The sculptures reproduced below, life size and larger than life, are
the thoughtful work of Charles Ray (born 1953). He’s based in Los
Angeles CA, but he grew up in the Midwest. He’s the head of the
sculpture department at UCLA. It all has a lot to do with the enigma of
The drawings below, colored pencil on paper circa 2011 & 2015, are by Elijah Burgher, whom I first heard of as Ghost Vomit,
which is the name of the blog he kept up for a number of years and
which still exists, though he hasn’t added to it of late. I was first
told of his work by my friend, Gregg Woolard, a remarkable artist in his
own right, sculptor, cabinet maker and carpenter (he designed and built
the original bar at Max Fish and the one in the basement at the new
place at Orchard & Delancey, along with the new storefront.)
Burgher is very closely associated with Richard Hawkins and AA Bronson,
with whom he has collaborated, among others. The biographies of him on
the net speak of him as being Chicago based, but last I heard he was
living in Germany, in Berlin.
1 Six Organs Ritual
2 Liam vomiting Ectoplasm
3 I’m reading these signs of the infidel hates me (after K Killian)
4 Beacon to Beacon (for R Hawkins)
5 Letting Blood
6 In the Horny Depths below
9 Bachelor with Flags and Demons (Gordon)
10 Bachelor (Paul)
11 Bachelor (Paul reclining)
12 Portrait of Jhon Balance as Talisman against Suicide.
Rosemary’s Baby was released 50 years ago today. The Old Hollywood
supporting players like Elisha Cook, Sidney Blackmer, Patsy Kelly, Ralph Bellamy &
Hope Summers were cast based on their resemblance to drawings Polanski
made for the characters.
They bring an air of unnerving familiarity to the proceedings.
The short essays and the images I post to this blog tend to reflect my present interests and work. Occasionally I will present my own work in drawing or painting, but more often what one finds there are the sources for that work.