Plot Plans for an Ideal City

Paperback, 71 Pages

Plot Plans for an Ideal City

This artist's book reproduces the suite of 25 mixed media drawings titled "Plot Plans for an Ideal City", along with an original text that "braids" phrases from works by Deleuze and Guattari, Debord, Foucault, Kafka and others. 

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My last open studio
Thursday, 20 June
18 rue de l'Hotel de Ville
3rd floor room 8305


Fixed Spatial Field / Dimensional Protrusions / Directions of Penetration /
Depth Perception / Fixed Points and Vortexes

Locus of Actuality / Descent Into Form / Structural Certainty /
Map as the Place Itself / The Comfort of Density

4 Mai 2013 / Paris, France / Warmth and Humidity / 
Traffic Flowing East / Seine Flowing West

Behavioral Disorientation / Depth of Feeling / Unresolvability /
A Vulnerable Creation / Possible Rendezvous

Title and subheaders from A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia by
Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. Other text is mine.


Establishing a flow path between 2 points of strong emotional energy,
while at the same time noting peripheral incidents that seemed to be related.

Chapelle Ste. Thérèse
2nd chair from the right in the 2nd row
A young girl reached under the chair
to retrieve something precious.

connecting to

Maria Chapelle
A middle-aged man with a backback knelt
on the carpet and shed tears.


Plot Plan no. 13005
Via R. Vaneigem





Filled with a nervous energy, I felt compelled to walk briskly south. My conscious mind speculated where my desire might be pulling me – I suspected it would be in the area of Jardin du Luxembourg where an emotional incident had occurred years ago. I set off without a map, letting my impulses guide me.

I became caught in a sort of cultural/spiritual vortex around Pantheon and experienced strong emotions. A quick circuit around Pantheon placed me in front of l’Hôtel des Grands Hommes, where a plaque by the entrance indicated that Surrealism had been invented inside. I smiled inwardly and headed onto rue Clotaire, which led to a maze of narrow streets behind the hotel.

I sensed that I was very near to Luxembourg, but something was pulling me in another direction. When I looked at my route on the map afterward, I had been only a few blocks east of Luxembourg, where I thought my subconscious would take me. At one point I think I even glimpsed a tree-filled space ahead of me. But I had somehow turned south instead of west. Toward Place Monge, and then south of it, tracing a half circle around it a few blocks wider than the Place itself. It was at that point that I lost all sense of direction.

In one of the winding streets I was overcome by a foul odor. As I walked, it became stronger, almost unbearable. I rounded a corner and nearly stumbled over a homeless man lying asleep face up on the sidewalk, his bags arranged around him in a kind of ritualistic circular pattern. Shaken, I quickly crossed the street and turned sharply right, altering my route. Later, looking at the map, I see this unexpected detour had been a correction, and if I had continued in this direction I would have come to Jardin du Luxembourg. But instead (was I motivated by some kind of subconscious rebellion?) I turned left on Gay Lussac, unknowingly headed southward again.

At Boulevard de Port-Royal, the atmosphere changed, becoming perceptibly bleaker. I didn’t know it, but I was directly on the border between 5e and 13e. I headed for small streets, becoming lost in what felt like a meaningless complexity. I suddenly felt lonely and far from the center. I knew I was reaching some kind of endpoint.

When I emerged from the maze of streets onto Rue de la Glacière, I knew I had almost arrived. I somehow headed northward on Glacière only to head southward again on rue de la Santé. Unbeknownst to me, I was tracing the border between 13e and 14e. Across a vast intersection, I saw my destination – a well-proportioned, rather nondescript looking four-story building that had probably once been a private house. I can’t say what drew me to it – only that I felt a sense of recognition.

I crossed the Boulevard St.-Jacques and stood opposite the building. The address was 56 rue de la Santé. Looking at the map afterward, I saw that it sat just on the borderline between the two arrondissements. A dirty looking sandwich shop occupied the ground floor. The upper floors appeared to be apartments. I took a photo and turned back in the direction of the nearest metro station.



March 1 – April 13, 2013

Bob Rauschenberg Gallery
Edison State College
Fort Myers, FL

Opening and Reception: March 1, 6 – 8 pm
Gallery Talk with Guest Curator D. Dominick Lombardi: 7 pm

The barrage of endless data from the most intense hard news to the silliest of social media is something we all must muddle through on some level each day.  Depending on one’s needs or interests only a small percentage of said information is of any use, and an even smaller amount of it actually leaves us with palpable, lasting effects.  What is most amazing is that somehow, every bit of the images and information has some potential use to someone out there, and it’s up to the individual to pick and choose what benefits, bothers or beguiles them.
Then there are some who use this never ending stream of mayhem, mind games and minutia to reflect, extrapolate or re-present that very same cornucopia of comments to enhance, enliven or elucidate their own thoughts and ideas.  When this occurs, it may be considered Contemporary Art, and it is a sampling of this thought provoking work that makes up the exhibition EYE ON THE STORM.
Participating Artists: Isak Applin, Anita Arliss, Jonathan Beer, Susan Breen, Mia Brownell, Ernest Concepcion, Paul Gagner, Chambliss Giobbi, Richard Höglund, Shawn Huckins, Marcus Jansen, Arcady Kotler, D. Dominick Lombardi, Marci MacGuffie, Tim Merry, Arnold Mesches, Rashaad Newsome, Trong Nguyen, Leah Oates, Rebecca Reeve, Holly Sears, Karen Shaw, Patricia Smith, D. Jack Solomon and Melanie Vote.

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 Views of open studio at Cité des Arts, Friday 22 February.


Talisman for Paris
Organic Will to Artifice (detail)

Paris, France

The First Adventure in Psychogeographical Mapping

In his essay, Introduction to a Critique of Urban Geography, I came across this statement by Guy Debord: “the district between Place de la Contrescarpe and Rue de l’Arbelète conduces rather to atheism, to oblivion and to the disorientation of habitual reflexes.”

Thinking this would be an interesting starting point for my project, I drew a circle around the area of about 4 square blocks centered on Place Monge on my newly acquired Paris map. That evening I was to meet for the first time a Mme Hélène B., a contact of a friend in New York. I did not know the location of where she lived or worked, so I asked her to choose a meeting place somewhere between my studio and where she would be coming from. She chose a certain Café Panis, on the Quai de Montebello, which she said had a splendid view of Notre Dame. It was within easy walking distance for me, and the view was as she had described. During our conversation, Mme H.B. showed an interest in my research and I mentioned Debord’s comment to her. Her faced showed astonishment, and she exclaimed that the location was exactly where she lived.

The next day I sent her the quote and she wrote back to say that she wholeheartedly disagreed with Debord’s impression of her area, and wondered what he had based it on. “Is it because of the proximity of the rue Mouffetard food market, one of the oldest open air food markets in Paris, dedicated to earthly pleasures? At the same time, I live in rue xx, just opposite a religious congregation called "Sacred Spirit".... and I love the proximity of the church of St Medard, whose chime I hear every hour. Interesting....”

I began to feel that I was the cause of some sort of vibrational discord between Mme H.B. and M. Debord (though he has been deceased since 1994). The feeling became so intense that I began to develop an inherent dislike for Place Monge and its surroundings. I have abandoned my plan to travel there. I may never visit Place Monge.

Paris, France

In residence January 3 - June 27, 2013

Cité Internationale des Arts
Atelier No. 8305
18, rue de l'Hôtel de Ville
75004 Paris

The study of the specific effects of the geographical environment (whether consciously organized or not) on the emotions and behavior of individuals.

Relating to psychogeography. That which manifests the geographical environment's direct emotional effects.

One who explores and reports on psychogeographical phenomena.

-- Guy Debord