top Gesellschaftsrelevanten Märchen Detail (Triffids B)

The title in English translates to; "Socially Relevant Fairy Tale (Triffids B)" ... Flower power that is more or less easy to understand, preferably for a light or maybe even dark grey wall.

These particular flowers belong to the genus Gentiana, named after Gentius, the King who ruled Illyria (the Western Balkan Peninsula) ca. 200 BC, who apparently discovered the tonic properties of these plants.

The culture and language of Illyria has long since disappeared under historical waves of Celticization, Hellenization, Romanization, and Slavicization, ... but the tonics remain.

A Twilight Zone experience for me was returning to Hamburg on a bus from West Berlin and witnessing all the Germans starting to sing (roar) the folksong, "Blau Blau Blau Blüht Der Enzian", ("Enzian" being the German name of these flowers ... in English the song would be; "Blue, Blue, Blue Blooms the Gentiana").

A good friend of mine, who died a horrible death, was a seamstress for a family whose considerable wealth comes from the production a herbal digestive bitter, of which this plant is a key ingredient.

In the (yellow) lower left portion of the painting is a roughly rastered partial self-portrait.

This plant reoccurs in quite a few drawings and paintings ... always a type of Vanitas.

The entire world that surrounds us, is transient.

top Digital German Threesome Orgy

Digital Deutsche Dreier Draußen, as I was strolling through the park one day, in the very merry month of May.

This painting really is based on a digitally manipulated image of two men and a woman having sex, which has been transformed into a type of geometric wall-paper pattern.

Influenced partially by readings of the Art of Pompeii and events I am, at this point, "reluctant to talk about", which is what Barney Hill said when he was asked about the manipulation of his genitals by aliens in a UFO when he was abducted in New Hampshire in 1961.

The number "3" is also a reoccurring element (in stripes/ colors/ forms) in many drawings and paintings of mine.

Considered a very important "magic number" by Pythagoras representing; harmony, wisdom, understanding / the past, present, and future / birth, life, death, etc. etc. . The number three was a key number to understanding the universe according to Johannes Kepler, and is an important element in C.G.Jung's psychology as well as in alchemist traditions.

Hecate was the triple formed ancient (Egyptian / Greek) goddess of magic, witchcraft, ghosts, entrances, necromancy, and sorcery, as well as the basis of the later historic / religious Christian concept of a "Holy Trinity" .

top Digital German Threesome Orgy (Detail)

... quite symmetrical ... a possible suggestion of true Platonic Geometry.

top Digital German Threesome Orgy (Detail)

Digital Deutsch Dreier Draußen Detail ... fresh, relaxing, healthy, symmetrical green air with multiple digital genitals, ready for framing.

top Ignition (for RI and FAS)

Hearing callings from the graveyard.
Walking home from school as a child, I always passed an old 17th Century New England graveyard.
On one tombstone was written; "Stop and think as you pass by, For as you are now, so once was I, and for now so you shall be, Prepare to die, and follow me."
That made a big impression, ... still does.
So this painting is a kind of Vanitas (with green Bavarian F holes from my Framus bass ... and candles).
The skulls are taken from the tombstones of 18th/19th Century Whalers, from a graveyard in Hamburg.
AND ... somewhere along the line I became interested in the color ORANGE after reading something that the California (former painter and now installation) artist Robert Irwin wrote about it (that although being a "natural" color it is mostly difficult to work with, often appearing "artificial").
I later discovered that ORANGE was the favorite color of Frank Sinatra (who wasn't a bad painter himself).
Frank's private Lear Jet had orange leather seats.
Sinatra was very COLOR CONSCIOUS anyway, being a firm believer that a man should cloth himself according to the color of the SKY.
That meant, ... during the day, light colors, light blue, beige, white, yellow etc. ... and at night BLACK ... only VERY DARK BLUE was halfway acceptable, or maybe (borderline) a VERY DARK BROWN.
If somebody in the band showed up at night for a concert wearing light colors ... he was sent home (or back to the hotel) to put on his BLACK suit.
So, ... like so many other works, if not ALL artworks everywhere ... this painting is quite a conglomeration of various aspects of thought, experience, and considerations.

top Ignition (Detail)

Partly from the graves of German Whalers ... and Bavarian musical instruments (F holes) ...

top Thrill of Victory (Detail)

... good primary primate private vibrations ... and yet another partial Vanitas of sorts ... always liked red, yellow, blue, and purple, and green, and black, and ...
Kurt Gowdy meets the Wonderful World of Color.
(Can still see that skier wiping out bad on the ramp).

top Thrill of Victory

The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat.
Title comes from the opening sequence of the Wide World of Sports, ABC TV sport show in the 60's.
Vanitas ... Sieg ... Loss ... the Wonderful World of Color,
and Life and Death ... electric colors.

top Portable Halo

This neon sculpture was first shown in the "Gallery 7/8ths Compassion", located in the Sternstrasse (Star Street) in Hamburg, which is next to the industrial slaughter houses of Hamburg.
One of these neon pieces ended up hanging in the Berlin Bendlerblock building, in the offices of the Federal Republic of Germany Department of Defense in the 1990's (it was purchased by Rudolf Scharping's Press Secretary). Don't know what ever happened to that one ... this one is still in my studio.

top Never Ever

A homage to the 50 years celebration of "Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols" LP from 1977.
PINK & GREEN ... the international colors of Punk.
Together with the return to the BELIEF in the Metaphysical Tribal Industrial Inquisitions of the 15th and 21st Centuries.