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[art|personal] Taking off the mask

A while back, the delightful Ellen Eades arranged for artist Beverly Toyu to create a life mask of me. This thing was done, and we arranged for some copies to be made. A while back, Lisa Costello went out to Beverly’s studio in the Oregon wine country to pick them up, as documented here: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ].

Finally, we were able to pull the masks out and look at them carefully.

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These are pretty awesome. I love them. Hopefully their recipients will too. My special thanks to Ellen for both thinking of this in the first place, and then making it possible.

Art © 2013 Beverly Toyu.

Photos © 2013, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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[art|photos] He took a face from the ancient gallery and walked on down the hall

Lisa Costello and I recently visited ceramic artist Beverly Toyu at her studio in Dayton, Oregon. We were both absolutely croggled at what we found there — hundreds of ceramic life masks and molds. It was beautiful and strange and more than a little unsettling. Neither of us had come prepared for serious photography, but with Beverly’s permission, I took some shots on the iPhone.

I give you faces:

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[art] Steampunk pirate me

Portland area artist Nat Iwata is working on a Kickstarter to produce a deck of Steampunk Pirate Bicycle Deck. Through the good offices of Evelyn Kriete, I have been included as the Jack of Hearts.

Jay Lake as Jack of Hearts (c) 2013 Nat Iwata

Personally, I think this is a seriously awesome portrait of me. I am beyond thrilled. Yesterday, [info]elisem and I got to meet Nat in person. He is every bit as charming as he is talented.

If you like this card, or the idea, consider contributing to Nat’s Kickstarter. Me, I’m getting some prints of this card art. Too cool for words.

And when I get my deck, as Evelyn said, I can play with myself in public.

I am so thrilled.

[photos|art] The good, the bad, and the ugly… well, the bad and the ugly at any rate

There’s a tradition on the Long Beach peninsula (SW Washington state) of chainsaw sculpture. Which is definitely an art form in its own right. But sometimes chainsaw sculpture is an art form in its own wrong.

During our recent stay there, Lisa Costello became fascinated with this somewhat homely fisherman:

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She then realized that just down the road was his homelier girlfriend the mermaid:

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Except that mermaid would have given Hans Christian Andersen a case of the screaming fantods and turned him into a horror writer. Finally, Lisa realized that the mermaid wasn’t the fisherman’s girlfriend, she was the fisherman in bad drag. “Skag”, as some of my gay friends call it.

You’re welcome.


As usual, more at the Flickr set.

Photos © 2013, Lisa Costello.

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[cancer|art] Gene sequence scarf

Astrid Bear has delivered the first of the genome scarves!. She took part of the base pair sequence of my Chromosome 18, the one most likely implicated in my colon cancer, and translated it into a weaving pattern.

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Astrid, me and the scarf

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Scarf detail with Official Clarion West FancyPants™

As I said last week, that’s me there, encoded in the yarn. A tiny little fraction, about 18/6,000,000,000 of my genetic code. A celebration of my life and a poke in the eye of my cancer via the medium of fabric art.

Astrid is so amazing. I love this. I love all it represents.


Photos © 2013, Lisa Costello

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[cancer|art] Gene sequence scarf

Astrid Bear has been very kindly been working on a fascinating art project. She has taken part of the base pair sequence of my Chromosome 18, the one most likely implicated in my colon cancer, and translated it into a weaving pattern.

This past weekend at the Locus Awards, Astrid showed me her first sample swatch.

Test swatch for scarf knitted by Astrid Bear

That’s me there, encoded in the yarn. A tiny little fraction, about 18/6,000,000,000 of my genetic code. A celebration of my life and a poke in the eye of my cancer via the medium of fabric art.

I want to thank Astrid for both her generosity and her creativity. There will be more on this.


Photo © 2013, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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[photos|art] Austin’s Foundations

While we were in Austin, Donnie Reynolds took Dad, Lisa Costello and me to the Foundations in Austin, Texas. [ Google Maps ]

I remember this abandoned condo complex project from when I lived there, but at the time it was just a concrete maze on the side of a hill. Now, though, it is a graffiti park.

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Lisa and Dad standing in Baylor Street facing the graffiti walls

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The view from Baylor Street, with the old Texas Military Institute castle rising behind it

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Another street view

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The castle rising above the walls like a post-apocalyptic fortress

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Lisa is fearless

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One of the foundation pits

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An off-angle view of the walls and pits

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Frogger!

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The dudes

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Blue man smoking

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Welcome to Austin

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Jumble

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Stephen Hawking, hero

As usual, more at the Flickr set.

Photos © 2013, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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[art] Found photos of the Wall, from Mainspring

Reader (and musician) Luke Atencio yesterday sent me these glorious found photos of the Wall, from my Mainspring cycle.

The Wall 1

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The Wall 3

It’s wonderful to see that intrepid readers have been able to send back images from my world. This might be one of the coolest things anyone has ever sent me. Thank you, Luke.


Images © 2013 Luke Atencio, all rights reserved, reproduced with permission.

[art] The Child makes Christmas cards

These were on some of [info]the_child‘s gifts to various family members. I adore them.

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My card, accompanying a framed photo she’d taken, developed, and pulled an archival print of; in my case an extreme closeup of a car tire

Love
Mother of the Child’s card, accompanying a handmade beaten and cut copper bracelet

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My sister’s card, accompanying a framed photo she’d taken, developed, and pulled an archival print of

Christmas Tree
Lisa Costello‘s card, accompany a very nice scarf

Puzzle Pieces
Dad’s card, with a handmade wooden puzzle

Once Upon a Time
The Niece’s card, with a very nice Cross fountain pen she had coveted

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My (step)mother’s card, with a handcrafted beaten copper bowl [info]the_child had made herself

Chinese Food
[info]tillyjane‘s card, with an illustrated Chinese cookbook and a request for lessons in Chinese cookery

There has been discussion of her opening a card shop on Etsy. I am so proud of her.

Art and images © 2012 B. Lake, all rights reserved, reproduced here with permission. Scans courtesy of M. Lake.