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FOLLIES

Follies are necessary for the creative artist.
These inspirations come from the fact that an artist is freed from self-conflict
by facing that which he denies and by revealing it.

Gummy War  

Object #1
Third Archeological Dig - American West Coast 2007
Tablet - horizontal arch shaped, 10 x 8 x 1 inches
Relic – Iconic – Possible religious significance

This unusual artifact signifies a cross cultural exchange of ideas between distant Gummy Bear caves and their labyrinth of tunnels. The tablet reflects the importance of a Gummy Bear, Taoist martial-arts cult. It also is the first reference to Gummy diet, and their ceremonial holy-food. Note the large, benign Gummy worms who have submitted to the cult’s leadership and enact the Taoist symbol surrounding the sacrificial holy-food, chocolate chips.

The Gummy congregation stands in compliance and ready formation honoring the central symbol.

This must have been a fundamentalist sect as both licorice Scotty Dogs and animal cracker Bunnies, here, are segregated by parental Gummy overseers. Such segregation allowed for the Gummy’s attention to spiritual matters while the virile Scotty Dogs were kept away from the seductive and sensual Bunny Rabbits.

Assessment: Careful scrutiny of the members of the Gummy congregation shows that one Bear stands on his head. This indicates that the upended Bear was upset, even though he was respected and accepted into the sect, unusual in Fundamentalist cults. The bear is on the bottom most row, but he is represented.





Object 2

Object #2
First Archeological Dig - American West Coast 2007
Tablet - horizontal rectangle, 6.25 x 18 x 1 inches
Relic – Historical significance

One of the oldest finds in the cave of the Gummy Bears, this tablet speaks of the period when the art produced by this clan did not recognize gravity as a ruling force. The composition is held in suspension by the use of licorice rope, one of the first indicators that the Gummy Bears were originally a hunter-gatherer society. One can easily read the iconography from the point of view from where you are standing and from one hundred eighty degrees.

Notice the long line of Gummy Bears flanked by their Gummy overseers, and notice you can see a mirror reversal of their placement above this grouping. This suggests a line of defense from the many aggressive Animal Crackers above and below. One can interpret this was a time when the Gummy Bears were under siege from all sides by the Animal Crackers.

To the right a vertical line of five Gummy Bear deacons face the observers. Perhaps proud, as this tabloid indicated the first time we see Gummys standing next to licorice Scottys. Scottys were the first domesticated licorice animals whose DNA does not cross over into the Animal Crackers. Notice how the Scottys are lined up waiting to utilize the licorice rope palm tree. Perhaps an indicator that this tabloid also signals the change from a hunter-gatherer society to an agrarian.

At the far right, an Animal Cracker Great Ape is illustrated to be suspicious.





Object 3  

Object #3
Third Archeological Dig – American West Coast 2007
Tablet – horizontal rounded top corners, 10 x 8 x 1 inches
Relic – Iconic – Possible political significance

This insidious and evil point in the Cave of the Gummy Bear history, indicates an overseer who set himself up to be a God. A political Gummy character had decorated his body with holy food, chocolate chips. His imposing stature is flanked by his Gummy thugs. Somehow he has coerced the benign and compliant, yet huge Gummy Worms to overshadow the scene.

This imposing array of power was to influence the gentle Bunny Rabbits to turn in support of the overseer's position.

Gummy Bears who were upset with what this evil character had in mind are shown on their heads in protest.

This political despot had promised those who would follow him Gold Fish and chocolate. A tempting offer. The despot did not last for long in the hierarchy of Gummy Bear history as the Gold Fish offered were force-fed to the followers: fifty-five fish per serving, one hundred forty calories, forty-five calories from trans-fat, and the killer, two hundred fifty mg of sodium. This diet in combination with the eighteen percent saturated fat in the chocolate chips made the Bunny Rabbits so fat they could no longer reproduce, precipitated the demise of followers for this nameless tyrant who was left holding the bags. Those Gummys who followed in the Bunny’s lifestyle were obviously misshaped.





Gummy Bear 6
Object #6
First Archeological Dig - American West Coast 2007
Tablet - horizontal rectangle, 6.25 x 18 x 1 inches
Relic – Historical significance

A well preserved tabloid of this ancient society of Gummy Bears whose DNA make up was that of refined sugar other than those of the modern Gummys whose markers show corn syrup. Gummy Artists from this period were known to use licorice ropes to define their creative space, here the rope is broken and interspersed with a licorice heart. Some of the most talented Gummy artists were overly sentimental, or a licorice heart suggested a sacrifice.

On the far left, five Gummy Bear deacons are shown, this indicates a piece of art commissioned by the ruling class. To the immediate right one of the most important indicators of improved relationship between the Gummys and the Animal Crackers as one domesticated licorice Scotty is face to face with an Animal Cracker Elephant. (This may represent a situation similar to that of the David and Goliath myth.) This Scotty, a representative of the Gummys, is completely surrounded by the Crackers. Below the Gummys stand in line supported on either side by a Gummy overseer. (Notice on the far left of this line two totems are shown to indicate good luck, we assume luck as the embossed relics are former Life-Savers.

Stacked at the far right of the composition, a trinity of Scottys stand on top of one another. Perhaps indicating the Clan of the Gummy Bears sense of religiosity or perhaps new ethics.




Gummy 13  

Object #13
Second Archeological Dig – American West Coast 2007
Tablet – arch shaped, 8 x 10 x 1 inches
Relic – Iconic – Possible religious significance
This object predates Object #15 by an indeterminate number of decades

Similar in style to Object #15 but indicates the time that had allowed significant changes that were made in the Gummy Bear society. This relic suggests a moment in time when the appearance of peace prevailed. At the apex of the arch, a licorice heart is placed above the central rosette of Gummy Bears. A lesser number of bears here suggests they became less significant as the central figure represents an overseer (offspring of Gummy Bear and Animal Cracker). His central iconic placement in conjunction with two overseers on either side of the rosette is common in patriarchal societies.

We can safely assume a hierarchy of father, son, and uncle ruled during this peaceful time as the indication of a number of rabbits all facing one way suggests a certain amount of freedom within society. This must have been also a time of harmony between the warring tribes of Gummy Bears and Animal Crackers as seal animal crackers are shown performing, balancing licorice hearts on their noses.

The presence of rather large licorice ropes on either side of the tabloid indicates the society had rather strong boundaries protecting the society from the outside world, or more likely holding society accountable within, repression being the hypocritical effect.





Gummy 21

Object #21
Third Archeological Dig - American West Coast 2009
Shrine - rectangular, vertical or horizontal, 14 x 24 x 2 inches
Relic – Iconic – Spiritual/historical references

This rare find commemorates a politically significant moment of Gummy Bear pre-migration history, a turning point in the Bears’ relations with the Animal Crackers.

This relic/shrine depicts the annual Day of the Dead parade featuring the Gummy Bear marching band moments before a disturbed Animal Cracker, malted-milk-duds strapped to his body, crashed into the marching bears. The resulting shock of revulsion, a melt down of socially unacceptable combination of tastes, triggered the parade goers, judges, Gummy Bears and Animal Crackers alike; even innocent bystanders to physically explode in repugnance to this gagging disgust.

Addendum: On study of huge monuments erected to themselves by profit-mongers of the time, text indicates affirmation of this incident in history.

We quote here from a shrine to the LBC, the Licorice Banking Consortium, “There was sugar everywhere.”



Gummy Bears 22  

Object #22
Third Archeological Dig - American West Coast 2009
Shrine - Arched rectangular, vertical, 16.5 x 11 x 1 inches
Relic – Iconic – Possible reference to likely group suicide

Recovered from the area of the Gummy Bear cave system compromised by an underground river. Sticky, desiccated Gummy Bear corpses coated the slippery floor in this spiritual niche that doubled as church dance floor and ritual performance space for kinky GB sex.

Relic shows a formation of the pious participants. The absolute positions that must be taken to influence the heavens, earth and Animal Crackers: 1. To stand together. 2. To stand firm. 3. To stand still.

This relic’s horrendous scene played out under a rosette of Gummy Bear deacons adorned with licorice hearts and also representative overseers of both “for” and “against” the necessity of moving on. This iconic image may impart the last moments of this religious caste of Gummy Bear supplicants. The Church of the “So Frigging What” was inundated by flood waters.

Addendum: Spelunking in the partially submerged cave, we tried to keep the shrine intact exiting the cave, however one anthropologist slipped on a submerged gummy body and the relic was damaged during his fall. We did our best to restore this icon to its previous glory, taking the pieces to an expert who used Super-glue.


This body of work represents an ongoing creation of one-of-a-kind concrete prints with text.
Portland Cement, sand, aviary wire, baths of ferrous sulfide and carbon, and soy concrete sealer.


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Its contents supports the work of James Maxwell multimedia artist and writer. As a graphic designer his work consists of being a teacher of watercolors, oils, acrylic, and other graphic media. He is commissioned for paintings in private collections, and public venues. His print works ranges from etchings to glicee. Author of "The Concrete Gourmet's Cookbook - Solid Recipes" - the book consists of 12 chapter of how to make objects using the referred concrete recipes, cement recipes, using concrete as fine art material, cement as media. The how-to use these concrete projects range from making garden planters to food safe serving vessels, worm bunkers to sculptural mixes, and day to day usable objects to follies.

Names and words associated with James Maxwell are: artist James Maxwell, author James Maxwell, illustrator, Graphic designer, painter, watercolorist, sculptor, multimedia artist, writer, The Concrete Gourmet's Cookbook, cement recipes, concrete recipes, how-to mix concrete, concrete art projects, Along the Way - Travel Stories, he is co partnered with Mendocino Stories an online community of artists, writers, and musical artists, http://www.mendocinostories.com, he is one of three coauthor, and the graphic designer, of Along the Way Travel Stories.

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