Monday, December 23, 2013


This is a pop-up book that is the first act of a play. It contains some of the dialogue and the narrator parts, but since it is in pop-up book form it is presented as PART ONE of a three part story. I worked for 8 years to create this book and have been writing the play for 12 years. The book pictured is one of four books, hand painted, hand built designed and written by myself, illustrated by Nathan Matthews. There are three scenes in this first act, and three pop-up illustrations per scene, nine pages total.Cover

Page One: Act One: Scene One: opens with Our Hero laying on his kitchen table recording the concert of electronic sounds from his kitchen for hours as he ponders the demise of his marriage, before going on tour with Wesley Willis
Page One: Act One: Scene One

Page One: Act One: Scene One: the Formica 50's style table top

Page One: Act One: Scene One: table covered in dirty dishes that have to get moved around. Unfortunately, this pop-up book has been up for display, and one of the stacks of dirty cups have been broken by handling. I can fix it, and I am sure this picture communicates the gist of the image

Page Two: Act One: Scene One: We go deeper into the internal thoughts of Our Hero

Page Two: Act One: Scene One.

Page Two: Act One: Scene One: Our Hero is about to dis-embark from his home and job, now that his wife has left, and become a part of the road touring crew for Wesley Willis, but he hates the music, so he is recording hours and hours of the drone of his kitchen to play in his heads phones during the shows.
Page Two: Act One: Scene One: Music is powerful, sounds are powerful, repeated loop sounds will join with his internal rhythm and unfortunately Our Hero is in great danger of getting lost in his own mind.
Page Three: Act One: Scene One: Now his body becomes a part of his larger environment, where-ever he is.
Page Three: Act One: Scene One: Our Hero has a small remote control in his pocket, while he is standing in the back of the club, with his ear phone under the ear flaps of his hunting cap. He is controlling the volume.
Page Three: Act One: Scene One: The text is typed individually on my manual type writer. Each piece of paper is a different part of the dialogue.
Page Three: Act One: Scene One: Each pop up is designed to open and stay own by virtue of it's own design, so you can just sit back and look at it. Each book is built differently. Some of them open like a quilt, or a path, and so you can lay the entire book out at once in front of you on the floor, and engage all the pop up and see the entire book as it is completely open. This book is built like a traditional book, accordion style, but is is built backwards.
Page Four: Act One: Scene Two: There are many people in the club that night, all on their own trip. Our Hero makes a trip to the bathroom

Page Four: Act One: Scene Two: As Our Hero moves through the crowd is begins to realize that he exists in a particular place in time, and that he is alive in relation to other living things.
Page Four: Act One: Scene Two: Each person is distinct in and of themselves, and Our Hero hears snatches of conversation as he passes them through the crowd.Page Four: Act One: Scene Two:The tabs their heads are mounted to carry the writing of what Our Hero hears as he passes them, and also the internal thoughts of the people that they don't vocalize.Page Four: Act One: Scene Two:"My gums are numb" "from alcohol"Page Four: Act One: Scene Two: The energetic expense of the power that is bound up in the wires messes with the ability for people to be truly aware of and understand one another, and so wires/signals get crossed, missed, confused.
Page Five: Act One: Scene Two: Our Hero is waiting in line for the bathroom and he sees a teenage boy come out of the bathroom with a hand full of poo and hurl it at the stage. Our Hero's is jolted back into the present moment and his heart engages.

Page Five: Act One: Scene Two: the tab pulls up and the heart lifts up to reveal the inner workings

Page Five: Act One: Scene Two: you move the wheel and the diodes of the heart twirl.

Page Five: Act One: Scene Two: hand typed text

Page Six: Act One: Scene Two: one photo is darker than the other. okay


Page Six: Act One: Scene Two: He is like a walrus lumbering out the back stoop. Our Hero is loosely inspired by Ignatius J. Reilly, the main character from the novel "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole

Page Seven: Act One: Scene Three: The teenage boy will not be cowed by Our Hero, who to him seems like an pile of pudding, and he attacks Our Hero viciously until he pees on himself. As he is lying on the pavement he sees a crow flying up to it's nest in a bundle of wires attached to the side of the building with something shiny in its' beak.

Page Seven: Act One: Scene Three: the crow flying up to its' nest

Page Seven: Act One: Scene Three: the crow flying up to it's nest

Page Eight: Act One: Scene Three: An airplane buzzes the air, his glasses are knocked away, his vision of the organic and in-organic world becomes a delusional division of convenience, as everything that is here on this earthly sphere is here together, made of the same matter as everything else. Everything is everything

Page Eight: Act One: Scene Three: as the crow flies up to it's nest the teenage boy throws something and knocks the nest down into the parking lot, as the airplane flies over head. The tour bus driver emerges from the tour bus with a few young girls in a cloud of smoke

Page Eight: Act One: Scene Three: the airplane

Page Eight: Act One: Scene Three: the bird and the air plane

Page Nine: Act One: Scene Three: Our Hero moves away from the conflict to retrieve the shiny thing from inside the crow's nest

Page Nine: Act One: Scene Three: Our Hero moves away from the conflict to retrieve the shiny thing from inside the crow's nest

Page Nine: Act One: Scene Three: Our Hero moves away from the conflict to retrieve the shiny thing from inside the crow's nest. 

The cost of this book is $500.00.

"The Legendary $ide Money Pop-up Book!"

 This past July and August, 2013, I decided to externalize the effort I have put into working 6 jobs that have here-to-fore paid for the construction of my home on wheels. I am a very hard, thorough and diligent worker, always have been, but I vastly prefer to live a life of more freedom for my time and imagination. This is a part of why I am building my home; to free myself somewhat from the struggle to survive and work for money so as to devote more of my life force to expressing this experience of life through the gifts I happen to have been given in this life, rather than trading my life force for money by the hour. I have been afraid that my identity would get attached to this struggle for money to buy supplies to build the house. so I created this book for sale about the whole process. I made 20 of these books, in the 24 hour prayer room, and in my trailer. Since it is a story about the building of my home, it was built in my home, and photographed in my home it seemed like I should also post about it on this blog, as well as my travel trailer project blog  ENJOY!!!
 They are for sale for $60.00
" Really and truly, isn't money the best tool for metaphorical communication?!?! People all over the world, up/down through time have used it to share all manner of understanding and lend form to the power of ideas. More than anything it is useful for expressing our deep desire to co-operate. Aside from being extremely versatile and useful tool for conducting affairs with the visible world, the influence of money extends into the invisible world; there fore it also has the potential to be a spiritual, or magical thing, in and of itself."
Give my A$$ a smooch! please xoxox!

 The basic gist of the book is about how I am building this contraption from scratch, don't want to go into debt, so I got a bunch f side jobs to pay for it as I go.. hence $IDE MONEY!
 The first spread all about the pop up trailer. recycling, environment, criminal banks + view of the trailer from space.
 The second spread is about my work as a "red-neck construction general service handy woman." I was working one renovation job in particular way out in the middle of no-where. The house has been trashed by the last tenants, beyond the point where the house could continue to be rented, We found a 3 ring binder in one of the top floor bedroom closets, titled The Legendary Side Money... with a list of all the things to be done to earn $side Money. The last thing on the list was making trailers!!! BAHAHA!!! This is how I earned my nick-name "$IDE MONEY!!"
 This is a self portrait of the original $ide Money expert, sweaty, shifted eyed-so-and-so!

 I also work as a waitress at an all-night, all American diner!
 Restaurant views as seen moving out from inside and outside.
 Moving out.. moving in, with stories about relationships built there and events that have happened on my shifts.
 The view of the neighborhood where the restaurant I have worked at the longest is located, and the mega mess o dishes we waitress clean up!
This spread about BIKE POWER and GIRL POWER! I find change on the side of the road constantly, and an average of 5 times a year huge wads of cash! Plus, I save a great deal of money riding my bike everywhere.
 This spread also talks about all the extra little side jobs I have, from making puppets, delivering singing telegrams, baby-sitting, dog walking, cream pie fight catering, etc....
 This spread is about my work with the local stage hands union. We stage hands were originally pirates who were on sabbatical from sea-faring, a motley bunch who made the show go on!!!

 One of the most memorable shows I ever worked was the touring Broadway production of The Fiddler on the Roof! I ran off with the Fiddler himself after the show, toke him on a brief tour of the town, in particular to a rope swing that carries it's rider out over a cliff, hanging from a tree along side the train tracks. When you lift up the accordion Victorian peep show you see a layer image of the rope swing.

 This is the graphic logo for the Athens Local 824, who I have worked with for the past 3 years.

 The final spread is about the modeling work I do, for painters, and sculptors. Pictured also is the work of a few local artists I have worked with over the years, Leah Mantini, Rich Panico, and Alejandro Lopez-Tasso.
 There are the artists on the left, and Money and me on the right
 There he is! Monkey, my dog.