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The Italian Machine Project

An archive of the words & pictures of Lionel Douglas 1944 -1979

http://www.theitalianmachine.spiltink.org

“A rare, complex being was Lionel Douglas. An activist in the truest sense, he was a surfer of the mind who greeted life with aplomb, satiric wit, and celebration. His photographs, born of light, display the extrovert, the polished eye of objectivity.”
— JOHN DOUGLAS [close freind]

Lionel Douglas was my father. He died in 1979, cutting short an intense and creative life.

His son Max, me, grew up to be an artist. I work under the name Salgood Sam [ http://www.salgoodsam.com/ ], and I’ve been thinking I’d like to develop a memoir project about Lionel for a while now. And I’ve wanted to digitize his body of work, both for public consumption and for my own reference. The Italian Machine Project site is one aspect of that ongoing project. To help subsidize it i’m going to make selective images available as prints and other items here on Red Bubble.

About the name of the site: One of my fathers friends was film maker David Cronenberg. in 1976 he made a short film called The Italian Machine. It featured a group of motorcycle enthusiast, led by one named Lionel, who become obsessed with acquiring a rare Ducati Desmo Supersport in the possession of a rich art dealer keeping it on display as art. It’s a very entertaining short film, and it also depicts well Lionel’s love for two wheeled beauties. The character is a cartoon of Lionel but this is kind of my angle for the memoir – the way Lionel became fictionalized by his friends and loved ones.

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