Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Martians and Ghosts

Just finished this tonight, it was kind of a pain in the ass, but I like how it turned out. I am really excited for this show. Out of all the bands that Frustrations have played with in our six years of existence, TV Ghost is damn near the top for me. I definitely recommend attending. The alien is based on descriptions of the Flatwoods Monster sighting in 1952. Too bad it was probably a misidentified barn owl, but it's fun to imagine though isn't it?

In other news, my previously mentioned multi-part essay on the downfall of the Royal Oak Oberweis store is on a indefinite hiatus. It turns out that the place has remained open which kind of ruins my entire "rise to fall" angle. I would still like to pursue it, perhaps at a later date. I am also in the process of reviewing photos from a project I did in the summer of 2009 and will hopefully be able to post those soon.

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Televangelist

Televangelists have always fascinated me. When I was a kid I lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for three years. A lot of people say that Texas or Oklahoma are the "buckles" of the Bible Belt, but Louisiana is no slouch, it seems like everyone is into God down there. It was always entertaining to watch Benny Hinn making people faint or Jimmy Swaggart giving some intense speech. I also went to a private Christian academy, not because my family is religious or anything, but rather out of convenience since it was two blocks away from my house and sometimes it got weird. The principal would always stride out to the middle of the gym during assemblies and lead the student body in a group prayer, except I didn't know any prayers so I would just look down and pretend to mouth the words.

This guy is kind of an amalgamation of Jimmy Swaggart and some vague memories of other televangelists. For the cross I sliced up a children's Bible I've had since I was 10 or so. I felt a little bad about doing it, but not really.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Polaroid #2: Fox Chapel, PA, 1984

Polaroid #2 is from Fox Chapel, PA, a woodsy suburb of Pittsburgh, circa February 1984. The song is "Secrets" by The Cure. The caption currently on there is just a placeholder, as previously stated I want to have it written by someone different every time. I tried changing my handwriting a bit from the first one to make it look different but it just looks lame because you can tell I did it. Sometimes I'm torn about whether or not all the captions should be the same, so when the series is viewed in its entirety it looks as if one master hand cataloged and is keeping track of all these "Polaroids". Hmm...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Crosshatching + Pointillism

The crosshatched one is from last week and the pointillistic one from earlier tonight. For the past two weeks we've been using ink and it has been quite enjoyable. I really like pointillism and it is no coincidence that my classmates' disdain for it has something to do with my preference for it. I like watching them get pissy over how tedious the process is.