FRIENDS OF THE JANITOr
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  MINNESOTA NICE  2015, Archival pigment print, 24x18 inches

MINNESOTA NICE
2015, Archival pigment print, 24x18 inches

From the series:
"Friends of The Janitor"

A pairing of image and title.
A study in perceptual realism.
A conceptual riff. An internet trope.
A parlor game. A puzzle. A joke.

A poke at the real world.

You decide.

OLE FROM IKEA

Look Lena. Here's the instructions.

"Say hello to my little friends.
Look for their little faces.
Look for their dark little eyes.
Look for their tiny little mouths.
Maybe a nose, or mustache.
Find the face. Read the title.
Relate the two to you. Repeat."

Ya... OK then.
I suppose.

So Lena... why don't you go first.

BREATH IN, BREATH OUT

Perception occurs as perspective pivots.

When pictures and words are united,
meta-perspectives appear.

Image and text should dance
with idea, execution, and chance.

Humor is used to increase
the scope and breadth of each piece.

ALTITUDE ATTITUDE APTITUDE ADJUSTMENTS

A complete change may result
from the smallest of movements.


Wordplay and I are kind of a thing.
Straining against a blocked metaphor.
Inserting facts and innuendo as needed.
Flush with pride over a job well done.
Go ahead. Take your time. Sit and think.

It's meditative.

Like Zen for Lutherans.

 

 

  OLD JOE SOAKING IN THE HOT TUB  2012, Archival pigment print, 24x18 inches  

OLD JOE SOAKING IN THE HOT TUB
2012, Archival pigment print, 24x18 inches
 

Friends of The Janitor
is an eccentric cast of characters.

Jokers, misfits, loners, and losers.
Some played their parts seriously.
Others were just being silly.

Several craved greater exposure.
Even, their unbridled big break.

For one it was the dawn
of a joy-filled new life.

For many it was the end
of their short-lived careers.

 

 

  DRAW PARTNER AND I'LL FILL YOU WITH LEAD  2016, Archival pigment print, 54x36 inches

DRAW PARTNER AND I'LL FILL YOU WITH LEAD
2016, Archival pigment print, 54x36 inches

A wellspring of thoughts may flow from one
source. In "Draw Partner and I'll Fill You
with Lead," multiple layers of meaning can
be drawn from the same word lead.
It leads a list of concerns over the safety
of city water infrastructure. It taps into

Western movie lore, male-pattern boldness,
American gun culture, and emoji news.
And for good measure, I raise my glass
to our lead character...

The Kitchen Sink.

 

 

  URBANe TERRORISM  2008, Archival pigment print, 24x18 inches

URBANe TERRORISM
2008, Archival pigment print, 24x18 inches

Friends of The Janitor comments on
contemporary issues, such as terrorism,
torture, spousal abuse, domestic life,
cultural identity, vegetarianism, race
relations, religious fervor, God and
demagogues, life, death, the military,
the government, the aliens, the patriots,
the little folks, and the American way.
Like metaphors gone wild, or some
crazy, clown-driven roller-coaster.
So walk, don't run. Watch where
you step. Fasten your seat belts.
Keep your arms all inside.
And remember, If my tongue isn't
wagging, it'll be tucked in my cheek.
Enjoy the ride.  - Bill K.

 

 

  THROTTLE CONTROL ISSUES  2016, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

THROTTLE CONTROL ISSUES
2016, Archival pigment print
24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

  WE WILL PROBE EVERY ALIEN  2016, Archival pigment print 54x36 inches, 60x40 paper, Edition of 6

WE WILL PROBE EVERY ALIEN
2016, Archival pigment print
54x36 inches, 60x40 paper, Edition of 6

  THE HARD PROOF OF CROSS CULTURE COEXISTENCE  2008, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

THE HARD PROOF OF CROSS CULTURE COEXISTENCE
2008, Archival pigment print
24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

  WHAT THE NEIGHBORS WILL THINK  2016, Archival pigment print 54x36 inches, 60x40 paper, Edition of 6

WHAT THE NEIGHBORS WILL THINK
2016, Archival pigment print
54x36 inches, 60x40 paper, Edition of 6

  SURE, HE'S AN ASS, BUT BETTER ME THAN HIS WIFE   (The Softhearted Bar Stool) , 2016, Archival pigment print 54x36 inches, 60x40 paper, Edition of 6

SURE, HE'S AN ASS, BUT BETTER ME THAN HIS WIFE
(The Softhearted Bar Stool), 2016, Archival pigment print
54x36 inches, 60x40 paper, Edition of 6

  MY, WHAT BIG EARS YOU HAVE  2016, Archival pigment print 54x36 inches, 60x40 paper, Edition of 6

MY, WHAT BIG EARS YOU HAVE
2016, Archival pigment print
54x36 inches, 60x40 paper, Edition of 6

  THAT'S GONNA HURT IN THE MORNING  2015, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

THAT'S GONNA HURT IN THE MORNING
2015, Archival pigment print
24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

  KEEP IT CLEAN PEOPLE  2016, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

KEEP IT CLEAN PEOPLE
2016, Archival pigment print
24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

  CLEANLINESS IS NEXT TO GODLINESS  2016, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

CLEANLINESS IS NEXT TO GODLINESS
2016, Archival pigment print
24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

  REAL SQUEAL MEAL DEAL  2016, Archival pigment print 54x36 inches, 60x40 paper, Edition of 6

REAL SQUEAL MEAL DEAL
2016, Archival pigment print
54x36 inches, 60x40 paper, Edition of 6

  DEATH BY A THOUSAND CUTS  2015, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

DEATH BY A THOUSAND CUTS
2015, Archival pigment print
24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

  MISCOMMUNICATION KILLS  2015, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

MISCOMMUNICATION KILLS
2015, Archival pigment print
24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

  BEADS AND BOWS AND ICICLES  2015, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

BEADS AND BOWS AND ICICLES
2015, Archival pigment print
24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

  CHURCH WHISTLE BLOWER  2016, Archival pigment print 54x36 inches, 60x40 paper, Edition of 6

CHURCH WHISTLE BLOWER
2016, Archival pigment print
54x36 inches, 60x40 paper, Edition of 6

  EVOLUTIONARY THINKING  2008, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

EVOLUTIONARY THINKING
2008, Archival pigment print
24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

  SETUP FOR A WEDDING  2008, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

SETUP FOR A WEDDING
2008, Archival pigment print
24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

  WHY YOU LITTLE  2016, Archival pigment print 18X18 inches, 24x24 paper, Edition of 12

WHY YOU LITTLE
2016, Archival pigment print
18X18 inches, 24x24 paper, Edition of 12

  BLUE JEAN PUTS ON A HAPPY FACE  2015, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

BLUE JEAN PUTS ON A HAPPY FACE
2015, Archival pigment print
24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

  DUANE THE BATHTUB  2015, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

DUANE THE BATHTUB
2015, Archival pigment print
24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

  I JUST LIKE HIS SMILE  2009, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

I JUST LIKE HIS SMILE
2009, Archival pigment print
24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

  YOU SEE ME FOR WHO I REALLY AM  2015, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

YOU SEE ME FOR WHO I REALLY AM
2015, Archival pigment print
24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

  THAT'S WHY IT'S CALLED A DARK ROOM  2015, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

THAT'S WHY IT'S CALLED A DARK ROOM
2015, Archival pigment print
24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

  JOB SECURITY  2016, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

JOB SECURITY
2016, Archival pigment print
24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

  SOCIAL SECURITY  2016, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

SOCIAL SECURITY
2016, Archival pigment print
24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

  MY TAKE ON THE TRINITY  2016, Archival pigment print 54x36 inches, 60x40 paper, Edition of 6

MY TAKE ON THE TRINITY
2016, Archival pigment print
54x36 inches, 60x40 paper, Edition of 6

  SEASONAL SERVICE STAFF  2010, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

SEASONAL SERVICE STAFF
2010, Archival pigment print
24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

  THE BROTHERS GRIM  2016, Archival pigment print 54x36 inches, 60x40 paper, Edition of 6

THE BROTHERS GRIM
2016, Archival pigment print
54x36 inches, 60x40 paper, Edition of 6

  LITTLE BILLY'S BACKPACK  2015, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

LITTLE BILLY'S BACKPACK
2015, Archival pigment print
24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

  WE BEGIN AGAIN  2014, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

WE BEGIN AGAIN
2014, Archival pigment print
24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

  HANGING ON FOR DEAR LIFE  2015, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

HANGING ON FOR DEAR LIFE
2015, Archival pigment print
24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

  EX-HALE  2016, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

EX-HALE
2016, Archival pigment print
24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

  I GOT DEM OL' BACK-BURNER BLUES AGAIN MAMA  2016, Archival pigment print 54x36 inches, 60x40 paper, Edition of 6

I GOT DEM OL' BACK-BURNER BLUES AGAIN MAMA
2016, Archival pigment print
54x36 inches, 60x40 paper, Edition of 6

  I'M A WEE TIPSY IN THE MORNINGS  2016, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

I'M A WEE TIPSY IN THE MORNINGS
2016, Archival pigment print
24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

  A SUPPLE MENTAL SUPPLEMENTAL  2015, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

A SUPPLE MENTAL SUPPLEMENTAL
2015, Archival pigment print
24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

  FOR GOD AND GOLD AND GOATS AND GLORY WE WILL FOLLOW AND BELIEVE YOUR STORY  2016, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

FOR GOD AND GOLD AND GOATS AND GLORY
WE WILL FOLLOW AND BELIEVE YOUR STORY

2016, Archival pigment print
24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

  THE PEOPLE'S PORTION  2016, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

THE PEOPLE'S PORTION
2016, Archival pigment print
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  HOLIDAY FOOT SOLDIERS  2016, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

HOLIDAY FOOT SOLDIERS
2016, Archival pigment print
24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

  WITHDRAWN WAIVERS  2016, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

WITHDRAWN WAIVERS
2016, Archival pigment print
24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

  SUNDRY SHADES OF BLACK AND WHITE  2016, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

SUNDRY SHADES OF BLACK AND WHITE
2016, Archival pigment print
24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

  MANIFEST DESTINY  2016, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

MANIFEST DESTINY
2016, Archival pigment print
24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

  DARK KNIGHTS OF THE HOMELAND  2016, Archival pigment print 54x36 inches, 60x40 paper, Edition of 6

DARK KNIGHTS OF THE HOMELAND
2016, Archival pigment print
54x36 inches, 60x40 paper, Edition of 6

  CELLAR SLEEPER  2015, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

CELLAR SLEEPER
2015, Archival pigment print
24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

  THE REAR GUARD  2016, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

THE REAR GUARD
2016, Archival pigment print
24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

  NINE ELEVEN TWENTY TEN  2010, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

NINE ELEVEN TWENTY TEN
2010, Archival pigment print
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  CLEANUP IN ISIL THREE  2016, Archival pigment print 54x36 inches, 60x40 paper, Edition of 6

CLEANUP IN ISIL THREE
2016, Archival pigment print
54x36 inches, 60x40 paper, Edition of 6

  I CAN CHANGE IN A MINUTE  2016, Archival pigment print 24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

I CAN CHANGE IN A MINUTE
2016, Archival pigment print
24x18 inches, 30x24 paper, Edition of 12

  SOMEBODY'S EYE-OPENING SOLUTION  2016, Archival pigment print 54x36 inches, 60x40 paper, Edition of 6

SOMEBODY'S EYE-OPENING SOLUTION
2016, Archival pigment print
54x36 inches, 60x40 paper, Edition of 6


  ENTER NOW THESE HEAVENLY HOWLS   (Lamb of God; broken for you.),  2016, Archival pigment print 54x36 inches, 60x40 paper, Edition of 6

ENTER NOW THESE HEAVENLY HOWLS
(Lamb of God; broken for you.), 2016, Archival pigment print
54x36 inches, 60x40 paper, Edition of 6



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