ON THE QT
Everything You Always Suspected
Carola Von Hoffmannstahl-Solomonoff
But Just Couldn't See
Publisher and Editor
WELCOME/THE PEEP HEARD ROUND THE WORLD
QT has taken a brief vacation in order to premier PEEP.
PEEP will alternate with QT on the usual biweekly publishing
schedule beginning May 19th. PEEP will be all eyes. This first
PEEP should be considered a brochure. QT and PEEP will soon
conjoin at the same website. What will the union produce? Devil
or angel? Like everyone else we can't make up our mind. After
each synopsis of a PEEP image, a link appears.
Graphic Peep "cover" in the style of 1950's scandal mags.
Screaming headlines and the naked truth about urban corruption.
The cover photo is an homage to great tabloid photographer
Weegee, done in B&W Polaroid. "Corpse" Jamie Tungston now
lives the life of Riley in Boca Raton, Florida. Keeping his
assets safe. B&W film is a advantageous medium for special
effects, since it tends to emphasize texture. In color movie
productions realistic blood can be a problem. Ketchup, anyone?
PEEP uses the old b&w monster movie stand-in: chocolate syrup.
The photo was taken in 1999. Two violent murders had just taken
place nearby. In a city where many practice crime denial. To
the point of inhumanity.
VENUS DE MILO SQUARE CITY
In 1980 Venus stands in her Hoboken, New Jersey living room as
the sun sets behind Jersey City Heights. The Venetian blinds
cast bars of golden light across her classic half naked chassis.
On her head, a Maxwell House hat. Is she dangerous tonight?
Her expression reveals little. She may be musing on the coming
gentrification of Hoboken. Perhaps the stink of burning tenements
already drifts to her nose. Or a vision appears of sidewalk
drunks and cheap plastic chairs marching up Washington Street.
"I see dead people". But then, Venus may only be wondering if
her missing arm can be found at Alrocks, or Little Al's, or The
Iron Arts, or United Decorating...
THAT WAS THEN AND THIS IS CANCER
Stevens Institute in Hoboken wants to gobble up yet more of
the Hudson River waterfront and has hired Terminal Construction
to do their chewing. Digging into rock with a high asbestos content and then dumping in other people's yards. No permit
needed. Mayor Dave Thomas-Roberts sees no evil, hears no evil,
etc. More on this story in the next "On The QT". Photo courtesy
of Ron Hine.
Coalition for a Better Waterfront
RENO JOB/ART 4 ART'S SAKE DEPT.
S. Gustav Haggland sits amidst the rubble of a reno job in New
York City circa Big 80's. SGH was very active in the 80's Mail
Art scene. Photocopy technology had become very sophisticated
and many mail artists explored the medium. Hagglund (who at the
time did reno work) was a particularly creative practitioner.
One series grew out of this photograph. Hagglund photographed
sections of the rubble, then repeatedly photocopied and enlarged
the images until grain and distortion turned them abstract.
They became x-rays of a hidden world. A dissertation on what
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