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Architectural details in Harlem on a school building bursting with creative alumni

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

I saw these carved guys on the exterior of the A.P. Randolph Campus High School on 135th Street in Harlem, and was curious to learn a little more about this building. It was designed and built in 1924 by William H. Gompert, the Architect and Superintendent of School Buildings for the New York City Board of Education, to house the New York Training School for Teachers. In his nearly five years as school architect, Gompert was credited with overseeing the design and construction of some 170 new schools and additions! That’s a lot of architectural activity in only five years!

After its origin as a training school, the building was later the home of The High School of Music & Art, which existed from 1936 until 1984. The school was made up of three departments: Art, Instrumental Music, and Vocal Music, and some of its notable alumni include the jazz musicians Nat Adderley Jr., Don Byron, Eddie Gomez, Omar Hakim, and Marcus Miller, among many others. Some of the artist alumni include Mary Frank, Milton Glaser, Wolf Kahn, Allan Kaprow, and Audrey Flack, among others. And lets not overlook a few other notable alumni: Eartha Kitt, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Aniston, Al Pacino, Billy Dee Williams, Liza Minnelli, Ben Vereen, Suzanne Vega, Slick Rick, and last but not least … Paul Stanley of KISS. Talk about an incredible incubator of creativity!

architectural details designed by William H. Gompert,

Underwater photography as canvas prints

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Did I just cross over to the side of cheesy art production, or might I have something cool? I have a lot of underwater photos from my recent dive trip in the British Virgin Islands, and will eventually attempt to make some paintings from them. But prompted by a “take 65% off today only” offer from Zazzle, I decided to try ordering one of their stretched “canvas prints.” What do you think? I hope it looks decent …

underwater photography from the British Virgin Islands

Abstract Expressionist Lobster Cookers

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Every once in a while I see something that – if isolated – could make for a nice abstract expressionist painting. One such example is the image below, seen on the island of Anegada, in the British Virgin Islands. Scroll down to the see the source of this imagery … one of several rusted barrels propped up on legs and used as lobster cookers for the restaurant located near the beach.

By the way, the lobsters on Anegada were HUGE and delicious.

detail of a rusty lobster cooker which looks like an abstract expressionist painting

lobster cookers on Anegada in the British Virgin Islands

What’s the meaning of this sign in Anegada?

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

I’ll bet most people have never seen a sign like this before … what do you think it means? It’s a well-dressed couple, but a couple of what? Scroll down for the explanation.

well dressed lobsters on a restroom sign in the British Virgin Islands

We saw this sign on the island of Anegada in the British Virgin Islands, and Anegada is well-known for having some of the best lobsters in the Caribbean. So, as you’ll see below, these well-dressed lobsters are helping to direct people to the correct bathrooms at the restaurant near the dock on Anegada.

a restroom sign on Anegada in the BVI, featuring dressed up lobsters

Spotting references to art in real life: Philip Guston in the BVI

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Every once in a while I’ll see something in my daily travels that reminds me of an art work … when we were in the British Virgin Islands last month, one of our stops was Virgin Gorda, where we hiked through “The Baths” over to Devil’s Bay, where I saw this huge boulder (below left). To be honest, it first reminded me of a Philip Guston head, since a lot of his paintings with the cartoon heads only had one eye (with no nose or mouth), and this rock, with a tear-like streak coming out of its “eye” is how I made the visual connection. But as I was looking for Guston “heads” to match up with this rock, I found another Guston (Untitled, 1980, below right), which seems to be just as good of a match. What do you think?

(If you didn’t see it the other day, I also saw a rock that looked like E.T. at the same location).

comparing a boulder at The Baths in Virgin Gorda to a Philip Guston painting

Alice Aycock sculpture on Park Avenue

Friday, July 4th, 2014

I’ve been having fun with my new GoPro camera, utilizing the wide-angle lens and fisheye effect to get some interesting new views that I would have previously captured with a regular camera. Here’s a view looking north on Park Avenue in NYC, with Alice Aycock’s sculpture as the centerpiece.

Park Avenue sculpture exhibition featuring work by Alice Aycock

Surrealism on Madison Avenue, NYC

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Here’s a little dose of surrealism on Madison Avenue in New York City. This particular store window was attention-grabbing in that it had a taxidermied zebra inside (tinted purple, no less), but throw in some bright sunlight and a strong reflection on the window glass, and we come up with a wacky composite image like this …

street photography with a zebra and window reflections on Madison Avenue in NYC

Vessel-shaped sponges brings Eva Hesse to mind

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

While diving in the British Virgin Islands last week, I happened upon several vessel-shaped sponges that reminded me of Eva Hesse’s cylinder-shaped sculptures, seen below right. At first, I just assumed these shapes were coral, but upon further investigation, I see that they’re actually sponges, sometimes referred to as “vase sponges.” I didn’t realize this before, but a sponge is actually an animal, although they do not have nervous, digestive or circulatory systems. Instead, sponges rely on maintaining a constant water flow through their bodies to obtain food and oxygen and to remove wastes.

Do you think Eva Hesse ever did any scuba diving to get some inspiration for her work? I don’t see anything online that suggests that she did …

comparing Eva Hesse sculpture to vase sponges found in the BVI

Has E.T. been living in Virgin Gorda for centuries?

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Is it just me, or does this rock formation (below left) seen at “The Baths” in Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands look a lot like E.T. in profile?

a rock formation in the BVI that looks like E.T. in profile

Different views of the 2014 World Cup via street art in Brazil

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Many people around the world are very excited about the start of the World Cup today, and FIFA officials and the Brazilian government wants to promote that excitement, as evidenced by the street art images on the left side of our three pairs of pictures, below. But some Brazilian street artists have a different opinion, as evidenced on the graffiti murals shown on the right side of our pairs below.

positive World Cup graffiti vs. anti-FIFA graffiti in Brazil

Note that the bag of money being dropped in the toilet below right has the words “public money” written on it in Portuguese, reflecting all of the money spent on stadiums that may go relatively unused (or certainly “under-used”) after the World Cup.

World Cup graffiti and anti FIFA graffiti in Brazil[/caption]

joyful kids playing soccer in graffiti mural, and a starving kid looking at a soccer ball on his plate in Brazil World Cup street art

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