© 2016 Lin Tarczynski
Yesterday I was peering at an image that was mother to the last two GLP comics. I think of these generitive images as “motherboards”, because they contain a complexity of line and detail that reminds me of computer motherboards. (You can access Google Images with the search term “motherboards”. I was pleased to see motherboards still resemble the motherboard pieces of my first computer, which I have interred in a cigar box. With their brilliant green/blue peacock colors, they were too pretty to throw away. I hope nobody tells me that this is a horrifically toxic method of recycling computer parts.)
In the motherboard image I saw the beginnings of a “B” shape, so I clipped it out and manipulated it until it looked right, until it looked like whatever it was supposed to be. I tried to get a “B” word out of the universe, but I could find no great inspiration. I got “Bones” and “Brand” and “Business”, but they all seemed obtuse and false. My last thought around midnight was to put the image aside and wait for a time when its purpose would become clear.
This morning my sister texted me the news that David Bowie has passed away. He died yesterday. Cancer. He was 69.
I don’t know how to live in a world without David Bowie in it. I am sure I can learn, and I will learn, since I have no choice, but it sucks. I am not claiming to be a huge fan, I probably played more Elton John in my life than David Bowie. It’s just that if you were a teenager in the 70’s, David Bowie changed and shaped your world. A world without him is an alien world. The universe feels fragile when you wake up one morning, look out your window, and a mountain is gone. And the sky is the wrong color.