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Typecast via street art

May 13th, 2014

Some recent exploration of street art in NYC found these two typecast characters: “best friend” and “good girl.” I think I could pass on wanting to hang out with either of these people.

street art featuring a best friend and a good girl

 

The First Couple of torn street art faces

May 13th, 2014

I saw this “hers and his” couple of torn poster and graffiti faces on the same stretch of wall on a building at 29th Street and 9th Avenue in NYC last weekend. They’ve become somewhat elusive ghosts peeking out from the layers of torn-off posters, watching the pedestrians walking by.

layers of torn posters on a wall reveal partial faces

 

A Minor Cat, starring Leron Thomas

May 13th, 2014

A while ago we wrote a post about the wide ranging talents of Leron Thomas, a jazz trumpeter who also sings, plays funk, country, and rap, and can hold his own discussing topics from jazz to fine art. Well, now let’s add acting to his resume – he stars in “A Minor Cat,” a short film by Jefferson Moneo, described as “A trumpet player suffers numerous humiliations on the way to personal redemption in this NYC short.” The film has caught the attention of PBS, which has promoted it this week along with 2 other films for their “Reel 13″ contest, which allows viewers to vote for the best short and have it air on PBS on Saturday night. Scroll down to watch the video, and click here if you’d like to vote for A Minor Cat.

 

Accidental Abstract Art

May 12th, 2014

I was walking through Chelsea the other day on my way to the Outsider Art Fair, and saw some “accidental” abstract art on the street … what do you think of this piece? I can’t say that it reminds me of any particular artist, but it does have a bit of an abstract expressionist feel to it. Do you think you know where I found this “art work?” Would you have guessed that it came from a common traffic cylinder? See the original full picture here.

abstract art found on a common traffic cylinder

 

Highlights from the 2014 Glen Ridge Art Fair

May 12th, 2014

I arrived a little late for this year’s Glen Ridge (NJ) Art Fair, and was surprised to find the street nearly empty. Not just empty of people, but also the tent/booth displays as well! I guess there had been a downpour and most of them packed up to go home. But no matter – the highlight of the fair isn’t the vendors, as they tend to be primarily jewelry and knick-knack artists, and I’m not in the market for stuff like the top two pictures in my 2012 Art Fair post. No, the best material at the Glen Ridge Art Fair is inside the high school, where the students get to display their own art. Here’s a few of my favorite works by students at this year’s fair – hats off to the kids and the school’s art teachers!

Glen Ridge students' art work seen at the Glen Ridge Art Fair

two examples of abstract art made by high school students

 

Sculpture heads by Steven Claydon

May 4th, 2014

Wouldn’t it be great to buy these two sculptures and place them on your fireplace mantel? They certainly would be a conversation starter!

Two mixed media heads on two plywood plinths, titled “Mutt & Jeff (The Great Dictators), 2004-05, by artist Steven Claydon, seen at the Armory Show booth of Galerie Bob Van Orsouw.

Sculptural heads by artist Steven Claydon

 

A Mark Rothko Sidewalk

May 4th, 2014

I’ve probably walked my dogs hundreds of times past this stretch of sidewalk (below left), which goes from the main sidewalk out to the curb. But for some reason, as I noticed it today, a visual reference to the work of Mark Rothko popped into my mind. Wish I had this “Rothko” in front of my house!

two pieces of slate that act as a sidewalk but look like a Mark Rothko painting

 

The Bubble Man of Central Park, NYC

May 3rd, 2014

It’s such a simple idea – rig up two long sticks that allows you to make huge bubbles, and do it in Central Park and put a bucket out for tips. It’s almost like a performance art piece … people can’t help but stop to watch, especially when the bubbles get as big as the one below right. I wonder how many tips he gets in an hour for playing with soapy water?

a guy creating huge bubbles in Central Park, NYC

 

Damien Hirst and Indiana Jones conspire to get the skull to a museum

April 30th, 2014

Here’s a take from “Raiders of the Lost Ark” that ended up on the cutting room floor …

Damien Hirst diamond skull makes a cameo in Raiders of the Lost Ark

 

Why Damien Hirst didn’t make it as an actor

April 30th, 2014

Little known “fact:” Steven Spielberg replaced Damien Hirst with Richard Dreyfus in the movie “Jaws” after he was caught improvising with this line in the movie:

Damien Hirst and shark in formaldehyde

 

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