Sunday, September 30, 2012

"Holding the Line" coming together

Every time I step away from blogging or sending a tweet or two the dang interface changes!! Why can't things just remain as they are? I don't care that much for blogging or tweeting. It's time consuming and I'd much rather cut blocks. However, I've learned that I have to (at least) have a working knowledge of both. If not, I'm going to be left behind. Hey, that's the name of a movie, isn't it? Left behind. Anyway, here I sit looking at the new (to me) BLOGGER Post page. Mumble. Mumble.

Today I've just completed the last of 31 images; portraits of civil rights activists and foot soldiers of 1963 Birmingham. I began cutting the blocks in October 2011. I'd planned to cut fifty blocks to commemorate the 50th year anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement. But it turned out to be a pipe dream. I work everyday . . . 9 to 5 . . . and by the time I make it home, I'm simply exhausted. Mentally exhausted. And just plain pissed off that the best part of my day has been spent sitting in front of a computer creating mundane (dare I say it?) boring design assignments. medical. dental. medical. dental. This is why I report to work everyday. medical. dental. medical. dental. medical. dental. medical. dental.

Anyway, I've assembled a few of the cut linoleum blocks on the floor and I've taken photos. Do you recognize any of the civil rights activists? If I count the 16th Street Baptist Church marquee I have a total of 32 blocks. Here it is -the iconic 16th Street Baptist Church sign. The newsprint proof is positioned on top of the lino block.

The entire body of work is entitled HOLDING THE LINE.

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