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The insane world of Babalu
Babalu
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Joined: Nov 19, 2006
Posts: 2511
From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2007-08-24 08:22 am   Permalink

Hey,

Well, I owe a huge thanks to pdrake who took a few of my old slides (some are really crappy shots) home with him after the last Chop and somehow put them on a CD.just got this disk at Oasis. Now, I wished I would have given him more slides.

Anyway, some of the below work is from my earlier yearssome from school daze, others not. The one thing all this work has in common (minus just a few) is that its all either been sold, gifted, or melted back into the insane boiling pot from which it was conceived. Hope you all dont mind me posting this stuff? Its kind of fun for me to show it.not many have seen these pictures before. There are so many great artists whose work I just love, love, love on TC that I hope some of you will follow suit and post some of your early stuff tooI would kill to see it! So, they are listed in no particular order really

In the name of
base is 4 x 8


Detail


Detail



Chairman of the Board
21x 20x 61.5

Detail


Mommys Tombstone
42x 2x 30


Fowl Play
54 diameter

For My Third Wish A Self Portrait
78x 44


Detail


Detail


Its a Small World After all
42 diameter


The Bee that almost killed my wife
12x 12x 2


Rosie
49x 38



Icarus (a tribute to a found turtles life)
24x 32


Life
No record of size3x ?


Dinner for None
61x 49


Ozzie & Harriet
19x 14


Bugs Bunny
12.5x 12x 8


Croc Pot
35x 19x 11.5


Bolder Nights ( I think I ended up getting a 4 finger lid and this shitty picture for this work) 24x 16


Spring Ahead
17x 10


Bunny Lamp
26x 24


Screw Fountain
25x 25


Untitled
Size?


England (not sure why I was pissed off at the time now?)
18x 6


The Highway Licked the Hare
24x 16


Executive Decision
8.5x 10


Detail



Maholo for looking!













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Mr. NoNaMe
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Joined: May 10, 2006
Posts: 1919
Posted: 2007-08-24 10:53 am   Permalink

Rick, this is some awesome stuff.

A few lids here, a few doses there... I am not inferring anything. Some use a vehicle and some ARE the vehicle.

My favorite is Mommy's Tombstone. I saw it at the house. I really dig it's size and "the arms of the heavens" look.

And of course anything with hares. I think I like the nekid mermaid hares with guns and knives best. Hmm, that one couldv'e been a feitsh nightmare. I mighta jumbled a few of you pieces together in my head.
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Mr. NoNaMe
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Posted: 2007-08-24 11:12 am   Permalink

My wife and I went to see a Heironymus Bosch instalation about ten years. Your work reminds her of him.

When I was a kid I would hang out at Many Hands and play with the stuff that was used to hold stained glass together. Lead maybe? Most of the work that I remember was pottery and staind glass. Some was abstract pottery.


 
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Bowana
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Joined: Nov 10, 2006
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From: La Mesa, CA
Posted: 2007-08-24 1:42 pm   Permalink

Bugs Bunny is my fav! Where are all of these pieces now, Rick?

 
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Babalu
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Joined: Nov 19, 2006
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From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2007-08-25 10:07 am   Permalink

Hey you two, thanks for the comments. I use to have some pet rabbits that were my good buddies. That must have been some influence on the bunnies. Also, someone mentioned a while back that the bunny stuff reminded them of that book "Watership Down", which come to think of it, I did read prior to working these rabbits, so yeah, maybe in the back of my mind somewhere I was pulling from this?? On the bunny wars, I wanted to use images of the most docile creatures I could think of...and well, rabbits are real close to the old bottom of the food chain thing there. so....

At any rate, these particular slides are of older stuff, and most has sold and I have no clue where it ended up. Some of those wax paintings never held up to direct sunlight and I had to shit can them. I really thought I had a brilliant process down at that time to encase the wax (torched crayons)...It worked for awhile, but alas failed in the end.

I need to get more of my old slides put on CD like this...this is fun.
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hiltiki
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From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2007-08-25 5:12 pm   Permalink

Babalu, your work is so twisted. I love it.

 
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congatiki
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From: wisconsin northwoods
Posted: 2007-08-25 6:57 pm   Permalink

Babalu it is quite apparent that you are a crazy mother....and I mean that in the best way
possible. Thanks a ton for posting this stuff, gonna revisit this one a lot.


 
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VampiressRN
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Joined: Nov 23, 2006
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From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2007-08-25 9:40 pm   Permalink

Right there on the edge of surrealism....your stuff rocks!!! Thanks for posting the pictures.
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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2007-09-30 05:27 am   Permalink

You should Really do more bunny's and even bunny/tikis too. Excellent stuff, I am glad Perry fixed these up for us all to see. Thanx
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Robin
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From: where the road and the sky collide
Posted: 2007-09-30 11:21 am   Permalink

Wow! This is the kind of work I've always wished I was brave enough to do. Fantastic puns. Whimsical but....? Top o'the heap in the imagination category. Nobody's ever gonna be able to accuse you of being banal for sure. I'm loving the traveling merhare show too...what a great insight this post is into your current work.


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GROG
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Joined: Jun 21, 2006
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From: Tujunga
Posted: 2007-09-30 11:52 am   Permalink

Wow! You ARE completely insane. Good stuff.

 
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little lost tiki
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From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2008-01-23 08:26 am   Permalink

Awesome and Insane Rick!
Those are the 2 words i would pick...
you're nuts,but in a great artist way....
I love the Third Wish!
I used to get those Archie Mcphee
tub of toys and was always delighted by the colors,shapes,and characters
hiding inside.....
I would love to see this one in person
and just zone out on all the little details....
"in the name of" is a fab approach to
telling it like it is when we gloss over our
true intentions and fight behind a cause...
Those bunnies accurately reflect the
plight of our race today and yesterday...
Keep it up Babs!
Don't stop!
The world needs more insightful art!


 
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Hiphipahula
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From: The Valley!
Posted: 2009-12-23 10:56 am   Permalink

It was fun to have a
look at this thread again. Great work Babalu!


 
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talo ka
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From: tampa, fla
Posted: 2009-12-23 11:18 am   Permalink

very interesting pieces there. excellent work from an obviously twisted mind.

 
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TikiG
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From: Riverside, California
Posted: 2009-12-23 12:22 pm   Permalink

Ha! Enjoyable stuff here Babalu...sometimes wicked, sometimes bold, sometimes funny but always POIGNANT!!

Thanks for a tour thru the layers.
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