Sunday, July 16, 2006
The Delftboys site from the Netherlands is also devoted to homoerotica by historical and contemporary artists; there are some great sketches and paintings in many media from a wide variety of eras. There's a for-pay "Masterclass" area that contains the portfolios of a large number of artists, but the free "Lobby" section is chock full of good stuff. There's a plea for donations--apparently the memberships aren't quite footing the bills.
The Lohman Gay Art Foundation is American and the work isn’t quite on the level of the other two sites. I have no doubt that the U.S. and Canada have produced some top notch homoerotic artists, but other than some photographers like Tom Bianchi, Lohman doesn’t present what I think of as really first rate work in the paintings section. A lot of it strikes me as very obvious, porn cartoon-inspired drawing and painting that flattens and alienates. Still, they’re guys, many are naked there’s nothing wrong with that..
We're off tomorrow for twelve days doing a loop through the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states out as far west as Cleveland, as far south as Lynchburg, Virginia, then back east to the Delmarva Peninsula and up the coast through New Jersey and back home. We'll pass through southern New Hampshire and Vermont, Buffalo, NY, Harper's Ferry, WV (with the idea of meeting Thom of Thoughts Made Bald), Williamsburg and Jamestown historical sites in Virginia, and The Great Swamp in New Jersey that's apparently a good deal more interesting and romantic than it might sound.
We'll be touring five great houses. Four are by Frank Lloyd Wright: the Darwin Martin Complex in Buffalo as well as the Martin family's country house called Graycliff thirty miles west overlooking Lake Erie; the iconic Fallingwater and the sharply contrasting Kentuck Knob, just seven miles away from each other in southwestern Pennsylvania; and Poplar Forest in the woods of southwestern Virginia. A typical Thomas Jefferson creation that was his deep retreat from the world, Poplar Forest's ground plan is arranged around a central chamber that's a perfect cube, the whole based on an elaborate and possibly mystical set of mathematical proportions.
There'll also be friends and family to visit and, as Fritz says, if we see a sign saying "See the two-headed calf" we'll go see the two-headed calf. I also have a crazy idea (that Fritz is indulging) of staying some night not in a modern motel or motor inn but in old-fashioned cabins. For some reason I think it would be fun. I remember staying in cabins as a kid when I traveled with my parents. I hope there'll be some along our route--we saw two sets of them still in operation far out on the Cape during our trip there last week.
I doubt I'll be able to post anything from the road but you never know. I'll be back the last weekend in July.
PS: following your comment about being interviewed, I should be ready to post your interview questions quite soon :-)