Friday, November 18, 2011

A troylloyd two ways

So, I've had this untitled (and as far as I know unpublished) strip by troylloyd hanging on the wall of my bedroom since he sent it to me, about three years ago:

Then, recently, I had to take it down for some cleaning, and while it was lying on the bed, I caught a glimpse of it upside down, and noticed some things that I had never noticed in it before: there are some figures there, it seems, and even something like speech balloons:

I don't know which way I like it better--all the way abstract, or only partially so. Troy had never told me which way to hang it. (But this also reminds me of the anecdote of Kandinsky "discovering" abstraction by seeing his paintings upside down... Only in reverse. Or something.)

This is also a post to ask if anyone knows whatever happened to Troy--he hasn't posted here or updated his own blogs in a couple of years, and my emails have remained unanswered. If anyone knows, please contact me. Or if you are reading this, Troy, speak up, dude!


  1. great drawing to have on the wall, in plain sight - esp the first version where nothing dictates a way to see/ read it

  2. Yes, but now that I've seen the figures, can I ever look at it innocently again? I guess I can keep hanging it upside down and imagine it's a Baselitz... :)

  3. yet, if it's not signed, if there's no indication of an intended top /bottom, who's to say what's upside down...

  4. Troy's work like this is remarkable. And he's been very generous -- sending astoundingly bounteous packages of original work to people. I've been the grateful recipient of such work. His work (some like the one you posted above)appears in a little chapbook of Gabriel Gudding's work that I published through supernova tadpole editions (

    I, too, would like to hear from him and to know how he's doing.



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