It's your last chance to have a visit with whomsoever decides to show up to the gallery this Saturday--Carm and Miles are kind of like an art version of The Odd Couple. Both incredibly smart and funny, they will be happy to chat about the show, “39 Books,” which has gotten a great review on the Buddha Diaries (also posted on Huffington Post) by Peter Clothier, as well as everyone who has seen the show.
You really do need to see the show in person, it's got a lot going on and the artist can explain it a lot better. But, here's a little more background:
Forthwrighte is a graduate of Woodbury and several other Colleges. Degrees and awards include a Magister Artium, a Licentia Docendi, (Docent License)and assorted degrees or equivalences including a PhD, a MFA and a BS. He attended Mexico City College majoring in International Extracurriculology. As an intermittent student at the Chouinard Institute of Art, he was mentored by the Legendary T.Hee, from whom he gained an appreciation of both intermittency and Dickensian monikers. By the oddest of coincidences, Woodbury College, Mexico City College, and the Chouinard Institute have all changed names and have been removed to new locations at least once since Miles attended them. This makes it all but impossible to retrieve even anecdotal information about Miles’ academic accumulata. By another odd coincidence, Carm Goode’s vitae bear a remarkable number of nearly identical entries.
Forthwrighte’s military service record is particularly noteworthy. It includes tours of duty with the U.S. Air Force Reserve and the U.S. Army, where he was regularly on loan to the often, yet poorly decorated 1401st Yakima Guerrilla Unit of the Aggressor Forces. (His ability to speak Esperanto made him strategically invaluable.) Among this Military specializations were Armorer Artificer, Explosives Intern, and Combat Sign Painter/Cartoonist.) Incidentally, Carm Goode’s service accomplishments seem to parallel those of Miles, but given that the records of both of them are destined to remain forever classified, we shall never know the full extent of any such correspondences.
Carm Goode and Miles Forthwrighte began their collaboration in 1968 when Miles interviewed Carm for The Subterranean Secession, a publication which Forthwrighte continues, somewhat sporadically, to publish. Goode and Miles hit it off immediately. “. . . it was like we were finishing each other’s sentences” as Miles, or on other occasions, Carm, have often said. Miles has interviewed Carm many times since, but given “The Sub’s” rather exclusive readership, people are at best, poorly acquainted with the material. Presumably, the collected interviews are a component of The CGPCP, The Carm Goode Personal Culture Project, something Miles has been instrumental in initiating and subsequently instituting at MOFMA, the Museum Of Fairly Modern Art in Pasadena del Sur.
Carm’s mother always maintained that Miles has been much too harsh in his criticisms of Carm’s art, finding his comments on Carm’s neckwear gratuitous to a fault. Carm, for his part, has maintained an admirable tolerance of Miles’ generally acidic critiques of what Miles calls Carm’s “Billowing Oeuvrium.” As Carm once famously said to Andy Warhol in Miles’ defense: “Remember Andy, Miles, before being a critic, a theorist, or some sort of martyr to banality, is essentially a peripatetic mind, a blistered perceptual/memory surface, layered over with intellectual conceits assembled in a certain order.” Most people, myself included, would agree a hundred percent with Carm’s assessment of Miles.