August 28th, 2014
If you saw our last post about the Portland Sea Dogs and their Chewbacca jerseys, then you’ll understand the inspiration for this post: more wacky minor league baseball jerseys … these are some of the best ones we saw. Clockwise from top left: the Memphis Redbirds “Egypt” jerseys; the Lowell Spinners “Ugly Christmas Sweater” jerseys; the Fresno Grizzlies “Price is Right” jerseys; and the Kalamazoo Growlers “Selfie” jerseys, which features selfies sent to the team by their fans. Pretty wacky stuff indeed.
August 28th, 2014
The Portland Sea Dogs minor league baseball team wore Chewbacca-inspired jerseys for their August 16th game against the Richmond Flying Squirrels, on an evening billed as “Star Wars Night.” You’d think a team with the name like the “Flying Squirrels” would have some crazy uniforms too, but theirs are actually quite boring. It seems that “Star Wars Nights” are not unusual for minor league games, as the image of Chewie throwing his split-paw-fastball (top right) is actually from some other game … now that’s what I’d like to see, not just Chewbacca throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, but actually pitching the whole game.
As wacky as the Chewbacca jersey is, you can’t give the Portland Sea Dogs total credit for the idea … the Toledo Mud Hens did it once too. But despite not being original, it’s still a great idea.
August 26th, 2014
A little over a year ago we did an interview with the Brass Brothers, Matt and Jesse, who were working on a series of short films titled “Making Art.” I see now that they have a new short film from a couple months ago featuring artist Kim Alsbrooks, who paints historical portraits on trash … check it out below:
August 26th, 2014
I’ve been a fan of Phil Frost’s work for a long time, ever since I used to see his pieces attached to walls on the Lower East Side in the early 1990’s. He seems to be a hard artist to track down, exhibition-wise, as it appears that his last show in New York was in 2009. But I happened upon this video, in which he discusses his love of the music of Bob Marley. That topic in itself doesn’t interest me so much, but the video shows multiple looks inside of his studio, and it’s packed full with incredible paintings … I could spend hours looking around this studio, love his work!
August 25th, 2014
As I was taking the train into NYC yesterday, I noticed these sneakers, below left, across the aisle from where I was sitting. It’s a little hard to see from this picture (since I was trying to be discreet about taking it), but there’s splatters all over the fluorescent orange surface, almost like Jackson Pollock had been wearing them in his studio.
And then there’s these boots, below right, which I saw on a woman at the Brooklyn Museum at the Swoon show, and whom I overheard making the claim that she had ridden on Swoon’s rafts down the Hudson River in 2008. At any rate, these boots look like they’ve been customized, as if she took the soles off, inserted the unusual pink and silver metal parts, and then reattached the soles again. Pretty crazy boots, don’t you think? I like the idea of one-of-a-kind shoes, though …
August 24th, 2014
This is a detail view of an art installation by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei at the Brooklyn Museum. Titled “Stacked,” 2014, the installation includes 700 stainless-steel bicycles which are missing their handlebars and seats, which helps to make the work somewhat abstract and less literal. The wall tag explains that this art work is meant to express the view that “in China, the individual is often undervalued and seen only as part of the whole.”
August 22nd, 2014
As I was exploring the Railyard District in Santa Fe last week, I happened upon this mural on the corner of Paseo de Peralta and Guadalupe Street … the snake and some sort of cat appear ready to engage in mortal combat. But it’s the presence of the yin yang symbol in the middle that changes the tone of this battle scene – because in Chinese philosophy, the yin yang symbol is meant to express the concept that apparently opposite or contrary forces are actually complementary and interconnected in the natural world. Maybe the mural artist is suggesting we put aside our differences and get along?
August 22nd, 2014
We have a new adventure over at our sister site, The Arts Adventurer … we take a trip down to Asbury Park, NJ, to visit the Silverball Museum and play 100+ pinball machines dating from the 1930’s up through the 2010’s. When you have 80 years worth of pinball machines in one location, you quickly realize what a visual smorgasbord of pinball art is sitting there in front of you. Check out chapter one of this adventure here.
August 21st, 2014
I saw these “diver” clothes hooks at Sequoia Santa Fe, and the first thought that came to mind was that they’re more-graceful versions of Aaron Siskind’s “divers” from his photographic series titled Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation, two examples of which can be seen lower right. Maybe Siskind’s divers could make for some funky clothes hooks too!
August 20th, 2014
This is a view facing south in the courtyard between the International Folk Art Museum and the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I’m not sure which is more dramatic: the larger-than-life sculpture titled Mountain Spirit Dancer by Craig Dan Goseyun, or the incredible clouds in the sky above and behind the sculpture … it’s views like this that make me very fond of the New Mexico landscape.