Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Framed on the Wall

This display of jokers is I think it is one of my best. They make a colorful ensemble, none are overwhelmed, overwhelming, or clash.  Note how the two on the top right are oriented back towards the picture's middle. And how the BeeBoy in the top left is marching back towards the middle. 

This display was made for my nephew Will whose reflection you can barely see in the glass.

This next framed set of jokers is for my nephew Jay. Also excellent, it has the darkest background and a very classy set of jokers.

Here's the framed jokers that I have in my office. I put this set together maybe in the late 1980s (yes, I've been doing this for a long time now)!

This framed set of jokers in my company office ( It is bolted to the wall. I've spent a lot of time staring at this selection and I feel that I made some mistakes. I wish I had not put in the seagull, horse, or the seal joker. I put them in for diversity but I think they wreck the aesthetics. I also regret the modern Congress joker and the juggler in the middle row.  I think the peacock in the bottom right is among my most lovely jokers and I think it is pretty rare.

This framed set of 23 jokers is my most recent (11/2020) and is my only vertically oriented one. My wife picked out the frame and background color. Look hard, you can see my reflection in the glass.  I'm going to try to get info on each of the jokers in this picture and have a whole post about the Who are the jokers in that frame?

This was the original set of framed jokers that I made in the 1970s. I think I hung it in my offices and homes in the 80s and since then. The jokers are a little faded. I should have used that museum glass that protects art from fading. But I created it by using an old frame that I found.

The jokers below is a hand-painted one of a kind joker. Florencia made this, she starts with a card from a deck of cards, scrapes off the image, and then paints on it.  She'll do this as a commission. 

BTW, the lady below looks a lot like my wife.  

My children have received some framed joker selections for their walls. 

Many readers seem to want to know how many framed sets have been created; the Catalog:

  1. Original 1975. Above
  2. Office version. Flat horizontal rectangle. Year might be 1990-2002. Above
  3. David’s. To see his and the next two, look at this article: my legacy for my children.
  4. Kate's -  look at this article: my legacy for my children.
  5. Ariana’s -  look at this article: my legacy for my children.
  6. DJ & MG - 2015? - need photograph
  7. Laura and Ian - need photograph
  8. Jay - above
  9. Will - above
  10. Harry Gruner - need photograph
  11. Sam Gruner - need photograph
  12. Lester - 2018-19 -  - need photograph
  13. Jill 2018-19 -  - need photograph
  14. John & Carmen - 12/2020 - Above.

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