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L’hommage sur l’hommage

In the Library at the Maryland Institute of Art, shelved in the Adults Only section, is a biographical monograph by Larry Clark of Kids and Wassup Rocker? fame. It contains a section of an intake form when he was committed to drug rehabilitation. I thought he was brave, stupid and brilliant, all at the same time. I suffer from a myriad of health conditions that cause severe neuropathic pain. Before I die, I would like to leave behind some kind of legacy, some trace that I was here. Well, world, here is documentation of my suffering and pain. And Larry Clark, hats off to you!

Anyone who has had even a mild interest in the art world should understand what’s going on with these next two images. I dedicate them in tandem to the National Endowment for the Arts and the Republican Party. This image is called Christ Pantocrator. Given the fierce nature of today’s Right Wing evangelical movement, I think it fits perfectly with my virtual Piss Christ.

Thanks for checking in on a Friday night. Look forward to my collection of Watts Towers pictures. Much love and peace, Russell


About Russell Smith

I was born at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. I find inspiration in the lives of so many people from Joan of Arc to Oscar Wilde. While my primary avocation is photography, I also enjoy philosophy, theology and most of all, history. My beloved wife, Robin Anne Smith, who passed away in 2013 is also an inspiration to me. My beloved partner, Dana is also a great support and inspiration to me. I'd be remiss if I did not mention my cats: Natasha, Maxwell, Tigger and Nigel.

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