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Vintage ABA art for the Virginia Squires

July 29th, 2015

Back in the late 1960s, when the American Basketball Association (ABA) was formed (1967, to be more-specific), they wanted to differentiate their league from the NBA in multiple ways, starting first with the basketball, which was red, white and blue. It seems their visual flair extended beyond the basketball, as I happened upon these vintage art works for the Virginia Squires.

Clockwise, from top left: inaugural program guide for the Virginia Squires, autographed by Julius Erving; program cover illustration by Jack Hughes for a Squires/Nets game; promotional illustration for the Squires featuring Dr. J; program cover illustration by Jack Hughes for a Squires/Colonels game.

Virginia Squires program cover art


Mona Lisa is working a new look

July 29th, 2015

After our last post, in which we caught Mona Lisa napping, we decided to have a little more fun with the art history legend. She’s been trying out some funky new hairstyles (or lack-of-hair-style) for some of her new modeling gigs. What do you think of her new look?

Mona Lisa modeling high couture


Mona Lisa after hours

July 29th, 2015

It’s got to be tiring to be an art history icon, dealing with countless tourists dashing through the halls of the museum each day running to see you and take your picture, as you can see here with Mona Lisa at the Louvre. Do you think she ever gets a break? Sure, after hours … scroll down to see how Mona Lisa unwinds after a long day “at the office.”

Mona Lisa at the Louvre

Mona Lisa sleeping


Limited edition shaving cream cans

July 29th, 2015

As I was shaving this morning, I noticed that my can of Barbasol shaving cream was a “limited edition Jurassic World” can. I wondered, why would Barbasol think that having dinosaurs on their shaving cream cans would help sell them? Would any man say, “hey, that’s a limited edition can, I have to get it while I can!” …? But a little research shows that there is a logical reason why Barbasol would do this … in the original movie, “Jurassic Park,” Barbasol was more than a product placement but a pivotal plot point, as the shaving cream canister was modified in order to secretly smuggle dinosaur embryos off the island.

At any rate, I think we need a limited edition Barbasol can for the art crowd … so I’m pitching this idea for a Salvador Dali shaving cream can:

Barbasol, Jurassic World, and Salvador Dali


Konrad Leug and Kehinde Wiley

July 21st, 2015

I was recently in Minnesota and attended the exhibition “International Pop” at the Walker Art Center. When I saw this painting, below left, the first thought that came to mind was that it looked like a slightly toned-down Kehinde Wiley painting. A painting of a man with a patterned background that sometimes comes to the foreground on top of the figure is certainly a concept that could apply to many Kehinde Wiley paintings, one of which you can see below right.

So, who was this artist that I was seeing? His name is Konrad Leug, and the Walker’s wall tag explained:

“Konrad Leug was a pivotal figure in the German art scene, first as a Capital Realism painter and then (changing his name) as owner of the legendary Düsseldorf-based Konrad Fischer Gallery. Though his career as a painter only lasted from 1963 to 1968, he made major contributions to the discourse around painting and consumerism in Germany at the time.

It just made me wonder: was Kehinde Wiley familiar with Konrad Leug’s paintings in advance of developing his own style? They seem to have a lot in common, based on this comparison …

comparing Kehinde Wiley to Konrad Leug


Street art and graffiti emoji

July 21st, 2015

Wouldn’t it be fun if people could design and distribute their own emoji? From what I’ve read, it seems getting emoji characters added to the Unicode Standard is a long, drawn-out process. If it weren’t so difficult, though, we’d suggest a collection of street art and graffiti emoji … wouldn’t it be fun to be able to use these?

emoji using street art and graffiti images


Artistic asteroids

July 21st, 2015

During a recent visit to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, I happened upon this video installation by Jennifer Steinkamp. Titled “6EQUJ5,” it references a possible radio signal scanned by “The Big Ear” radio telescope in 1977. The telescope was searching the heavens as part of a SETI (search for extraterrestrial intelligence) project at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Perkins Observatory in Delaware, Ohio. The entire signal sequence lasted for 72 seconds, but has never been detected again.

The asteroids in Steinkamp’s piece reference the idea of “panspermia,” which is a scientific hypothesis that life exists throughout the universe, distributed by meteoroids, asteroids, and comets. Stephen Hawking suggested that an asteroid collided with the Earth accidentally, and the microscopic organisms from another planet, which were frozen inside the asteroid, survived the space travel. It was further suggested that when the organism-filled asteroid passed through the Earth’s atmosphere, the organisms were released and evolution began.

Are you still following me? The asteroids in Steinkamp’s video projection contain drawings and paintings. The artist states: “I decided to make intelligent asteroids inscribed with drawings and paintings that possibly collided with the Earth as another explanation” for evolution.

Check out the video below … note how the asteroids seem to know the confines of the space of the actual dome within the Art Institute, and bounce off the actual edges of the dome. (please note, the music accompanying this video was not part of the original art installation, but was added as a soundtrack for this video)


Extreme Conceptual Architecture

July 20th, 2015

I took a quick look at both of these conceptual home designs and the first thought that comes to mind is: what a great setting for a James Bond movie!

Below left is a conceptual design by Modscape. Entitled “The Cliff House,” the design is a theoretical response to clients who have approached Modscape about design options for extreme parcels of coastal land in Australia. Modscape explains that the design is inspired by the way barnacles cling to the hull of a ship, as far as attaching the home to the side of the cliff as opposed to being positioned on top. Click on the link above to get additional design concepts and information about this conceptual home.

Below right is “Casa Brutale,” designed by Open Platform for Architecture (OPA). This is a conceptual fantasy vacation house embedded into a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea. Casa Brutale is conceived to be made of concrete, glass, and wood and accessed by an elevator or a sweeping staircase. With a swimming pool for a roof, its design showcases the play of light and shadows on the raw concrete interior walls that pay homage to Brutalist design. Click on the link above to learn more about this conceptual home.

The Cliff House and Casa Brutale


Journey to Jersey City for street art and graffiti

July 20th, 2015

Check out our video from our exploration of Jersey City yesterday, looking for street art and graffiti:


Street art in Jersey City

July 19th, 2015

I made two trips to Jersey City, one yesterday and again today, in search of street art and graffiti murals … and I found it everywhere, especially in the area where Newark Avenue and Columbus Drive intersect. Below is a detail of a mural on Columbus Drive in Jersey City, featuring hands by Joe Lurato, and the background geometric art by Rubin415 – it brought to mind the well-known hands in Michelangelo’s masterpiece “The Creation of Adam” (see inset below right).

street art mural in Jersey City which reminds me of Michelangelo's hands


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