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A truck with art on the outside and art on the inside

February 22nd, 2014

One can’t help but want to take a closer look when you see a truck with eyeballs staring back at you from the other end of the street.

an art movers' truck as seen parked on the street in Chelsea by the art galleries

A closer inspection finds that the truck belongs to Fred Worden Trucking, a company that specializes in handling and moving art in NYC. So that means this truck probably has as much if not more art on the inside than it does on the outside.

graffiti and art-covered art moving truck, Fred Worden in NYC


Petros Klampanis Contextual

February 22nd, 2014

I was looking over some jazz listings for gigs this weekend, and a name on the list grabbed my attention: Petros Klampanis Contextual. I thought, “What is a Petros Klampanis Contextual? Contextual to what?” A little research led me to find out that Petros Klampanis is a bassist, composer, and arranger, who grew up on the Zakynthos Island in Greece. “Contextual” is the name of his most-recent album, and both the album cover and Klampanis are pictured below. Look closely at the album cover … how long until you pick up what is “hidden” in the sofa? I also really like the funky, beat-up walls both on the album cover and in the publicity shot – they’re almost like abstract expressionist paintings, or in the case of the album cover, it reminds me of the surface quality of a Julian Schnabel painting.

Greek composer and bassist Petros Klampanis

Anyway, you may ask, “what about his music?” Well, I’m getting to that … his gig is tonight at the Cornelia Street Cafe in NYC, starting at 8:30pm. And if you’d like a sneak preview, check out the video below … I love how it starts with Klampanis playing solo bass but also tapping on the side of the bass for a percussive background.

For more information on Petros Klampanis, check out his website here. I’m really tempted to cancel my plans for the evening and go into NYC to see this show!


Functional and non-functional street art in NYC

February 21st, 2014

Below left we have a photo and detail of some brightly-painted fire department equipment built into the side of a building near 33rd Street and 9th Avenue … and below right, we have some sort of colorful, sculptural, circular street art attached to the side of a wall in the west 20’s in Chelsea. I’ve never seen street art like these 2 circular pieces before, and am not sure what they’re supposed to signify. But I thought it was interesting that I saw them – and noticed their similarities – less than an hour apart on the same visit to NYC.

comparing circular street art graffiti to fire hose spouts in NYC


Bat signal in Montclair, NJ?

February 21st, 2014

I’m not sure what this sticker-art graffiti on a lamp post near the Pathmark in Montclair is supposed to be … but the first thing that came to mind was that it’s some sort of poorly-done reference to the Bat Signal … ? What do you think?

sticker art graffiti in Montclair that reminds me of the Bat Signal for Batman


Ski Lodge Kitsch Art

February 17th, 2014

As I mentioned in a previous post, we arrived at Bromley Mountain in Vermont today and will start a short ski vacation tomorrow. One of the usual entertaining aspects of going skiing is seeing the wacky and kitsch art that usually populates the resorts and rental units. Here’s a beauty hanging in the hallway of our apartment – some sort of Alpine ski lodge clock with a swinging lady … where would one even find such a clock to buy? I’d guess it might be from the 1970’s, what do you think? I was hoping to see what kind of activity it generates on each hour, but I can see now at 10:00 that it’s still stuck at 6:00, so I guess it’s broken. Bummer.

vintage clock with Alpine ski lodge motif


Cinelli Bicycle by Keith Haring

February 17th, 2014

I was in a bookstore tonight and walked past a book that grabbed my attention … I saw a circular Keith Haring image, and stopped to see that it was a book titled “Cinelli: The Art and Design of the Bicycle.” The book is an illustrated survey of more than sixty-five years of work by Cino Cinelli, one of the most pioneering and influential names in bicycle design. The Haring design was completed in 1987 … it doesn’t look like a very comfortable bike to ride, but it sure looks cool!

Cinelli Laser with wheels designed by Keith Haring


Cryptically strange sticker art

February 17th, 2014

I saw this sticker art on a “Wrong Way” sign at a highway rest stop on our way up to Bromley Mountain in Vermont. Does it make any sense to you? Do the D’s stand for “drool?” Or “dumb?” I don’t get it …

sticker art graffiti found at a rest stop in upstate New York


Michelangelo’s David in the Ski Shop

February 17th, 2014

If Michelangelo’s David were a skier, do you think he’d wear “multifunctional headwear” like this one? Seen at the ski shop at Bromley Mountain in Vermont.

using Michelangelo's David to market ski wear products


Construction Project in Transit

February 17th, 2014

We’re driving up to Bromley Mountain in Vermont to do some skiing this week, and there was something about this caravan in front of us on the highway that I found somewhat amusing. At left, we’ve got a truck hauling some small pre-fab cabins or large sheds, and on the right we have a contractor’s truck as well as the Ace Hardware truck in front of it, fully stocked with tools. I assume they’re all going in to the same place …? It seemed a bit unusual to see all three elements traveling together.

construction crew transporting a wide load


Diggers by Cyprien Gaillard

February 15th, 2014

When I looked out the window today and saw two feet of snow in the yard with piles of snow five feet high around the edge of our driveway … and then saw even MORE snow coming down, it reminded me of an art exhibition I saw at the Gladstone Gallery in NYC last November, right after Thanksgiving. The show, titled “Today Diggers, Tomorrow Dickens,” featured the work of artist Cyprien Gaillard.

The first floor of the gallery featured a series of sculptures ranging from small scale to the monumental, and included a series of excavator machine parts, removed from their vehicles, and set with pieces of onyx. The excavator heads have been washed and waxed, which along with the onyx helps transform them from machinery to sculpture. I wish I had more-extensive coverage (as I loved this show), but I can certainly say that these metal “claws” meant for hard and dirty work have truly been re-interpreted as beautiful pieces of metal sculpture.

Anyway, to get back to the original “punch line” intended for my opening remarks about the snow, it sure would be helpful to have a few of these at my disposal to clear out all of this snow – but Cyprien Gaillard’s selection deserves to remain in the gallery (or in a museum).

Cyprien Gaillard exhibition at Gladstone Gallery

exhibition view of Cyprien Gaillard Diggers at Gladstone Gallery in NYC


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