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Mona Lisa is working a new look

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

After our last post, in which we caught Mona Lisa napping, we decided to have a little more fun with the art history legend. She’s been trying out some funky new hairstyles (or lack-of-hair-style) for some of her new modeling gigs. What do you think of her new look?

Mona Lisa modeling high couture

Extreme Conceptual Architecture

Monday, July 20th, 2015

I took a quick look at both of these conceptual home designs and the first thought that comes to mind is: what a great setting for a James Bond movie!

Below left is a conceptual design by Modscape. Entitled “The Cliff House,” the design is a theoretical response to clients who have approached Modscape about design options for extreme parcels of coastal land in Australia. Modscape explains that the design is inspired by the way barnacles cling to the hull of a ship, as far as attaching the home to the side of the cliff as opposed to being positioned on top. Click on the link above to get additional design concepts and information about this conceptual home.

Below right is “Casa Brutale,” designed by Open Platform for Architecture (OPA). This is a conceptual fantasy vacation house embedded into a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea. Casa Brutale is conceived to be made of concrete, glass, and wood and accessed by an elevator or a sweeping staircase. With a swimming pool for a roof, its design showcases the play of light and shadows on the raw concrete interior walls that pay homage to Brutalist design. Click on the link above to learn more about this conceptual home.

The Cliff House and Casa Brutale

Street art in Jersey City

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

I made two trips to Jersey City, one yesterday and again today, in search of street art and graffiti murals … and I found it everywhere, especially in the area where Newark Avenue and Columbus Drive intersect. Below is a detail of a mural on Columbus Drive in Jersey City, featuring hands by Joe Lurato, and the background geometric art by Rubin415 – it brought to mind the well-known hands in Michelangelo’s masterpiece “The Creation of Adam” (see inset below right).

street art mural in Jersey City which reminds me of Michelangelo's hands

Custom Cinelli and Roadmaster bicycles by Phil Frost

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Check out these customized bicycles by artist Phil Frost … at top is a Cinelli ten-speed, and below is a Roadmaster BMX bike … wouldn’t it be fun to ride down the street on one of these? I like the idea of artists customizing everyday objects, here’s a look at some surfboards by Barry McGee as well.

Cinelli ten speed customized by Phil Frost

Murals in Virginia Beach

Friday, July 10th, 2015

As I mentioned the other day, I’m visiting family at Sandbridge Beach in Virginia this week, which is part of the reason why the Artsology blog has been somewhat quiet lately. But I needed a break from the beach scene yesterday, so I drove over to Virginia Beach to take a look around. I went on an Arts Adventurer in Virginia Beach a few years ago, and I was curious to see if much had changed, as far as finding new murals or street art.

I did happen upon a couple new murals which I hadn’t seen before, and I’m sure I’ll put together another Arts Adventure to showcase all that I saw yesterday, but in truth there wasn’t a whole lot that was different. The one fluid aspect of the street art scene was the sticker art graffiti, which makes sense as it’s so easy to slap down some new sticker art at any given time.

Here’s a drive-by view of the exterior mural at King Neptune’s Blacklight Indoor Mini Golf, with their depiction of over-sized golf balls blasting through the wall in mischievous fashion. Seeing a few pictures of what it looks like on the inside via a Google image search leads me to think that I should make a visit there at some point in the future … it looks like a crazy placed to play mini golf!

King Neptunes Mini golf in Virginia Beach

Happy July 4th!

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Happy July 4th! We’re down in Sandbridge, VA, where we had an arts adventure a few years ago, and we’re enjoying some local small-scale fireworks on the beach. We hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday! Here’s a Bernd and Hilla Becher-style montage of some of tonight’s fireworks.

Sandbridge, VA

An homage to the Post-it note?

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

It could be … but it’s actually titled “Off the beaten path and other miscommunications,” by Jules de Balincourt, a French-born painter who now lives in Brooklyn. I like this painting, it’s almost a quirky take on the paintings of Hans Hoffman. To see more of de Balincourt’s art, check out his website here.

painting by Jules de Balincourt

Art collector scam

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

I received an inquiry the other day, asking about buying art from Artsology. The inquiry said:

“Am interested in purchasing some pieces of artwork as I’m in the process of moving to Italy to expand my business field. I just bought a house in Milan, Italy and I’m interested in collecting an artwork for a space within my house for beautification. May I look through your website so as to pinpoint my choice, request for a quote and more information?”

I’ll admit, some of the language seemed a bit suspicious: “moving to expand my business field?” “Collecting an artwork … for beautification.” I wanted to think that maybe it was just an awkward attempt to write a thought in English when his natural language was Italian, so I went along with it. But then again, looking through Artsology to “pinpoint a choice of art” to buy, that doesn’t make much sense either, because a lot of the art works I show here are art historical pieces for arts education purposes.

But, I’m always happy to sell some art, so I pointed him in the direction of some art that is available for sale. He mentioned several that caught his interest, but then asked to see some more, at which point he mentioned that he wanted to buy four pieces. The exchanges were a bit awkward, but I was hoping to sell some art, so I continued to go along with it.

But then he slipped up, or rather, finally revealed himself to be a fake. He told me to contact a shipping company via an e-mail address that pointed to a website and a business that doesn’t exist. He also gave me the “shipping address” where he wanted the art sent. Fortunately, it’s easy enough to do a Google maps search for any address, and while the address initially showed up in search results, I think it was catching the street name and not the specific address. I went to Google maps “street view” to look around, and found that the street in question is only 3 blocks long. I was given the street address of #32, but as I “wandered” via street view, I saw that it started with street address #1, and hits a dead end 3 blocks later at #17. No #32 to be found. But I did find something interesting at the dead end of #17 … this graffiti, “vita mia ti amo alla follia,” which translates to “my life, I love you madly.”

I’m a bit bummed out that the sale of some paintings will not take place, and I won’t be able to make the claim that my art is being exhibited privately in Milan … but I can have a laugh at the message given to me at the end of the line of this little mystery.

vita mia ti amo alla follia

A local Legoland takes shape

Friday, June 19th, 2015

If you aren’t in the know, the picture below could be a bit confusing … someone’s front yard is filled with oversized Lego pieces? What’s going on here?

The Glen Ridge (NJ) High School has an annual tradition called “Project Graduation,” in which the seniors vote on a theme for their graduation party, generally hosted by a family in town. It’s an opportunity for the graduating class to celebrate in an alcohol- and drug-free atmosphere, filled with games and other activities that last thoughout the night.

At any rate, it was an unexpected visual sight to walk down the street and happen upon this scene!

Glen Ridge Lego graduation party

Graffiti and street art found on the Lower East Side

Friday, June 19th, 2015

I took this picture of an art-covered wall on the Lower East Side of NYC … and when I see it cropped like this, I wish it could somehow be transferred to a canvas … I’d love to hang something like this in my home!

graffiti found on the lower east side of Manhattan

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