Wednesday, 20 January 2010

exit January

A View of the Monuments of Easter Island, Rapanui, Oil on panel, 1775, William Hodges (1744-1797) Queen's House, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London)

Hugh Mundell & Augustus Pablo rare acoustic performance (1979)

Monday, 11 January 2010

Grandma's Bottle Village: The Art of Tressa Prisbrey

"I got a lot of bottles" - Tressa Prisbrey

Tressa Prisbrey at the dump

Click here to view Grandma's Bottle Village: The Art of Tressa Prisbrey
This is a beautifully judged document of Tressa Prisbrey's art, capturing the absurdity, humour, resourcefulness, and macabre elements in her life that brought about the creation of her village; the first structure being a house made of bottles, collected from the dump, in which she could keep her 17,000 strong pencil collection. It is especially worth watching through to the part when her older sister comes to visit.
From the extensive film archives at

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery) and Endora (Agnes Moorehead) from Bewitched.

From an interview with Elizabeth Montgomery in The Advocate, by Robrt Pela, July 30, 1992.

ADVOCATE: Bewitched is sort of a gay allegory: the story of a different person in this case, a witch who's being told that she can't tell anyone who or what she really is. It's the ultimate closet story.

"Don't think that didn't enter our minds at the time. We talked about it on the set certainly not in production meetings that this was about people not being allowed to be what they really are. If you think about it, Bewitched is about repression in general and all the frustration and trouble it can cause. It was a neat message to get across to people at that time in a subtle way."

Read more from that interview here. I was inspired to look up Agnes Moorehead after recognising her in Douglas Sirk's All That Heaven Allows. *So* much gay interest here it's hard to know where to start!

Rock Hudson, Jane Wyman, and Agnes Moorehead with Sirk on the set of All That Heaven Allows.

In The Alps

Photo from cloisters.
Click here to listen to 'mountain melodrama' In the Alps by Richard Ayres.