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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?

full frame

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

detail 1

detail of flashing frame

detail 2

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.

snippet 3D

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