Concealed, Hidden or Otherwise Occulted


A long time ago TIME Magazine started letting image elements get in front of part of the cover’s logo. Had I unlimited disposable daily time, and a three-hundred-year lifetime, I might review the TIME covers and find out exactly when this started happening, and find out whose decision it was to do it, and the rationale behind it. Something tells me that Norman Rockwell’s SATURDAY EVENING POST covers might have started that trend. Alas, I have not the time/inclination to check.

Thousands of years before TIME enhanced through concealment, human beings did it with clothing. There is something reality-altering about cloth giving hints about what is beneath it.

About thirty-six years ago an art student at the University of Arizona installed a window blind in front of his painting of a nude. The intrigue to see what was behind the blind made Peeping Toms and Thomasinas out of many of the art showgoers.

About half an hour ago I finished the above image. When I scanned it I missed the fact that I’d let a corner turn up on the glass, so the lower left-hand corner cannot be seen. And elsewhere in the image there are words obscured or completely concealed by arrays of bubbles.

There are four acrostic poems on the page. They range from silly stupidity to the most profound thinking I’m capable of expressing; but the poems serve the image primarily as design elements. I invite you to squint your eyes enough when looking at the page to make the words illegible; this will give you a different experience than reading while viewing. One of the poems has a magic-trick-esque incompatibility of one end of the acrostic to the other; and in fact that poems can be transcribed several ways, none of which I care to disclose, being out of disposable time.

  1. I really like this one. It reminds me, probably because of the green tinge and bubbles, of some SF book covers from the non representational years. You could fold it in two and it would make a great book cover for a Heinlein novel, or perhaps an even better one for an Alfred Bester, or a Philip K.Dick.
    As for the poems I shall try to figure them out at leisure, unless I get overwhelmed by info overload and lose sight of them.. 🙂

    • Wow, thanks, Michel. Reading what you wrote I instantly remembered a Vaughn Bode cover of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction that illustrated “The Human Operators,” a story co-written by A.E. van Vogt and Harlan Ellison. Sure do enjoy that we have common interests!!

  2. Vaughn Bode is a long time favorite. He had such a round, flexible and dynamic line. And his girls had the prettiest titties… 😉
    Hum, according to Wikipedia, he was a very strange man….

    • Yeah, Bode was an early graphic hero of mine. His Cheech Wizard in the National Lampoon was very funny, with very pretty girls, with very pretty chachabingos, you betcha. And Denny O’Neil of comics superstardom wrote “Death of the Cheech Wizard” for HIGH TIMES way, way back in the day. He and David Carradine shared the same exit strategy…

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