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Archive for the ‘Photo of the day’ Category

Crazy shoes

Monday, 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 …

cool sneakers seen on NJ Transit, and custom boots seen at Swoon's show at the Brooklyn Museum

700 Bicycles by Ai Weiwei at the Brooklyn Museum

Sunday, 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.”

installation piece titled Stacked by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei at the Brooklyn Museum

Pinball (and pinball art) in Asbury Park, NJ

Friday, 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.

Pinball at the Silverball Museum in Asbury Park

Divers as clothes hooks

Thursday, 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!

Pleasures and Terrors of Levitation by Aaron Siskind

Dramatic sculpture, dramatic sky

Wednesday, 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.

sculpture by Craig Dan Goseyun

An artistic basketball court in Santa Fe

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

I happened upon the Tierra Encantada Charter School in Santa Fe today, and noticed their very-artistic basketball court … check out the large mural that covers a large part of the playing surface. We’ve got a few details in the pictures below this first one, it has some New Mexico motifs as well as some abstract designs – very cool!

charter school in Santa Fe with mural on the basketball court

murals on the basketball court at Tierra Encantada

Snacks at the Rio Grande Gorge courtesy of the Incredible Hulk

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

This multicolored bus with the Incredible Hulk painted on the back was parked on the west side of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, just about 10 miles northwest of Taos, New Mexico. The bus was fully stocked with snacks and drinks for sale to the visitors to this incredible location – more on that later – and more pictures from our sister site The Arts Adventurer, while traveling in New Mexico, can be found here.

The Incredible Hulk painted on the back of a bus parked at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

Cash for your Warhols … but as a bumper sticker?

Monday, August 11th, 2014

You’ll have to excuse the blurry/grainy picture … I was stopped at a stop light and noticed a surprising bumper sticker on the car ahead of me: “Cash for your Warhol.” Now I’ve certainly heard of people placing ads in magazines and newspapers offering to buy paintings by famous artists such as Andy Warhol, Leroy Neiman, and others … but who in their right mind thinks that a bumper sticker on the back of their car is going to generate any leads? I can’t imagine running an errand to the drug store or grocery store and then seeing this bumper sticker and thinking, “hey, this guy will buy my million dollar Warhol! I’ll give him a call.” (not that I have a million dollar Warhol – I wish).

bumper sticker on a car offering cash for Andy Warhol paintings

Rorschach Art created by the wind and sand

Monday, August 4th, 2014

More observations while out for a jog in Sandbridge, VA (see our last one here) – check out this odd shape formed by the wind blowing sand around in someone’s driveway … it’s like Rorschach art, it’s a shape that looks like something, but I’m not sure what. The first visual association I make in seeing it is some sort of map-view of an imaginary continent … what do you see?

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out our feature on Rorschach art here.

found art in Sandbridge, VA - street art, you could call it

Sand-filled divot in the road reminds me of Robert Longo’s art

Friday, August 1st, 2014

I was out for an early morning jog today while on vacation in Sandbridge, VA, and I noticed this spot on the road, below … there were two small divots in the surface of the street that were filled with sand. It’s the one on the left that caught my attention – it looked like a woman wearing a dress (see the shape that extends to the right of what looks like legs?) with her arms over her head. The apparent outstretched movement of this sand “woman” made me think of Robert Longo’s series titled “Men in the Cities” from the early 1980’s, in which well-dressed men and women were drawn in contorted positions. I couldn’t find a perfect match, but scroll down to see two examples of Longo’s work with my sand woman in the middle. Am I nuts, or can you see the connection here?

a woman figure seen in the street in Sandbridge, VA

examples of women from the Robert Longo series Men in the Cities

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