A sphere is also found in the next collage of the Boos series, another 2 part animation. I call it “The Boos Brothers”. Mars is the ball in question now, looming impossibly large in a lakeside setting. Two round creatures baring sharp teeth fly in front of it in part 1, who I know to be the Boos brothers of the title. Perhaps they also stand for Mars’ two moons Phobos and Deimos. They head toward a rust colored silhouette of a woman perched on the bank of the lake. This is actually another statue created for the same Tungaske art event that produced the sphere covered in collage 12 before this. The word RUST appears on the sandy incline below it. A spaceman walks in the lake carrying a large box. Peter from The Fringe swims directly in front of him (or her). He looks toward the rusty woman, seemingly in alarm. His head is framed by the spaceman’s box.
In part 2 of 2, the Boos Brothers have almost moved off-camera to the right. The rusty female torso is nowhere to be seen; have the brothers *eaten* her? The spaceman has moved in front of Peter. His box has shrunk, and he can carry it with one arm. The other arm, now free, reaches toward a tiny cave in the lake bank. We cannot see the hand of the arm. Has it also been “eaten” or somehow lopped off? Or is it just queerly hidden in the shadow?
So what is the meaning of all this? Mars, I believe, is a direct extension of the yin-yang ball seen in the previous collage, and refers to the question, “what’s black and white and red all over?” The traditional answer to this koan is a newspaper or, sometimes, an embarrassed skunk or a zebra with a rash. Here it could be the red planet Mars. A 31 kilometer Martian crater has been named for the town of Tungaske, but noone seems to know the reason why. The boos creatures are perhaps confused about their place of origin. Is it the Martian crater or the town that the crater is named for? At any rate, we know from the next collage that they and their numerous brethren in both black and white forms are headed toward Tungaske en masse.
The boos creatures are introduced here because it was at this general point I decided to name the still evolving collage series that name, after a village in Jasper County, Illinois. I explain some of this in the Boos Overview 01 post. I googled “boos” images and all these round eyed toys came popping up. The two I used in the collage are apparently Mario ghost boos, a malevolent strain.
And I should also put forth the idea here that the map duad Jasper-Newton itself is a yin-yang symbol. In Illinois, the county seat Newton is submerged inside the county of Jasper, as if a seed. In Arkansas the situation is reversed. This duad also represents the two sides of our US of A, or north (Illinois) and south (Arkansas). They also stand for conscious and unconscious states of being, a bigger tableau. If Mars is both, then we are truly dealing with powers of a high intensity indeed.
Interesting reading about “hungry ghosts” here:
It is believed that the soul contains elements of both yin and yang. The yin is the kui, or demon part, and the yang is the shen, or spirit part. When death occurs, the kui should return to earth, and the shen to the grave or family shrine. If a ghost is neglected, it will become a kui. The shen, or ancestral spirit watches over its descendants, and can bring good fortune if properly worshipped.
(to be continued)