Friday, January 5, 2018

Death By Search Engine

Published 22 December 2017
in Harlem, New York City

by Anomaly Works Press NYC.
A short story.


"Less than a year ago she and I were sitting at the coffee shop with our laptops, searching. Causes. Symptoms. Treatments. Second Opinions.
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“I’ve told my children that when I die, to release balloons in the sky to celebrate that I graduated. For me, death is a graduation.” - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Boy is that a lot of hot air, dear lady.
[...]
Yes, there is a time and a place, and no matter how efficient the search engine, it won’t provide that detailed information."



Friday, December 22, 2017

Sixty Six

2 blank canvases + 6 acrylic paints + brushes
  
÷ Anomalous Duo  (Tammy Remington + AleXander Hirka)

+ 11 days x 66 minutes each

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Uniforms R Viral


"Gender Dance" - photo-monatge by AleXander Hirka

"Uniforms R Viral" was the last in a series of short stories issued by Anomaly Works NYC as part of the "Two Stories Up!" project, which featured T. Remington & AleXander Hirka spinning short tales which then traveled via postal mail to a selected list of interested readers.  These stories were eventually also shared via their blog.

To read the short story on Medium, click here.



Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Prints of Burning Man Art


In response to numerous requests I am making available
quality prints of this art
work.

 
Shown at Burning Man 2017 and you can read about it HERE.

It is a large 35" x 35" in rich, luscious colours.

FINE ART PAPER 100% COTTON Red River Auroura White 250gsm (64lbs)


It is also available on the material I printed it for Burning Man –
  Lexject toughcoat 3R DuPont Tyvek

A high-density polyethylene; very durable; won’t tear – ideal if you are not framing.


If interested, write to me HERE.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Burning Man 2017 art

“Blind Leading The Blind (Question Rituals)"

after Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525-1569)

 > click on image to fall into it <



35″x35″ – on display at Center Camp, Burning Man 2017 ~

Aug 27 – Sept 4, Black Rock City, Nevada

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AND…

A companion booklet
featuring the short story “UNEXAMINED RITUALS” by T. Remington,
will be distributed at Burning Man 2017 next to the above artwork in Center Camp.


  

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Just Runaways

The collection of stories that make up what we call our identities is often divided into numerous, somewhat cohesive, larger histories.  Within these mythic sections there are smaller chapters, whose various segments are interlocked with spun tales, adventurous episodes, dramatic scenes, romantic chronicles and mundane reports.
Held together by memory, that carnival house mirror, we adjust the pages and polish the cover, adding new pages with every passing day.  Very few events, only those on the scale of births or deaths, truly shake up that basic narrative we carry of who we are.

In March of 2017, two tightly intertwined stories from many decades past, ones that I had assumed I would never know the resolution of, were suddenly pulled like rabbits from a hat.  The revelations brought with them perspective-shifting joy, as well as shades of profound horror.

I felt the need to hold together these experiences, to bind them into my collection of life stories, and so have put together this small book.

Assembled from shuffled non-linear fragments, culled from the letters I wrote to my mother during 1970 and 1971, it is a simple glimpse into the innocence, fear, joy and quotidian diversions of two young people.


The story begins on 8 February 1970 when I left New York City with my girlfriend Gail – me fleeing the Selective Service draft, her an abusive father  -  and ends, and begins again, in March 2017.


“Just Runaways”
Fragments from the correspondence 
to my mother  -  Chicago to New York, 1970/71

©
AleXander Hirka
  2 July 2017, New York City

16 pages First Edition 200 copies
50 copies signed/numbered by the author


$15. includes shipping (cash/check/Paypal)

send email with information HERE to order
or send payment with your address to PayPal at bothendsburningman@gmail.com

drawing from one of the letters


Published and distributed by Anomaly Works NYC
editorial shaman ~ Tammy Remington


Friday, June 30, 2017

Achilles' Heel

"An Achilles' Heel is a weakness in spite of overall strength, which can lead to downfall.  While the mythological origin refers to physical vulnerability, idiomatic references to other attributes or qualities that can lead to downfall are common."

March Came In Like A Lion . . . April Came In Like A Tripwire . . .

On 7 April 2017 I was getting off the M72 bus on Amsterdam Avenue. My toes touched the curb, the rest of my foot went down to street level. Torn Achilles' tendon.   First there was the cane ("Citizen"), then there was the stabilization boot ("Nancy") and then, when I developed plantar heel pain, there were the crutches ("Dali Sticks").  
A difficult journey through the physical and psychological terrain of immobility; with lessons in patience and gratitude.  The pain and crutches are gone, the cane comes along on occasion for confidence, and the boot comes off in two weeks.  Then the already-months-long physical therapy process gets focused on rebuilding muscles and learning to walk right again. Meanwhile there is this current thing with a blood clot and extreme lower-back pain as I attempt to see doctors of every medical discipline in NYC. There's a visit to the dentist and eye doctor coming up. I wasn't told this was all coming when they gave me the 1/2 price subway/bus MetroCard when I turned 65 in December.  But there is that healing carrot dangling on a stick ahead - in eight weeks we leave for Burning Man.




Click on images to enlarge.


My daughter Martha came to visit for a weekend and I hobbled around the city with her.












Monday, June 26, 2017

Topsy Turvy

The Anomalous Duo's Two Stories Up! theme for February was
Topsy Turvy.
To read the stories, click HERE.
 To learn about Two Stories Up!, click HERE.

TO WATCH THE MIND-BENDING TWO MINUTE VIDEO
CLICK HERE!


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Winter Heart


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"Winter Heart" - digital photo-montage - 1 January 2017

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Heading Down The Road

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Paparazzi Dogs - created by Gillie and Marc at the Ruth Wittenberg Triangle - intersection of Greenwich Avenue, 6th Avenue, and 8th Street.
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