“Bixby Shuffle 02” is the second part of the animation. We now have clear evidence of a transformation through the door. Bixby is turning into the monster again. In the window, we peek into the future.
We know from former map analysis that the towns of Bixby, Buick and Boss Missouri are psychically linked in some way. For one, they form an isosceles triangle, with Boss at the apex. Bixby and Buick lie on the western side of Iron County, in the Dent Township. Boss lies a little over the border in Dent *County* to the west.
I was studying Iron County at the time of this discovery because of its close ties to the Bigfoot Art Event that just took place next to the Blue Mountain Urban Landscape. This art event permeates the Boos collage series through and through. The two main toy characters of the event, Taum Sauk and Mina Sauk, both take their names from prominent landscape locations within this county, or the highest mountain in Missouri and the highest waterfall in Missouri respectively (which tumbles off the side of Taum Sauk mountain). The root cause of this association comes through the presence of a full golf *iron* already located at the epicenter of the Bigfoot Art Event, before it even began. Then a second iron — but only a head this time — was found at the Plateau of Raw Art which acted as the main source of the event’s junk aspect. Like with the spool table, another object which plays a major role in Boos collages. I would soon locate another spool table in Tungaske which would directly link my Bigfoot with that artsy Canadian hamlet. And Tungaske itself is featured in almost all Boos collages starting with the 10th.
Back to the “Bixby Shuffle” animation: What is really going on here? Why have I been directed, it seems, to bore into this Missouri location; collage the elements I have into it? I’m almost positive it refers to my present work situation, which has changed in the past several months. I’ve relocated, in effect. *My* boss has been exposed to be… well, the proximity of Boss and Bixby (and Buick) in Missouri is not chance, let’s say. I’m aware of a similar shuffle in my own life. And this goes hand in hand with a mother situation. Pretty deep stuff for me.
But, for every positive, creative force, there must be an opposing, destructive one. This notion is doubly true in the esoteric world of Carl Jung, where all archetypes must, by necessity, possess a shadow self. The dark twin sister of the Great Mother is the Terrible Mother, a force of death and destruction. This archetype inhabits the world of the primordial instincts, and is frequently represented as sub-human or even animal-like in form. A good example of the Terrible Mother archetype is the black-skinned Hindu goddess Kali. Her eyes are described as red with absolute rage, her hair disheveled, and small fangs sometimes protrude out of her mouth. She is often shown naked or just wearing a skirt made of human arms and a garland of human heads.
For me, this seems to be a residue form. Escape from childhood joys and fears is difficult. I was surprised, nay *shocked*, that such fears still could possess me. I’ll leave it at that. But I’m sure that’s behind some of the art here. The hulk monster is intertwined with the Terrible Mother and the rage.
Moving on to collage 03, another animation, we have the reappearance of the rock house from collage 02 in its center. I call the work simply “The Rock”. In part 02 of the animation, we see that the Bixby shuffle is still in effect inside the house — the painfully green hulk has now *shuffled* over to the door, with Normal Bixby (human) nowhere to be seen.
And in the animation between the two, it is obvious that Mossman has become associated with The Incredible Hulk as well. He seems to be raging, like the hulk. But he is, according to my mythology at least (and, in part, the Heman mythology he comes from), a peaceful, civilized, highly intelligent being of pretty calm disposition. Within him, the turbulence is soothed; waves smoothed out. The storm is over. We will not see inside the possessed rock house again in the collage series.
The background for “The Rock” comes from Second Life, namely a Nautilus City shot highlighting my newly minted virtual gallery that now holds the entire Boos collage series. The rock house becomes superimposed on a rock in the Punic Woods just below the gallery (literally below, in the picture), which has been deemed mystical in much the same way as the Rubi Woods before it. The original background picture is here for a comparison:
Nautilus City will be seen in several other collages of the series coming up.
“The Rock” is easily the most reworked collage in the Boos series, forming in three phases at different times. As I touched upon in a recent post, it almost seems to steal some thunder from the end of the series. I think now some kind of jolt was needed to refocus the series on non-Missouri locations, or to bring Missouri into Canada, as it were. The guitarists to the left come directly from Tungaske, and they will “reappear” in the very last collage of the series. Canada (and Second Life) has come to the rescue. And Bigfoot.
And then also in the second part of “The Rock” we have Mossman being superimposed with the “3 Birds” sculpture seen in a number of my other collages down through the years now, starting in 2004’s Greenup series. Here I believe it represents the looped marble race of the Bigfoot event, a central aspect. Taum Sauk stands next to both Mossman and the sculpture, reinforcing a Bigfoot connection. His head swivels from left to right in the animation. His attention seems diverted to the next collage down the wall of the gallery…
… called “Dirty Little Wet Seed”. In this collage Taum Sauk seems to be examining the repercusions of Boss Moss and what his indicating finger is pointing to. We already know that this small gray square is a car from “Bossmo”, but duplicated as a *license plate* on the same car in “Bixby Shuffle”. This is the seed referred to in the title. Green Acres’ Oliver Wendell Douglas seems to hold it between his fingers. Douglas is actually talking about a hypothetical seed in the culled screenshot from the show — more tv shows.
If we google the phrase “dirty little wet seed”, we find the the show in question: “Oliver Buys a Farm”, which is also the pilot for the popular 60’s series. Directly related quote, then:
Oliver Wendell Douglas: I’d take a little seed, a tiny little seed, I’d, I’d plant it in the ground, I’d put some dirt on it, I’d water it, and pretty soon, do you know what I’d have?
Lisa Douglas: A dirty little wet seed.
Full script of the show is here:
I won’t go into this much but that particular episode is used as a core video source for a 2012 carrcass, or Carrcass-6. 12 Oz Mouse acts as the main glue for this particular audiovisual synchronicity, which I’ll add because its characters also appear in the Boos series. Green Acres folk will not put in another appearance, however.
(to be continued)