Drawing (593) from THE BASIS OF MAKE-UP

"Summer in the City: wearing a white baseball cap and showing off his naked belly button, the Harlem drug commissioner meets a stout women at the Prinzenbad open-air pool in Berlin, her hair blowing in the breeze. The Lovin’ Spoonful used to advertise heroin, the Steve Miller Band cocaine, and The Mamas & The Papas were then the ones who sold the stuff. Divers’ legs horizontal in mid-flight, positive and negative, shown as is or in reverse. A dancer and a long-jumper landing in a sandpit, both bald, in front of twelve cigarettes drawn in distorted fashion, taken from packets whose images of terror are supposed to warn of death. “Give me the one with the black lung on it”, asks the customer at the kiosk and the smoking salesperson replies, “They don’t warn you about sugar with pictures of ulcus cruris”. The dancer is encircled by the total amount of newly grown hair one person produces each day, converted into the length of a single strand. The imaginary hair runs from bald head to bald head as proof of an imperceptibly tender communication." (From: arsenal, july/august 17).


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