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Hygienic Art Show

Jan. 26th, 2010 | 10:58 am
location: New London, CT

I expect I'll make an actual entry into the show this year. It is most likely going to be Tucson, ...unless I can finish French-Indian War before the weekend, If it is the latter, it shall be the first time it has ever been on public display. Tucson, on the other hand, has been on public exhibit in Bridgeport, CT, East Haddam, CT, Middletown, CT, and [most recently] North Adams, MA.

Collage and photography has, in the past couple of years, been the two media wherein I have been focusing my creative energies. Oh, and I resumed logging in the handwritten journals again, glad to be resuming that.

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The writing beast wakens

Jan. 26th, 2010 | 10:39 am
music: Etta James "Change is gonna do me good"

Getting back in motion. Been a long long time since posting here. Hope to change that this year.

This year I plan on doing more about displaying my creative side; taking part in more art exhibits, going to galleries and museums more often, and schmoozing with the likes of folks who do those things.

I'll also continue being active with wild + agricultural lands preservation; hunting and camping and fishing; collecting firewood [oh, that is always! You'd think it is non-news] and community matters.

And, for those who know me, I'm still doing human rights advocacy at the state psyche hospital. Always a challenge, never boring ...I could use a little more boring I suspect. So that won't go away; I may post more about my endeavors in this realm.

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at the theatre

Feb. 22nd, 2009 | 09:07 pm
location: Hartford


Theatre Night

The Ladies

A night at the theatre [we saw a performance of Pilobolus Dance Company at the Bushnell, in Hartford] resulted in these new images.

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queers for economic justice

Feb. 19th, 2009 | 09:41 pm

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social unrest

Feb. 14th, 2009 | 09:38 pm
mood: tired
music: Big Bill Broonzey: Story of the Blues

     If we are to believe the likes of Know Nothing Party philosopher Rush Limbaugh, if we take seriously the panicked screeds of staff at NewsMax, or pay heed to the Newspeak re-writers of history at Faux News, then maybe it's valid to fear employee discontent in the office washroom.
     Personally, I don't believe any of their premises, but then I'm way far left of Obama and his centrist coalition.
     I have one of the original posters shown above. Found it in a flea market type shop in Greenwich Village a couple of decades ago. If you'd like to get your own copy of the Washroom full of Bolsheviks posters. Thought it was a hoot! Has kind of a Reefer Madness quality to it; pandering to a fear in a manner so absurd, the viewer is inclined to disbelieve. Even, ironically, used to promote the cause it is purported to revile.
     If you'd like to foment lefty fears with a poster such as the one above, Check out the Northland Poster Collective. The site promotes itself as "the mall of the rest of America." It's values are as described: "...feature the art of social justice, the tools of grassroots union organizing and labor activism, and the craft of union workers." They have quite a bit of other interesting posters, but not, I'm sad to say, they do not carry the poster below.

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war profiteers

Feb. 14th, 2009 | 09:10 am

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MSC fishing derby

Feb. 10th, 2009 | 09:08 am
location: Moodus
mood: tired
music: Billy Joel: River of Dreams

Soup and James O'Connell from Deep River caught two of the larges pickerels in this year's derby.

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music / poetry recital

Feb. 9th, 2009 | 10:06 am
music: Elton John: Rocket Man

I've always liked William Shatner, an actor clearly not afraid of sometimes going over the top. Here he is reciting Elton John's Rocket Man

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cat spanking / links to "adult" content

Feb. 8th, 2009 | 04:13 pm
mood: weird
music: Baz Luhrmann Sunscreen

Apparently this is not the only cat who enjoys being spanked. Here's another one. These are not to be outdone by the cat that spanks the monkey rather like humans and primates might. I wonder what the folks at PETA would say about all of this.

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Hygienic Art Show

Jan. 31st, 2009 | 09:14 pm
location: New London, CT / USA
music: Etta James - Let's Roll

New London, Connecticut | 31 January 2008 marks the 30th year for the annual Hygienic "no judge, no jury, no censorship" art exhibition.
     The Hygienic Art Exhibition is Southeastern Connecticut's premiere fine art, film and performance artist celebration showing new and original artworks from the sublime to the outrageous. Modeled after the Salon des Independants Movement in Paris during the early 20th century, in which French Impressionist masters protested against the then art establishment and artists for fawning over the aristocracy exhibited there works in cafes in the seamy parts of the city. And while New London's Bank Street is no longer "seamy" it once was.
     The exhibition is touted as New London's only winter tourist attraction. While famous for its anything goes policy of "....no judge, no jury no fees, and no censorship...." the work presented in the Exhibition is, by and large, creative, original, well executed and a collection of visual treats. This year there were between 500 and 600 entries, and the exhibit space spilled over to another building down the street.

Pix Credit: Hygienic Building | Hygienic Art Gallery Archives | Photographer Unknown |

Some of the work in this year's Exhibition

left: Shoes || right: Glenn Hart's "The Lady Hygienic"[based loosely on Eugène Delacroix's painting "Liberty Leading the People"]

left: The Church of the King || right: Listen to what we tell you is True

Happiness is Mercury

left: When I'm elected, Salt for All || right: dayglo cat

Jesus and His Peeps [This is a box diorama construction]


left: "Uncertain Times" || right: light sculpture

left: Adam with his perpetual white noise machine || My own entry "Missing in Action"

After all the years I've known about this event, I finally entered something myself. You can see where's it is located in the left picture. It is one of my objet trouvé pieces, conceived the day the entries were due.
     Bruce and I drove over to see what we thought was a show already hung and on display, so I hadn't brought any recent work to enter. I thought, briefly, of finding a Staples and having some photos printed out from the camera, but that wasn't in the offing. Instead, we went down the street to the New London Antiques Center. In the four floors of neat stuff and detritus was this photo, "Washington DC National Guard 1936". The photo paper was cracked and damaged [likely the picture had been rolled up for storage once] and in the upper rear row of the group photo, one image had been carefully cut from the image. In the spirit of famed Dadaist Marcel Duchamp I decided to enter it into the show. The guys at the Antiques Center thought this was a great idea. I cleaned up the surface, signed and titled it, and went back up the street with my entry.
     Bruce refused to go with me. Later he said he thought I would be arrested. The reception from some folks at the Hygienic was generally positive.
     Outside, as I left, Big Bird stared at me wide-eyed, perhaps in awe. I go back in two weeks to retrieve the found art object. Next year I have to submit something more recent.
     There were other things I saw and observed today, including more stuff at the Antiques Center, but I have not posted about them here. You can read about them on my other blog, Will Brady Journal

Big Bird ice sculpture greets you at the Garden

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