I Can Talk

“I Can Talk!?” What relationship do words have to diorama images or scenes? Or, to any work of art for that matter? Traditionally, words are attached to particular works of art. Sometimes, words have played a great part in making a work of art. Many times, words are attached to types of third person “museum tour […]

Studio Protest

On July 23 in Casting Call, I offered up the idea of the dioramist as collector of stuff … a type of hoarder in his/her own way. In my case, I finally decided to sort all the diorama materials I had collected over the months from places like Michaels and model shops and antique stores and […]

American Images

Tikchik Mountain, 1999 – Robert Ketchum Robert Ketchum The World’s Greatest Environmental Photographer. Has Nature Found Her Own Photojournalist? John Fraim   The grand images and symbols of our environment or nature have motivated, impressed and given me passion in life more than anything else. Some of the images have been experienced first-hand. And, for […]

Hiring Freeze

Scene: A hiring freeze at Midnight OIl Studios for diorama characters leads to a protest in front of the studio by all the characters in the boxes of Midnight Oil. Here the beginning parts of this scene. Unsure what we’re putting inside the studio so added a stand-by Buddha with an LED light over his […]

The Illusionist

Wildfire – Matthew Albanese ____________________________________ Strange Worlds  By Matthew Albanese Introductory Essay By David Revere McFadden Lazy Dog Press 2013 / Milan John Fraim   “Carl Jung wrote that our ‘projections change the world into the replica of one’s own unknown face.’ Matthew Albanese’s strange worlds serve two masters: they are projections of the artist’s […]


Ideas & Story Concept “Our best men, our economic experts, have accomplished the task we set them of drawing up a plan for the electrification of Russia and the restoration of her economy. We must now see to it that the workers and peasants should realize how great and difficult this task is, how it […]

Fear & Loathing

Hunter Thompson’s Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas (1971) “We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like ‘I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive…’ and suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was […]