Eddie the giant,
Curly-haired Eddie the giant,
Puffy-lipped Eddie the giant,
Clawed-by-stares Eddie the giant,
Gentle Eddie, the giant.

— Irv Losman

The Jewish Giant sound portrait.

NYTIMES article about his friendship with Diane Arbus. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

On June 28, 1969, New York City police arrived at the Stonewall Inn, a bar in Greenwhich village that catered to the gay community, to conduct a routine raid and arrest any individuals found to be cross-dressing. The raid did not proceed routinely, and resulted in resistance and demonstrations by the bar's patrons and other individuals who gathered around the scene. The Stonewall riots are considered to be a spark that ignited the gay rights movement.
Poster from justseeds: Image is of Sylvia Ray Rivera, a Puerto Rican and Venezuelan transwoman from New York City, a civil rights activist involved with the Young Lords Party and Black Panthers, who took part in the Stonewall Riot in 1969, and was a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Necker Cube: Symbol For Androgyny

The Necker Cube is an optical illusion first proposed by Swiss crystallographer Louis Albert Necker in 1832. The cube is a two dimensional line drawing that may be interpreted as a three dimensional cube in one of two orientations. The cube is often presented as a symbol of ambiguity and an illustration of the human brain’s ability to switch between two states of perception when presented with an ambiguous image.
The Necker Cube was first proposed as the symbol for androgyny in c.1996 by Raphael Carter in The Angel’s Dictionary, part of the Androgyny RAQ:

Practical Androgyny uses an adjusted form of the Necker Cube with a smaller square in the centre, as focusing on this square may allow the brain to break out of its cycle between two ‘equally possible interchangeable stable states’ and see the image for what it is; a two dimensional drawing which is neither of the interpreted cubes. Thus the androgyny symbol is itself an example of something that can be taken as one of two binary options or as something else entirely:
Image showing three Necker Cubes side by side, the first is highlighted to cause the cube to appear to be oriented to face towards the top left, the other is highlighted to appear to be oriented downwards towards the bottom right, the third has the centre square and the triangles around it highlighted to invite the viewer to interpret it as a flat image
The Necker Cube is symbolic of the androgynous individual’s physical ambiguity. Regardless of whether we identify our genders in the terms of a gender continuum, as being without gender or as being something else entirely, the Necker Cube symbolises the ambiguity we present to a world that is primed to see all people as one of two binary options. Androgynous people can be taken as female, male or as something else entirely but, like the Necker Cube, our ambiguity invites those who interact with us to question what they see, and perhaps strive to see the true picture.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015

Accused witches hung in Salem.

Reverend Lemuel Haynes in the Pulpit

Anonymous works
Circa 1800 - 1820, Paper mâché tray
Lemuel Haynes (1753 - 1833) fought in the Revolutionary War and was ordained in 1785. He became America’s first black minister of a white congregation at the West Parish of Rutland, Vermont, where he remained for thirty years.

Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922)