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Holding a mini-sculpture in your hand

August 18th, 2013

When I was a kid, I remember visiting my grandmother in Iowa and being intrigued by a hand-made wooden cabinet filled with drawers upon drawers of pencils … my grandfather, who had passed away when I was about 3, had a collection of pencils and had created this custom display cabinet to showcase his collection. Being an avid collector myself during my childhood (baseball cards, football cards, Star Wars figures, etc.), I also started a collection of pencils and pens. I went through some of my collection recently and pulled out these unusual pens and pencils to give an idea of some of what I have. Did anyone else collect pencils or pens as a kid?

examples of unusual pens and pencils from my collection


Peeling paint inspires several art historical references

August 18th, 2013

I saw this metal column (top left image) with peeling paint in NYC, and was surprised how many art historical references it generated in my mind: Henri Matisse cut-outs, Willem de Kooning Woman paintings, and the Venus of Willendorf sculpture.

Henri Matisse Cut Outs, Venus of Willendorf, and Willem de Kooning Woman painting


Curious George out for a ride on a logo-covered Volkswagen

August 16th, 2013

Sometimes it’s impossible to get an answer for “why?” Here’s a stuffed-animal version of Curious George riding on top of a logo-covered vintage Volkswagen, as seen in the Chelsea neighborhood of NYC.

Curious George doll riding on top of a vintage Volkswagen


My street photography, inspired by Joel Sternfeld

August 15th, 2013

In the spirit of Joel Sternfeld’s quirky photographs from “American Prospects” (in particular, his basketball picture titled Near Lake Powell, Arizona, August 1979), I found and photographed this “levitating” basketball backboard and rim in Edina, MN:

found odd image, photographed in the spirit of Joel Sternfeld's basketball hoop


Abstracted piano string photography by Martha McGuire

August 15th, 2013

As I mentioned in my last post, we visited Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis last Sunday, and it’s a unique church in that it has its own art gallery. The gallery director, Rodney Allen Schwartz, explains: “The Westminster Gallery exhibits and collects religious and secular art representing diverse ethnic and cultural traditions to illuminate the connection between art and how it informs our faith.”

The current exhibition is titled Seasons of Life, and includes a selection of work made by church members. One artist that especially caught my attention was Martha McGuire, who works with digital photography. These three pieces are titled Piano Strings I, II, III. Ms. McGuire explains: “I particularly enjoy digital photography that allows me to look into a picture more closely to see what is really there … this new world beckoned again after photographing a grand piano with a glass top and beginning the search for the intricate designs I eventually found there. I see in them the rich tones so reminiscent of Fall and I celebrate music for the beauty it has brought me throughout the seasons of my life.”

To see some other work from the exhibition, visit the gallery website here.

abstracted piano string photography by Martha McGuire

photography by Martha McGuire


Soda can camera

August 15th, 2013

We were visiting my Mom in Minnesota these past few days, and when we went to church this past Sunday, we happened upon an interesting find: these mini sculptures made out of found materials, in most cases, some sort of metal or aluminum can or container. They were just sitting on a shelf in the church office, and the artist’s name was unfortunately not listed. The jeep and scooter, below left, were pretty cool, but I especially liked the soda can camera, below right. The church – Westminster Presbyterian Church – actually has their own art gallery, which I think is pretty unusual for a church – but more on that in the next post.

camera sculpture made out of an aluminum beverage can at Westminster Presbyterian Church


Surrealism on the Subway

August 9th, 2013

I lived in NYC for over 10 years, and saw plenty of bizarre things on the subways, but this news story beats them all in terms of being bizarre. A “Mustelus canis shark,” often referred to as the smooth dogfish, was found on a Queens-bound N train shortly after midnight, just this past Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. It was first spotted under the seat, on its side (and dead), as pictured below left.

But leave it up to some creative guy – or might we say, some kind of wacky guy – to roll the shark over, give it a cigarette, Red Bull, and a Metrocard, and snap some pictures, below right. Official reports say that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is unclear on how the shark had reached the transit system. An MTA supervisor confirmed that the shark was dead, and removed it.

a shark was found dead on the NYC subway


Ellsworth Kelly with Cat

August 7th, 2013

Below left we have a painting by Ellsworth Kelly, “Untitled (Red)” – date not known. Below right I have what I’m going to call my own “light art,” and I’ve titled it “Ellsworth Kelly with Cat.”

light art titled Ellsworth Kelly with Cat


Artist products that I like

August 6th, 2013

I think I’m going to make some toast in my Kandinsky toaster, wash it down with some Richard Prince Lemon Fizz, and then watch some tv on my Kenny Scharf television until the alarm goes off on my Salvador Dali melting clock.

Kandinsky toaster, Richard Prince soda, Kenny Scharf tv, Dali melting clock


A subtle new suit for my wardrobe

August 6th, 2013

What I’d like to know is where can I get a suit like the one that artist Kenny Scharf is wearing here?

crazy colorful suit worn by artist Kenny Scharf


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