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Facing threats to the south (Cult of Oo’d)…

… the east (Fal Mouth Moon)…

… the north (Stairs)…

… Sister Mary Lamb retreats into her fortress of cheese to worship the gateway gods. She chooses liquor tonight just to switch it up…

… but when fellow devotee Jack Richardson starts to sneeze and sniff beside her, she changes back to the standard fries on the opposite side of the prayer room.

Good ol’ fries. Never lets her down. Now if she could only stop stealing glances at Baker B.’s degenerate collages in the Fal Mouth Moon across the street and focus on the Great Cheese. That hand, that hand…

One worry: she’ll start to develop stigmata but of the wrong kind. Tell tale type.

It’s all leading somewhere but she doesn’t know where.

I might.

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Okay, so Alice 02’s landscape paintings of New Island tended to be a little glamorized or accentuated, granted. This triptych, which she chose to hang in her new Meanderhead apartment across the lake from her aunt’s house, depicts fabled Fishers Isle at low tide in the center, with Mt. Sondra, the highest elevation of the island but still hardly at mountain atall, poking up in the background. She has more trouble with vegetation than water, so she tends to negate the former in her work, like here.


Alice 02 sitting atop 42 meter Mt. Sondra in ’66, looking toward Jim’s Isle, a park at the time but now on private land.

Alice 02, whose real name was Adelaide, didn’t need the apartment, but it was so cheap and spacious she couldn’t resist.

She also had a peculiar attraction to the cigarette ad hanging on the wall outside, a beckoning she only grasped presently on a deep, intuitive level. “Come to… Marlboro.” Soon she would understand more about all that while puffing on a different kind of cigarette.

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Baker Blinker’s World of Lemon 02

I don’t want to infer that the period between August 2008 and February 2016 was completely barren of activity for me. It wasn’t. In 2010 I went to England (!). The whole family did, as chronicled in both the abridged and unabridged versions of the “Baker Bloch Goes To England” document. This is where a fundamental split in my psyche occurred, obviously an important event. Part of me, a big chuck of my being, *stayed* in England, along with alternate versions of Baker Bloch and Hucka Doobie, even. But it was even a bigger thing for me than the others who went.

“How did we get there?” is another question I’m sometimes asked by My Second Lyfe friends and acquaintances. In March 2010, or maybe it was in February, Baker Bloch found a portal in central Jeogeot (continent) connecting England and Second Lyfe, specially the part of England physically and psychically attached to the small river called Key in Wiltshire County there. Our first dwelling place in England for Other Baker, Hucka, and myself was located on Coxhill Farm near the river. It had a giant hole in the roof. Hucka Doobie and I were not happy with the choice Baker Bloch made for us. Soon we were inhabiting the much more spiffy and modern Cresent House in Cherhill, also in Wiltshire County but more toward the center, where all the crop circle activity has pivoted around for so many years now. That’s another thing Baker Bloch especially wanted to study while “up” there. So he was constantly biking with his Arcadia Asylum product around England, and went a lot to The Barge, for instance, a hotbed for crop circle gossip. Or so he thought.

But we weren’t done moving around the county. Next stop, and a more permanent and lasting one (as I said, a big chunk of me is *still there*) was the Arcadia Mansion (no relation to Arcadia Asylum that I recall) owned by King Karb and his wife, who we just called The Queen during all our stay there. The Queen and I became great friends. We played croquette constantly out on the back lawn of the mansion, although I never beat her at any aspect of the game — never came close. Although Baker Bloch and I aren’t really human, the King and Queen were obviously alien in origin, with little to no human genes involved. If pressed, I would consider myself 1/4th alien on my mother’s side. There are no pink skinned human species that I know of. That comes from somewhere else.

“Where Baker, where?” I hear my friends and supporters ask, once more. We’ll get to that. Our stay in England ended shortly after the King and Queen visited nearby Swinden for a bit, then came back in a different mood, let’s say. The King retreated to his basement study. He was preparing for the new crop circle season, the Queen said. He supposedly helped *create* them. When a keyhole shaped crop circle shortly formed in a Wiltshire rape seed field we knew our time in England was done. Soon we were back in Second Lyfe’s Jeogeot, and a new chapter in Noru.

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Creativity Review

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About:

The Sunklands site plugs along! I am very fortunate to have such a creative center. I plan to retain it into the foreseeable future. No problems here.

Blog:

This will always go hand in hand with the Sunklands web site now. I’ve been blogg’n for 8 1/2 years. I love it. One of the problems for someone looking in is the multitude of subject matter. There’s woodsy reality, there’s viritual living, there’s fiction… lots of stuff. But add it all together and you get artsy me.

Collages:

Bread and butter stuff, again. I’ll keep collaging till the day I die most likely. The idea of series will keep evolving. I’ll most likely always accompany collage creation with attempts at interpretation. The last coupling of collage and analysis is through the Boos series from last fall, which I consider perhaps my most unified and fulfilling effort in this direction to date. A new series has yet to form beyond it, but I’ve been busy with other art.

The base series of my modern or mature collages remains the 20 part Greenup set from 2004. Seems like a really long time ago now. Before that I more sporatically worked with the old time method (to me) of cutting images out of magazines and pasting them together. But I probably won’t work in that way again. Digital collage is more my style. I’m not worried about the selling aspect, and create them only for the purpose of pushing the boundaries of the genre itself in a certain direction. They are “educational” in my eyes, although I’m not against selling *specific* examples in the future (just not whole series, perhaps).

Synchs:

The progression of synchs started in 1997 with the first steps toward the idea of a Rainbow Complex beyond just the “mere” Dark Side of the Rainbow, a gateway synch for certain. To me, it was the birth of rainbowology, which I haven’t really written about all that much yet. Oh, there’s been some pretend interviews with the likes of Booker T. and Pierre Schaeffer (actually alts), but I’ve chosen to keep certain key elements hidden until I figure out what to do with the concept as a whole.

But that’s just the start. Synchs continue to this day, though creation has slowed recently to about once a year. I may even be at a longer pause currently. I’ll have to talk to Hucka D. about this soon.

baker b. separated from alt Pierre Schaeffer in 2004 with the creation of the former’s Greenup series. At roughly the same time came the latter’s Billfork, Head Trip, and 4orrin1. 4orrin1 especially blew the lid off what I formerly thought an audiovisual synch could be. It remains blown.

Hybrids:

Latest in this category is the blandly named (on purpose) “Collagesity Winter 2015-2016” fiction — it’s actually what you could call a graphic novel set in Second Life (and its “moon” and also the *moon* of *that* moon). A next project could involve interpreting this fairly large work, like I do with my collage series. It falls in line with other fiction I’ve developed in spots down through time, the first successful one being perhaps “The High Octave Story” from way back in 1986 or so (rewritten in the early 90s, if I recall). Then along the same lines we have “Jordan’s Rule” from c2001, and then also the larger “Paradox II: The Chancelling” that came along late 2005/early 2006. I need to finish that off… technically it could probably be called a hybrid work as well.

Looking at other hybrids on this page, “Map Synching Feeling” is an interesting experiment with map oddities; “6 Weeks of Shining” combines collage work, map research, and elements of audiovisual synching, tied together through Stanley Kubrick’s film “The Shining”; “Baker Bloch in England” represents a fusion of collage, fiction and virtual reality a bit in the style of “Collagesity Winter 2015-2016” (except set in “reality”/ i.e., England); 2009’s “Where are We on That?” is a good introduction to my original set of virtual characters, most of whom are still around (Baker Bloch, Baker Blinker, Hucka Doobie, etc.). Hybrids will keep being produced.

Virtual:

I continue to hold onto Collagesity, and certainly work on keeping it up paid off more recently with its use in “Collagesity Winter 2015-2016” mentioned before. But has it fulfilled its usefulness? One thing it’s certainly not is a proper archives for the collages (and synchs). The Sunklands site, established last summer, instead has become this… but I would like to keep a virtual town going along with the site, if possible. Second Life’s Collagesity remains a comparatively inexpensive satisfaction, I suppose, in this direction, but my guess is that in the future a virtual town will not cost as much, relatively speaking, and can be rolled into web site payments.

Reality:

Another recent success story with the unfolding of the many Bigfoot dimensions. Polarity between Bigfoot Proper and Chesterton is involved, the two identified artsy centerpieces of the complex. Each has now been the site of a fulfilled marble race and connected toy/junk happening. Whitehead Crossing represents the other important woodsy center still, and lies on protected ground (Frank Park) in contrast to Bigfoot, which could go away with the snap of a finger. But toy/junk happenings may not ever really come to Whitehead Crossing, unlike what I thought before — up until maybe even this past winter. Bigfoot has taken over in this direction. Bigfoot may be temporary, but my attachment to Blue Mountain in general also is temporary now, as we plan to move to Middletown in 6-8 years. We have land there, we can set up a modular home with little maintenance for our old age, and Middletown is such a neat city with many creative plugins. I can’t imagine leaving Blue Mtn. for anywhere else in the U.S. of A., although *England* remains a possible final destination. But that’s a long story.

Back to toy/junk happenings. These will certainly continue beyond Blue Mtn. and into our Middletown existence. I’m just refining the process now; winging it as they say. And Bigfoot itself may continue into the future. I have the option to camp there even when living in Middletown, since we’ll be retired. And Whitehead Crossing, too, probably has long term value, if in a more abstract way and connected to local Frank and Herman Parks as a whole. But I don’t think I want to camp in Frank and Herman Parks. Too many aliens.

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Notes

I’m glad that Hucka D. is starting to attend meetings with Carrcassonnee. Or should I refer to him as Hucka Doobie now? hehe. We’ll see how long it lasts. Short attention span that man-insect has! But I get the gist. Carrcassonnee’s diner is symbol of Hand Lake, as the larger TILE Temple that she originally inhabited in the newest version of Collagesity is Drink Lake. We know now that the two, in real life, are directly north and south of each other — as the temple and diner were (as well) in fake or virtual life. That’s another link or resonance. Further, both Hand and Drink are drinking lakes, and have a water plant nearby that also have a direct north-south relationship. Directly. Hucka D. has stated that a Fringe event has happened in the center of Hand Lake in past/present/future, and *caused* The Finger. Interesting theory. Carrcassonnee seems to back it up but unsure still. The rock in the Collagesity diner is supposedly owned by Peter SoSo, who may be the same as Fringe’s Peter. Carrcassonnee might even double for Olivia, as we’ve talked about before. LINK

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If there’s something to all this, Reiden Lake must figure into the mix, a place linking the two realities of Earth depicted in Fringe….

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I’m getting hints that Hucka D. doesn’t want me to talk about that much yet. So let’s go here instead: the image of a lake as a hand that basically seals up the whole Falmouth collage series, acting as an Omega element…

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(The actual lake in the extended collage) is Tarn at Leaves near Stonetwaite. TaL is filled with algae, as I know Hand Lake is now when visiting midday this past weekend. Mr. Bean has become one with the lake or tarn; seems to be laying down on its shore and drinking from it or perhaps even drowning in it — becoming one with it either way. Same basic color. Then extending from *his* body is an upright map version of Lake Horton in Nauvoo, Illinois, a place famous for the death of Joseph Smith, prophet and founder of Mormonism. The lake contains a single island which is called Gilligan’s Island. And the lake is shaped like a hand of sorts.

Gilligan’s Island is another Omega Point.

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(to be continued)

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Collage 11 Interpretation 02 > Collage 12

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“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…

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“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.

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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.?”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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