Thomas Arthur Schaefer

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Marking the Legs with Pirana Teeth

Just finished watching an absolutly fascinating film, just facinating. 'Tigrero: A Film That Was Never Made'. The film follows one of my favorite directors Sam Fuller, as he and Jim Jarmusch travel into Brazil's Mato Grosso, up the River Araguaia to the village of Santa Isabel Do Morro, where about forty years earlier Fuller arrived to concept and scout for a film about tigrero, a jaguar hunter. At one point in the film Fuller shows the original footage he shot of the village to it's current inhabitants. The faces the people wear when they recognize friends and family is utterly compelling. For me the most touching moment in the film is when Fuller guides Jarmusch around the village recanting old memories, as he holds him by the arm, leding him from one area to another. The variance of the two directors was also very striking to me, Fuller, 81, in his losely buttoned kabana shirt, smoking his distinguished huge cigars — Jarmusch, 40, wearing a classic Ramones t-shirt, smoking his archetypal unfiltered Lucky Strikes. While the difference in appearance between the two men is indeed arresting, the friendship and mutual admiration these two exhibit is even more evident. It's a rare thing to find two men so differnet and yet so much the same person. This film is a true gem, especially considering Fuller died four years later.

I was up into the late hours last night working on the Blue Jughead work for Spin & Gin V. I'd say that I'm about 35% complete and by the end of tonight I'll probably be at least 60% there. The real trick is going to be the lighting mechanism that I plan to install in the work. I'm still torn as to whether I want to create a complex electrical system that allows the lights to flash on and off or if they will remain constantly lite. Time dictating and my modest electrical skills will be put to the test. I'm not sure if I can create a circuit that will do what I want but I'll be referencing my electrical engineering books from the 50's (sticking to basics) and taking my typical trial and error method before I solder together some nightmare of fire and smoke. I'm sure it will work out. In my past 2 attempts at adding light sources to my paintings I failed, but only because the light source was enclosed within the work. The heat would build up and the lights would short. This time the lights encompass the exterior, so finally I have something on my side.
Back to painting... more later.

JULY 21, 2005
BARKER - Pretermited Jughead 17 (postcard)

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