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Visual puzzle of streetball hoops courts in NYC

Monday, August 31st, 2015

If you saw my last post, you’ll know that I’ve been procrastinating from the work at hand to look up places via Google Earth. To further the procrastination, I decided to find and create a visual puzzle of the various basketball courts in downtown NYC where I used to play hoops – here’s a selection of them. If you play hoops in NYC, can you ID any of these from their aerial view?

aerial view of basketball courts in NYC

Here’s the answers:

Top row, left to right:

Stanton Street, between Chrystie and Forsyth; Tompkins Square Park at East 10th Street; FDR Drive at Delancey Street.

Middle row, left to right:

Houston Street at 6th Avenue; East 4th Street between 2nd and 1st Avenues; “The Cage” at West 4th Street and 6th Avenue.

Bottom rowl, left to right:

Gansevoort Street at West 13th Street; FDR Drive at 42nd Street; 36th Street at 2nd Avenue.

Aerial abstractions thanks to Google Earth

Monday, August 31st, 2015

I’ve seen a number of articles in the New York Times lately about artists making art using satellite imagery via Google Earth and Google Maps, so I couldn’t resist giving it a shot myself. I’ve done a few posts before utilizing street view, but today I wanted to look for semi-abstract images via Google Earth. I started looking around in Long Island City, NY, and happened upon these two parking lots near the neighborhood where 5 Pointz used to exist: the one below left is a school bus parking lot, and the one below right is a taxi cab parking lot. The distorted imagery in both is the result of zooming in via Google Earth – seen from the original satellite position, one can recognize what each one is, but their shapes take on a life of their own when zoomed in. This is kind of fun!

abstract art made from zooming in with Google Earth

Pope Francis mural underway at 34th and 8th in NYC

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

The Artsology family went into NYC last night for a nice dinner and then on to see the Emmet Gowin exhibition at the Morgan Library. There’s more to tell about both of those things, but first I wanted to share what we saw as we walked back to Penn Station at the end of the night for our train back to NJ. There’s a building on 34th Street at 8th Avenue that usually has large-scale murals on it; last night we noticed it had been whitewashed and a new mural-in-progress was underway: a large-scale mural welcoming Pope Francis for his upcoming visit to NYC. Scroll down for more details …

Large mural at 34th and 8th in NYC for Pope Francis

From what I understand, work started on the mural just yesterday, so the current stage of the mural that I photographed last night (above) shows the results of the first day of work. The project is expected to take two weeks to complete, and will fill the full 225 foot tall wall on the side of this building.

The Pope will be in NYC from September 24 – 26, 2015, and will celebrate Mass at Madison Square Garden, which will give him a close look at this large-scale visual dedication. Here’s one more image that I found from another source earlier in the day, showing the crew at work … I’ve always been amazed how someone can paint something huge that looks realistic when they’re too close to it to step back and see what they’re doing. Granted, I’m sure they have it all mapped out, and probably approach it via a grid system just like Chuck Close does with his paintings, but it’s still amazing to see it unfold. This crew also has more nerve than what I’d have, to be up 200 feet in the air painting while standing on flimsy scaffolding … yikes!).

Pope Francis mural NYC fall 2015

Mini musicians by Tatsuya Tanaka

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

I happened upon these photographs of miniature scenes by Tatsuya Tanaka, who is an art director and designer. He’s assembled countless scenes for his “Miniature Calendar,” which has a different mini-scene for each day of the month, dating back several years … check it out here.

Miniature musicians by Tatsuya Tanaka

The Museum Security Guard of New Britain

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

When I entered the lobby of the New Britain Museum of American Art last Saturday, I instantly recognized an “old friend,” the security guard standing near the entrance to the exhibition hall. The first time I saw this guy, it was at the 2011 Armory Show, where I was quite impressed with the array of hyper realist sculpture (click here and scroll down to see him back in 2011).

Yes, that’s right – this security guard is a sculpture! He is the creation of Marc Sijan, a Serbian-born artist who now lives in Milwaukee. Sijan’s sculptures are tributes to real people and not idealized in any way. In order to achieve the ultra-realistic finish, Sijan initially works from a live model and produces a plaster mould. He then sculpts the interior of the mould with tools and a magnifying glass and then casts the figure in a polyester resin. To achieve realistic flesh tones, Sijan applies twenty-five coats of paint and varnish. You’d never guess there was any paint on this guy when you see him up close, as the appearance of his “skin” is extremely convincing.

I heard a great story that there’s another Sijan security guard sculpture at the Milwaukee Bucks’ practice facility, and it was so convincing as being “real” that a visiting Michael Jordan complained about the “rude” security guard who ignored his attempt at conversation.

hyper realist sculpture of a museum security guard by Marc Sijan

Competing Art Works at the New Britain Museum of American Art

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

I don’t know what I like better: the art on the wall, or the art on this guy’s shirt. Truth be told, I like them both. I’m just wondering if this is a typical fashion style for this guy, or if he put on his “artsy” shirt in advance of going to the museum. I saw this scene yesterday at the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, CT.

Even when I zoom in at 300%, I still can’t tell you what exactly those things on his shirt are supposed to be, but I can tell you that the art on the wall is Fallen Mias, 2000, by Walton Ford. I really enjoyed this museum; my friend from CT who took me there called it a “hidden gem” that “most people in Connecticut don’t know.” They should – they have a nice collection and the curators do a great job in how they present the art, comparing different art works next to each other in a very informative and enlightening way – we’ll have more highlights from our visit to this museum soon.

Walton Ford art at the New Britain Museum of American Art

Egyptian eyes and Man Ray’s Tears

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Do you think the photographer who set up and took the picture of the woman with the Egyptian eyes (top image, below), may have had Man Ray in mind? Compare the top photo with Man Ray’s iconic Dadist image titled “Glass Tears” from 1932 (bottom image, below). Between the eyelashes and the cropping of the image right below the nose, it’s hard to imagine that this photographer didn’t know of Man Ray’s famous photograph.

Egyptian eyes mimic Man Ray's famous photograph Glass Tears from 1932

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

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