Up we go to the top floor of the Boos Gallery via a teleporter again. In the room’s more confined space, viewers are confronted by what amounts to two diptychs on opposite, long walls, both rather unusual in design in comparison to others of this kind I’ve created. These are the only 2 multi-panel works of the Boos series. On the 2 perpendicular, shorter walls are hung smaller, simpler works both based on more antique Tungaske photos. And the 2nd and last diptych is also based on same.
Let’s start, then, with collages 26 and 27. Here’s how they appear in the gallery…
The unusual aspect of this “diptych”, collectively called “2 Fer 1”, is that it shows the same 2 older Tungaske buildings, even most of the same collaged-in characters placed around these buildings, but from opposite directions. We’ve seen these similar white clapboard/ green roofed structures before. They appear in the background of “Comparative Heights” two collages back.
In “2 Fer 1 01”, we’re simply changing angles a bit and zooming into the matching buildings. We have a former school of the town on the right, and a former church to the left. Both stand on the same property, which at present time is up for sale. Like with all the miniatures of the Boos series coming before it, I used photos found on realtor’s sites as a base to build up from. I didn’t alter the dimensions of either of the two selected photos for the collages.
The 2 tall green alien thingies of “Comparative Heights” have now disappeared or either moved off camera to the right. In their stead appear new images. We have, front and center, the head of Marge Simpson — who is, of course, Lisa’s mother in “The Simpsons” show — atop a female human body of taller dimensions, it seems. I believe this represents both Marge the mother and Lisa the daughter in one, perhaps when Lisa is all grown up and a mother herself. Two her left (our right) comes a blue-green 6 legged horse that we’ll also see in the second diptych of this floor. Here it trots on the boundary between shadow and sunlight, but its body remains shaded. Contrast this to sun bathed toy avatar Taum Sauk sitting on a rust colored car to Lisa’s right. Bright vs. shade, then; light against dark. Also in the foreground (far left) is another 12 Oz Mouse character we first saw in Collage 03 (“The Rock”), who again appears in female form here but is actually half man, half woman, harking back to Lisa’s androgynous state. She appears to be in lit the sun as well. And then two more collage-in images appear in the background of “2 Fer 1 01”, which we’ll see better in the second part of the dipytch. These are Baker Bloch himself, alongside a reclining Chef Dick Halloran culled from the epicenter of The Shining movie.
In “2 Fer 1 02”, we’ve merely swiveled our viewing angle basically 180 degrees and moved it to the edge of the woods just behind Baker Bloch. From this adjusted angle toward the old school and church we see most of the same objects from “2 Fer 1 01” but also a couple of new ones. There’s of course Baker Bloch and Dick Halloran again in the foreground, then we can spy the blue-green horse in the background, which appears to be in the same position as in “2 Fer 1 01”. Then Marge headed woman stands beside it still, but with her blue hair queerly merged with the long snout of the blue-green horse. Both she and Halloran still face the camera, as if they’ve swiveled around in position with us. Then absent from “2 Fer 1 02” is Taum Sauk and 12 Oz Mouse’s Man/Woman character with the red ball, apparently hidden from sight now by the rust colored car and white clapboard schoolhouse respectively.
The new characters of the second part of “2 Fer 1” are Mr. Bean, positioned near the center of the collage, and then former PGA golfer Tom Kite in the right foreground, wielding yet another golf iron of the Boos series. In fact, Mr. Kite is famous for his iron game, which I only learned about after creating the collage.
In his prime Kite had few peers with the short irons. In 1993, Johnny Miller referred to Kite as “the greatest short-iron player the game has seen.
(to be continued)