Today's time in the dungeon "studio" was--if I may say so--quite productive. I completed this assemblage, which is housed in a 16 X 5 X 4" sewing cabinet drawer. Rarely do I complete an entire project in one day, so this is indeed a banner occasion.
The focal point of this assemblage is a tintype photo. The photo's subject, to me, has the look of someone who's seen the inside of quite a few saloons. So the piece's title is sort of tongue-in-cheek, celebrating his life of drinkin', smokin', and carousin'.
As with most of my work, this one also includes a fair share of found objects, such as strips I cut from various cigar boxes, an old medicine bottle, some .22 shells, and a metal Marbo heel plate.
Here's a short vid of my piece entitled "Once Upon a Time." No sound; just me trying to display how the lens works and showing off the contents of the piece.
The inspiration for this piece, which I constructed in a 7.5 X 6.5 X 3.5" wooden cigar box, is the old tintype photo (shown above) of two mustachioed gentleman, smoking cigars. Brothers? Outlaws? Lovers?
I've embedded a convex lens in the lid in order to, when the lid is closed, magnify the photo. (The lens was taken from one of those outdoor projectors people used to use to shine holiday/seasonal images on their houses.) When the lid's opened, it magnifies a "shift" key from an old typewriter.
Other than the box, photo, and lens, the piece includes various vintage papers and plenty of found objects.
The (sometimes mad) ramblings of a mixed media artist.