Thursday, February 26, 2009

Jukebox -- Miles Davis

My nickles have been playing Miles all day long...

Cooper Union Faculty Show

These shots come from a wonderfully curious and eclectic room put together by Bryan Zimmerman. Be sure to also check out his band, The Dust Dive.

Beautiful charcoal piece by Nelson Figallo

Miscellaneous shots from around the room... It makes sense that a talented staff would be at such a fabulous art school -- now I just have to check out some of the student's work!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

LeBron James underhanded full court shot

That's pretty much all I need to get my day going...

Feast Re-Cap

The meal! Photo by Brock Shorno

OLJ having a nice time
Photo by Kramer O'Neill

And FUN we had! Great signs by August Heffner
Photo by Kramer O'Neill
My favorite boots by Frye

Delicious soup by Molly and David
photo by Heidi Prenevost

Listen to the fabulous Jeff Hnilicka on WNYC's podcast! Thanks to all who came out and donated their efforts!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Townes Van Zandt- If I Needed You from Austin Pickers 1984

I keep having songs in dreams...but nothing as beautiful as this one.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Artistic Inspiration -- Asger Jorn

From the looks of it, I would have enjoyed spending time with Danish painter Asger Jorn. Not only is he dubbed as one of the "greatest painters of the 1950's," but he also had an interesting and prolific writing career. For instance, he muses, "A creative train of thought is set off by: the unexpected, the unknown, the accidental, the absurd, the impossible."

More here

Friday, February 20, 2009

Come FEAST with us! This Saturday 2/21


From You may have heard about our new initiative Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics (FEAST), a multi-disciplinary, community-based artist grant. We are pleased to announce the first Feast. So far, our proposals include performance, video, fashion design, and public installation.

The dinner is being crafted by the folks from and Oh Liza Jane will be playing jams during the meal.

At each FEAST, participants will pay a sliding-scale entrance fee for which they will receive supper and a ballot. Diners will vote on a variety of proposed artist projects. At the end of dinner, the artist whose proposal receives the most votes will be awarded funds collected through the entrance fee to produce the project. The work will then be presented during the next FEAST.

Church of the Messiah
129 Russell Street, Brooklyn
$10-20, no one turned away


Thursday, February 19, 2009

Mauro Corda -- AOD

When art and animals combine, I lose my mind. Such is the case with this recent sculpture by French artist, Corda. The light-weight aluminum material counter balances with the heavy subject matter and the result captivates and excites!

Image via Marc Hachem

Ann Hamilton at the Guggenheim

via bionicgrrrl flickr

Ann Hamilton's site-specific piece, "Human Carriage," whirls around the curved walls of the Guggenheim Museum and is truly mystifying. I hardly even noticed their current show, "The Third Mind" because I was too busy following Hamilton's sculpture around in circles, waiting to hear the bells ring!

From the LA Times: "Throughout the day, a set of Tibetan hand cymbals, suspended in a carriage of silk cloth, will travel down a pipe hung from the curved balustrade -- creating a ringing heard throughout the museum. When they reach the lobby, a 'reader' at an upper level will load a stack of books -- cut guillotine style and glued and tied together in bundles -- onto a vertical pulley, which lifts the bells back to the top of the ramp. The work is an expression of the often invisible process of cultural transmission and knowledge. 'You never know how a sound dissipates,' Hamilton says, 'when it arrives and where it is carried.'"

I love her.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Cecily Brown -- AOD

"The Fugitive Kind," 2000

"Carnival and Lent," 2008

This New York-based artist comes at us with wild, scattered gestures that sweep our eyes into layered circles. Only upon closer investigation can one make out the wonderfully confusing sweeps into figural forms.

Images via Gagosian


Here are some jams from around the web that I've been enjoying today:

"Macedonia" by Land of Leland
"I Don't Know" by Lisa Hannigan
"Ohio River" by Peter Bitenc
"Your Rocky Spine" by Great Lake Swimmers
"The Burning" by Aoife O'Donovan

I am also listening to my new 1960's Soul Deep Cuts mix... let me know if you need a copy!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Jams -- How's Your News?!

Two of my heroes: Susan Harrington and Ingrid Ammann

Me by the famous HYN bus

Last night's show at the Bowery rocked the roof off. The 4-song set managed to be the most magical and invigorating 30 minutes of my life. Made me feel like Barack Obama was elected again. Be sure to check out the new MTV series here!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Art Review -- PS1 Round-Up

Still from Yael Bartana's film, "Kings of the Hill," 2005. More here

Me in Leandro Erlich's "Swimming Pool"

Peter looking up from the base of the "Swimming Pool." More here

Walking under Olafur Eliasson's piece:
"A circular mirror, 40 feet in diameter and weighing 1,000 pounds, is mounted to the ceiling at an angle, rotating at one revolution per minute." More here

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Image Inspiration -- The Face of Love

Happy hearts to all from Oh Liza Jane via my favorite little cupid Desmond!!!

Art Review -- Calder's "The Paris Years"

From "Calder's Circus," 1926-1933

"Fanni, the Belly Dancer"
AP photo by Sheldan Collins
For more images, check out the Whitney's site here

From the elaborate use of eclectic materials to the quirky film direction, Calder won me over in this bizarre peek into his early Paris years. (Note: I am a sucker for wire sculpture). The remarkable craftsmanship took backseat to the creative output achieved in his characters. And seeing the exhibit with Ruby, a wide-eyed one year-old friend, accentuated the excitement the work demands!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Image Inspiration - Paper Planes

Karla Hobza made a wonderful video about flying paper planes

Annie Shaw

How Stuff Works

Rad Middle School Girls

I used to teach a class on Paper Airplanes. Since, the Public Art Fund hosted a competition for paper plane makers and it was a smash hit. I'm hoping that this fantastic hobby keeps flight with its growing popularity and inspires you to make one...

Treehouse Brooklyn

Last night I enjoyed a super fun shopping spree at one of my favorite local craftastic spots -- check them out and get all of your last minute Valentine's Day gifts here!

Judy Pfaff -- AOD

"Konya," 2008

"The Thing With Feathers," 2009

"Nature Does Not Knock," 2009

These works on paper make me want to play. More here

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Image Inspiration - B&B Rooms

Room 1: Read and recuperate.

Room 2: Craft and Crash

Room 3: Bourbon and Leonard Cohen

Which to chose?! I need a vacation either way...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Alison Saar -- AOD

"Lunaseas: Sea of Serenity," 2008

"Lunaseas: Sea of Moisture," 2008

These beautiful bronze sculptures exemplify my mood today: flustered, tired, and ready for the rain to come...

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Pet Post

This beauty seems to be wondering why there isn't a Cat Show posting...