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Lit up by an octopus

Friday, January 16th, 2015

I love these octopus chandeliers by Adam Wallacavage, seen at the Jonathan Levine Gallery’s current exhibition titled The Lost Mitten Society, Annual Winter Salon Show at the gallery at 529 West 20th Street. While originally a photographer, Wallacavage taught himself the art of ornamental plastering and began making octopus shaped chandeliers in 2001. His chandeliers have been exhibited in galleries in São Paulo, Rome, London, Miami, Los Angeles, Vienna and New York. These two pieces are amongst the Salon group show which runs through February 7th.

octopus chandeliers by Adam Wallacavage

Architectural diversity in NYC

Friday, January 9th, 2015

I like how photographing this particular spot in NYC captured 4 different styles of architecture, as well as the contrast between the bold graphic design of the Asian restaurant in the foreground and the fading ad signage on the building behind it. This location is 10th Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Streets in NYC.

Tia Pol restaurant in NYC on 10th Avenue

Fashion clones spotted near the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Wouldn’t it be confusingly fun if everyone walked around New York City in fashion-matching pairs like this duo? I saw them walking down 5th Avenue near the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and with their huge, fur-covered hoods, they were hard to miss.

Japanese tourists in NYC wearing matching clothes

Santa Fe Avenue, Compton, CA

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

I’m continuing with my exploration of random places via Google Street View, looking for interesting things that capture my attention. Here we’ve got some very uniform and neatly-trimmed bushes on Santa Fe Avenue in Compton, California. There’s something odd about the contrast of the almost-geometric plants set against a very nondescript building which seems to lack any detail that would allow one to identify it. It’s hard to imagine what sort of activity goes on in this place …

street view in Compton, CA

Sedgwick Avenue, The Bronx

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

You may have seen my post yesterday about the artist Jon Rafman who has been utilizing Google Street View to find accidental and interesting scenes on the streets, as captured by Google’s camera car. I decided yesterday to do some of my own “walking the streets” via Google, and had fun looking around, so I decided to explore some more today.

I can’t always explain how my random thoughts are generated, but I decided today to “explore” the Bronx some more, and did a search to see where exactly the rap pioneer Kool Herc used to live, and found out it was on Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx. So off to Kool Herc’s old neighborhood I went, and I happened upon this scene near the underpass of the Washington Bridge, where it crosses over the Harlem River from the Bronx to Harlem. The angle of the bridge support and the way the scene was cropped makes it seem like this architectural structure has come crashing into this streetscape.

I guess my initial interest in exploring the Bronx also comes from the fact that in 20+ years on the East Coast, I think I’ve only been to the Bronx twice – to the Bronx Zoo and Yankee Stadium. Considering my interest in street art and graffiti, I would guess there’s probably a lot of other good things to see there too … if you have any suggestions on where I should explore in person, let me know.

view of the underpass of Washington Bridge from Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx

Demolition of 5 Pointz

Monday, January 5th, 2015

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a little over 2 years since I went out to graffiti mecca 5 Pointz in Long Island City and took hundreds of pictures of the graffiti there. It’s also hard to believe that it was a year ago when the whole complex was whitewashed in advance of the eventual demolition. Something caused me to think about 5 Pointz again today, wondering if or when demolition had taken place, and I found out that it happened in late November of 2014. I guess this will prompt me to finally put together some sort of 5 Pointz tribute on Artsology with my collection of pictures … as you might imagine, trying to figure out how to share over 300 pictures on this site isn’t an easy task, but I feel like I should put something together. Here’s an unfortunate series of pictures showing the demolition taking place. Stay tuned, we’ll let you know when we have our tribute assembled.

a sequence of pictures showing 5 Pointz getting knocked down

Active Driveway, Bryant Avenue, The Bronx

Monday, January 5th, 2015

I saw an article online today about an artist named Jon Rafman, who has a project called “9 Eyes,” in which he spends hours sifting step-by-step through Google’s Street View function to find surprising, resonant, or simply beautiful stills that have accidentally been captured by the Google car’s 9-lens, 360-degree camera.

Seeing some of his pictures, I thought it seemed like an interesting project to try for myself (or perhaps, in my case today, a good time-waster or way to procrastinate). I was exploring Bryant Avenue in the Bronx, and happened upon this somewhat mysterious image, in which two men are running long extension cords into a metal fence-covered lot. Maybe it’s just my imagination, but the guy in the dark shirt looking at the camera doesn’t appear too happy about being photographed.

Whether there’s any artistic merits to this image, it’s hard to say … I guess it depends on how much you like street photography. I’ll see if I can come up with anything else interesting, and post if I do.

Bryant Avenue, The Bronx, street photography

Hey, get the cat off of the Matisse cut-outs! Get into MoMA free this weekend.

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

The Museum of Modern Art has been on a trial run as part of Bank of America’s “Museums on Us” program for the first full weekends of November and December, 2014 and January, 2015. What that means is if you have a Bank of America account, just show up at MoMA today or tomorrow and show them your debit card to waive the usual $25 entrance fee. However, it’s not clear whether this means you can also get into the Matisse “Cut-Outs” exhibition … my guess is probably not, because the tickets for that show are based on a timed entry, and checking the MoMA web page for buying Matisse tickets, they’re completely sold out every hour this weekend until 3:00 on Sunday afternoon (as of the time of this blog post). But there’s still plenty of art you can see for free at MoMA, and it looks like the Matisse show is being overrun by cats anyway (the picture shows Matisse studio assistant Annelies Nelck with cat sitting on top of Apollo on the floor of the Hôtel Régina, Nice, c. 1953).

Apollo, by Henri Matisse, with cat on top

People at The Met, Pigeons at the Post Office

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

For anyone who has ever visited The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, you’ll recognize the picture below left, which shows how there always seems to be people sitting on the front steps of the museum. I suppose they’re either people-watching, waiting for friends, or just taking a break after visiting the museum.

On a recent trip to NYC, I happened upon a similar scene outside the United States Post Office at 32nd Street and 8th Avenue … except this time the steps are populated with pigeons. There must be some sort of unspoken agreement between humans and pigeons as to whom gets which set of stairs.

people sitting on the front steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Imagination doesn’t always take scale into account

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

I spent the holidays visiting family in Newport News, VA, and in walking around the neighborhood, happened upon this little scene in someone’s front yard. My guess is that some little boy who loves fire trucks wanted to pretend that he was “parking” his firetruck in front of the garage of his family’s house, and that he would be ready for action when needed.

It reminded me of a photograph by one of my favorite photographers, Joel Sternfeld, whose book “American Prospects” contains many memorable images. If you scroll down below my picture, you’ll see the Sternfeld image that I’m associating with, titled “Buckingham, Pennsylvania, August 1978.” In that picture, Sternfeld has happened upon a backyard scene where some kids have a number of toy trucks on a small mound of dirt, most likely an imaginary scene of home construction not unlike the suburban neighborhood in which the picture was taken.

If you get a chance to see other images from American Prospects, you’ll see that Sternfeld has an amazing knack at finding unusual and fascinating circumstances to photograph … think about it, how many artists happen upon an exhausted renegade elephant? There have been plenty of times when I’ll see something odd or unusual and think “I have to capture this Sternfeld moment for myself!”

toy fire truck in front of a regular sized garage

Here’s the Joel Sternfeld picture that influenced my snapshot above:

toy construction trucks photograph by Joel Sternfeld

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