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Archive for March, 2012

5 easy pieces

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Won’t, 1997 – collage & foto Smith

Five pieces that didn’t make our show.

Knight Stand, 2005, Mother Dwarf
(her last completed piece; she died 2 months later)
foto Smith

back cover Artcrimes #1, 1986 – collage & foto Smith

Black Leather Jacket, 2007, Lady K – foto Smith

Circuit Diving, 2003 – assemblage & foto Smith


in times

Monday, March 19th, 2012

May you live in interesting times – foto Smith


Quantum Sandwich

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Pandora’s box – foto Smith


A 2nd play 4 Cleveland Gray

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Good day sunshine – foto Smith

Posted this song last April, in the end winter mist and cold gray Cleveland haze of never coming spring. I don’t do winters well since we missed the winters of 2006 thru 2008 and found I liked it a lot.

Couple poet people recently sent good word on it so I went back to listen and found this bouncy bit of fun with dark & droll lyrics.

Click to play Cleveland Gray.

Weather was winter 30s when I wrote it 11 months ago; this week it’s in the 70s with sun. We humans seem to have given Mother Earth a fever; I doubt we’ll like her cure.

Here are the lyrics.

Cleveland Gray

The gray glooms swoom
Over my head
Dimming my dimmer
Breaking my bread
Hurting my heart
Aching my gut
Emptying my bucket of luck

Feeling blue what do I do I gotta shake these Cleveland blues

Mom’s dead
Dad died
The homework ate my dog
My money’s fled
My President lied
He’s helping the rich instead
(big big surprise)

Feeling blue what do I do to shake this Cleveland gray?

No home heart warmth
To keep me sane
Shadowed sun forgotten sum
Jams my brain
Makes hopes a corpse
Life a pain
Of course of course

Feeling blue what do I do to shake this Cleveland gray?

Maybe get some sleep
Or take a toke
Shuck a sheep
Or shake a joke
Gonna drown in this Cleveland frown
Blue gray brown
Downtown brown

— Smith, 4-2011

39 more Ball & Smith songs at – all free downloads.

Music, mix and recording by Peter Ball of Apartment One; words and vocals Smith.

Recording a new number Tuesday.

Is there life after death?
Trespass here and find out
foto Smith


Get my sh*t 2gether

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Ecolab station – foto Smith

My wife refuses to feed me today, or most of tomorrow. How Cruella de Vil-ish of her, especially when I had to stand by hungry and unfed and watch while she made 4 sandwiches for this morning’s Occupy Cleveland info tent folk.

I can’t eat for another 20 hours, on top of the 14 hours since last eating thanks to my first ever colonoscopy tomorrow. I can drink clear liquids or eat non-red-non-blue Jell-O

What’s going to be worse is at 5 p.m. I have to start drinking this horrendous gag-inducing colyte mixture every 20 minutes which will keep me on or near the toilet the rest of the evening and all night long . . . until I’m defecating nothing but clear water.

It is going to be one long day and a half.

Reminds me of getting dysentery in Marrakech and spending 30-some hours spewing from both ends . . . Lady had the same experience doubled down in Mexico. Dysentery is a great rapid weight loss program, but with one heck of a physical and mental price tag.

I used to fast 3-5 days couple times a year, but it’s been 10 years since I’ve participated. I’ve been thinking of doing it for awhile now to chase some of the brooding self-whining thoughts from my head and getting back in the Universal flow, but I’ve hesitated because I’m down to 172 and I’d lose at least 10 pounds which would put me below my 17 year old weight of 49 years ago. Not sure a six foot three inch guy should weigh 160 . . . maybe I can enter a William Burroughs look-alike contest and growl some nasty prose.

I’m thinking of turning this from a negative to a positive experience — you know, the old bromide about taking brown waste water and making lemonade. Figure I’ll use it as a mental, spiritual, physical cleansing to get myself back to a higher plane. I mean, it’s got to be done, so I may as well turn it to my advantage, like a double coupon day where I get two benefits for the misery of one.

The odd thing about fasting for me is the first day and a half are miserable brain and stomach-wise cuz all you think about is food – but after around 36 hours the hunger dissipates and your body feels light, high, while your mind seems happier, less clogged . . . in fact you feel so good you think about never eating again. But eventually you do and inevitably I always eat too much and feel slow and hot and dense and stupid as food reenters my body process.

Weighed myself this morning. Will weigh again tomorrow before I go in and see just what percentage of waste I am.

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Nulvoid 1

You can eat your cake and have it too
You just got to save your shit

— Smith, 1975

Cocoa, milk, sugar – foto Smith


Grin and wear it

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Grin and wear it – fotos by Lady K


As above, so below

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

As above, so below – fotos Smith


Scenes of the crime

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Scenes of the crime – fotos Smith


Art pimp

Friday, March 9th, 2012

The Olde World, 2003, Smith – foto Smith

Thus ends my shameless self promotion and art pimping spree
at least until we’ve another project to flog
or encursion to encourage.

The Last Chance Salon: 64 pieces, 4 Smiths, 44 years.
Closing Reception 6-10 p.m. tonight Friday 3.9.12

Sacred Pulp
Two Dead Smiths, Two Live Smiths
Mother Dwarf Smith, 1926 – 2005
Cat Smith, 1957 – 1987
Lady K. Smith, 1972 – ?
Steven B. Smith, 1946 – ?

Mastroianni Arts
2688 W 14th St, Cleveland, OH 44113
(in Tremont, 2 blocks south of Lincoln Park)

It’s the monthly Tremont Art Walk so there’s a plethora of galleries with an abundance of bounty to be.

Madame X, 2004, Mother Dwarf – fotos Smith/

Offworld VI, 2006, Lady K – foto Smith

Die-a-rama, 2004, Mother Dwarf – foto Smith

Stephen Strange, 1977, Smith – foto Smith

Cosmic Duck, 2007, Lady K – fotos Smith


Squiggle lines

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

note to wife – foto Smith

Heart waves
squiggle lines

Squiggle – foto Smith


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