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Archive for the ‘Photo of the day’ Category

Sharing the sentiments of artist Doug Aitken

Friday, April 24th, 2015

These two mixed-media art works are by Doug Aitken, and are from a past exhibition at the 303 Gallery in New York (which took place about 2 years ago). It’s still a sentiment that often rings true, the feeling that there’s not enough time in the day to make and/or appreciate art! For more on Doug Aitken and his art, check out our Gallery Insider feature about his “Sonic Fountain” here.

Doug Aitken exhibition at 303 Gallery

Finding mystery with street view

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

I’ve had some fun looking for unusual images via Google’s street view in the past, and thought I’d do a little snooping around again this morning. Today I went looking around in my hometown of Minneapolis, choosing to venture around Dupont Avenue on the north side of town. I happened upon this view, below, which I found interesting for a number of reasons. Please scroll down for more …

street view of Dupont Avenue North in Minneapolis

I like the fact that it seems like there’s not much sign of activity anywhere in this picture, except for the kid on his bike who was caught staring straight at the camera. But it’s some of the architectural elements that really add some mystery to the picture, such as the two car garage which was built underground, with no logical connection or easy access to the house. Plus, there’s no apparent handles on the garage doors, adding to the bunker mentality. And then there’s the odd little house back behind the garage on the right side – it doesn’t really look like a garden shed, so what is it? The shape of that little house also brought to mind some better-known images by the photographers William Christenberry and Walker Evans, pictured below. It’s amazing how a simple street view photograph can spark the imagination to create one’s own little mystery story about what’s going on here in North Minneapolis.

photographs of churches by William Christenberry and Walker Evans

Pets + Graffiti + Procrastination = a new collage

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Sometimes my procrastination really gets the best of me … I’m in my office, easily distracted from the work at hand, when I notice that all three of my pets – two dogs and a cat – are sprawled out together on the floor. The creative urge hits, I dig through some old graffiti photos from 5 Pointz, and came up with this image. Maybe this should be a new art movement … Procrastinism, anyone?

2 dogs, a cat, and graffiti from 5 Pointz

Geometric art on the exterior of the Baltimore Aquarium

Friday, April 10th, 2015

The Baltimore Aquarium has a lot of cool things to see on the inside, one of which is the 3-story, 225,000-gallon shark tank called “Shark Alley.” But the outside of the Aquarium has some nice features as well, including this geometric art on the exterior of the building. The colorful shapes really make the building jump out on the waterfront … even with all of the great art to be seen in Baltimore, the Aquarium was still one of our favorite destinations on this recent trip.

The National Aquarium in Baltimore with geometric art on the exterior

Freddy Sam mural with a little taste of Schnabel and Basquiat

Friday, April 10th, 2015

I just got back from several days in Baltimore, and will have plenty to share both here on Artsology as well as eventual full coverage on our sister site, The Arts Adventurer.

The mural pictured below is a large-scale street art piece by the South African artist Ricky Lee Gordon, who goes by the street art nickname “Freddy Sam.” It’s part of the “Open Walls Baltimore” series of graffiti murals that are spread out over the Station North Arts District.

It’s an impressive mural, and one can spend quite a bit of time walking from one end to the other and back, taking in all of the details. One thing I noticed is the section in the lower left corner – you can see a bunch of words have been painted in this section. It’s not so much the actual words that caught my attention, but rather the visual references to the art of Julian Schnabel and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Scroll down to see more …

Mural by South African artist Freddy Sam in Baltimore

As you can see in this detail view below, the word “mountains” is painted within a large scale “brush stroke” of white paint; above and to the right of this is a 3-pointed crown. If you’re not familiar with these visual references to Schnabel and Basquiat, please scroll down for some comparison images.

Open Walls Baltimore mural by Freddy Sam

As you can see in the example of a Schnabel painting, below left, he often has words painted within horizontal bands of color as well. As you can see in the example of a Basquiat painting, below right, a 3-pointed crown is one of Basquiat’s iconic images that he used in countless paintings and drawings. By pointing out these visual references, we don’t mean to take anything away from Freddy Sam’s impressive mural, but rather to just share the art historical references that we picked up when viewing this street art masterpiece.

Julian Schnabel and Jean-Michel Basquiat paintings

Motto of a Baltimore Graffiti Artist

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

I just got back from a trip to Baltimore, my first visit to the city. There was a lot of great art to see, both in the museums and galleries as well as in the streets. I saw this graffiti motto painted on a wall in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District of Baltimore. According to “Joba,” which is the tag listed in the lower right corner, the goal is to “Create, Conquer, Celebrate.” I’m not sure where the “conquer” aspect comes in, but certainly “create” and “celebrate” makes sense to me.

Joba, graffiti artist in Baltimore

Hillary Clinton as street art icon?

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

If Hillary Clinton “runs” for the Presidency, will her hair fly out in the breeze like the hair on this street art image? I can’t say for sure that this wheat paste street art found in Bushwick (Brooklyn) is supposed to be Hillary Clinton, but a comparison between the street art and a photograph shows some strong similarities in the eyes, eyebrows, pursed lips and chin … what do you think?

wheat paste street art in Bushwick that looks like presidential candidate Hillary Clinton

Geometric artists in Kansas

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Check out the image below …it makes for some funky, abstract geometric art, right? It’s actually an aerial image of farmland in Finney County, Kansas, with the circles created by center pivot irrigation systems. Each circle is a separate irrigation system within an overall 500 square mile patch of farmland shown here. The larger systems are one mile in diameter, and the smaller ones are a half mile in diameter. Scroll down for some other pictures that will be less-abstract in showing how the pivot irrigation system looks and operates.

geometric earth art via pivot irrigation

a look at center pivot irrigation and how it works

Artsy snowflake cut-outs in NYC

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Remember the paper cut-out snowflakes that your teacher used to have you make in elementary school? I saw these two elaborate snowflake cut-outs taped to the inside of a door window on East Houston Street on the Lower East Side last month … I especially like the pattern on the left one.

paper snowflakes on the Lower East Side

Is the peeled off sticker art a Diane Arbus copy?

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

I noticed the remnants of a peeled-off sticker art graffiti piece on this FDNY alarm box in NYC recently (below left) … and when I crop and rotate the image (below center), it starts to resemble the famous photograph by Diane Arbus (below right), titled “Child with Toy Hand Grenade,” 1962. What do you think? Maybe not a perfect match, but it’s hard to say without seeing the original sticker before someone tried to peel it off.

sticker art graffiti in NYC resembles Diane Arbus photograph

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