The Art of Jack S Bihm.

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Marriage is a strange thing. Divorce doubly so. It is however the selfless acts during marriage that are some of the most enduring. My ex-wife Angel put up in fine fashion a free site dedicated to a Borders Books & Music regular Jack S Bihm, a true outsider artist. Keef Patrick is key to this. His interest and fascination in Jack’s art was instrumental in the sites creation, myself being the humble middle man. Indeed, Keef’s own art is fantastic and can be seen here. Jack touched many lives with his casual, surreal and random acts of kindness, handing out his art for free to everyone and anyone he met in and around the environs of Torrance, Los Angeles. Keef has written a great recollection on the site about Jack. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Jack received a degree in agriculture from the University of Nebraska and fought in the Korean war. I remember one day Jack coming up to the information counter in Borders and handing over to me a plastic cup with flowers inside and a drawing across it. “I hit it out of the ballpark today…” he said in his sly and enigmatic way while walking towards the entrance. Myself and Keef gleefully looked at each other in awe of his zen. During my five years working at Borders Books and Music I learned a powerful thing; art saves us, art redeems us, art connects us.

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Published by: Sheer Zed

• Electronic Musician • Artist • Shaman • Born in Newport, South Wales, Sheer Zed started singing at the age of six. He showed an interest in audio production, producing experimental tape shows in his bedroom at the age of eleven and started to write songs at sixteen. With a strong leaning to electronic based music, Sheer Zed recorded an industrial electronic album "Electro-Punk ’86" during the mid 1980’s. Festivals and numerous radio shows such as The Séance, The Dark Outside, The Phantom Circuit, The Numbers Broadcast, Frome FM's Homely Remedies and The Alrealon Musique Show have all featured Sheer Zed’s peculiar brand of outsider electronics. For over thirty years Sheer Zed has worked with many artists, collectives and groups. Louder Than War reviewed Sheer Zed's music as "extraordinary", "immersive" and "exciting". CompulsionOnline described Sheer Zed's music as "absorbing and intricate", "surreal" and "invigorating", urging their readers "to dig in to the releases of Sheer Zed". TQ Music Zine declared Sheer Zed's music "a tour de force". Cool and Strange Music Magazine said his music was "Mithraic", while the blog 1208 North Fuller Ave Apt 1 said his work "elicit a sense of the exotic and mysterious". The magazine Indie Shaman declared Sheer Zed's work to be "meditative, surreal and hypnotic...perfect for anyone who likes to share their journeys in life with eclectic, electronic music." The Séance have accurately dubbed Sheer Zed "A veteran Bristol noise shaman." The Bandcamp compilations Terse Greetings 2015 from Australia’s Severed Heads, Several by Several (a compilation supporting the late great John Several), the 95 track #MoreInCommon Hope Not Hate compilation promoting peace and tolerance and the Sombre Soniks Dark Ambient compilations volumes 17 and 18 have all featured Sheer Zed’s music •

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