Remaster of set played at Barefoot Boogie on 09.27.03. I love these artists and I buy their music – you should too! Click on the name of each band to find out more about them and where/how you can purchase their music.

The Beloved Sun Rising
De La Rosa & Asora Lily's Theme
Sade Cherish The Day
YMO vs 808 State Light In The Darkness ( Meditation Mix Featuring Thich Nhat Hanh )
YMO vs Orbital Behind The Mask
Mc 900 Ft Jesus Falling Elevators
Utah Saints Something Good ( John Kelly Mix )
Josh Wink Higher State Of Consciousness
B12 Obsessed
Banco De Gaia Kincajou
Orbital Frenetic
Art Of Noise Moments In Love
Wild & Taylor Bang The Acid ( Joey Beltram’s Bang The Drums Mix )
Underworld Jumbo



One of my very first jobs was at Meola Scenic Studios painting (60' x 30') back drops that were ultimately trucked down to NYC (the Metropolitan Opera House). I got to paint faux marble flooring standing on top of the drop using a 4' paint brush. I put the blue in the sky with a pump spray atomizer in an adjacent studio. Up on a ladder to cut giant Styrofoam rocks with what looked like hedge trimmers. But mostly I washed brushes for all the other wonderfully talented people that I worked with. Whenever I picked up a brush that experience was always with me: the scale, the freedom, and the motion.

It’s been many years since I put paint to canvas. It is calling me again. I can feel it. Perhaps a little retrospective is in order (albeit an incomplete one). More to come...

Duchamp – 1990, Acrylic on wood (24" x 35.5")

figure study – 1990, Acrylic on canvas

figure study – 1990, Acrylic on canvas

Untitled (dream painting) – 1988, Oil paint, plaster, fabric, canvas stretchers (48" x 60")

Untitled – 1988, Oil on canvas (34" x 40")

Untitled – 1988, Oil on canvas

Untitled – 1988, Oil on canvas

Untitled (glazing study) – 1988, Oil on canvas

Untitled (complimentary color study) – 1988, Oil on canvas

Dr Zizmor


Welcome to WOW – a new section on Forth Position. WOW covers a lot of ground, from excited exclamatory response to brilliant art & design straight through to teeth clenched whispered wow work that leaves you questioning wtf? Involuntary response is what we are looking for here. Enjoy your stay.

To inaugurate the section, recent versions of the classic Dr Zizmor New York City Subway ad. Below the ads as they appear on Dr. Zizmor’s website is a high resolution recreation of it as it appeared on the subway (yes, someone loved it that much). The ad is a fantastic cornucopia of “how to design” tips and tricks. Among the many highlights: 

• Soft dissolve from night skyline to “day” (gray) rainbow!
• Rainbow color sequence reordered to create a delightful red to green transition!
• Supersized (photoshop) stroke on the headline!
• Heavy drop shadows in both black AND white!
• A drop shadow OVER a solid color stroke surround! HOT DAMN!
• Dancing credit cards, customer clip art, checked boxes, plus a signed statement from Dr. Z himself!
• Stars.
And now Dr. Z even has his own scannable QR code!

Can’t get enough? Here it is in motion:

I first saw these posters while I was a student at Pratt Institute. Dr. Z had an enormous impact on all us aspiring designers! I welcome your comments below. Until next time – TG


Awareness from the Forth Position Archive

10,000 New Yorkers marched to Times Square on October 7th 2001, united in common conviction that the United States Government should not exploit the September 11th attacks as an excuse for war.

New York Times photo by Michelle V. Agins
New York Newsday photo
March end rally at Times Square – photo by Diane Greene Lent

Forth, in conjunction with the coalition's Arts & Culture Working Group, produced 200 signs for this demonstration. Half of these read NEW YORK NOT IN OUR NAME / OUR GRIEF IS NOT A CRY FOR WAR, but it was the ISLAM, ARABS & IMMIGRANTS ARE NOT THE ENEMY sign that received the most press.

Front ( small type: unity through empathy )
Back ( small type: unity through empathy )
Front ( peace is powerful )
Back ( kick the bomb habit )
Front ( speak your mind )
Back ( war is never having to tell the truth )
Front ( non-violence or non-existence )
Back ( justice, not vengeance )
December 16 - Hoy photo by Rafael Fernandez*

December 16 – Rockefeller Center march – banner design by Kinkos®

Over the following year Forth designed additional signs to supplement the initial five, flyers, buttons, t-shirts, a banner, and other materials for multiple marches, rallies and forums around the interrelated issues of the war on terror, illegal detentions, immigrant solidarity, civil liberties, and budget cuts. The NYCPJ symbol is a realignment of the negative spaces within the common peace symbol, the triangular shapes assembled by multiple hands working together. The symbol was designed as a representation of the concept of coalition and a reflection on rebuilding peace in the aftermath of 9/11.

Modular Flyer Front
Flyer Back
Bus Sign Up
Bus Ticket

April 20, 2002 – Washington DC march – banner design by Forth
April 20, 2002 – Washington DC
Justice for Detainees solidarity rally – Brooklyn
New York Taxi Workers Alliance march - Midwood, Brooklyn

Neighborhood Conference Placard
Neighborhood Conference

*A dark line is visible around the tube (bottom) of the featured MAKE HISTORY NOT WAR sign. This was Forth founder Thomas Gallagher’s personal sign, marked this way to make it easy to spot inverted among the others in bags for transport. Occupied with logistics at the rally site, he did not get to march, so his sign marched without him...