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  • davidwills 3:18 pm on July 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    David Wills and Barney Bubbles – Blow Up Oz 12 

    Welcome to a digitally inflatable copy of Oz 12. Click on an image once, and then when it has opened in a new screen click on it again and it’ll go supersize XXXL as never seen before on the world-wide-web.

  • davidwills 9:08 pm on November 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Barney B, , , invention of the web   

    May 1983. “Yeah. These are for you, don… 

    May 1983. “Yeah. These are for you, don’t know what you’ll do with them, but I expect you’ll think of something, right?. Collage maybe?” said Barney when he gave me these old prints I’ve been posting lately. And that’s why the web was invented – to make possible their publication. They were in a box full of print tests. left over from some project way back, late ’67 or later. We were going to do a show of the influence of the A!GGZ,as an art project A1GGism, but it dissipated as an idea to do as 1969 wore on. I was unhappy with the prints and Barney wasn’t interested in the Mega Jumble sale that I was into. I’d made the prints over at the Fulcher family house enlarger in Colin Fulcher’s, aka Barney B’s, temporary darkroom on Tranmere Road, Whitton. Most of the negs were mine but the Muleskinners and the grad pix were photographed by Colin. In a way this is the continuation of the work barney and I started in ’63 and prepared for in ’67, to art-up a multi-media AiGGz show in the ongoing sequence of ‘Inspector Burge Investigates,’ the Image poster, the Erections and the Super 8 ‘music video.’ These pictures were intended as images for an A1GGz Poster and box, to contain the Ultimate.
    I’ll work this into a post I think.

  • davidwills 7:00 pm on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Barney B, , Lissitsky, , SF Unified School District, Stalin, Twiggy   

    Barney B in graphic Kruschev visitation – see the evidence for yourself. 

    Connections. Twiggy and Pope’s Grotto…

    Was in the coffee-palace today thinking ’bout my Barney logs and Lissitzky the Russian who worked for Stalin, and how Barney called him a “Hack.” So I pick up a copy of ‘Soviet Union for 1962′ from the  library at ‘Coffee to the People’ filched from the SF Unified School District, History dept. ex libris the James Denman Junior High thinking it might be relevant.

    Soviet Union Book Cover (3)

    And bless my unsullied soul, there on a page which the book fell open to, was a Kruschev picture, that someone had written a pencilled (or more properly a ball-pointed) bubble, with the words  ‘Barney B was here’ inside. For real.

    Kruschev Congratulates Collective Farmers (2)


    Alessandra the daughter – who knows how to do a contortion or two – says it’s Barney talking from the other side. I’m quite certain that’s what Barney would say too. An example of Serendipity if ever there was.

    And this is a Serendip type event because it was hecka weird when I saw “Barney B” in a bubble coming out of Kruschev’s shiny pate. So this is a good example to illustrate Alexander Pope’s invention of the word, serendipity, the happy habit of fancival discovery, which was named for (or after) the Three Princes (or were they Princesses?) of Serendip, in what is now Sri Lanka, and used to be called Ceylon, and featured as a mythical place in antiquity, then made fabulous in a 17th Century novel. Recently it was Tiger-territory. Pope’s example to illustrate the word with a story about a camel was not a very apt definition. Mine is better.

    Daught Aless’ current pin-up is the 60’s London model Twiggy, the thin, but healthy model, who lived in a house close by Pope’s Grotto in Twickenham, an 18th century grotto under the road made of shells and dubious Roman antiquities cobbled together in a faux mithras alcove. Twiggy’s house was a detached pebble-dash ’30’s builder’s mock-tudor special, featuring a front lawn with gate and central path through the roses. The house was, and quite probably is still, about one hundred feet equidistant from both the Grotto and the Odeon cinema of which Barney did a drawing. The front of the flick-house was built in 193o’s Egyptian mode, in that suburban British shiny vitreous-tile-factory way that some of us admire.

    In other news: Twig-tech, a play on Twickenham Tech, a reference to Twickers Twiggy, and is the contemporary expression of the wicker or wattle arts, also hedgerow weaving. I studied advanced Twig-tech with Faye Schoolcraft the sculptor in the ’80’s. Current expression of the latest advances in Twiggery are to be  found in the architcture of the raised beds in my garden.

    Musing on coincidences influenced by the Sceptic in Scientific American: My mind processes, say, an ‘Incident Of Note’ (an ION) about once every 3.5 seconds on average, not counting dreams – which I should but they’re timeless, that’s about 6-million IONs a year. Add in the dream factor and soon we be talking sig numbers. So, for those one in a million type coincidences, we might fairly often get at least 6 odd occurrances per year. Over a life-time we will see all sorts of amazing unexpected pairings and misconceivetions.


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