Boston, Paul Laffoley, & Me

Back in the mists of time, I examined the esoteric nooks of art and found some who particularly inspired me.  One among these was Paul Laffoley, an architect-visionary-painter with a unique style that blended rationality, subtlety, and the classical.  I found and obtained my first rare book, The Phenomenology of Revelation.  I also first purchased photographic prints of exhibit work over ebay.

On one of the photos I bought was written an address.

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(This address is dated to the production year of my truck, the Millenium Phoenix, also the year my parents immigrated to the USA.)  I sent a postcard to this address under one of my pseudonyms.  Artistically creepy, I hoped?

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I received a letter and a business card from the artist, still present at the same address!

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And I didn’t have the gumption or conception for any further dialogue… but I treasured that tiny exchange.  Until I was recently bound for Arisia 2017 Boston , when I thought, “Hey! I’d like to go see Paul Laffoley.”

Well bummer to discover that he died in November 2015.

But I made the pilgrimage.

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The Boston Visionary Cell is no longer to be found on the business list.

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There are lofts available in the building…

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But Mr. Laffoley’s old suite is now occupied by the pattern room of one Blank Label.

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I was pleased to note that his door was still open to me, even with no one inside.  His looks over the parking lot.

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Strangely, no one on my whole way in or out knew his name.  Like everyone left together.  Here’s to him.  Thanks for writing back.

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