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Altered art book, Page 21 (Yet again!) Is there a Ghost in the House?

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , on April 9, 2009 by echostains

page-21-yet again! But why?

page-21-yet again! But why?

Continuing again with another page from my altered art book.  It’s a few weeks since I did anything concerning these pages.  However, I am at last getting to the end of the pages where I had already chosen words, so it should become easier.  The original words I chose were relevant for that time (er… a few years ago, as I kept mislaying the book!)

The words for this page are;-

‘She’d be laid out in her coffin, pink satin it’d be with blue trimmings to go with her make-up.’

Silver trains shake through the stone

Loungewear – Made for stars (label)

My mum chucked them out.  The whole lot.  She said they were dirty.

I don’t know

Some people

Eye leaking

Like it always did’

I found a label from some pyjamas I bought and thought it would be fun to add this to the page.  Pink satin with blue trimmings to go with her make -up sounds like Barbara Cartland doesn’t it?  Or perhaps Liberace.  It’s a pity we didn’t go to his place when we were in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago.

liberace-las-vegas-villa

liberace-las-vegas-villa

One flamboyant performer’s house we did see was Turkish singer Zeke Muren.  We first heard him a quite a few years ago, in a shop on our first Turkish holiday. 

zeke-muren

zeke-muren

 This man  has such an interesting voice, we bought some of his music.  Two years ago, we went to Bodrun in Turkey and had a look around the late great Zeke’s house. 

Zeke statue in his garden

Zeke statue in his garden

 It was uncanny, it was as if he had just nipped out to the shops and we were snooping.  The feeling was particularly strong in the bedroom.  Some of his costumes were still there (they are very flamboyant) and also his car, well one of them. 

Zeke's car

Zeke's car

 His house is right near Helicarnassus, the famous outdoor dance place.  I wonder if he ever went in?  Apparently before his illness, he could often be seen around town, and no one hassled him. 

helicarnassus outdoor disco

helicarnassus outdoor disco

This is what he sounds like

and what he did

To  view the altered art book pages so far  The one I did already and forgot about……for this page is here and here.  I must LOVE this page or something, I can’t seem to get off it lol!

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Altered art book page 18 Heaviness is not always Metal

Posted in ALTERED ART, ART, DESIGN, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES, MY SURFACES, WORDS AND COMMUNICATIONS, WRITING AND BLOGGING with tags , , , , on February 15, 2009 by echostains

page18

page18

Continuing my Altered art book with page 18, I am continuing with the ‘junk’ theme.  On page 17 I looked at the connoctations of the word ‘junk’, exploring drugs and  assemblage (disgarded stuff used to evoke memories).  On this page is an image of a hand made machine.  I don’t know what it is, I just picked it because it looked like it would revolve (which fitted in with the text).  Don’t forget, a lot of these images and words were chosen a long time ago, and the original reason has been forgotten.  The text on this page reads as follows: –

He stared down at the machine

The machine began to revolve

a gritty roaring sound like the ocean dragging pebbles

soaked up by a piece of blotting paper

page-18-detail

page-18-detail

page17-18

page17-18

It made me think about other pieces of junk.  Junk that we carry around with us: unwanted thoughts, blind beliefs, superstitions, paraphanalia which we don’t really need but which we are frightened of letting go of because ‘something bad’ may happen.

forevertron-park-heavy
forevertron-park-heavy

The machinery part of the text put me in mind of this place ‘Forevertron’ Wisconsin USA, the biggest scrap metal sculpture in the world.  Its inventor Dr Evermore sounds quite a character…….

From construction to destruction.  In 2001 London artist Michael Landy destroyed all his possessions in the name of art.  He shredded and granulated everything, and I mean everything, including his credit cards: everything.  This took place in an Old C & A store in London and lasted 2 weeks.  The exhibition was called ‘Break Down’ and by the time the exhibtion ended Landy was left with his cat and girlfriend.  Why did he do it?  Apparently it was a statement about Consumerism and more…This is what he said at the time:-

“I see this as the ultimate consumer choice. Once Break Down has finished, a more personal break down, will commence – life without my self-defining belongings.”

michael-landy-breakdown-201

michael-landy-breakdown-201

For more about Landy

Media used; inks, photocopy image, printed paper

All the pages so far here