“Rainbow Men” excerpt: beer drinking Jackalope
This central image from Collage 11 is obviously akin to 12 Oz Mouse from the first collage of the tetraptych, or “Animation Nation”. Both are multiple beer drinking animals of “X Brand” variety…
“Animation Nation” excerpt: beer guzzling 12 Oz Mouse
12 Oz Mouse is also found in the 3rd collage of the tetraptych (“Holey”), leaning over to stare at a hole. He leans the opposite way there from a drinking position. Is he sobering up instead? Seeing the hole that is his life as an alcoholic rodent?
Anyway, another thing to remark about is that the left part of the jackalope image above is cut off on the *center line* of Collage 11. Likewise 12 Oz Mouse’s hole is cut in 2 by the left edge of Collage 10 before this. The effect helps further unite the 2 characters.
The jackalope, or at least his head (her head?), has made one other appearance in my collages that I recall, and we’ve already reviewed it a bit in the last post here: Sam Parr 09. I’ll throw up the picture again. Or insert it in this post again, I mean.
And Karoz again appears in a collage with this animal. The jackalope wears the body in Collage 11, as it were, of Sam Parr Model (SPaM). The blue robot of the red-blue-7 Stones pairing perches on her shoulder. The antlers make a shape similar to that of Sam Parr Lake, whose outline appears in the center of Collage 10 (blue, coral like growth sprouting from wall vegetation). So the jackalope represents Sam Parr in multiple forms. The Falmouth Rabbit appears in the landscape below it, the central figure of Collage 11 and the focus. A smaller Karoz’s head indicates it by pointing and mirroring. In drafts of Collage 11, I had this little Karoz appearing on the foot of the drinking jackalope. Now the larger image of Karoz is all that’s left, but in both parts of the animation and in two different positions. He appears to fall from the wall, originally held by the cartoon homeless man from Aqua Teen, but somehow also turning around in the fall to “land” on his head, which is the same as the head of Scatman Cruthers at the foot of the wall. A surreal impossibility in other words — collage liberties. Much like a giant and small Karoz appear together in that Sam Parr collage: perspective distortion there.
The orange bottle and also the orange squares on the back of the truck behind him reinforce the association of 12 Oz Mouse in “Animation Nation” with the central orange jackalope in Collage 11. The orange is also reinforced in the multiple Meatwads in the same collage, but, moreover, the orange m&m to his above right, the one watching the Fall of Dorothy from the White House. Another resonance with the Meatwads is accidental: Part of his antler was cut off when I edited the overall animation — this would be in part 2. I left the mistake in because it seems to mirror Meatwad’s “hand” *extending* from his body in part 2 and touching Shake, simultaneously turning him into a Rainbow Man himself.
“Are we done with this one Hucka D.?”
Since Hucka doesn’t seem to be around this morning let’s assume we are and move into Collage 12, which is the last one of the Stonethrow series and called “Triumph of the Toys”. The Red Fox appears again, just like she did in Sam Parr 10 (coming after Sam Parr 09 just discussed above). This is probably a Peter Gabriel image again, balancing his appearance in the first collage of the tetraptych perhaps: Lamb Lies Down on Broadway’s character Rael, as opposed to Foxtrot’s anthropomorphized fox here. This fox represents an endpoint. The music from the album Foxtrot is used in a more recent synch I’ve named Carrcass-6. This carrcass also features video excerpt from 12 Oz Mouse, some of which is dubbed by the Foxtrot music.
Here we have part 1 of the two part animation that is “Triumph of the Toys”… there’s the red fox I’m speaking about against a rock wall in the mid-ground. Almost beside her is a green mossman with scepter in left hand. Above him is a giant Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin fame, head against the sky. He’s staring at another sky head, golden in color but about to turn red and erupt, as it were. A row of toy blocks is arranged in the foreground, spelling TOYS itself. Master Shake again looks on from the right, but he appears to be asleep in part 1.
In part 2 he appears to be jolted awake by Mossman, who has continued to move forward and is now standing on the toy blocks. His *right* arm has become transparent and extending, holding a multi-chromatic ball *triumphantly*. This is the triumph of the toys (whatever that really means). Hucka D. is still not here to help me. I’m going to make some guesses.
We’ve mentioned that the red fox of the present collage is also found in the last collage of the Sam Parr series also found in The Red Umbrella gallery: Sam Parr 10. Last collage reflects last collage in this way. And I’m also thinking there’s another resonance: I believe the fact that the 4 colors of TILE are found in that pile of objects that Mossman passes to his right on his way to the toy blocks — red, green, blue, yellow — also allows us to tie this into Sam Parr 10 in the similar 4 colors of TILE making up the stage to the left.
Sam Parr 11: “The Stage” (part 2 of 2 part animation)
In particular, I believe the wooden shelves or whatever they are, covered in plastic in “Triumph” can be paralleled with the tiny studio appearing on this TILE surrounded stage in the Sam Parr collage. Does the passing Mossman then equal The Master’s charismatic religious figure Lancaster Dobb (source image for Sam Parr 11)? And does he champion TILE instead of The Cause, if so? The ball he triumphantly holds high in the air contains all the TILE colors in one, chromatic whole. His scepter has been switched from right to left hand in the process. The eyes in the formerly golden head of the far background, high on the mountains apparently, have erupted redness like a volcano. What is the triumph? Obviously this has something to do with the story of Mossman Gene Fade of Frank and Herman Parks. I don’t think Mossman appears in any of the other collages in the Red Umbrella, although he is found in other Collagesity gallery works.
Where does this Mossman get the ball? Did the fox pass it on to him? Or does it represent the TILE colored pile of objects he also passes by in moving from mid-ground to foreground? We have more questions than answers here. Why am I not surprised. We’ll have to wait until Hucka D. wakes up much later on to further our investigation, if needed.