Textured Text: Junk-mail Abstracts of Far Away Places
As I continue working with this series of of Junk-Mail abstracts different associations come to mind. The process is a bit improvisational, like jazz or free verse – certain colours or patterns suggest something and I start building and tweaking the elements to better fit the developing theme. I ended up with three pieces that I have come to refer to as “Far Away Places”.
The colours in the first composition reminded me of Paris Cafe posters & those art travel posters from the 1960s. One of the Junk-mail elements included wine bottles. This helped complete the piece. Just imagine that it is very expensive French wine. Take a few sips and enjoy the dancers ( in wide screen HD), Joachim and Michelle, as they tango to Cinema Paradiso ( composed by Ennio Morricone ).
The colours and textures in the second composition suggested to me a Mediterranean mural . The association of travel & voyages is emphasized by the inclusion of old map graphics . These far away places also bring to my mind pieces of music. My parents came of age during the Depression & the War years. They loved dancing & my mother had a beautiful singing voice. One of the songs that she sang and to which they danced was “Far Away Places”. The song was composed by Joan Whitney and Alex Kramer ( a Canadian ) and published in 1948.
The song was recorded and released by two different singers from separate recording companies. It was recorded by Bing Crosby and sat on the Billboard charts for 18 weeks. Margaret Whiting also recorded it at the roughly the same time and her rendition remained on the charts for 15 weeks. Both versions were simultaneously hits in December of 1948. Gone are the days when a song gets multiple releases by different artists and hits the charts multiple times. I have included Whiting’s rendition in this post because I associate the song with a woman’s voice.
This last composition grew out of another sequence I am presently working on. One piece in particular had intense tropical colours that fitted well with the subject matter of the various tropical plants ( taken at The F. Jean MacLeod Butterfly Gallery in Sudbury Ontario). I had used a Junk Mail Abstract as a layer in the processing. As it would happen, some of the lettering came through and it reminded me of the type one might see on cargo crates. Tropical days & nights, flowers & bananas, passion & music come together with deep greens, violet blues, yellow & fiery orange. Parts of the Junk Mail became swirling kaleidoscopic patterns, with words & letters entwined,…. like steps to a dance. Time for another tango; this one full of intense passion as David & Kim Benitez move to Astor Piazzolla’s Oblivion.