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WRITING PAGE: MileMarker and other Projects/Essays
Much of my writing
during a job I had from 1982-1987 as an
art-shipping truck driver crossing the country alone on a route
from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Santa Fe, Dallas, Chicago
and New York, schlepping paintings and sculpture between artists
and museums, collectors and galleries. During that time I found
photo to be the most flexible way to remain an artist every day,
taking pictures every now and then but not putting me behind schedule
any. Then, in motel rooms or out walking after dinner, I began
to describe in writing the places where I was walking or looking.
The writing eventually was compiled into a partly-published manuscript
called MILEMARKER, while its short-paragraph style turned into
fiction, to a degree, and found its way to the paintings, offering
a verbal element layered over and perhaps contradicting in some
way the visual element. In subsequent years I was able to write
history "poems" for the city of Dallas, Texas, as parts
of public art proposals.
A LOOK FOR (AND LACK OF) THE MALE EROTIC IMAGE IN CONTEMPORARY ART.
IS THE TERM "HOMO-EROTIC" PEJORATIVE?
THE BLUE COUCH IS LEAVING:
LAST CALL FOR EVERGREEN PARK
(with Errant Thoughts Regarding the Art Institute of Chicago, Nekkid Womyn, and My Kind Of Town)
An extensive essay from 2011 describing the cleaning out my parents' home after their passing, but segueing into a consideration of artworks in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.