whatsems (badly scanned) from p. 124 of Ports of Entry: Williams S. Burroughs
And The Arts (1996,
Los Angeles County Museum of Art). The
colors came out looking wrong--they're actually more brick red, maroon,
less orange. But who knows how they look on your monitor anyway?
Plus I cut off the right
third of the bottom one. ("Christmas Cheer," the top one is called
"Four Celestial Babies.")
a few exceptions of such pistol-shot pieces as Shot Sheriff (1992),
work on gun art came to a halt in 1988, when Burroughs turned to painting
on slick, heavy papers ("I want the colors to run around"), with
a brush most often but also with his hands, spray paint, markers, plungers,
and even mushrooms ("I got some good mileage out of them mushrooms")....not
wishing to have his work become mechanical or predictable, he changes techniques
often: "spattering, marbling, strips of paper, rollers, Pollock's drip-can
device, the Rorschach method." What Burroughs calls the "Rorschach
method" is precisely that, the method of making ink-blot abstractions,
or Zufallsbilder (literally "chance pictures"), devised
by Dr. Hermann Rorschach around 1912 for use in psychiactric diagnoses."
TOM WAITS said that!
EVERLAST said that!!