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Creativity with burning matches

May 26th, 2015

Check out this photograph by Charley Elmaga – he set up these burning matches to make it look like one was bowing down and asking for forgiveness from the other … it’s an excellent example of anthropomorphism, which is the attribution of human form or other characteristics to non-human things.

Charley Elmaga

 

Sidewalk goo becomes Billy The Kid

May 26th, 2015

As you’ve seen in the past, I have a habit of seeing things on the sidewalks while I’m walking my dogs, and making visual connections with other images. Well, yesterday I noticed this splotch of who-knows-what, and the shape of it reminded me of the cowboy hat in the famous photograph of Billy The Kid … take a look below, what do you think?

sidewalk art with Billy The Kid

 

Mondrian’s favorite type of bird …?

May 26th, 2015

Check out the colors on this bird which is known as “Wilson’s Bird of Paradise.” It would seem it has something in common with the painter Piet Mondrian: a preference for the colors red, yellow and blue. A Wilson’s bird of paradise is a small, exotic bird that can be found only on Waigeo and Batanta, which are islands in Indonesia.

WIlson's Bird of Paradise next to a Mondrian painting

 

Life imitates art

May 25th, 2015

Life imitates art, or in this case, film. My dog Violet is doing her best imitation of the Wicked Witch of the East from the movie The Wizard of Oz – the movie still below left is from the scene where Dorothy’s house has landed on top of the Wicked Witch, killing her. Thankfully, Violet will happily come out from under the bed once her nap is over.

The Wicked WItch of the East after the house falls on her

 

Homage to Frank Stella

May 25th, 2015

The diagonal patterns on the back of this utility truck seen in NYC (below left) reminds me of one of Frank Stella’s paintings (below right). You can find references to modern and contemporary art just about anywhere, if you look hard enough!

utility truck diagonal patterns next to a Frank Stella painting

 

No longer fashionable

May 25th, 2015

I saw this bit of “urban decay” while walking down 7th Avenue in NYC recently … it appears that it was once the sign for a clothing store, as I’m guessing the still-remaining letters on the bottom were once the word “fashion.” It would make for a cool painting if it was on a large canvas, it almost has a Julian Schnabel feel to it, with the combination of abstraction and words.

distressed store sign on 7th Avenue in NYC

 

Reverse graffiti by Paul Curtis

May 22nd, 2015

The British artist Paul Curtis, who goes by the street art name “Moose,” creates a different type of graffiti: some call it “reverse graffiti,” but he likes to call it “clean tagging” or “grime writing.” What he does is scrub and clean dirty walls in a way that an image results from his cleaning. So in truth he’s not defacing anything, he’s just selectively restoring the surface to its original state. The artist further explained his work this way: “I replaced the criminal element of graffiti with a positive process. Cleaning or restoring a surface, rather than spraying and damaging it. This harmless act of self-expression is still treated the same way. I think that should be embarrassing for the authorities. It’s like arresting someone for writing in the sand with a stick.” For more on Paul Curtis, check out his website here.

Paul Curtis makes reverse graffiti by cleaning walls

 

Urban artists from Europe and the UK at the Woolff Gallery

May 21st, 2015

The Woolff Gallery in London is opening an exhibition tonight titled “Urban Art,” featuring the work of Andrew McAttee, Static, Pam Glew, Pure Evil, Zaira and Bustart, Max Zorn, and Heidler & Heeps. Below are two examples of work from the show, including a portrait of Andy Warhol by Static and a scene depicting street art by Zaira and Bustart. The show remains open to the public through June 12th.

Woolff Gallery is located at 89 Charlotte Street in London, and you can learn more about their exhibitions and artists at their website here.

art work at the Woolff Gallery in London

 

Fish in love at 5 Pointz

May 21st, 2015

I can’t imagine that depicting fish in love is a very popular artistic theme, but that’s the theme of this graffiti mural at the former 5 Pointz graffiti mecca in Long Island City. I say “former,” because the buildings there were torn down in November 2014 in advance of building new apartment buildings. If anyone knows who this artist is, let us know.

graffiti mural at 5 Pointz in Long Island City

 

2015 DC Jazz Fest

May 21st, 2015

I’m wondering if I can find a way down to Washington D.C. next month, as it sounds like the 2015 DC Jazz Fest is going to be a great series of concerts. Two concerts in particular really grab my attention: The Bad Plus, with special guest Joshua Redman, will be playing on June 12th at 8:30pm, and Snarky Puppy will be playing two shows, one on June 15th at 8:00pm and again on June 16th at 8:00pm.

Those are just the two bands that interest me the most, but the DC Jazz Fest is loaded with a lot of performers – check out their website for the full lineup and schedule.

The Bad Plus, Joshua Redman, and Snarky Puppy play a jazz festival in Washington D.C.

 

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