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Haculla in the Parking Garage

Friday, November 20th, 2015

I was in NYC last night, catching a few art gallery shows in Chelsea before heading out to Brooklyn for the opening reception of an exhibition by street artist AINAC. It was raining pretty hard at times, so as I was walking down 16th Street near 9th Avenue, I ducked into a parking garage next to the Maritime Hotel, which you can see from the street (below left) and from inside (below right). I’m including these pictures to help you identify it, in case you want to check it out yourself.

And why would you want to check out this parking garage? Because it’s filled with some crazy street art and graffiti, that’s why! Scroll down to see what I saw last night.

art by Haculla in parking garage near Maritime Hotel

Here’s the first thing I saw, a big face by the street artist “Haculla” (real name: Harif Guzman), along with this photographic collage with the woman and the two leopards (which was covered with plexiglas in order to keep it intact, so it would seem that the owner of this parking garage appreciates the art!). Scroll down for more pictures of what I saw inside. I love the idea of the entry into a parking garage holding a large-scale “gallery” of art, with as much visual interest as some of the art galleries in the same neighborhood.

street art by Haculla, Harif Guzman

graffiti by Harif Guzman Maritime Hotel garage

art by Haculla, also known as Harif Guzman

Nine Lives by City Kitty: before and after

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

I was recently in NYC visiting art galleries and taking pictures of street art, and noticed the remains of a street art piece, below right … I liked this photograph because the eye was the main element remaining, and it had a look of desperation.

I was a bit surprised tonight, when looking through some of my previous NYC street art pictures, I happened upon a photograph I took almost a year earlier which shows the exact same piece on the same wall, when it was still intact, below left. I guess the title of “Nine Lives” is appropriate, as we’re seeing two of the nine lives of this particular piece here.

street art by City Kitty in NYC

Jenny Holzer street art

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

I saw this plaque below on a wall outside of the Cheim and Read Gallery in Chelsea the other day. It reads:

When there’s no safe place to sleep, you’re tired from walking all day and exhausted from the night because it’s twice as dangerous then.

When I first saw it, I figured whichever street artist posted this meant for it to look professional and official in a way, with the solid metal plaque with silver lettering on a black background. I thought it was pretty gutsy to screw something substantial like this into the exterior concrete wall of Cheim and Read’s gallery. But as I Google-searched the phrase to try to find out who did it, I learned it’s by Jenny Holzer, who is represented by Cheim and Read Gallery, so it’s certainly there on purpose.

So while this means it’s not a daring or gutsy piece of street art, I still like the unexpected discovery of it on their wall and the way that it’s relatively discreet without much attention drawn to it.

Word art by Jenny Holzer at Cheim and Read

Fall 2015 Paris Dispatch #4

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

My wife was in Paris these past 8 days on a business trip attending Paris Photo, and while I’ve been posting her dispatches while she was there, things got quiet on Friday night, as word arrived (via a concerned sister-in-law) that there had been terrorist attacks in Paris that afternoon. I had been blissfully unaware, going about my business, when I received the call inquiring about my wife’s safety. Thankfully, she is safe and on her way home today, but our thoughts and prayers have been going out to all of those affected by the attacks these past few days. It’s been a crazy couple of days, watching the news, calling and texting with my wife to check in on her safety, hearing that Paris Photo (as well as most of Paris) had been shut down both Saturday and Sunday, and hoping that peace and order would be restored as soon as possible. Here’s one of the last photos that she sent to me before the attacks, before she and her co-workers were encouraged to stay in their hotel until the time came to leave for the airport today.

view of the Eiffel Tower in Paris at the time of the terrorist attacks

Fall 2015 Paris Dispatch #3

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

My wife is in Paris this week, attending (and working at) Paris Photo, an annual international photography art fair being held at the Grand Palais.

She’s been sending me pictures when she gets a chance to walk around Paris and explore, which I’ve been sharing here. The only problem is, sometimes her descriptions of what she’s seeing in the pictures is somewhat sparse, so I try to find some info online to help me fill in the blanks to make sense of it all. For example, this picture that she sent – she said it was in a park near the Eiffel Tower, but not much more than that.

I’d guess you’re curious, as I am, whether she walked inside of this grotto or not … and if so, what was inside? I may need to wait until she gets home to get more details on it, but I did find something online, as random as this may seem: if you look closely at the picture, you can see the faint base structure of the Eiffel Tower near the top right corner … according to the info I found online, behind this grotto is the remains of a chimney belonging to the steam engine which powered the first lift up the Eiffel Tower. Sure, that’s slightly interesting, but I still want to know what’s in the grotto.

grotto in a park near the Eiffel Tower, with a chimney from a steam engine that powered the first lift up the tower

Greenwashed street art in NYC

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

“Greenwashed?” you may ask … we’ve all heard of things getting “whitewashed,” whether it’s a fence or wall getting painted white to give it a fresh look or to cover up something. But in this case, some sort of poster or street art that was pasted to a wooden wall surrounding a construction site in NYC was “greenwashed” instead … I like the way the figures appear almost like ghosts peeking out from this green murky surface.

greenwashed instead of whitewashed

Printmaking by Mother Nature

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

If you’re a regular reader of the Artsology blog, then you’ve probably seen one of our posts that show all of the interesting visual effects that we see on the slate sidewalks in our hometown of Glen Ridge, NJ. Well, we had another “exhibition” of sorts today on our dog walk, where we saw some interesting imprints from leaves that had temporarily stained the slate sidewalks. The individual leaf images were nice, but we really like the more-complex abstract images made from multiple leaves, that almost look like Rorschach tests (we’ve seen some of those on the sidewalks here in town too!).

imprint from wet leaf on a slate sidewalk in Glen Ridge NJ

abstract images from leaf imprints on slate sidewalks

Fall 2015 Paris Dispatch #2

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

As I mentioned in the last post, my wife is in Paris on a business trip and is sending some pictures from her travels around town. She’s busy most of the day with her work responsibilities, but she gets a chance to explore briefly each morning before the work day begins. The first picture of street art below was found in “Le Marais,” which is a historic district spreading across parts of the 3rd and 4th arrondissements in Paris. My guess is that it’s by two different artists … if anyone has any info on this art or the artist(s), please let me know.

street art found in Le Marais in Paris

Unfortunately, I don’t have much information on the 2nd street art piece seen below, which appears to be a wooden fish tail (or, due to the size, perhaps representing a whale tail) under a bridge along the Seine. It reminds me stylistically of something that Martin Puryear might do, but there wasn’t any identification alongside this piece. I still like it, even though I don’t know much about it – it’s almost like a big fish jumped right out of the water of the Seine.

wood sculpture under bridge along the Seine in Paris

Spiderman is our new crossing guard

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

I was coming home from an errand and noticed that someone had “customized” this street sign cautioning cars to stop for pedestrians crossing. It would appear that Spiderman has become our “friendly neighborhood crossing guard.” I hope he shoots some webbing at any cars that try to pass while kids are crossing the street!

Speaking of Spiderman, check out our feature on artists using Spiderman as a subject for their art … it seems our favorite web-slinger is a popular subject for artists.

Spiderman is our new neighborhood crossing guard

Selective graffiti removal in Watsessing Park

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

My son has been playing a number of his soccer games in Watsessing Park (in Bloomfield, NJ) this season, and when I approach the field to watch his games, I have to pass under a NJ Transit train bridge, below left. For as long as I can remember, it’s always had graffiti tagged across the bridge, as you can see below at top left. However, last week I went under the same bridge, and was surprised to see it painted clean (below, bottom left) for the first time that I can ever remember. But as soon as I passed under the bridge and came out the other side, the “cheshire cat” graffiti on the wall was still there … perhaps the NJ Transit graffiti removal team appreciates the artistic merits of the cat a bit more than the tags on the bridge?

Cheshire cat graffiti in Watsessing Park, Bloomfield NJ

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