Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Mad Dog Redwork

Angry Dog by Bascom

Ed Frawley wrote some wise words about dogs:

If all dogs were well socialized and had gone through basic obedience lessons (either at home or in classes) there would be a lot less problems with dominant and over aggressive dogs. A little bit of education on the handlers part also goes a long way towards producing an animal that is not a danger to society.

One last important point is this: "handler aggression towards the dog is not going to eliminate aggression in dogs." This never works. In most cases these dogs have found out that the solution to their problem is aggression. If the handler decides he is going to "kick some butt" with this dog, the dog may decide that the handler is the problem and he has learned to solve his problems with aggression.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Summer Time

The wheat harvest in Kansas is done.   It's summer time and tramps like us, baby we were born to have fun. 

A meadowlark cries
and through a wheat shock
the south wind blows  

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012

Idle Hands

I sewed these red work hands as a symbol to myself that  I love to sew and make art.  I hope I get many good things made before I turn into an alter kocker.

Alter Kocker:
pronounced,  OLL-ter KOCK-er

An alter kocker is a man who can no longer do something that he once could. He's an old guy, over the hill, past his prime.
In literal terms, an alter kocker is from German and means “old defecator.” It doesn't sound very nice in translation, but it's a common expression, and sounds gentler and more humorous in Yiddish conversation. Its sense is usually of someone who is inept at whatever he is trying to do. It often has to do with forgetfulness. As soon as somebody says hello to a man but he can't remember his name, the other guy says, “You alter kocker.” The other guy can't admit to himself that he's not too well liked, or not worth remembering. So he blames you.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

My new work: Bubbie

Read this interview with the great Rudolf Arheim I think it has become clear that your interest has basically always been directed toward the theory of knowledge; in other words, the investigation of cognitive processes in the relationship of consciousness to the real, existent world. In your book, Visual Thinking, you support the thesis that thought can only be productive if it disregards the boundaries between visual perception and the intellect. As a rule, however, when you are talking about thought you mean vision and perception, that is, the ability to visualize things. But knowledge is also connected with the nature of language: The representation of the world is made vivid and complete by means of language. Through its ability to name things, it can recreate the world of which it forms a part. Thus knowledge does not appear to be possible without linguistic concepts. How do you define knowledge? Is knowledge possible without language? 

My essential assertion in the book you mentioned is that language is not the formal prototype of knowledge; rather, that sensory knowledge, upon which all our experience is based, creates the possibilities of language. Our only access to reality is sensory experience, that is, sight or hearing or touch. And sensory experience is always more than mere seeing or touching. It also includes mental images and knowledge based on experience. All of that makes up our view of the world. In my opinion, "visual thinking" means that visual perception consists above all in the development of forms, of "perceptual terms," and thereby fulfills the conditions of the intellectual formation of concepts; it has the ability, by means of these forms, to give a valid interpretation of experience. Lan guage, on the other hand, is in itself without form; one cannot think in words, since words cannot contain an object. Language is instructed by sensory perception. It codifies the given knowledge through sensory experience. This doesn't mean that language isn't tremendously significant for thought, for all of human development. Human existence is unimaginable without language. I am only stressing that language is an instrument of that which we have gained through perception, in that it confirms and preserves the concepts it forms. 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

My name is Bascom Hogue.  I am from Yoder, Kansas.  I love to sew and make art.  Thank you for stopping by.  This piece is titled Breathe.  I made it  at a time when I got pneumonia and asthma was beating up on me.  It is also in this book Push stitchery curated by the insightful and wonderful Jamie MR. X Chalmers.  Thank you for coming by and I look forward to us getting to know each other.