Shithouse rat

I'm a bipolar writer in the Naked City. I'm not playing with a full deck. I don't have all my dots on the dice. My cheese is sliding off my cracker. I don't have both oars in the water. I'm a bubble off plum. In other words, I'm crazier than a shithouse rat. These are my stories. Comments--short or long, nasty or nice--always welcome!

Friday, May 27, 2005

Schizophrenic's illustrations coming soon!


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Originally uploaded by Elvira Black.
My psychotic boyfriend Bowleg Guy, aka BG, will soon be adding his demented illustrations to this site. Although he is quite publicity shy, thanks in part to his latest exhibition experience chronicled here under "Alternative" Gallery Hell, I have also almost convinced him to start his own blog, featuring his Expressionist portraits in acrylic and oil. Here's his latest one. Expressionist means, in this case, that all of his portraits feature people--both famous and obscure--who look pissed off, deeply depressed, or psychotic--or sometimes all of the above.

18 Comments:

At 9:13 PM, Blogger Sera Strawbridge said...

I love that .. I'd like to see more. Just a random passerby .. =D

 
At 7:16 AM, Blogger elvira black said...

Thanks ghost writer. I think this may be a better "alternative gallery" for BG anyway. Checking out your site...looks cool. Hope you'll pass on by again soon!

 
At 9:56 AM, Blogger Henry said...

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At 10:39 AM, Blogger Henry said...

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At 10:41 AM, Blogger Henry said...

WOW! The colors are awesome! The face is so tortured yet educated (as in knowing something that most others do not, i.e. not "college educated"; absorbing knowledge from life itself). I am assuming this is Ezra Pound(?), as you did not mention it in the post, but have told me that BG has been painting portraits of him...

His paintings are SHREDDIN'!!!

BG's painting is great! I can't wait to see more!

Welcome to Cyber World, BG!

Elvira, give that man a menthol cigarette...!

 
At 11:04 AM, Blogger elvira black said...

Henry:

Thanks, as always, for your kind words.

Actually, no, this isn't ol' Ezra. BG recently painted the "young" Ezra (ca. 1917?) and the "old" Ezra. EP was strikingly handsome, and very cool looking, even into his 80s--as well as being the "grandfather of modern poetry" and as crazy as a loon to boot. So I will be posting a little Ezra mini-bio soon with those two works from BG...

 
At 6:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BG's work is amazing--absolutley--very emotive and skillful....impressive stuff--please keep posting more. Along with your writing, the paintings complement eachother well....good work you guys...

 
At 6:50 PM, Blogger elvira black said...

Wow, many thanks, anonymous!

Gee, BG is already recieving more recognition than he got out of any brick and mortar "alternative gallery"--and this is free! (Expensive is bad; cheap is good; free is better)!

 
At 7:03 PM, Blogger Reverend Z said...

Great piece of art, perfect case of "All of the above." Happy I stumbled into your blog.

 
At 6:49 PM, Blogger elvira black said...

Hey Reverend Z:

Thanks so much! Ah, a fellow BP writer? Gotta love it! Checking out your blogs...look great/intriguing so far. Thanx for the 'rolls too...

 
At 2:26 AM, Blogger Reverend Z said...

Yep, BP to the max... and though my blogs may not reflect it I do take my meds.

 
At 3:06 AM, Blogger rob said...

come on, BG, the blog's not too far. You'll reach sar more people than anywhere else you could dream. Look out below, Elvira is very persuasive.

 
At 12:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blackie,

Looks just like "Closet Boy"! I'm sure he must be holding a rosary.

BLLB

 
At 7:41 AM, Blogger elvira black said...

Rob: I'm just going ahead and putting 'em up. BG knows, but I think he feels guilty about receiving any recognition. A real boho Bronx kind of guy! Plus, he's way jealous of Herman, my computer, anyway.

BLLB: Closet boy? Absolutely. As you've so aptly put it, BG's paintings do have a tendency to make one want to huddle in the closet and say the rosary. It's a little hard in BG's apartment, because the closet is so full, but we try to keep some space cleared away for this and other activities, like hiding from crackheads if they break down the door.

 
At 8:25 AM, Blogger Henry said...

BG,

Recoiling from compliments? No, I don't believe it. LOL

Don't worry about it; you're not being a burden on us. We love your work! Please keep them coming....

Uh oh, I don't want you to feel that you have to produce for us now....

Uh, nevermind all this; just keep doing what you're doing.

:-)

 
At 9:38 PM, Blogger Henry said...

PS: Now I want to know who's portrait it is. I'm making a second guess with David Bowie....

 
At 2:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

B and BG:

It's a shame the CND (crackhead next door) doesn't emulate the same gesture as to get their rosary out while heading towards the closet.

Nothing feels so good as to recall
one's fears while in the closet to the "holy entity" as to the same one mentioned on the hit single sung by Norman Greenbaum, "Spirit in the Sky" from 1970. It gives me chills just to remember all the magical, heavenly bliss. It's a practice any nun would envy.

BLLB

 
At 10:40 AM, Blogger elvira black said...

Henry:

Bingo! David Bowie it is. And "Psychiatrist" is roughly based on Al Pacino in the Godfather, believe it or not.

BG's portraits are usually derived or inspired by photos. The degree of verisimilitude can vary greatly, depending on his whim. Young Ezra looks very like his photo. With many others, he just uses photos as a very rough departure point in his painterly journey to the windmills of his mind.

BLLB:
I pity any soul who has not experienced the heavenly strains and inspiring lyrics of "Spirit in the Sky." When it was receiving a lot of airplay back in the day, there was many an afternoon when I would retreat to the closet with my little transistor radio and contemplate the great beyond.

Norman Greenbaum hails from Petaluma, California. I had the displeasure to visit a friend who had transplanted there from NYC. Though it was on the outskirts of San Francisco proper, it may as well have been another country, or even planet. Cows were grazing across the road, and there was nothing going on but the rent. A little too down home country for my taste. But I guess it inspired old Norman G to create his one, great shining hit. It certainly was a wonder.

 

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