2 man show — d.e. may and matt ferranto



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blameless man & laughing woman (for ruth)

“the blameless man” came first. ink & white mean streak on 50″ x 54″ heavy pulp paper.

2. the blameless man

the year is 1997. (ernie irvan, scrappy nascar driver hits the wall & miraculously survives.) “i’m really grateful god saved me. maybe so i can race again,” follows “the blameless man”. a 50″ x 55″ ink writing on pulp paper.

the blameless man closeup

“the blameless man”, indelible ink using a pentel .04 ceramic tip. my favorite writing implement until pentel quit manufacturing ceramic tip pens. thick, raw pulp paper is analogous to writing on a virgin 100%cotton t-shirt. it slurps ink. it’s a one stroke whatever happens experience.

1. the laughing woman

“the laughing woman” (after the stormy night) followed ernie irvan’s miraculous recovery. she too was written with ink on 50″ x 55″  pulp paper tacked to the studio wall, but instead of the beloved pentel indelible ceramic ink pen she was born of a levenger plastic replica of an ink well pen. her ink was NOT indelible. the pen did not welcome various angles of application such as vertical strokes.

pen strokes enarged

because the levenger could not write uphill, “the laughing woman” became a see it don’t see it reader experience, and the only reader she ever had bought it laughing as he read it aloud from top to bottom. who could want a better art collector?

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“the laughing woman” laughed in a nichols’ frame created from roof flashing abandoned in the yard of a craftsman house in northeast portland.

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detail of flashing frame

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must wear gloves when you move nic’s custom flashing metal frame conceived & bent over wood.

back frame

“the laughing woman” had her back covered too. found wood. nic’s eye, his workshop is the envy of maybe all but himself, but that’s another post another time.

laughing woman magnified

one day turned into a dark & stormy night & “the laughing woman”, having been lashed onto the top of a moving truck overnight her ink fickle ran.

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fickle ink (now 3D)

enlarged 3d laughing woman

“the laughing woman”. ruth, i wanted to write the story of “the blameless man” & “the laughing woman” for “line break”, your fab column in “the salem weekly”, & we dug through our storage unit, a worthy archaeological dig, only to realize 50″ x 55″ writings would not translate to a single column. so i give you this story of 2 writings. “the blameless man” survives in heavy lamination without frame, “the laughing woman” and her frame is in a state of dismantle. let me ponder another possible submission for “line break”. maybe something even more absurd.  sloy

visit to artist gary westfjord’s atelier


at the gate of gary’s studio


art lined stairway up


boston blackie? gary sez look it up on youtube.


tools of the trade


gary & nic


where are we now?


hiway 61 peace vida loco


composition in antiques, velvets & tools


the ford. the ice, the reference.


afterwards table five 08


nic looking cool in the 91 degree temperature outside


yours truly


our chariot awaits at the curb to take us to work in our own studio

nic’s box

live in nicholsloy studio tonite we have nic in his own keystrokes. what are we looking at in this photo, nic?

art box

turns out it’s the unstacking of the box i made to hold my ‘somewhat’ flat cardboard stuff.

vintage art postcards upright in box

your grandma pigler’s (mary goebel’s) piano stool in the upper right with a mooneyes stool. your hotrod postcards in the lower right & still in the box cardboard customs & hotrods.

pulp fiction collaged mail art postcards

digging turthur i knp i do. the next to be removed is a series of ‘part’s boxes’ from a weyerhaeuser pulp mill inlaid into pieces of cardboard boxes. notice EAK appears.

cardboard hotrod under 'rifle scope', inlayed circles.

TA, BUENO KEEP UNDER Northwest Pears, reading the lettering on the box.

looking in as the box empties

the cardboard for the ‘part’s box’ pieces i got from my beatific niece lexie (rip). in the back a portrait by kent barton (rip).

final compartment

so nic, what’s on the clipboard & what’s in the boden glass mug?

cardboard constructions from parts boxes

on the clipboard a time log of a painting, offscreen upper right, & a poem. in the glass whisky water ice.

emptied interior


view, with cardboard art, from the back

ya need a cardboard art box to put the art ya make out of cardboard boxes into.