Monday, April 17, 2017

Some How


"Like racing across the tall grass with short legs trying to catch the rainbow."

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

I Was Here Pt. 5

This is the last page of five pages that were a letter that Devin sent to me in 1986, It's all about having a piece of paper and drawing something on it because there was paper and there were a couple pens and there was an envelope to put it in. After two pages of just black ink on paper one of the colors featured in the first two pages has returned. There is no yellow, just orange. But the orange does make a nice comment on the black lines and words.

The five pages of this letter were just a sign that he was there, in that place, at that time, and that he could make marks to say something about being there and let me know because I was a thousand miles away.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

I Was Here Pt. 4

Here is part 4 of a letter I got from Devin in 1986, I think. In the previous installation, he realized that he could draw on the other side of the piece of paper. So he did. Through the years, in my basement storage, the paper somehow turned translucent, so when he drew on both sides of the piece of paper, both sides came through at the same time. There are faces in there somewhere, but everything is melting, merging, falling into just a series of horizontal lines, falling to the words, some empty horizons.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

I Was Here, Pt. 3

Here is the third in a series of drawings and writings that came to me in a letter from Devin probably in 1986. Here he discovers that he can write on both sides of the paper. The face is a box and the lines are twisted as if there was space to be filled and something had to fill it. I see some script and a profile, some attempts at language and expression in the marks on the left side. Not only does Devin realize that he can draw on both sides of the paper, he demonstrates this just by drawing, just by marking it up. He's spewing out his guts in lines because there is a blank sheet of paper and something has to go on it, something has to deface that other side.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

I Was Here Pt. 2

Here is the second page in Devin's letter to me, an adventure in color and words and images in several parts.

Monday, February 20, 2017

I Was Here, Pt. 1

This is the first page of a comic that Devin sent me in a letter when he was in Minneapolis and I was in Bozeman. The paper had gotten wet over the years and that made the front and back fade kind of nearly into each other, which just adds to the mystery and confusion of the whole thing. Faces fade in and out and battle with the text. Yellow and orange, like flame, like the lines, like flame.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Do You Remember the Winter of '81?

Here's an envelope collage the Devin made for a letter he sent me. It's cold outside in these days of approaching Trumpreich and I keep on thinking about what Devin would have made of the election of Donald Trump. It is something beyond the wildest parody. Here is a relic of a tasty hot tomato soup lunch and wondering if we remember a winter that would have been five or six years ago when Devin sent that letter. I don't think I can recall much of what the winter was like five years ago. It was probably cold in parts.