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Seeing Edvard Munch’s Scream on the Sidewalk

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

If you’ve read the blog in the past, you’ve probably seen some of the unusual and interesting things I’ve seen on the slate sidewalks in town … at times it’s like walking on a Rorschach test. Some other examples include seeing what looked like a petroglyph, and here’s several examples of “seeing” modern art on the sidewalks.

At any rate, here’s an odd shape that I saw on a local sidewalk yesterday … what do you see in this shape? My first thought was a distorted screaming face, kind of like Edvard Munch’s Scream painting. If you want to see how my logic unfolded to come to this conclusion, scroll down to see the transformation.

slate sidewalks in Glen Ridge, NJ

something on the slate sidewalk looks like Edvard Munch's Scream painting

Arts Adventures in Asbury Park

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

There’s more to Asbury Park than meets the eye … in this case, the eyes of Madam Marie, the fortune teller of the Asbury Park boardwalk since 1932. Check out our sister site The Arts Adventurer as we explore Asbury Park, or more-specifically, Chapter 2, The Boardwalk at Asbury Park, which was posted just today.

Fortune teller Madam Marie, who told Bruce Springsteen that he'd become famous

More wacky Minor League Baseball jerseys

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

If you saw our last post about the Portland Sea Dogs and their Chewbacca jerseys, then you’ll understand the inspiration for this post: more wacky minor league baseball jerseys … these are some of the best ones we saw. Clockwise from top left: the Memphis Redbirds “Egypt” jerseys; the Lowell Spinners “Ugly Christmas Sweater” jerseys; the Fresno Grizzlies “Price is Right” jerseys; and the Kalamazoo Growlers “Selfie” jerseys, which features selfies sent to the team by their fans. Pretty wacky stuff indeed.

wacky minor league baseball jerseys

Star Wars and Baseball: Chewbacca jerseys make the scene

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

The Portland Sea Dogs minor league baseball team wore Chewbacca-inspired jerseys for their August 16th game against the Richmond Flying Squirrels, on an evening billed as “Star Wars Night.” You’d think a team with the name like the “Flying Squirrels” would have some crazy uniforms too, but theirs are actually quite boring. It seems that “Star Wars Nights” are not unusual for minor league games, as the image of Chewie throwing his split-paw-fastball (top right) is actually from some other game … now that’s what I’d like to see, not just Chewbacca throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, but actually pitching the whole game.

As wacky as the Chewbacca jersey is, you can’t give the Portland Sea Dogs total credit for the idea … the Toledo Mud Hens did it once too. But despite not being original, it’s still a great idea.

Portland Sea Dogs Chewbacca jerseys for Star Wars night

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

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