Category Archives: collections

To blind someone by placing a red-hot copper kettle near their eyes

I have a thing for dictionaries. I really love them. In fact, I have a collection of old dictionaries and even use them in my art. Some years ago I created a shaman jacket that is covered with images from … Continue reading

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Criminal Cards—in the table

Presently, the display in our table (Opening the Books, In the Table/ On the Wall) is part of a collection of criminal cards that I bought at an antique store not far from our house. These were discarded by the … Continue reading

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Symbolic stage directions for language

Punctuation marks are the symbolic stage directions for language. These “stage directions” tell us to pause or use a specific inflection, to soften or emphasize, to slow down or to speed up. They help us to make sense of and … Continue reading

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In the Table/ On the Wall

Last night was our first public art display in our home by artists other than ourselves– “Michael collects and Gregory paints.” In a previous post, I described our new Amish built display table for our living room, which has allowed … Continue reading

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Opening the Books

We just got a new Amish built display table for our living room. This allows us to exhibit even more items from our vast tchotchke collection. Here is a picture of our first exhibit: some illustrated books from our library … Continue reading

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Ten Things I’ve learned about the Art of Blogging

I have been blogging for two months now, a relative newbie. But I have already learned a great deal. Blogging has made me pay more attention to my life. I observe my experiences and my world with more consideration. I … Continue reading

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Michael Johansson

This is art made of collections. This Swedish artist takes objects found at flea markets and other places of resale and positions them carefully together in a kind of ultimate packing art, a sculptural tetris, if you will. These are obsessively … Continue reading

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